Challenge #03472-I184: Taken Away From it All

The human is a Virtual Reality addict. Why? Because real life had become just too painful to face anymore. -- Anon Guest

It was the one thing she wanted to hurry for. After a tedious day of thankless, repetitious, endless toil, Mayra could take her day's wages, buy the cheapest meal she could get, and spend the rest of her resting hours in a Booth.

Like most of the Booths in Centua City, the actual facilities were filthy, falling apart, and had no security. Any idiot with a screwdriver could break into an occupied Booth and do what they wanted to anyone inside. The authorities blamed the addicts like her, but the Booths still ran and took people away from their troubles.

Troubles like birthing bills and having a fifth infant taken from her "for its own good." Not that she wanted the burden of being a single mother. It was just that she was given no choice at all.

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