Saturday, July 29, 2017

Keeping Up Appearances


Gene had arrived at college with some pretty lofty ideals. He wore the label of social justice warrior proudly. He was anti-fur, vegetarian, anti-gun, but still prided himself on open-mindedness. Early into his second semester, he was given an opportunity to sign up for an experiment, to switch bodies with another student at school. He jumped at the chance to better understand someone else’s struggles, especially when he found out the other person would be a woman. What better way to understand the injustices involved in gender?

However, swapping with Gwen was nothing like she expected. She was a member of the campus’s young Republicans. She wore fur coats and leather pants. She kept a gun in her purse. Gene could cope with spending some time in a woman’s body, but spending time in the body of a conservative made him a bit more uncomfortable. According to the agreement, he was going to have to keep up appearances. He’d have to attend her Young Republicans meetings; he’d have to keep wearing fur and leather; he’d also have to keep eating meat. It was going to be a tougher week than he ever expected.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Consignment


The small consignment shop on the corner had sold the strangest trinkets for as long as Nicholas could remember. It was only two years ago that he bought a necklace that looked like a piece of junk for fifty cents. He had no idea at the time how much that little necklace would change his life...literally. He couldn’t explain how or why, but that little necklace could swap two people’s bodies. And with it, he ended up swapping bodies with Katie. She was always such a free spirit, wearing colorful clothes or riding around on roller skates. He tried to keep that spirit alive even after they lost the necklace, and he was stuck in Katie’s body for good. He was never quite as bubbly, but he tried. As he rolled passed again today, he noticed something in the window, something very familiar. It was the necklace. It had returned! He could buy it and finally swap back with Katie...if he wanted to. But did he?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wanted To or Not (Part 6)

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Eventually, John spied the phone on the bar just as the bartender snatched it up and placed it in the lost and found. John was a little disgusted with himself after he flirted with the guy in order to get it back, but he soon found himself in the woman’s home.

It was a lot to adjust to over the days that followed. He not only had a new body, but he also had a new job, new clothes, and a new life. On most days, he felt like doing little more than sitting on the couch and watching TV. Even that proved odd as sitting still made him very aware of his new body. He knew he had no choice; he would just have to adjust.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wanted To or Not (Part 5)

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John held his head; it was spinning. He knew he had a few too many, and he was acting foolishly. He just wanted to go home, but he he had no idea where home was for this body. But, wait, there was an ID in her phone. Her address must be on there. He then tried searching his pockets but quickly learned this outfit didn’t have any. That must mean he left his phone somewhere around here. Where did he put it? On a table? At the bar? If things weren’t bad before, they were certainly worse now. That phone and the things in were the only clues he had about who he was now.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wanted To or Not (Part 4)

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John was feeling pretty good after a few drinks. In fact, he started to smile and let the music overtake him; he began to dance. Of course, despite his sensual female body, he was still dancing like a nerdy white guy. Of course, this didn’t matter to many of the guys in the club, particularly the ones who had bought him drinks. They just saw a gorgeous woman dancing and wanted to get closer. John was more than weirded out when they started to rub up against it, but he was drunk enough that he thought it actually felt pretty good. He was also too drunk to effectively push them away. He just rolled with it; that is until one of them stuck their tongue down his throat.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wanted To or Not (Part 3)

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John had hoped the bar would have a chill, relaxed atmosphere. Instead, it was a bit more like a club with pounding bass beats and lots of dancing. Still, a drink is a drink, and John could really use one right about now. It was also not lost on him that there were plenty of guys in this place checking him out. It was a feeling he wasn’t used to, but it was also something he quickly took advantage of to get a free drink. However, that free drink usually came with a price. The guy seemed to expect a conversation. Luckily for John, he didn’t really know much about himself and this body, which meant he could get away without sharing much while still seeming honest. Then after that was over, someone else bought him another drink...

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wanted To or Not (Part 2)

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As the black cab drove away, John looked down. He sighed. Not only did he accidentally swap bodies with someone, that person just happened to be a woman. He had read the journals carefully. No one had ever found the magic taxi again once they used it, which meant he was likely stuck like this for the rest of his life. He hadn’t paid much attention to this woman when she was in the back of the cab. He had no idea who she was, where she was going, or anything about her. She had her cell phone with her, which had a case with a pocket that had a few credit cards, some cash, and an ID inside. He could probably make it through all this, but first he needed a drink. Luckily, there appeared to be a bar right on the corner.