Thunder has a new VR game she’s eager to try. As she slips the headset on she discovers herself in a darkened house, with a slinky black spy suit. Admiring herself for a moment, she remembers the stakes of this videogame, hunting and being hunted by three virtual assassins. As she stalks down the hallway, she’s waylaid by a virtual assassin , wearing a tiny silver bikini who slaps a tight sleeper hold onto her. Thunder slides to her knees, then down to the ground, her eyes rolling, before the assassin quickly snaps her neck, taking her out before planting afoot over the downed gamer, clicking her tongue with a victory pose.
The game terminates and Thunder is back in her computer room, sliding the headset off in self disgust. She decides to re-enter the game, knowing where the assassin will be. Once again stalking down the hallway, the assassin grabs her from behind in a bearhug, but this time Thunder is ready, reverse-headbutting the assassin then unloading a series of belly punches that temporarily stuns the VR combatant, but when she goes to punch her in the face, the assassin catches her fist, spinning her around into rear choke hold as Thunder struggles and gasps, her eyes rolling before she finally passes out. The assassin finishes her off with another neck snap, then planning her foot on Thunder’s downed body.
Thunder Re-enters the game with fiery determination, surprising the waiting assassin by grabbing her head and slamming it into the nearby countertop, before unloading a series of face punches and high kicks to the assassin head, dropping her to her knees before Thunder takes her out with her own neck snap.
Round two begins as another silver-bikini assassin surprises Thunder with a clubbing blow to the back of her neck, then wrenching her into a reverse dragon sleeper hold. Thunder kicks and struggles but the new assassin cinches the hold in, then twists hard, cracking Thunder’s neck and sending her back to the ground, and once again terminating the game.
Once again Thunder re-enters the VR suite, remembering the assassin’s placements. She takes out the first with a sneak attack shot to the back of her head, sending her crashing cross-eyed to the ground, planting a foot on her downed form as the assassin disappears. Ready for the second assassin, she spins and catches her with a brutal shot to the belly, then slams her head into the couch before unloading a series of brutal fists into the stunned assassin’s face and belly. When she goes for a roundhouse to the face, the assassin catches her fist, then suddenly shoves a knife into her belly, making her double over, then plunges the knife into her neck, sending her twitching to the ground once again.
Over and over Thunder tries to defeat the game, restarting and attacking the assassins with head slams, belly punches, and surprise attacks, but has to deal with the evolving AI that learns and sends yet another assassin after her. It takes many lives and dedication and a little ingenuity, but Thunder finally figures the game out.
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Lift and Carry
Length: 24 mins