Saturday, January 14, 2023

Previously Nonexistent Sibling

“Wake up, Olivia, we need to get ready for your brother’s wedding!” I heard my mom’s voice call out in the morning as I lay sleeping in an unknown hotel bedroom.

It didn’t make any sense. I was an only child. Who was Olivia? As I stirred in the bed, I could feel my changed body. I must be Olivia. But how? I could only think back to a wish I had made last night at the bar. I had wondered how my life been different had I not been an only child. I guess I was about to see exactly see all those differences from a second person perspective now that I was in the body of my previously nonexistent sister, Olivia.

I went into the bathroom and put on the bridesmaid dress before my mom shuffled me into the hallway to meet up with a group of women all wearing the same dress. We were supposed to get our hair and makeup done. I tried to get as much information my alternate life. The original me (Oliver) and the present me (Olivia) were apparently twins. Having a sister growing up apparently allowed original me to be more committed in relationships. Instead of breaking up with Sandra last year, this verson of me asked for her hand in marriage. I had attended a slightly cheaper college in this reality, and I guess I was protective of Olivia (the present me) growing up -- which I obviously had absolutely zero memory of. It was great insight and the wedding was beautiful. However, I started to wonder as I learned about how different my life would be if I had a sibling, would I ever be able to go back to being me? At this point I didn’t even care if it was my original reality or this altered reality, but I was pretty sure I didn’t want to be Olivia anymore. I wanted to be me again!

Friday, January 13, 2023

The Merge (Part 2)

View The Merge (Part 1) here.

Of course, Melvin and Jody weren’t the only ones affected. A goth girl named Lily and a guy on the football team named Keith also got merged into a single woman; she ended up going by the name Lilith.

Lilith regularly called football “stupid” (of course, she called most things “stupid”) yet insisted on continuing to play for the team. She would quickly unleash a load of feminist fury if anyone said anything about how girls shouldn’t play football. She was a beast on the field and loved flexing her muscles, and the goth makeup she wore could often be intimidating to opponents. Off the field, she tried her best to be the same sort of ladies man that Keith had been, with a particular interest in Melody. There had often been rumors about Lily being a lesbian, but no one ever knew for sure, since she had mostly kepto to herself. But the clear preference for women from the merged Lilith seemed to leave little room for doubt about what once was.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Not Her

Edward tried to take a short break in the park, but he was confronted by two guys asking for a selfie and another three people asking for an autograph. He tried to dismiss them, saying he was affected by the Great Shift like everyone else. Despite the fact that he had her body, he wasn’t her. He knew he wasn’t the only person swapped into the body fo a celebrity as a result of the Great Shift, and he realized there was a lot of pressure. He had gotten plenty of calls from agents and managers asking him to take on this woman’s successful career. Plenty of other people obviously took up those offers. But fans had cerain expectations based on a celebrity’s history about how the person in that body should now act. But he didn’t want the limelight. He didn’t want to act all wild and outrageous on stage for an audience. He was a shy, mild-mannered accountant from outside Pittsburgh. He just wanted to keep doing that. And the only thing that made it tough was that people kept recognizing his body from before.

Edward tried to take a short break in the park, but he was confronted by two guys asking for a selfie and another three people asking for an autograph. He tried to dismiss them, saying he was affected by the Great Shift like everyone else. Despite the fact that he had her body, he wasn’t her.

He knew he wasn’t the only person swapped into the body fo a celebrity as a result of the Great Shift, and he realized there was a lot of pressure. He had gotten plenty of calls from agents and managers asking him to take on this woman’s successful career. Plenty of other people obviously took up those offers. But fans had cerain expectations based on a celebrity’s history about how the person in that body should now act.

But he didn’t want the limelight. He didn’t want to act all wild and outrageous on stage for an audience. He was a shy, mild-mannered accountant from outside Pittsburgh. He just wanted to keep doing that. And the only thing that made it tough was that people kept recognizing his body from before.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Not as Advertised

After looking at promotional material, Ryan had been lured to sign up for a vacation on Exchange Island. It promised that for duration of your trip, you’d swap bodies with another vacationer; and just about everyone in the photos looked like a model. He convinced his friend, Hank, to come with him, and the two were off. Of course, reality is rarely like the brochures. Ryan was severely disappointed by the body he ended up with. It was going to be interesting to be a woman for the next two weeks, but he had more than a few extra pounds compared to the models in the promotional materials. Though in all fairness, it all mattered who the other guests actually were, and he supposed whoever got his rather scrawny and unattractive body wasnt all that pleased either. And he certainly was better off than his friend Hank, who was going to be in the body of a 80-year-old man for the next two weeks!

After looking at promotional material, Ryan had been lured to sign up for a vacation on Exchange Island. It promised that for duration of your trip, you’d swap bodies with another vacationer; and just about everyone in the photos looked like a model. He convinced his friend, Hank, to come with him, and the two were off.

Of course, reality is rarely like the brochures. Ryan was severely disappointed by the body he ended up with. It was going to be interesting to be a woman for the next two weeks, but he had more than a few extra pounds compared to the models in the promotional materials. Though in all fairness, it all mattered who the other guests actually were, and he supposed whoever got his rather scrawny and unattractive body wasn’t all that pleased either. And he certainly was better off than his friend Hank, who was going to be in the body of a 80-year-old man for the next two weeks!

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Toughest Professor (Part 1)

Professor Liu was known to be one of the toughest at the university, but a few words of wisdom to survive her class had been passed down through the years. For one, while she wrote a lot on the board, students knew to pay the most attention to her lectures when she walked around the classroom. She wanted to ensure students were actually paying attention to her words.

So as she walked up and down the rows that day, the entire class was feverishly taking notes as she talked, “And so when we have a heterogeneous catalysis, we can study the Haber-Bosch process in order to...what the hell?”

The students were puzzled by her tonal change until they looked at their own notes.

“That’s not my handwriting. I don’t write hearts on my i’s,” A young woman spoke up, “And this is not my voice! Or my body for that matter!”

“And I’m not Professor Liu!” Professor Liu’s body said, “I’m Doug! I sit...over there.” Doug looked to see his body still sitting there, “Holy shit! I’m looking at myself! And I’m in the teacher’s body!”

The entire class was in chaos with everyone swapped around.

Monday, January 9, 2023

Owning the Libs

Thomas was a young conservative activist who had signed up with a radical organization to own the libs in any way possible. The other members were quick to give Thomas an assignment to further their cause. The instructions were far out of the mainstream, seemed quite unethical, probably against his religion, and likely just impossible. But he also wanted to fit in, so he accepted the task of possessing a liberal activist before a scheduled talk show appearance and then tank it however he saw fit. There were clear instructions about how to possess someone, where to find her, and so on. He followed them to the letter and was more than surprised to find they worked and he was now in the body of a woman twice his age! Being in a woman’s body felt really nice for some reason, but he tried to put those feelings aside, focusing instead on how attractive she was for her age. There weren’t instructions about how to tank the news interview. He decided the best way to give standard liberal opinions, but make his body look as foolish as possible. He opted to dress more suited for a night club than a news studio, like he should be dishing on pop culture instead of serious topics, and certainly not suitable for a woman of this age. It didn’t work. Instead of seeming foolish, he was praised for being in touch with the youth. The organization he volunteered for was not happy.

Thomas was a young conservative activist who had signed up with a radical organization to own the libs in any way possible. The other members were quick to give Thomas an assignment to further their cause. The instructions were far out of the mainstream, seemed quite unethical, probably against his religion, and likely just impossible. But he also wanted to fit in, so he accepted the task of possessing a liberal activist before a scheduled talk show appearance and then tank it however he saw fit.

There were clear instructions about how to possess someone, where to find her, and so on. He followed them to the letter and was more than surprised to find they worked and he was now in the body of a woman twice his age! Being in a woman’s body felt really nice for some reason, but he tried to put those feelings aside, focusing instead on how attractive she was for her age.

There weren’t instructions about how to tank the news interview. He decided the best way to give standard liberal opinions, but make his body look as foolish as possible. He opted to dress more suited for a night club than a news studio, like he should be dishing on pop culture instead of serious topics, and certainly not suitable for a woman of this age. It didn’t work. Instead of seeming foolish, he was praised for being “in touch” with the youth.

The organization he volunteered for was not happy.

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Doctor's Visit (Part 1)

I gave my name to the receptionist and sat down in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. I put my hands on my knees and spread my legs wide, forgotting for a moment what my body looked like now. You see, when I went to sleep last night, I was your typical, ordinary guy; but today I woke up as a woman. I immediately called the doctor to schedule an appointment to see what was wrong with me, to figure out what happened. None of my old clothes fit, but luckily my sister had dropped off a few things the other day, as I was collecting items for a local charity. I felt so weird putting on her underwear, jeans that felt much too tight, and a sweater with long sleeves that covered my hands if I didn’t roll them up. I had to adjust the seat in my car for my now smaller body, and as I drove to the doctor I kept having to push hair out of my face. Now that I was waiting, I was wondering how I was even going to explain that I somehow spontaneously changed genders.

I gave my name to the receptionist and sat down in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. I put my hands on my knees and spread my legs wide, forgotting for a moment what my body looked like now.

You see, when I went to sleep last night, I was your typical, ordinary guy; but today I woke up as a woman. I immediately called the doctor to schedule an appointment to see what was wrong with me, to figure out what happened.

None of my old clothes fit, but luckily my sister had dropped off a few things the other day, as I was collecting items for a local charity. I felt so weird putting on her underwear, jeans that felt much too tight, and a sweater with long sleeves that covered my hands if I didn’t roll them up.

I had to adjust the seat in my car for my now smaller body, and as I drove to the doctor I kept having to push hair out of my face. Now that I was waiting, I was wondering how I was even going to explain that I somehow spontaneously changed genders.