Series: Complete Science Fiction dystopia serial novella Afterlife death dystopian neural uploads coping

You Can Take It With You

By KJ Kabza
Jan 4, 2020 · 27,296 words · 100 minutes

From the author: It's been said of wealth that you can't take it with you when you die--but now, you can. As long as you've got the money, you can pay to have a digital duplicate of your consciousness cavort in a simulated afterlife on a private server forever. Unless you're Lehann Margrove, who got separated from his husband and duped into a "Paradise" he never wanted.

7 Chapters

Chapter 1: Perfectia

Updated Jan 4, 2020 · 4,377 words (16 minutes)

As Lehann Margrove breathes his last in a hospital room, unable to bear saddling his husband Daniel with his medical debt, he makes a choice: to accept a bribe from his abusive employer in exchange for Lehann to have his consciousness downloaded into his boss's privately owned, simulated digital afterlife for 90 days. But although Lehann signed up for 90 days of someone else's twisted idea of Paradise, he didn't sign up for complete isolation. Shouldn't there be others here? Where are they?

Chapter 2: The Last House

Updated Jan 8, 2020 · 5,346 words (20 minutes)

Lonely, afraid, and bitterly regretting his choice to keep on "living" away from his husband's side, Lehann searches for a way to reach Michael Fain, his abusive employer, whose own avatar exists--somewhere--in this simulated, digital afterlife called Perfectia, and confront him about the unjust universe he's created.

Chapter 3: Perfectia Station

Updated Jan 15, 2020 · 3,737 words (14 minutes)

Lehann and two friends he has made, Marisa and Fields, begin the search across Perfectia for Michael Fain. Supposedly, there's a train that will take them most of the way. But what about the rest of the distance?

Chapter 4: The Wilderness

Updated Jan 22, 2020 · 2,965 words (11 minutes)

Lehann, Marisa, and Fields at last reach the sprawling mansion of Michael Fain. So why isn't Michael Fain here?

Chapter 5: Courant de la Lac Diamant

Updated Feb 1, 2020 · 3,633 words (14 minutes)

Lehann has conned a Perfectia programmer to deliver him and his friends to Michael Fain at last. But what are the odds that Michael Fain will actually listen to anything they have to say?

Chapter 6: Service Cluster Building 00

Updated Feb 16, 2020 · 4,113 words (15 minutes)

Lehann, Marisa, and Fields have been caught by an unsympathetic Perfectia programmer and imprisoned. But what exactly is this place? And what is Michael Fain's toady Vladimir doing here?

Chapter 7: The Rolling Fields

Updated Feb 22, 2020 · 3,125 words (12 minutes)

Mercurial Michael Fain has decided to send Lehann, Marisa, and Fields back "home" across Perfectia, right back where they started from, with no answers and no changes. But then again, what about that map that Vladimir sold them before they left? Does it lead to an Easter egg that will make this afterlife more bearable? Or could it lead to something even better?