The Turmoil of Today


She was my every fantasy.

She was the woman I’d always dreamed I’d end up with.

She turned out to be my worst nightmare.

I lived behind a computer screen. Literally.

I was a security analyst for the police department by day and played video games by night.

She appeared out of nowhere, off the screen one minute and standing beside me the next. She saved me from getting ripped to shreds by my attackers’ bullets. From then on, we played the game every night and had off-screen conversations in a private chat room.

Until the department got hacked and only one file seemed to be taken. The file on Alec, my best friend. All of his aliases now compromised. We were all in danger, and the girl I thought I’d end up with had vanished.