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Restricted Fantasies is a short story first published in 2018 as part of the Restricted Fantasies collection. A consideration copy of the short story is available here.

"One man’s dream is another man’s nightmare. I know that better than anybody. But it still surprises me, the things people fantasize about. There’s some twisted minds out there, and some twisted ways to live.

Most people have dark dreams sometimes, and I get that. Lots of us even act them out. But some people go too far, and that’s when I’ve got to step in. This one was awful enough that it made me want to vomit.

But at the end of the day, it was all just zeros and ones conjured from the depths of a very disturbed mind. A simulated reality tailored to someone else’s wildest fantasies. None of it was real, no matter how much it might have felt like it was. I had to keep reminding myself of that if I wanted to get through it."