Saturday, January 25, 2014

Worker Protection

After the Great Shift, Stan no longer had the physical ability to continue his normal job at the factory, but thanks to some quick worker protection laws passed in the wake of the Shift, the company wasn’t able to just let him go either. As a result, they found odd jobs for him to do in the factory or in the warehouse. Today, he was assigned to clean the floors. He knew this wouldn’t last. The protection laws were only temporary. He’d probably need to find something else to do sooner rather than later. Then again, considering his new body, maybe he’d just be able to find himself a husband?
After the Great Shift, Stan no longer had the physical ability to continue his normal job at the factory, but thanks to some quick worker protection laws passed in the wake of the Shift, the company wasn’t able to just let him go either. As a result, they found odd jobs for him to do in the factory or in the warehouse. Today, he was assigned to clean the floors. He knew this wouldn’t last. The protection laws were only temporary. He’d probably need to find something else to do sooner rather than later. Then again, considering his new body, maybe he’d just be able to find himself a husband?

Stay Fit (Part 3)

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At one point, Natasha stepped away to take a phone call. Bruce saw this as his chance to take some initiative. He jumped onto the heavier weights, but he soon found that while Natasha’s body was fit, it certainly wasn’t strong enough to take on that much. He found himself struggling to lift the massive weights. When Natasha returned, she laughed upon seeing Bruce’s attempt. She told him that she might be able to amp up his program a little bit, but with her former frame, there’d be no way he’d ever be able to lift that much. Bruce sighed. Despite being in the best shape of his life, he felt weak again...just like he used to feel in his former body.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dealership (Part 1)

Greg had been working at the car dealership for a few years, but in recent months his sales had been dwindling. A few more weeks like this and he was sure he would be fired. That kind of worry only made it harder to make a sale. He knew he needed to just shake it off and be more aggressive.

On his life-changing morning, he was having a harder time than usual shaking his worry. Other salespeople grabbed customers so fast that he didn’t even get a chance to try to make a sale. It wasn’t until around noon when he saw an Asian woman dressed all in red leaning against a car. None of his co-workers had seemed to go after her, let alone notice her. He knew this sale would be his.

But as he walked over, she quickly glared at him. He froze in his tracks. He thought it was his nerves at first, but there was something almost supernatural about this. It felt like her gaze was now burning into him. He wanted to scream out in pain, but he was paralyzed. And just when he thought he couldn’t take any more, it went away. But he was suddenly now leaning against the car, wearing red. He had become the Asian woman! He looked back to see that his own body had completely disappeared.

“Excuse me, Miss,” One of the other salespeople asked, “How can I help you today.”

Greg didn’t know what to say, but he managed to blurt out, “I’m just looking. I’ll let you know if I need anything.”

Enjoying Every Minute (Part 2)

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Derek had been enjoying the swap thus far, but there was so much left to enjoy. Of course, to enjoy these things he knew he should get to a more private place. He pulled out the woman’s purse and started to dig tDerek had been enjoying the swap thus far, but there was so much left to enjoy. Of course, to enjoy these things he knew he should get to a more private place. He pulled out the woman’s purse and started to dig through it. Sure enough, there was an ID with a address on it. It would be back at her place where the real fun began. Judging from the stylist outfit she had on, he was sure she had tons of other amazing things in her closet that he was just itching to try on.hrough it. Sure enough, there was an ID with a address on it. It would be back at her place where the real fun began. Judging from the stylist outfit she had on, he was sure she had tons of other amazing things in her closet that he was just itching to try on.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thought About It

Joel had thought about taking his own life almost every day since the Great Shift swapped him into Laura’s body. The only thing that ever stopped him was that he felt it wouldn’t be fair to Laura. She was traumatized enough by the swap; he didn’t want to think of what it would do to her to see her own body in a coffin. And what if he did this and the next day someone found a way to swap everyone back? Still, he thought about it. A few times he came close, dangling a foot off the end of a building top. He was just having so much trouble coping. He knew he wasn’t the only one struggling; he knew he wasn’t alone, but it was just so hard being in someone else’s body...

Glasses (Part 4)

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Alvin could still see his old body in the distance. Running his hands through his now luxurious hair, he pondered what his new life was going to be like. He didn’t even know this body’s name or anything about her, but he didn’t particularly care either. He knew he could figure it all out. He guessed that he could call the number she had given him, but he wasn’t ready for that, not yet. He wanted to feel it out for a while. With a body like this, he felt like he would never have another care in the world.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Community Meeting (Part 2)

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Angelica and John fought for a few more minutes before she eventually just demanded that John go sit on the other side of the room by himself for a while. Not wanting to argue anymore, John complied.

It seemed like it was all a big waste of time. Whatever had switched everyone’s bodies must have been powerful; it seemed unlikely that such an event would occur a second time by chance. There had to have been a catalyst. As he thought about it, a shadow appeared above him. He looked up to see Lina standing before him.

“If it means anything to you, I think you are right. They are clueless.” She spoke with an accent. It was weird for John to hear his own voice speak with an accent, but he couldn’t help but smile at her admission.

“There’s another thing,” Lina continued, “You cannot go back to my house. I’m afraid of what my husband would do to you.”

John smile gave wave to a puzzled look, “I planned to go home to my own home. I may be in your body, but I certainly plan to live my own life, not yours. But what is this about your husband?”

Lina averted her eyes. She hesitated before answering, but just as she opened her mouth, she was interrupted by someone bursting into the room.

“Is everyone in here okay?” The person shouted.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Break (Part 1)

Kurt and his three friends had decided to skip going home for winter break. They forgoed seeing their families to head upstate to a ski resort instead. After several days on the slopes, they all decided to explore the woods not far from the resort. It didn’t take long for the group to get separated from each other. At first, Kurt tried to find his way back to the others by tracing his own tracks in the snow, but he was quickly distracted by something in the distance. He walked over to investigate and was amazed by the strange white cloud that seemed to just hover in mid-air. For a moment, it just stared at it. It was like a snowfall that had gotten frozen in time while falling. When it finally started to move, it didn’t fall down, it went sideways towards Kurt, engulfing him for a short while before returning to its place hovering in from of him before finally dissipating. Kurt was in so much awe that he hadn’t noticed the changes the strange thing caused. It had completely transformed him into one of his friends, Chelsea...and it had plans for the rest of his group as well...
Kurt and his three friends had decided to skip going home for winter break. They forgoed seeing their families to head upstate to a ski resort instead. After several days on the slopes, they all decided to explore the woods not far from the resort. It didn’t take long for the group to get separated from each other. At first, Kurt tried to find his way back to the others by tracing his own tracks in the snow, but he was quickly distracted by something in the distance. He walked over to investigate and was amazed by the strange white cloud that seemed to just hover in mid-air. For a moment, it just stared at it. It was like a snowfall that had gotten frozen in time while falling. When it finally started to move, it didn’t fall down, it went sideways towards Kurt, engulfing him for a short while before returning to its place hovering in from of him before finally dissipating. Kurt was in so much awe that he hadn’t noticed the changes the strange thing caused. It had completely transformed him into one of his friends, Chelsea...and it had plans for the rest of his group as well...

Worthless

Ever since the Transformation Virus started spreading, people rarely left their homes for fear of being infected. Telecommuting became the norm and roads, bus stations, and airports were often vacant. As the virus spread, many workers soon realized they couldn’t be infected twice and some people returned to work. On the other hand, some thought they could beat the virus. Ed had invested a lot in the latest technologies that claimed to block the virus. Every time he went out on the street, he always wore a mask. It had worked fairly well, and he started to go out longer and longer in preparation for a business trip to Tokyo. He felt sick in the cab on the way to his private jet, but he shrugged it off. However, by the time he landed, it was obvious the Transformation Virus had finally gotten him. He was no longer the man he once was -- he was now a rather skinny and attractive Asian woman. Considering some reports of people’s changes, he didn’t think his was bad at all. In fact, he was already planning ways he could leverage it the upcoming meeting. His head was so engrossing in planning, that he didn’t even remember to take off his mask. Now that he was infected, it was completely worthless!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hard to Argue

It didn’t matter where Jorge went, reporters would swoon in an attempt to get an interview. He wasn’t surprised. After all, his brain was the first to be successfully transplanted into another person’s body. The donor body was a young woman named Sofia. Neither her nor Jorge had consented to the transplant and the procedure had been done in secrecy with no government oversight. All this made for a very compelling story, yet Jorge was usually quite shy about the whole thing. It was only in a moment of extreme frustration that he spoke this time about his feelings on the matter.

“I’m thankful to be alive,” Was his answer to one reporter, “My body was sick. I didn’t have long to live. What Dr. Collins did was illegal and against my will, but it’s hard to argue with being alive.”

Marketing, Sales, and R&D (Part 2)

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Eileen’s grin grew as she brought Gavin down to R&D. He was beginning to feel a little bit skeptical, but he knew he really needed to improve his sales. Eileen pulled a small item out of a drawer and instructed Gavin to grab the other end. Once they were both touching, they would swap. Gavin couldn’t believe this was it. He expected a large invention with chairs and helmets or something. He was starting to think Eileen was just trying to mock him. Reluctantly, he touched the item, and sure enough, he found himself in Eileen’s body. He knew she had explained to him what it would do, but Gavin still couldn’t believe it had actually happened. This device could be huge, and he had the inside track. He knew he couldn’t tell his clients outright, but he was always allowed to drop hints. He couldn’t wait to get a leg up on all the other salespeople. But first he had to swap back with Eileen, of course!
Eileen’s grin grew as she brought Gavin down to R&D. He was beginning to feel a little bit skeptical, but he knew he really needed to improve his sales. Eileen pulled a small item out of a drawer and instructed Gavin to grab the other end. Once they were both touching, they would swap. Gavin couldn’t believe this was it. He expected a large invention with chairs and helmets or something. He was starting to think Eileen was just trying to mock him. Reluctantly, he touched the item, and sure enough, he found himself in Eileen’s body. He knew she had explained to him what it would do, but Gavin still couldn’t believe it had actually happened. This device could be huge, and he had the inside track. He knew he couldn’t tell his clients outright, but he was always allowed to drop hints. He couldn’t wait to get a leg up on all the other salespeople. But first he had to swap back with Eileen, of course!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SwapMe (Part 2)

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Aaron didn’t even notice the swap until he sat down at his desk and reached down toward his pocket where he kept a pair of earbuds -- only to find that he no longer had pockets. He was shocked. Instead of his pants, he had a short, white skirt on. Even from the first person perspective, he could recognize the body he now had, the body of the woman downstairs! He began to panic until his co-worker Ryan came along.

“What’s wrong?” Ryan asked.

“Do you know who I am?” Aaron asked.

Ryan looked puzzled, “Aaron, are you alright? Did you break a nail or something?”

This time it was Aaron’s turn to look puzzled. Ryan seemed to know who he really was, yet he also seemed to fully aware that he had a woman’s body. It just didn’t seem weird to Ryan. “Do I look strange to you? Am I wearing anything weird?”

Ryan shrugged, “Is your skirt too short or something? It looks fine to me. I think it fits within the dress policy.”

Aaron still hadn’t realized the cause of the swap was the app on his phone. All he knew was that his co-worker didn’t see anything wrong here. Was Ryan he only one? He grabbed flyers promoting the company’s holiday party, needing an excuse to walk around the office. He began handing a few out whle forcing a pleasant smile. A few people addressed him by name, but no one seemed to think it was weird that he was now a woman.

Stay Fit (Part 2)

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The weird thing for Bruce was that he wasn’t sick of the exercise. Considering his formerly out of shape body, he never expected to be actually enjoy exercising, but in Natasha’s body it was a breeze. It was the fact that she wouldn’t ever stop telling him what to do. For instance, she insisted he use a certain size weight, even if he wanted to try out one that was heavier. He knew her body could handle it. On top of that, he had to watch her in his own body continue to progress, going from lighter to heavier weights, getting more toned and fit. Despite the fact that he was probably in the best shape in his life, it made him feel like a weakling. Bruce always had feelings of inferiority; it was part of what had caused his overeating in his previous body. Natasha’s workout demands had helped at first. They had given him a confidence he certainly wasn’t used to, but after several years, his natural emotions dragged him down. He felt like he could do more, that her demands were belittling of him, and he was ready to prove to himself that he no longer needed her.
The weird thing for Bruce was that he wasn’t sick of the exercise. Considering his formerly out of shape body, he never expected to be actually enjoy exercising, but in Natasha’s body it was a breeze. It was the fact that she wouldn’t ever stop telling him what to do. For instance, she insisted he use a certain size weight, even if he wanted to try out one that was heavier. He knew her body could handle it. On top of that, he had to watch her in his own body continue to progress, going from lighter to heavier weights, getting more toned and fit. Despite the fact that he was probably in the best shape in his life, it made him feel like a weakling. Bruce always had feelings of inferiority; it was part of what had caused his overeating in his previous body. Natasha’s workout demands had helped at first. They had given him a confidence he certainly wasn’t used to, but after several years, his natural emotions dragged him down. He felt like he could do more, that her demands were belittling of him, and he was ready to prove to himself that he no longer needed her.