Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Moment

“I still remember the moment very clearly,” Craig said to his psychiatrist describing the moments right after the Great Shift, “I felt a little woozy. I was running late for a meeting, so I checked my watch. That’s when I realized my watch was not on my wrist. I wondered if I had lost it, or maybe if I had just been mistaken about putting it in the morning. And that’s when I began to notice the wrist itself. It was thin and the arm was hairless. The nails on my hand appeared to be manicured. I took a step and I wobbled on the heels now on my feet. My brain was having a hard time processing that I was now in a new body -- that I was now a woman. In fact, it’s still hard for me even now sometimes. It’s just things like, well, even describing this all to you and hearing my own voice be so high pitched. It’s really hard to get used to. I guess that’s why I am here in the first place, isn’t it?”

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Great What?

Tyrone nearly vomited when he suddenly found himself drinking a bottle of something labeled “Detox.” Then when he realized he now had the body of a woman, he grabbed a nearby bottle of wine along with a cup and began drinking.

It was a few hours later when he saw his own former body enter the room. By this time, he was pretty drunk.

“Hey,” Tyrone slurred while drunkenly
pointing a finger, “That’s me.”

“Yes,” His own body replied, “And you’re me. We’ve switched bodies, and if you turned on a TV, you’d probably know why. Did you hear about the Great Shift?”

“The Great What? Naw, but this body is pretty great. I can’t say I mind it...”

Thursday, January 18, 2018


“I’ve got to say I’m somewhat impressed,” Greg laughed, “The fact that you even realized I’m not actually your wife is pretty impressive. But chaining me up in the basement isn’t going to do you much good. You see, Frank, I’m what is called a bodyhopper. I can jump my spirit from body to body as I please, but being stuck down here, I can’t exactly hop back into my own body. So, I guess...”

As Greg trailed off, Frank suddenly felt odd. He soon realized he was now in the body of his own wife and chained up. “What did you do?” Frank snapped as he struggled.

“We’re you not paying any attention? Since I couldn’t hop back to my own body, I escaped by hopping into yours. And your soul? Well, it wound up where I had been, in your wife’s body. I hope you enjoy it, as I can’t be bothered to sort this all out for you.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Step Up (Part 5)

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Tim’s least favorite moment was date nights with his dad. For starters, he’d have to spend much of the day at the hair salon and beauty parlor getting ready. This ruined his favorite part of the day. And while he had adapted mostly well to his stepmom’s wardrobe, the outfits she wore to dress up were uncomfortable. Then there was coming back from the date. His father had certain...expectations, and Tim put on a brave face and went through with them. He never objected no matter how much he wanted to. He just smiled and did whatever his dad wanted of him after the date, never revealing he wasn’t actually who he appeared to be...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Step Up (Part 4)

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Tim enjoyed weekdays a lot. From the time his dad went to work and his brothers and sisters went to school until the time they got home, he had an opportunity to feel like himself -- despite the body he currently had. He had to do a few chores like going to the store, doing the laundry, or cleaning the house, but he could also play video games or watch some TV. Of course, the moment he heard anyone get home, he put a big smile on his face and played the role of caring mother of loving wife. It was beginning to get really tiring, but if he stopped, he knew how much it would let the family down.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Step Up (Part 3)

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When Tim arrived at home, he received such a homecoming from his family that he nearly cried. It was a little awkward that he couldn’t tell them that he was really Tim, but it was even weirder that there was already a Tim. His body was standing there acting completely normal...which he supposed should be no surprise. To the original Tim, everything WAS normal. After about fifteen minutes, he excused himself upstairs to get some rest.

Tim’s dad confonted him at the top of the stairs. He asked if everything was okay. Tim smiled back, and said, “Of course, it is.”

“You just seemed a little distant down there,” His dad replied, “Like something was a bit off.”

“The hospital was tough, and I’m really just tired.” After only fifteen minutes, Tim was starting to doubt his decision and wondered if was going to actually be able to pull this off.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Step Up (Part 2)

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Tim’s family had been told about the experimental procedure, and Tim’s dad had been particularly relieved to hear it had worked. But when Tim’s stepmom finally awoke, and the doctors discovered she was essentially a copy of Tim; they decided to give Tim the decision to tell his family or not. Tim sighed. He didn’t want to cause his family any more pain. He told the doctors tell them his stepmom was fine. He’d do his best to act like Linda Connors and pretend to be his own stepmom. It was why he tried to smile no matter how awkward or uncomfortable he felt. He had to pretend to be Linda -- for the sake of his family.

Tim thought about this moment as the doctors escorted him outside after finally being discharged. They put him in the back of a self-driving cab. As Tim began to enter his address into the guided navigation, the doctors asked him if was sure if he could handle this.

“Honestly, no,” Tim said with a smile, “But I feel like I got to try. For my family, I’ve got to try...”