Low self-esteemed Carrie Easterman just isn’t ready to meet a man face to face just yet. So she decides to play on an Internet playground, known as Virtual Life, and she meets the man of her dreams there. They continue to meet on the Internet, exchange emails constantly and even talk on the phone for hours over the next two months.
Lorne enjoys spending time with Carrie whether in the program Virtual Life or on the phone. They are connecting on a level beyond physical at this point, but he wants to take it to the next level and asks to meet her in person. Carrie freaks out. She feels because of the low self-esteem she has of herself that Lorne won’t find her attractive enough if he were to come and meet her face to face. So she uses every excuse as to why she’s not ready to take the next step with him just yet. But, one night during an intensely extreme thunder and lightning storm they are both experiencing, the strangest thing happens to the both of them.
What happens during the storm that changes both of their lives forever? How are they able to handle this situation that has occurred because of the storm? Does Carrie finally get over her low self-esteem issues and will she allow Lorne to meet her in person?
Ms. Herring did a wonderful job with this short story. I loved the storyline and enjoyed getting to know Carrie and Lorne. I had hoped that Carrie would finally get over her insecurities with herself and let Lorne come visit her for the first time. I loved how the author developed the thunder and lightning sequence and what transpired because of the intense storm. This is a fun, short and entertaining read that I would recommend to others and I’m eager to see what other stories Ms. Herring has available for her readers.
Book Blurb for Virtual Cat-astrophe
When Carrie Easterman finds the man of her dreams on an internet playground, she puts aside her low self-esteem, lets her hair down, and connects with Lorne on a level beyond the physical. But after two months of smooth sailing, the moment she's dreaded arrives. He wants to meet in real life.
Anxiety cripples her courage, and with a heavy heart, Carrie refuses. However, the fates won’t let her off the hook that easily. With the power of lightening and her clumsy cat acting as catalysts, Carrie finds herself and Lorne sucked into cyberspace wading in strong currents of virtual confusion.
Forced together by destiny, will Lorne be able to overcome Carries insecurities? And even if he succeeds, will their chance at lasting love be snatched away forever, marshalled by the relentless assault of the cyber world?
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