Using the Medallion of Zulu to swap bodies with Zoe for twelve hours seemed like a decent idea at the time. After all, it was a once in the life time opportunity for Jared to spend time experiencing what it felt like to be a woman, and he’d be back to his own body in no time. He didn’t expect his own body to fall into a coma in that time, and to make matters worse, Zoe hadn’t told him where she put the medallion for safekeeping. He realized he was going to be her until his own body woke up...
Jacob was up late one night when he stumbled across a site called “Body Roulette.” He laughed at the pitch about dreaming to be someone else. Thinking it was some sort of role play chatroom, he clicked a bunch of buttons marked “I agree.” Eventually, an image of a busty woman came on screen with the words “You have been matched.” Jacob chuckled, thinking he was going to have to pretend to be this woman. However, one final click and he felt a pain stinging through his body. The next thing he knew, he felt a giant weight on his chest. He felt a moment of regret, placing his hand to his head for a facepalm. But then a smile crept onto his face. This wasn’t pretend; this was going to be a whole new, strange experience.
Byron awoke with hair in his face. He couldn’t figure out where it came from. He brush it aside, but it seemed to follow him as he moved his head. The mystery was solved when he looked in the mirror to see the face of his ex-girlfriend looking back at him. He screamed. This was a nightmare. He had broken up with her because she was clingy and needy, but now he was stuck with her in way that was much closer than he could have ever imagined. He had her body! He had her stupid long hair hanging from his head -- her head? He was a her! He was her! He couldn’t stand it.
On the night before what should’ve been his last day of high school, Kyle prayed for a way to fix his grade in French. He was failing and needed a miracle to pass and graduate. A miracle is exactly what he got when he awoke the next morning inside the body of his teacher, Miss LaSalle. He immediately opened up her grade book and pushed his scores just a little bit higher. Feeling like this fulfilled his prayer, he expected to immediately swap back, but that didn’t happen. Instead, he ended up going to school in Miss LaSalle’s body. It was weird for him to be sitting in the front of the classroom with forty eyes staring at him. He was glad not much was expected on the last day of school, because failing one year of French wasn’t exactly a great experience for being a French teacher. It also gave him the whole summer to get back to his own body. After all, he was expecting to start college in the fall, and he was pretty sure he couldn’t go like this! Plus, if he was still like this, he might need to actually learn French for real.
Conor was just an average white guy from the suburbs. He would never admit it, out loud but walking through certain neighborhoods in the city made him feel a little unsafe. He tried to fight these internal biases, but he could never fully do it. It wasn’t until the Great Shift happened that he was forced to face these feelings head on. Suddenly, instead of sitting on the couch of his four bedroom house in the burbs, he was in a one bedroom apartment in exactly one of the neighborhoods he felt unsafe. Then he looked in the mirror and realized neither the word “white” nor “guy” properly describe him anymore. He grabbed the purse by a hook and put on the high heeled shoes that sat by the door and ventured onto the street. Despite this new body, he was no less nervous. And, in fact, the chaos of everyone screaming about being in a different body made him even more stressed out. He quickly retreated back into the apartment, hoping it would all sort itself out somehow soon.
Nick felt quite proud of himself. It hadn’t been hard to use the old magic books he found to cast a spell that transformed him into an exact copy of his former classmate, Amanda. He hadn’t seen Amanda since high school, but even two years later he still had memories about how she had been completely mean to him. He teased and mocked him, found ways to humiliate him, and was just generally cruel. Now he had a chance for a bit of revenge. The first step was done; he was her! Next he had to track her down. For the third step, he was going to use the books to turn her into him then the tables would be turned! He could make fun of her just like she had done to him. But it wouldn’t stop there! With the books, he could do so much worse to her. While he had never been all that attractive, he could cast a spell on her to make her especially ugly or age her rapidly or just cause some extra pain. This was going to be good!
Nigel eventually took up the resort’s offer, and got an assortment of clothes for this body and one of the nicest suites in the hotel. But his problem was a little more complicated than just swapping into the wrong body. He had planned this trip because he was old and sick; his doctors hadn’t given him long to live. He had heard rumors that if your original body died while vacationing on Exchange Island, you kept the body you swapped with. And that’s why he scheduled this trip to be a year long, and that’s why he chartered that flight with a very exact group of young men. He wasn’t even sure if could leave early, and if he did, he wouldn’t have time to pull this off again before he passed. The other option would be to just stay here in this body, and let his former body pass. Then he’d be stuck like this, stuck as a woman.