Dani Hoots

crazy author who can't keep still



The VR Hack

Hi everyone!

Here is a short story I worked on for a huge short story blitz. I had a lot of fun with it and wanted to share! Hope you enjoy!



Brief Synopsis: A man has to hack into a Virtual Reality program and disguise himself as a ski instructor avatar in order to find his sister.

Word Count: 2,243

I’m in. 

I finished typing the password into the system that I had spent days trying to hack into. Although I had spent most of my life hacking into systems, this system gave me a lot of trouble, but I had expected as much. It was a virtual reality, VR, system after all, and they were some of the most secure programs in the entire world.

VR had exploded onto the market about twenty years ago, the first one created by a London company for a gaming warehouse in Utah. After that, they popped up everywhere. They had started out as games, yes, but not much time passed before high class society used VR for vacations, meetings, business, etc. Ever since the water levels started to rise, and the snow started to melt, the usual vacationing spots closed down and VR became the answer.

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Hi all! Here is a free download for a horror novella called “Gretyl” (at bottom of post). Also, if you keep scrolling, you can read it on the blog post as well. I hope you all enjoy and if you want more stories, check out my “Works” page. Feel free to share this story with friends and family and review it on Goodreads!


Germany, 1942. Five kids find themselves lost in the forest as a storm traps them in an abandoned cottage, or at least they thought it was abandoned. They hear footsteps coming from the attic and afraid that it is someone in need, they decide to check it out only to find that who they should fear for is themselves.

Here is the PDF, click the link for the download:

Gretyl – Hoots,Dani


Gretyl by Dani Hoots


Middle of the forest, Germany, 1942

“You can’t be serious; we’re lost again, Christoph?” I exclaimed as the sun began to lower itself below the tree line. It was going to get dark soon and if we didn’t hurry, we would be stuck in the middle of nowhere without any light, supplies, or food for that matter.

“Stop worrying about it, Ren, we will make it out of here by the time the sun sets,” Christoph answered, a little irritated that I had asked again. He jammed his fists into the pockets of his beige pants. He blew a piece of his dark brown hair out of his face, angry at the world. It wasn’t my fault he had gotten us lost. I told him not to listen to the jerk that was Thomas but, nein, he had to take on the dare to go to the top of the hill in the forest and check out the plane that crashed a few weeks back during the last bombing mission by the Allies. We were told not to go out there by the military officials, who were trying to keep people away from the area. We never heard if anyone survived the crash and Thomas dared my brother to go find out. Boys were stupid, daring each other to do things like this, right in the middle of a war. Our parents would be worried if we didn’t get back before nighttime, not to mention we would be in deep trouble for going into the forest. And it was all thanks to my brother Christoph.

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