I'm looking for the title and author of a short story involving a woman who has a device on/in her brain that directly stimulates the pleasure centers and a man who finds her and probably saves her life.
What I (think I) know about it:
- I would guess it was written in the 1970s, maybe late 60s.
- I was sure it was Larry Niven, what I remember of the setup and style just screams Niven, but I can't find anything looking through lists of his short work.
- I first read it in the late 70s or early 80s.
- The woman had a socket in her head that connected to something that directly stimulated pleasure centers. There was a term for it, something like wirejacking.
- When he found her she was in a chair in her apartment completely zoned out, hooked to some kind of feeding/hydration thing that (I think?) wasn't working anymore, dehydrated, etc., probably not far from death. She was nude with vomit down her front.
- He pulls the thing out of the socket and she goes berzerk.
- He nurses her back to health.
- They talk and form a bond.
At the end of the story (I'll put this behind a spoilers tag for anyone happening across this who hasn't read the story):
...we learn that the reason he was in her apartment and found her was that he was burgling her apartment. She laughs and says "take what you want!"