Pain beyond imagining, every nerve in my body aflame, I was torn apart, cell by cell, and conscious of every moment.
But more than pain, there was hopelessness, the knowledge that as my every aspect disintegrated, I was powerless to prevent it.
In the end, I was nothing but suffering and lucid consciousness of that suffering.
Hands trembling, I removed the VR headset. The experience’d been the most horrible thing I’d ever known, but the salesman was right, it’d put my real-life problems in perspective.
Sounding broken and hoarse, verging on tears, I voiced my decision.
“I’ll take it.”