In the near-future, people use technology to give the illusion of all kinds of body modifications—but some people have “Egan’s Syndrome,” a highly sensitive immune system that rejects these “mods” and are unable to use them. Those who are affected maintain a “natural” appearance, reliant on cosmetics and hair dye at most to help them play with their looks.
Sunati is attracted to Austen the first time she sees her and is drawn to what she assumes is Austen’s bravery and confidence to live life unmodded. When Sunati learns the truth, she’s still attracted to Austen and asks her on a date. Gradually, their relationship unfolds as they deal with friends, family, and the emotional conflicts that come with every romance. Together, they will learn and grow in a story that reminds us no matter how technology evolves, we will remain . . . always human.
Cis girls: Austen, Sunati, Rae
Lesbian: Austen, Sunati
Indian and Indonesian: Sunati
Chilean and Australian: Austen, Yasel
Austin has a genetic disorder.
Trigger Warnings: Eating disorders, anxiety, and depression
Additional Notes: Austen has two fathers and a gender-nonconforming little brother Yasel. Sunati’s parents are in a polyamorous relationship with a man.
Originally a webcomic.
Ownvoices: Creator is bisexual.