SF Flash Fiction: Virtuals

Posted on 14th November 2008 by Ryan Somma in Pure Speculation

“Hello Mr. Chasbak,” Vyonray tapped up the volume on her bluetooth. “How are you today?”

“I’m well thanks,” the soft-spoken gentleman was as unenthusiastic as ever today.

“I was just following up with you to see if you had the opportunity to review those listings I forwarded last night?” Vyonray managed to sound chirpy despite having just arrived at work and not having her morning coffee. It was important to catch Mr. Chasbak before his family‚Äôs bedtime.

“I did thanks,” Chasbak’s painful cordiality was typical of people who had so little real-life social interactions. “I’m afraid they aren’t quite meeting the specifications I laid out at our initial meeting.”

Vyonray gritted her teeth involuntarily, but remained polite, “I realize that and I’m sorry, it’s just very difficult to find a two-bedroom house these days. Are you certain a three-bedroom wouldn’t better suit your needs? It’s cheaper and this way each of your children could have their own space–”

“My children all ready have plenty of space. We just need somewhere to park our bodies in Meatspace–I mean…” Chasbak stuttered for a moment, trying to find the right word. “I’m sorry, we just don’t want all that room. It’s a burden.”

“I understand Mr. Chasbak,” Vyonray lied. “I’ll keep looking. I’m certain a two-bedroom home under 900 square feet will turn up eventually.”

“Solar-powered…” Chasbak reminded her. “The more energy-independent the better. I make a lot of money and want the best for my family.”

“I understand Mr. Chasbak, and I really do have your best interests in mind. I’ll let you know once the right home comes on the market. You have a great day now. Thanks. Bye,” Vyonray hung up and pursed her lips sourly.

“Any luck?” Araana smiled, setting a fresh cup of coffee on Vyonray’s desk.

“Virtuals,” Vyonray practically spat in reply, and Araana shook her head in sullen understanding.

Vyonray sighed back into her chair to sip at the steaming mug and stare at the photos of mansions covering the far wall. All of them were priced like they were two-bedroom townhouses, and all of them were rotting away in real life while the world had moved online.


  1. Am I the only one who has had the main page bugged since the power of 11 day article?

    (aka sidebar all the way at the bottom with a silly school house rock and powers of 11 video on the side instead?)

    Comment by DJ Nicko — November 16, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  2. Nicko,

    What browser and version are you using? I noticed something similar on my work machine which uses Firefox 3.0.1 ( I think ). Seems fine in Safari 3.1.2


    Comment by BMF — November 16, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

  3. I think I have firefox 3.0.4

    Comment by DJ Nicko — November 17, 2008 @ 3:15 am

  4. Damn dirty virtuals. (Sidebar is fine for me)

    Comment by ClintJCL — November 17, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

  5. Sidebar is fine for me on individual posts, but all sorts of messed up on the main page with FF 3.04. Looks fine in IE though.

    Comment by chriggy — November 17, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

  6. Oh, right. It is* all sorts of messed up on the main page. But not individual posts. And yes, it’s a video as well as the text table of powers of 11.

    Comment by ClintJCL — November 17, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

  7. I’m sorry about the browser bugs gang. I’ve seen similar behavior on some version of IE, but haven’t had the opportunity to try and fix it. I’m sure there’s a way to tweak the template to fix it. I didn’t realize it happened on some Firefox versions too. : (

    Comment by ideonexus — November 23, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

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