bee.
(C)2006, 2018 by Raymond Johnson. Fifth edition.
Cover photo provided by Justin Horrocks. (iStock Photo).

For Baba.

“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, flittering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly… suddenly I awoke… Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.” – Chuang Tzu.

Hidden within the depths and the complex intricacies of the internet hides a crime so devious that is has become virtually unnoticed. A master hacker with the aid of an advanced computer virus has been scouring the net for information and stealing vast quantities of wealth. Confusion and panic is what Nozomi feels inside as the world around her falls apart driving her to the brink of insanity. All she wants is a calm peaceful life and to relax in the garden with the butterflies but something is stopping her, pulling her away, manipulating her life and tearing her family apart. Artist Nozomi Kurmochi is repeatedly torn away from her real life and transported into an alternative reality in cyberspace. Constantly being watched and accompanied by a strange woman, who has the ability to change her appearance, Nozomi has to figure out who is controlling her life and whether this strange woman is friend or foe.

bee is a full length 68,000 word novel that can be read in its entirety for free. Click on the chapter links at the top of the screen to read. Enjoy.