Saturday, October 8, 2016

Shy (Part 4)

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As the weeks went on, Michael’s outfits got crazier and crazier. At this point, no one in the office was talking to him anymore. Even Human Resources didn’t want to call him into their office, but they had no choice. What she was wearing wasn’t exactly violating the dress code, but it was distracting -- and she could be reprimanded for that. Michael sighed. He was being sent home to change; if they had to warn him again, he’d be fired. But he didn’t see what was wrong, quite honestly. He had certainly always perceived women as wearing cute, fun things all the time. What was wrong with wearing balloons as a shirt, and this round plastic skirt was totally cute! He sighed. He could still wear this sort of stuff on the weekend at least!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Shy (Part 3)

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As the days and weeks passed, Michael went to the mall to buy all sorts of new clothes. Of course, his fashion sense was a little more than odd. But he loved buying things that were cute, unique, and fun. However, they weren’t exactly fitting for the workplace. He was still smiley and friendly at work, but the inappropriate dress was a little bit offputting. Despite his best efforts, he was finding himself ignored almost as much as Ling had been. Of course, Ling had been ignored because she could easily be missed. Michael was being ignored because he was just too much.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Shy (Part 2)

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The next day at the office, people began to notice a young woman in the office. Now that it was Michael was in Ling’s body, he was outgoing, friendly, and spunky. He thought about Ling now in Mageek’s body driving the cab. He felt a little bad, but he also felt like she never appreciated this body. He had looked through her wardrobe and found a lot of drab clothing. Even finding a bright red bow for his hair proved to be a challenge, and he snipped off some of that long hair. He arrived to work smiling; he talked to everyone he could; he even flirted with a few guys. He was pretty sure that he was going to love Ling’s life...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Shy (Part 1)

No one ever noticed Ling. She had started her job three months ago, arriving early and leaving late. She brought her lunch from home and stayed at her desk the entire day. She was too shy to speak much to anyone, except with one word answers, and very few people in the office even knew her name. It was uncommon for her to be working late and have someone turn the lights off while she was still at her desk. Thursday evening was one of those nights. She sighed when it happened, knowing she should probably stop working and head home. She’d have three minutes until the light of her monitor would turn off from inactivity; it was plenty of time to make it to the door.

She opened an app on her phone to use a car service app to make sure one would be waiting for her outside. It told her that her driver, Mageek, would be there in five minutes.

Ling was as quiet on the car ride home as she was in the office. Though Mageek kept looking at her in his rear view mirror. She didn’t think much of it until it was too late. Mageek turned to her and wished she have a nice night. In the next instant, Ling was now in Mageek’s body! She watched in horror as her own face smiled at her and handed her a fifty dollar bill.

“My name’s actually Michael,” She watched her own lips say, “You’re Mageek now. You might want to build up some confidence. You’ll probably need it if you decide to continue the curse and steal a new body yourself...”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


The entire office was remarkably silent in the wake of the Great Shift. No one said a word and the only sounds came from the humming of computer fans and the shuffling of feet as people made their way from the bodies of the co-workers they had been swapped into back to their own desk. Marshall felt like he was being particularly noisy as he nearly fell over several times. Tina’s body just felt so off-balance to him. He took a deep breath as he sat down. He didn’t feel like doing any work, It didn’t seem to matter where he put his hands; it seemed that he kept rubbing up uncomfortably against an unfamiliar body part.

The awkward silence was finally broken a minute or two later when finally a voice spoke up.

“I guess we should all go home, right? I mean, it’s weird to stay here like this, isn’t it?”

Monday, October 3, 2016

Back (Part 2)

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It turned out, Michael wasn’t called by the government in order to return to his own body. The Great Shift had swapped Michael into the body of a wealthy man; that man wanted his body back and paid the government a great deal of money to be among the first in line. That meant Michael ended up in the body that the Shift had stuck that guy in, which happened to a young blond woman.

As Michael walked outside, he took a deep breath, feeling his chest move in and out as he did so felt odd. In fact, while he hadn’t much trouble adjusting to the Shift’s swap, this one was much more difficult. Being a woman just felt so odd and foreign. He had no idea what he was going to tell his wife.

His only hope was that they would find his own body soon enough. The government had told him that willingly participating had moved him up the list. Of course, even if they found his body, the slow process of swapping meant that he’d still have to be put on a waiting list that was over ten years long!

Sunday, October 2, 2016


When the Great Shift happened, Michael never expected to get his own body back, but then again, it was not like he had it all that bad. The body he ended up in was mostly the same as his own, maybe just a little older and few pounds heavier. He was quite surprised when the government gave him a call about a year later and told him they had found a way to swap people back. It was a slow process, and they were prioritizing who would swap back earlier. Michael was surprised he was on the list at all. He showed up for his appointment early and bought a cup of coffee. He drank it outside before heading inside, quite thankful that he’d be back in his own body soon.