Saturday, September 19, 2015

Transplanted (Part 5)

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Andre did a few more sessions on his own before Dr. Wong finally returned one day. She stopped him before he started hitting up some of the equipment and stood him in front of a mirror. As he stared at his body, she started talking about how this was who he was now...

“I know,” Andre replied, “It’s just going to be hard to tell my friends and family.”

Dr. Wong sighed, “That’s the problem, Andre. You won’t be able to. This procedure was experimental and secret. You aren’t going to be able to tell anyone about it, not even your family. This woman you are now, this is your body. This is your life. Your physical therapy is done, but over the next few days, we need to teach you about your new life, about who you are now. Then you will finally be able to leave...if you want to.”

Friday, September 18, 2015

Transplanted (Part 4)

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Andre estimated that it had been a couple months now since the transplant -- he had actually lost track. It was his first time in the gym without Dr. Wong. He was doing so well; he didn’t need her constant encouragement or help anymore. He was sure his new body hadn’t rejected his brain at this point. He wondered when this whole physical therapy thing was going to be over. Heck, he even was still staying at the hospital. He began to wonder about when he would finally be considered well enough to be able to go home.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Transplanted (Part 3)

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A few weeks later and Andre’s physical therapy was going great. He could run, lift, stretch, and so on. Of course, with his improvements in ability also meant he was becoming more and more aware of his new body. He couldn’t help but think about how glad he was that it had been such a gradual realization. From the numbness he felt to full awareness he was now experiencing. It gave him time to adjust to being female. It was hard for him to even think about his old body; it all felt like a distant memory.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Transplanted (Part 2)

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Andre was eager to get to work, but he didn’t even get to do anything but look around on the first day. Then several more days passed, and he hadn’t even been brought back to the gym. Then after resting one day, he woke up on a mat with the gym ceiling above him. Dr. Wong was there, telling him to sit up. He hadn’t really thought about it, but ever since his brain had been transplanted into this body, someone had helped him stand up. Even if it was to go to the bathroom. Dr. Wong was asking to stand up on his own for the first time. It was more difficult than Andre had imagined. She assured him; he could do it, but that it would be a challenge for his new nerve endings. For about a half an hour, he struggled. Then, with a little more effort, he pushed himself up to his feet. For a few moments, he felt like he was going to fall right back down, but he soon got his bearings. If this was how tough standing up was, he was a little nervous about what would be coming soon after.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Transplanted (Part 1)

“...And how do you feel today, Mr. Franz?” Dr. Wong asked.

“Still really weird,” Andre answered, “I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I am a woman now, but I don’t really feel it. I feel numb. I just can’t believe this body is mine when I look in the mirror.”

“Some of the numbness is due to the transplant. Your brain still needs to learn how to communicate with this body and its nervous system. That’s why we brought you to this gym for the next step, which will be physical therapy. As you workout, the new signals should hopefully strengthen the connections. We did what we could to give you a new lease on life; from here, it’s going to be mostly up to you. We will be able to help, but it will ultimately be up to you . Without proper stimuli, there is a risk that body will reject your brain. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Monday, September 14, 2015

Let Me Finish

“Are we done yet?” Joshua groaned.

“You know most people would be happy,” Rodrigo replied pausing from photographing Joshua, “Before the Great Shift, you had a pretty tough life. You were working at a minimum wage job that was killing you. Now you are in the body of a super model and getting paid lots of money for me to snap photos of you. Do you think I am happy being a woman after the Shift? No, but I’m not whining about things every five seconds. Now just sit there and let me finish.”

Sunday, September 13, 2015

I Do

It had been a strange accident at work that caused Walter to swap bodies with his co-worker Jamie. Management didn’t want any word of the swapping device to leak, so they offered both Walter and Jamie ten million dollars to pretend to be each other until they could fix the device to swap back. Walter didn’t think it was going to be that hard -- that is until he found out Jamie had her wedding coming up. The next week, he couldn’t believe he was standing in a church, wearing a very uncomfortable white dress about to marry a guy. As he thought about what was going to happen that night, he seriously wondered why he was going through with all this. Then he reminded himself about the ten million dollars before faking a loving look and saying, “I do.”