Saturday, December 9, 2017

Blank

The grave sat alone in the yard, unmarked. No one knew the man who had been buried there, and it was often a source of mystery in the town, even more so when a young woman came by to visit it from time to time to place a flower or other object by the grave. One day, one of the town residents finally asked the woman as she grieved who the tombstone belonged to.

“It’s mine,” The woman said rather flatly, “Or rather, that’s my body. I don’t know how or why, but while I sat in the hospital bed awaiting death, something happened. I don’t know if it was a weird electrical jolt in the hospital wiring that did it or maybe it was some sort of spiritual thing, but I found myself swapped into this body. A few hours later, my original body died. I didn’t have any family, so I made sure my body had a proper burial. I didn’t know whose name to put on the grave. Should I put my own? The woman who I swapped with? I didn’t even want to explain how I knew, so I allowed it to remain blank. But I come back here every now and again to remember who I was...”

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Venting

In all fairness, it had been a fun twelve hours. Pete had spent much of that time running around his apartment, wearing skimpy clothes, and looking at himself in the mirror. But with time up, he was ready to get back to his own body. He pulled the Medallion of Zulu out of it’s hiding place and gave a sigh. He was going to miss being a woman, but he knew as long as he had this trinket, he could do it again any time he wanted. As he reached for a piece of his own clothing in order to return to normal, the medallion fell out of his grasp. It rolled along the floor and into a heating vent. Pete got down on his knees to look. He could see it down there, but he couldn’t figure out how to pry open the panel to get to it. He thought about calling the building super, but he would probably then have to explain why the medallion was so important and who this unknown woman asking for this was. Maybe he could call a friend; someone he trusted. He just wasn’t sure. What he did know was that he’d be stuck with this body until he could get the medallion back...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Extra Credit

The last thing Robert wanted was to fail out of college in his first semester. But the results of his introductory science course weren’t looking good. He begged his teacher for some sort of extra credit. Ms. Park was hesitant. Extra credit wasn’t something she generally offered, but she had been working on an experiment with the university that lacked volunteers. She suggested that if Robert was willing to help him out, she might be able to pass him. He quickly agreed and met her in one of the college’s labs that Saturday.

It turned out the experiment she was testing was a brain swapper. With no other volunteers, it meant Robert would be swapping with Ms. Wong. He was scared, but he was more scared of explaining to his parents that he failed out of college. And so after a lengthy process with a lot of strange equipment, he ended up in the body of his own teacher. He begged to switch back right away, but she explained it wouldn’t be possible to do so for at least 24 hours. In the interim, he was going to spend his time in her body at her house.

He felt extremely uncomfortable in Ms. Wong’s body, and even more so being in her house. He was only able to loosen up when he found her wine cellar and broke open a bottle. He finally was able to relax and smile. A brief moment of paranoia came over him, as he was afraid a RA might walk in on him, but then he remembered where he was and the body he was in -- there was no way he was going to get in any trouble.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Best Friends

“I still can’t believe our girlfriends were dumb enough to swap bodies with us,” Marco mused, “I mean, once they did that, why did we even need them around anymore?”

“Come on, it’s not like you expected this before they did this to us,” Ivan countered, “We were both freaked out about being in their bodies at first, but we learned pretty quickly.”

“Yeah, when you swap into a body that you’re attracted to, it’s not like you care much about your original body anymore. And it doesn’t hurt when your best friend is now in a body that you often dreamed on cheating on your girlfriend with, ” Marco added while sliding his hand onto Ivan’s butt.

“Tell me about it,” Ivan smiled while returning the favor, “This was the best thing that could’ve happened to us, even if we didn’t plan it.”

“I’m glad we ran away together after they did it to us. I wouldn’t change any of this for the world...even my original body back.”

“Me too. Me too.”

Monday, December 4, 2017

Shhh...

Doug realized now that he probably should’ve kept his mouth shut. When he saw her in the college library, he knew hitting on her was inappropriate, but he thought she was so attractive. He made a comment that she promptly ignored, but then he put his hand in an inappropriate place. The next thing he knew, she read aloud loudly from the book she had. He felt woozy for a moment, then things went black.

When he awoke again, he realized things were now very different. He was now her -- the woman he had hit on. He didn’t know how, but he figured it was in the book she had been reading. He picked it up and began to read, hoping to find some sort of clue as to how to get back to his own body...

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happening

Ever since the Great Shift happened, Lawrence couldn’t quite explain what was happening to him. Sure, he understood that he was now in a woman’s body, but that didn’t explain things. According to all reports, despite people’s new bodies, they retained who they were. Their likes, their attitudes, their personalities, and everything. Except Lawrence now felt giddy at the sight of things like shoes. He marveled at fancy dresses, and just adored shopping. He knew for a fact that before the Shift, he was never into any of these things. He was having trouble comprehending why he was changing. It couldn’t possibly be simply because he now had a new body, could it?