A brilliant story, one of the best I've read! I used to play an MMO with a lot of social aspects (nothing like SL), and this story resonated with me, planted new thoughts in my mind, and took me along for a ride. The depth of it at the start might be a bit too much for people that aren't into MMO's or SL specifically, but I found it nice still. The ending was absolutely perfect, I never saw it coming and it made me look back on what I'd thought reading it before. Now you've compelled me to go read more of your works, in the hopes they're as good!