The Body in Motion (a science fiction horror short story)
On an apocalyptic future Earth, the remains of humanity engage in endless virtual reality battles to determine who will get food--and who will become food. One of these remnants, Vel, attracts the attention of All, the A.I. that manages the battles. Reeling from the death of his lover, Vel is drawn into her plans for fulfilling her ancient directive to save humanity... plans he may not survive.