Saturday, November 25, 2017

Blue


Steve sighed. He knew teleportation was a new technology, but he had used it three times for business now and three times something weird had happened. The first time, he had selected a body to swap with at his destination and there was a mixup resulting in him swapping with the wrong person. The next time they couldn’t find his body on the return trip, resulting in a multi-day delay. And now this! He had selected the woman to swap with at his destination due to her professional-looking photo. It turned out she had since dyed her hair, and he felt completely silly.

He did consider flying, of course, but it seemed like such a waste to take an eight hour flight for a day of meetings abroad. Instead, it seemed much more logical to use the teleportation service. Your mind would simply swap with someone at the destination of your choice. It was instant and easy. Then again, he was now going to have to go to important meetings with a body that had blue hair. He had also requested that she wear “professional attire,” which she clearly hadn’t. He knew it wasn’t too hard to go to a store and buy a skirt suit, but he also knew he didn’t have time to go to a salon for a dye job. He sighed again. Other people he had met with encountered situations that were similar with the teleportation service. Everyone seemed to overlook them, but they were growing increasingly frustrating. If the company couldn’t get this sort of thing worked out, he couldn’t imagine they’d succeed in the long run, even given the amazing convenience they brought to the world of travel.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Graduate


To describe Alvin as uptight would’ve made him seem much more at ease and relaxed than he actually was. But his neurotic attention to detail and dedication to hard work had earned him a scholarship at the graduate program at Harvard, and he was very excited about it. What he never would’ve expected was for the Great Shift to strike the week before he was scheduled to start. And he ended up finding himself in a body that was very, very different. His first reaction was to cover his eyes, pretend like it just wasn’t happening to him.

But he could only escape reality for so long before he peaked down to see his new body. The most obvious feature was that he was now female with long, blonde hair and a lot of exposed skin. To his horror, so much of that skin seemed to be covered with all sorts of tattoos. He couldn’t imagine anyone taking him seriously like this! How was he going to make it at Harvard? He could just imagine everyone would be judging him the moment he stepped on campus. All his hard work gone to waste, only to wind up in a body like this! He was mortified!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Self (Part 2)

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A few of the lab techs noticed Victor’s body movements after the swap and approached him. They asked him how he felt.

“I feel fine,” He said, “But I’m not sure I want to swap anymore.”

The researchers looked puzzled.

“I like being me. I like being Shawna.” He said, “I see that Victor guy over there. He looks like a dork; I don’t want to swap with him anymore.”

The researchers were confused, but Victor wasn’t. In the short few moments he had been in Shawna’s body, he had convinced himself that since he looked like her, he must BE her. The swap was irrelevant, and since he was her, he concluded that the swap must not have happened. It made perfect sense, philosophically.

The researchers were more concerned. Now they wanted to coax Victor back a little closer, so they could jolt him again in order to swap him and Shawna back to their own bodies. But Victor wasn’t having any of it. There was no way he was going to be Victor ever again!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Self


As a graduate student in philosophy, Victor had many theories about the self. So when the science department was looking for volunteers to participate in a trial for their new body swapping machine, he jumped at the chance. After filling out a large stack of forms, he was set to swap with another participant, an undergrad by the name of Shawna. The actual swap was quite quick. He got jolted by a lab assistant, and the next thing he knew he found himself in Shawna’s body. He kept telling himself that despite his new body, he was still himself. Yet he had to admit that with this body, it was hard to feel like himself. When he stood up, everything just felt wrong. Maybe it was because he was teetering on heels he wasn’t used to wearing. Maybe it was because he kept pulling down on the bottom of his sweater that he expected to cover his belly instead of exposing it. Or maybe it was because his new booty was much bigger and way more curvy than he was used to. He quickly began to think he might prefer being Shawna to being Victor...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Try Again (Part 2)

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After a few weeks, stores began to reopen and things started to get back to normal. Ron adjusted to Ming’s life, and even found some success as a model. She was behind him the whole time; telling him what to do and how to do it. After some amount of time, he was finally sick of it.

On a trip to the gym he turned back with a jolt and snapped, “You don’t need to follow me around all the time, you know? I think I am perfectly capable of exercising by myself. It’s been routine now for three weeks. I am not a child, and you need to get over the fact that this is MY body now and not yours.”

Ming was shocked. She was only trying to help at this point. It was weird hearing her own body so angry. She didn’t have any words to respond. She just watched her own body walk into the gym alone. It would be the first time since the Great Shift that she wouldn’t be within just a few feet of the body that had once been hers.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Try Again


“Do I really have to do this?” Groaned Ron as he tried walking with books balanced on his head.

They soon tumbled down. He picked them up and placed them back on his head before attempting to walk again.

“As long as you have my body,” Ming replied, “You need to hold yourself properly. I have my modeling career to consider.”

“But everything is canceled due to the Great Shift. Can’t we just hold off on this stuff? Maybe the whole body swapping thing will just reverse itself.” “And what if it doesn’t?” Ming said sternly, “And most things being canceled just gives you time to prepare. If I had a shoot and you showed up acting like you and slouching or whatever, I’d be ruined. Now, let’s try again...”

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cope


It was Jack’s first date with Theresa. He had met her on an online dating site, and it seemed promising as they talked and ate. But as they finished up the main course, a flash of light shone through the entire restaurant. The next thing Jack realized, he had Theresa’s body and she had his. Instead of freaking out, he shrugged and smiled.

“I’m not sure why this happened,” He said, “But I’m still having a good time. Do you just want to continue like this?”

Theresa smiled back, “Yeah, yeah, it’s okay. I think I can cope.”