Saturday, May 4, 2019

Saturday (Part 5)

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Eventually, the neighbors returned home with disappointing news. No one had found Eric’s body, the kid, or the body swapping gun. No one heard of any additional swaps either. The old eccentric inventor told everyone he’d start working on a new version right away, though it may take some time to complete. Until then, everyone was stuck. Eric felt particularly awkward to be stuck with Riri Nakamoro’s body. At least she offered to loan his some clothes -- though it seemed she exclusively owned dresses and heeled footwear. He often thought about buying some less feminine stuff, but he kept hoping things would be resolved any day now.

Months passed.

The old man had eventually finished the new version of the body swapping gun. It took a while to figure out who to swap with who. Eric waited, knowing he was going to be one of the last to swap back since his body was still missing. He knew Riri would want her own body back, even though he was kind of getting used to it at this point. He started doing the math as to who he might wind up as in the end...

Friday, May 3, 2019

Saturday (Part 4)

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Several hours passed, and no one seemed to return. Not one of the swapped neighbors nor the kid with the body swapping gun. In fact, the first person to come by Eric’s door was Mr. Nakamoro. He was certainly surprised to see what he thought was hit wife lounging about in Eric’s house wearing a bikini.

He didn’t seem happy.

In fact, Mr. Nakamoro yelled a whole lot in Japanese, and Eric was glad he didn’t understand a word of it. But Eric did try to quickly calm him down to explain what happened. Since Mr. Nakamoro lived in the neighborhood, the idea of body swapping seemed reasonable enough, but why the bikini?

Eric honestly didn’t know either. She had just been wearing it when they swapped, and he hadn’t changed. He also explained how he was getting worried that they weren’t going to find the ray gun to swap everyone back to normal.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Saturday (Part 3)

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Most of the swapped neighbors went out in search of Eric’s body and the body swapping gun, but Eric was a little more hesitant. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to find his body and swap back as soon as possible, he just wasn’t exactly comfortable with the idea of running around in Riri’s body. Instead, he volunteered to stay behind in case the kid came back. Mostly that meant lounging about on the couch and watching television. He didn’t even bother changing out of the bikini. After a few hours, he finally did start to feel more comfortable, but he was also starting to worry that no one seemed to have found his body or the body swapping gun yet.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Saturday (Part 2)

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Even with everything strange that had happened in his neighborhood over the past few months, it was still hard for Eric to accept that he was now inside the body of his neighbor, Riri Nakamoro. He felt the long hair on his head, the weight on his chest, the slenderness of his arms and waist. It was all so weird, but why would she do this to him?

Simply put, she didn’t. As he soon learned, the old inventor across the street had created a body swapping ray gun that had gotten into the hands of one of the kids on the street. While Eric was now in Riri’s body, Riri was in the body of the old man. The old man was in the body of a young, female college student on the block. About a dozen others were swapped in some way. No one could find the kid’s body or Eric’s body that now had the kid inside. Things were going to be messy for a while.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Saturday (Part 1)

At this point, Eric figured he should be used to strange things happening in his neighborhood. An eccentric scientist had moved in last year, and his experiments were often bonkers. One time, he made half the houses on the block disappear. Then there was the time everyone became elderly for an afternoon.

And this Saturday, he noticed his neighbor, Mrs. Nakamoro on his lawn. She seemed to be fooling around and playing some sort of game while wearing a bikini. Eric approached her and she pulled out what looked to be a toy gun. Eric tried to ask serious questions, but it seemed she just wanted to be silly. As he turned to go back inside, he expected the gun to fire some water of bubbles at him. Instead it stung with an odd tingle. He seemed to go lifeless for a moment.

The next thing he knew, he saw his own body running down the street with the toy gun. He was shocked to realize that he now had Mrs. Nakamoro’s body!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Border Crossing

Luis had saved up money by doing dangerous odd jobs for criminals and had some relatives abroad send him some cash. He needed the money to pay someone who offered to help smuggle him across the border. He was afraid to hand it over to the large, surly man. The man simply looked at it before leading Luis into a moldy basement with a machine attached to a rickety chair. An older man sat by the chair near a control panel. The older man strapped Luis in and explained they now just needed to wait for someone to sit in the other chair situated a few miles north of the border. Once someone did, he would hit a switch and swap Luis’s brain into that body. Not only would Luis be across the border, but he’d also be in the body of a citizen and unable to be deported.

Luis had a lot of questions. Why would anyone up there voluntarily sit in a chair that would stick them in his body? The old man explained the chair was disguised well; the person wouldn’t even know they were sitting in such a chair until it was too late. Just as Luis began to doubt stealing someone else’s body and damning them to his own poor, difficult life, a light on the old man’s console started flashing.

The next thing Luis knew, he noticed the smell of flowers instead of mold. The sun was shining on him instead of a dim bulb. And to top it all off, he was in the body of a woman! The other side of the machine had been disguised as a hair dryer in a beauty salon. It certainly made sense, but it was still difficult for Luis to gather himself. He had made it across the border safely; he’d certainly never be detected in this body, but it was the body of a woman!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Melinda (Part 2)

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Stacy was a feeling a little disgusted by how Martin and Melinda seemed to be acting. They were silly, acting quite a bit like a stereotypical giggly girl. Eventually, Stacy excused herself to the bathroom just to take a break.

“Is there a reason you tried to play me off as the real Melinda,” Vincent asked Martin.

“You know Stacy. She was probably worried enough about me. If I tell her how I swapped half a dozen or so people, she’d freak. Not to mention I’m still trying to figure out how to tell her I lost the thing.”

“What exactly is the plan if they don’t find it? I mean, how can we explain half a dozen Melindas running around?”

Martin shrugged. He hadn’t really thought this fully out.