Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Lens (Part 3)

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It didn’t work! Thomas was furious. He had known it was a long shot, but he had still been so hopeful. Perhaps he had built his hopes up too much. He knew he was stuck in this body. The thought made him so angry that he began to take his anger out on his work. As he smashed it to bits, he suddenly realized all was not lost. He might not be able to go back to his own body, but with the lens he could still become anyone ELSE he wanted. Any man, any woman, anyone! Maybe he got a little too angry too soon...

Reassignment (Part 2)

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There was very little information given to the public about the Reassignment Center; there was very little knowledge about reassignment in general. What most people did know is that once each year, a few select people would wake up with the wrong body and by the end of the day things seemed to return to normal. None of the swapped people ever seemed to talk about (or even remember) what happened, Lewis was brought to a room in the center where he was sat down in a chair. Another man in a suit entered and sat behind a desk reading off some papers.

“Lewis Stevens,” He said, “You are now in the body of Frances McCarthy. She’s a housewife from Arizona. We will help you transition to this new role.”

“Transition to this new role?” Lewis asked, “Look, I don’t know anything about being a housewife or a woman. I don’t know if I want to know. Can’t you just swap me back and I can go home?”

“That’s not what we do here. We do not swap people back. We only help them adjust. This isn’t a request, Mr. Stevens. It’s an order.”

Friday, January 17, 2014

Community Meeting

At the time, it seemed inexplicable. The four neighbors had all gathered for a community meeting when the Great Shift swapped their bodies.

Cheryl, who had swapped with Angelica, pulled out a paper and started drawing, “Here’s where we each were standing when we swapped bodies. Maybe if we stand there again...”

John stood up in protest, “Do you realize how stupid that sounds?”

“John, please be calm!” His wife Angelica pleaded.

“It’s easy for you to be calm! You switched with Cheryl. She’s a beautiful woman; you’re a beautiful woman -- what really chances? But look at me! I switched with that old Asian woman from 21! I was a man; I was young!”

Angelica rolled her eyes, “We’ve all seen your bald spot, John. And Lina is only a few years older than you. Yes, you are coping with a strange situation, but breaking into hysterics isn’t going to help any of us!”

First Night Out (Part 3)

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It didn’t take long for Al to lose track of how many drinks he had downed. He was pretty confident that it wasn’t that many, and he was certainly sure it was less than he would usually have. He simply couldn’t figure out why he felt so drunk; he just hadn’t taken into account the fact that his borrowed body had a lower tolerance. The weirder thing was that he was starting to get very flirty. He would bat his eyelashes at various guys or giggle softly. As he stared across the room, his eyes met a man on the other side. They exchanged some glances before Al turned away when a sudden wave of shyness and panic set over him. Al realized he wasn’t acting like himself. This wasn’t the way he flirted, and it certainly wasn’t the types of people he flirted with -- he was supposed to flirt with women! He was a guy at heart. Still, speaking of guys, that one was kind of cute. He returned his gaze, noticing the man had moved closer. His heart pounded; he was feeling nervous as the man approached.
It didn’t take long for Al to lose track of how many drinks he had downed. He was pretty confident that it wasn’t that many, and he was certainly sure it was less than he would usually have. He simply couldn’t figure out why he felt so drunk; he just hadn’t taken into account the fact that his borrowed body had a lower tolerance. The weirder thing was that he was starting to get very flirty. He would bat his eyelashes at various guys or giggle softly. As he stared across the room, his eyes met a man on the other side. They exchanged some glances before Al turned away when a sudden wave of shyness and panic set over him. Al realized he wasn’t acting like himself. This wasn’t the way he flirted, and it certainly wasn’t the types of people he flirted with -- he was supposed to flirt with women! He was a guy at heart. Still, speaking of guys, that one was kind of cute. He returned his gaze, noticing the man had moved closer. His heart pounded; he was feeling nervous as the man approached.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Claw Machine

It had been almost three years since Gavin and Tracy had swapped bodies using the Medallion of Zulu and almost just as long since they had lost the strange piece of jewelry. For the most part, Gavin had tried to put it out of his mind and accept his new life as Tracy. It was truly by chance that he saw the sparkle in the claw machine that he was able to immediately identify. It was the Medallion, the cheap necklace seemed to mock him from inside the machine. He plunked all his change down in an attempt to win the Medallion, but he came up unsurprisingly short. He cursed as he went to a cashier to turn a twenty into more quarters, but in the short time he was gone, the Medallion had disappeared. He was sure he had kept one eye over here, and he hadn’t seen anyone else play. Maybe it got lost in the pile of stuffed animals somehow? He had been so close to finding it again! How did he let it slip through his fingers like that! He could’ve finally gotten back to his own body after three long years!

The Business

Warren never explained to his clients how he could swap bodies with anyone; he merely offered his service to anybody that could afford it. Frequently, people would pay him in order to enact some sort of revenge on an ex. He had just completed a job for a man named Devin Lund. Devin had hired Warren to swap bodies with Nancy Lu. His instructions were to break up with Nancy’s current boyfriend in a humiliating manner. Warren had caused quite a scene at the restaurant, and he was sure Nancy’s boyfriend would never be calling her again. He was ready for the next job.
Warren never explained to his clients how he could swap bodies with anyone; he merely offered his service to anybody that could afford it. Frequently, people would pay him in order to enact some sort of revenge on an ex. He had just completed a job for a man named Devin Lund. Devin had hired Warren to swap bodies with Nancy Lu. His instructions were to break up with Nancy’s current boyfriend in a humiliating manner. Warren had caused quite a scene at the restaurant, and he was sure Nancy’s boyfriend would never be calling her again. He was ready for the next job.

He looked down at his scheduling book to see the name of the client, Nancy Lu, and the subject of the swap, Devin Lund. He called his assistant to make sure there wasn’t a mistake. Sure enough, there wasn’t. Both Devin AND Nancy had hired him to enact revenge. And what did Nancy want Warren to do with Devin’s body? She wanted Devin’s body to go to work wearing a dress. Warren smiled; that certainly wasn’t a difficult humiliation. He began to prepare for the swap...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mirror

Trent couldn’t believe the gorgeous face that now stared back at him from the mirror. Miranda had told him that he could borrow her body any time he wanted, but he never believed that such a promise would ever be able to be fulfilled. Yet here he was inside her body, looking in the mirror at the flawless features that were (at least temporarily) his. He wondered why Miranda would be so quick to let him borrow such a vision of perfection, and to give him the option to do this whenever he wanted? It seemed unimaginable. Then again, she also hadn’t specified when she wanted her body back. In fact, she hadn’t even seem to give it a thought. Trent didn’t want to bring it up. If she let him stay in her body forever, he knew he would enjoy that. He hoped that was a possibility!
Trent couldn’t believe the gorgeous face that now stared back at him from the mirror. Miranda had told him that he could borrow her body any time he wanted, but he never believed that such a promise would ever be able to be fulfilled. Yet here he was inside her body, looking in the mirror at the flawless features that were (at least temporarily) his. He wondered why Miranda would be so quick to let him borrow such a vision of perfection, and to give him the option to do this whenever he wanted? It seemed unimaginable. Then again, she also hadn’t specified when she wanted her body back. In fact, she hadn’t even seem to give it a thought. Trent didn’t want to bring it up. If she let him stay in her body forever, he knew he would enjoy that. He hoped that was a possibility!

Flatlined

Despite being unable to move after his car accident, Martin remained extremely lucid. He could remember police and paramedics arriving; he could remember being brought into the hospital. He watched the doctors and nurses as they tried to save his life, but then he flatlined. He thought that would be the end -- he’s either go to an afterlife or things would go dark -- but instead he was still in the room, quite aware of his surroundings.

“Nurse, please, I need a respirator,” A doctor said, “Nurse! Now!”

It took Martin a moment to realize the doctor was talking to him! Martin had somehow possessed one of the female nurses! If the doctors saved his body, would he go back. He wasn’t sure how he was going to help without the proper nursing training. He just grabbed the closest thing, placed it on his own body, and hoped it was correct!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Marketing, Sales, and R&D (Part 1)

Working in marking, Eileen Liu often had access to some of the strange things her company’s R&D department developed. One item in particular had caught her interest lately, but she couldn’t find anyone in her department who would agree to use it with her. And that’s when she ran into Gavin from sales. His numbers were down. He needed to catch the buzz on something before the rest of the team. Eileen saw this as an opportunity. She explained the device to him. She explained the device was a bodyswapper that could switch two people’s bodies. She told him that none of the other sales people knew about it. Gavin doubted her claims, and she knew she had her opening. She said she’d show it to him, and she could prove it would work. She smiled, knowing she’d finally get the chance to test this thing out!
Working in marking, Eileen Liu often had access to some of the strange things her company’s R&D department developed. One item in particular had caught her interest lately, but she couldn’t find anyone in her department who would agree to use it with her. And that’s when she ran into Gavin from sales. His numbers were down. He needed to catch the buzz on something before the rest of the team. Eileen saw this as an opportunity. She explained the device to him. She explained the device was a bodyswapper that could switch two people’s bodies. She told him that none of the other sales people knew about it. Gavin doubted her claims, and she knew she had her opening. She said she’d show it to him, and she could prove it would work. She smiled, knowing she’d finally get the chance to test this thing out!

Kick Some Ass

As Earl went into his garage to pick up the biggest gun he owned, he was still trying to figure out the aliens’ plans. Why had they abducted him? And why did they put his mind into the body of a busty blond woman? He was trying to think of any sort of tactical advantage they hoped to achieve. It just didn’t make any sense. He wasn’t anyone special. He wasn’t in the military and he didn’t have any sort of high-ranking job in government or at a company. He ran a carwash. Why let him go at all? They could have easily kept him aboard their ship. Was switching his brain into the body of someone else part of a plan to make his story seem less credible? He was pretty sure that no one would believe him about an alien invasion even without tales of body swapping. He had so many unanswered questions, but he realized they didn’t matter. He had only one purpose now: to kick some body swapping alien ass!
As Earl went into his garage to pick up the biggest gun he owned, he was still trying to figure out the aliens’ plans. Why had they abducted him? And why did they put his mind into the body of a busty blond woman? He was trying to think of any sort of tactical advantage they hoped to achieve. It just didn’t make any sense. He wasn’t anyone special. He wasn’t in the military and he didn’t have any sort of high-ranking job in government or at a company. He ran a carwash. Why let him go at all? They could have easily kept him aboard their ship. Was switching his brain into the body of someone else part of a plan to make his story seem less credible? He was pretty sure that no one would believe him about an alien invasion even without tales of body swapping. He had so many unanswered questions, but he realized they didn’t matter. He had only one purpose now: to kick some body swapping alien ass!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Breakthrough

As a result of the Great Shift many scientists redirected their work to attempt to reverse the effects of the Great Shift. For many of them, the motive was profit, but for Doctors Franz Leicher and Sarah Klein, the motivation was personal. Previously, the two had read each other’s work but never met in person. However, as luck would have it, the fate of the Great Shift caused the two doctors to switch bodies with each other resulting in an intimate personal and professional relationship immediately. Their studies were seen as a bit of a dream team. Sarah’s knowledge of chemical biology was unmatched, and Franz’s research on the brain had yielded some of the greatest advances in the past decade. Despite their vast knowledge, the two never seemed to develop a way to reverse the results of the Great Shift.
As a result of the Great Shift many scientists redirected their work to attempt to reverse the effects of the Great Shift. For many of them, the motive was profit, but for Doctors Franz Leicher and Sarah Klein, the motivation was personal. Previously, the two had read each other’s work but never met in person. However, as luck would have it, the fate of the Great Shift caused the two doctors to switch bodies with each other resulting in an intimate personal and professional relationship immediately. Their studies were seen as a bit of a dream team. Sarah’s knowledge of chemical biology was unmatched, and Franz’s research on the brain had yielded some of the greatest advances in the past decade. Despite their vast knowledge, the two never seemed to develop a way to reverse the results of the Great Shift.

SwapMe (Part 1)

When Aaron downloaded the SwapMe application onto his phone, he really had no idea what it did. In fact, he soon forgot he even had it on there, and he wouldn’t even open it until one day upon arriving at the office. A gorgeous woman stood in the lobby of the building; he wanted a picture. He quickly dug out his phone -- hoping he could snap a picture without being noticed -- but in his haste to take the pic, he ended up clicking the SwapMe app instead of his camera. After snapping the shot, he quickly put his phone to his side and ducked into the elevator up to his floor. His heart was still pounding a little bit; he had been afraid of getting yelled at by the woman or the building’s management. But he grinned as he realized he was too quick for that. As he was a little distracted by his own thoughts, he didn’t even notice the fact that his body was no longer own; he now had the body of the woman whose photo he had tried to take.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Enjoying Every Minute

While Derek certainly didn’t expect to suddenly swap bodies with a woman, the event wasn’t exactly unwelcome either. In fact, as Derek ran his hands up and down his new body (focusing quite a bit on his new butt), he was pretty sure that he could say this was one of the best things that had ever happened to him. He would not have described his former male body as being unattractive, but it was nothing compared to the drop dead gorgeous body he swapped with. He wasn’t sure what had caused the swap, but at this point, he didn’t even care. It didn’t matter much to him; he was just going to enjoy every minute of this.
While Derek certainly didn’t expect to suddenly swap bodies with a woman, the event wasn’t exactly unwelcome either. In fact, as Derek ran his hands up and down his new body (focusing quite a bit on his new butt), he was pretty sure that he could say this was one of the best things that had ever happened to him. He would not have described his former male body as being unattractive, but it was nothing compared to the drop dead gorgeous body he swapped with. He wasn’t sure what had caused the swap, but at this point, he didn’t even care. It didn’t matter much to him; he was just going to enjoy every minute of this.