This is part of a 3 word challenge that I like to do to a lot, it warms me up so I can get on with my writing of Book 3 (I will give it a title soon). Occasionally I do one that I like, those are the ones I will share with you.
The 3 words are, greed, cradle, computer.
Virtual Vs. RealityTony sat in front of his computer, he never spoke to anyone anymore unless they were on a screen. He couldn’t be bothered with real people they were far too unpredictable. At least here, he could just turn them off with the click of a button if he didn’t like what they were talking about. He hadn’t always been like this, he used to be an avid sports player and he would go out every weekend with his friends.
Then one day he had recorded a fun video for his kids showing them how to make a cat’s cradle with a piece of string, weaving the string around his fingers expertly and telling silly jokes to help them remember how to do it. It was a lost art, something he had learned at school and he thought they could show their friends.
The video had gone viral, for no reason he could see, but people liked it and his jokes were being repeated everywhere on the internet. He was contacted about advertising and making more videos, he agreed and in the first day he had earned enough money that it had been worth having the day off work. This had gone on for a couple of weeks before the money started to drop off but he’d already had a letter from his work telling after three weeks leave not to bother going back. He had laughed at the time, but suddenly he found himself sitting in front of his computer every waking hour, looking to see if he’d made anymore money and how many people were watching his videos, there were six now. It seemed people had stopped watching, the money dried up, the only thing that motivated him now was getting his status back and earning more money.
A month later his wife took the children and left, he hardly noticed as he chased a few pence here and there and tried to get his notoriety back. It didn’t happen but he clung onto every view and every penny, driven purely by greed.