You can see that the video call is coming from your best friend Clarissa, so you run a quick comb through your hair and answer the phone.
And then there is her hair -- long, thick and luxurious, looking like it was expertly styled moments before, but without a hint of hairspray or gel holding it. As a light breeze gently lifts it, it falls back into place with perfection.
She is wearing a to-die-for bikini, and her formerly frumpy body is now the body of a 17-year-old model, perfectly formed in every way. As she brushes her hair back with her hand, your see that her fingers and nails look like those of a hand model in a commercial.
You can see that she is standing on a long, deserted Caribbean beach. A millionaire's beach house is visible in the near distance. Behind her stands a male whose body is just as perfect as hers. His hands rest lightly on her shoulders.
"Who... Where... What happened to you???" you stammer. You just saw her two weeks ago for lunch. How could this transformation have taken place in such a short time? How did she get to the beach? Where is her husband George?
But as you are asking these questions in your mind, the answer begins to dawn on you. She has had Vertebrane installed. What you are seeing is not the real Clarissa. This is her virtual persona. This is your first friend to make the jump to the virtual world, but you have three other friends who are talking about it. Now you understand why.
After you hang up you make a decision. You will see about having Vertebrane installed this week. You want to be able to hang out with Clarissa in Paris and go furniture shopping with her -- in a body as beautiful and vibrant as the most stylish 17-year-old model -- as soon as you can. Having seen how much fun Clarissa is having, there is no way you are going to miss out.
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