After the Great Shift, the government opened offices for people to come in and claim their original lives and put themselves on a list to swap back if the technology to do so was ever created. Reports about lining up around the block were common when the offices first opened, but Oscar had procrastinated. He waited for months and months before finally showing up. Truthfully, he mostly embraced his new life as Clara. She had never claimed her life, so he had just lived it. He had no desire to go back to his body either, so signing up just seemed like something he should do. By the time he signed up, the lines were gone and the offices mostly empty. Still, those forms were long and a pain the butt to fill out.