Dida - Part 8 - Conclusion
My head suddenly felt hot. I reached out from the cliff. And who exactly are you talking to?
I am not Dida. Dida is my friend my computer.
I put some distance between myself and her. If youre trying to mess with my mind and make me believe things which are not true, then you should just leave now.
She folded her hands in front of her. The mess was already between Aides mind and your organizing control. I am not trying to make you believe anything but rather attempting to reintroduce genuine reality to you in such a way that the ties binding you and Aide can be successfully separated.
I booted the couch with my foot. I cant believe this is Kary trying to pull some sort of experiment now?...
Kary Glossian is only trying to save his brothers life.
After all Id seen, that sounded laughably-impossible to me. But then, if all Id seen had been muddied an
Complaints - Part 1ComplaintsComplaints - Part 16 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Dee Wright sighed as he finished tidying the desk. Hed finished with dusting, mopping, organizing, and not a single customer had come in for some time. He cracked his neck gently and settled into his chair. The industrial fan in the corner oscillated a few times. He rapped his fingers on the wood of the table. Just three hours left in his shift.
Despite the occasional boredom, he enjoyed working in the back. It was like his own little world. It was much better than being out there somewhere in the rest of store. He liked the owner but he knew she definitely had some quirks. Like the fact she opened a store which sold gender-bending products.
It was a dangerous place if one wished to remain the same gender. Despite those pitfalls, Dee had managed, in sixteen months, never to be affected by a single one of the store products. A record he held alone among the staff. Most employees were turned within a month at most.
The air from the fan brushed at his cap with the store l
Complaints - FinaleKorris eyes traveled over Dees eyes. She softly asked, What? Her mind ran overComplaints - Finale6 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Dees words, struggling to make sense of them.
Dee laid out a hand. I was born female. My aunt is Cerys Newid. Our boss.
Korris mouth dipped open. Confusion reigned in her thoughts. She slowly shook her head. What why how?
Dee shrugged. I have a means of remaining male while I work which Cerys provided me.
All the air seemed to have seeped out of Korris words. Softly, she asked, Why are you telling me all this?
Dee lowered his hand. Because of what you said and what I said.
Korri kept her eyes on Dee. You lied.
Dees body tensed. I dont lie. People just never ask the right questions. She watched his eyes. They didnt waver. They looked right back at her.
Korri dipped her head away. Whatever. What now?
Dees hands splayed
Complaints - Part 4Dee reached over, grabbed his pad of paper, and asked first, Receipt?Complaints - Part 46 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
The customer sighed roughly and rummaged through his wallet. Korri creaked her chair and tapped the side of it like a drum.
Picking through his wallet, the man grumbled with exasperation and asked, Why do you need a receipt anyway?
Dee stretched over to tap a laminated piece of paper affixed to the counter and said, Store policy. Its just standard. Paper had the normal policy notes but also included a few that mentioned incidental consequences where the store was not culpable.
I bought this here.
Dee gave a nod which he tried to keep from looking skeptical. But it was without the automatic enthusiasm of a few hours ago.
While the customer checked around for the receipt, Dee looked through the store catalogue for pillows. He kept to the mental effects section and eventually found an index text listing that touted a product with the ability to give gende
Complaints - Part 8Dee casually shook her hand and said, Nice to meet you, too. He watched her curiously.Complaints - Part 86 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
She stretched her arms over her head and asked, So, have you two had an interesting evening?
Dee looked over to Korri, who slumped into her chair. Korri shrugged. Her mom looked at her and asked, So being turned into a girl isnt very interesting anymore, huh?
Korri slouched. Not particularly. I mean its not like I suddenly became someone else.
Regina held her hands. I wonder some days...
Korri rotated her shoulders a little. Likewise, mom.
She gave Korri a lingering look and asked, So mind if I sit a while?
What for, mom?
Regina held her hands out innocently. Im just here to visit my child.
Im working right now. Didnt you say you had a class?
Regina tugged one of the customer chairs over to the side of the counter and planted it so that s
Complaints - Part 6With an automatic motion, Dee reached for his desk drawer and pulled out a thick book. Korri leaned over to look at it. It was black with big, golden handwritten script that said, The Regulars. With a drooping head, Dee paged through the book and came to rest on a particular page.Complaints - Part 66 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Then he blinked and asked, Receipt?
The man pulled a long, white receipt out of his jeans pocket. Korri took it and passed it to Dee. The customers name was given as Olivia Morgan. Korri brought a chair over so the customer could sit, draped the blanket across his front for privacy, and asked him, Could you tell us what happened?
Olivia adjusted his pants and the blanket a little, trying to find a comfortable position, then began, I was shopping in the area for some things to give as a gift to my niece. Shes heading off on her own next month. She told me she could really use a vacuum for her apartment. And I know she has some really bad girl troubles. And
Complaints - Part 3Dee picked up the service phone. Florani Tools number was written right below the keypad. He entered the number in quickly. The customer carefully sat with her knees together, blushed a little, and looked over at him hopefully.Complaints - Part 36 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Florani had a Byzantine automated phone system but Dee had plenty of experience navigating it and was soon to a human operator.
The operator gave a surprised, Hm? Oh is this Dee?
Dee flipped his hair back and smiled, Who else?
The operators voice was soft but rough, like it rose up then sliced through the air like a knife. I was hoping you would call. How have you been?
Dee let his smile go. I have a customer who had unintended consequences with an item.
The operator laughed. The good kind or the bad kind?
The kind I often call you about.
Dee could hear shoes scuffing across the floor. He glanced down the hall.
Out shuffled a tall, blond woman. Her hair was back in a scrunch
Complaints - Part 5Dee pulled out his tongs as he asked, Have you considered turning it off?Complaints - Part 56 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Korri scooted over to Dees side of the table. Dee glanced over with his tongs out. Korri gave a little smile and folded her hands in her lap. She looked at the alarmed customer, who quickly answered, Im not sure what will happen if we do that.
Dee glanced at the girl in the pink top and asked her, How do you feel?
Her eyes flicked over at him but she kept her gaze on the game. She muttered, Not very great. Im actually kinda sick to my stomach but I cant stop playing. She clicked the shoulder buttons.
Dee leaned out with the tongs but turned to look at Korri and asked her, What do you suggest?
Korri sat up a little straighter and first asked, Do you have the receipt?
The older woman fished around her purse until she came up with a slip. Korri reached out for it but Dee blocked her hand with the tongs. He cleared hi
Complaints - Part 2The girl held out a receipt. Dee looked it over and stamped it. She stayed turned and placed her arms over the opening in her swimsuit.Complaints - Part 26 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Dee gave the girl and plunger a quick look, then asked, Could you please explain the situation?
The girl nudged the plunger with her elbow and frowned. Do I have to?
Dee shrugged. It might help. He already had the report form out.
Her feet clapped against the floor. She sighed and said, Its a little bewildering and embarrassing
Dee glanced at the plunger again. I see.
She cleared her throat and explained, My name is She took a deep breath. Carol Wistry. The girl frowned.
Dee looked down at the receipt. The customer was credited as Jack Wistry. Good bit of information when trying to ascertain unintended effects. He looked at the plunger. It didnt have any mental block or special change warnings stamped on the side.
He made a note on th
Complaints - Part 7The customer with the air purifier brushed back his thick, brown hair. He smiled and said, Want I should rewind and dial back again? He nudged a shoulder on the edge of the counter.Complaints - Part 76 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Unintentionally, Korri brushed back a bit of her hair too and adjusted her scrunchie. She shook her head and answered, No. Its fine. Could I see your receipt?
Dee found his customer not nearly so cordial. He poked the counter with his finger as he spoke. I am disgusted with this establishment. Its products have caused me extreme and undue harm and distress! I am distressed!
Dee let a long breath go through his nose. He reached over to tap the laminated piece of paper. The customer flailed his arms as though a hornet was attacking him. I dont want any of that horse pucky! I got it over the phone! Im so sick of it!
The air purifier customer, as he drew out his receipt, remarked quietly, I always thought this place was cool
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Brian! Hi! Could you help me with something? I just got assigned an essay to write in my philosophy class and I picked something I think you can help me with. I just want to hear a few of your thoughts. That ok? Beth Hart looked up at Brian Fellows with expectant eyes. Hed just put the key in the door to his dorm. He turned around with a tired smile and looked over Beth. Itd been a long day at work but he was more than happy to devote his time to her.
Brian held open the door for Beth as she skipped in, plucked a jar of peanut butter from the counter and began finger-scooping it out. Brian frowned at her, to which she stuck out her brown tongue and remarked, No wurs than you do!
She then scoured the fridge for a cold Guinness but found only lukewarm Coors, Tom just got back didnt he? Beth cradled the bottle in her hands and glanced down the hall.
If you mean he went shopping, thats partly true. He got those and
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I looked at the sleeved paper and I felt less confident than her him. But I didnt want to diminish the light in his eyes. I asked him, Do you still want to head back to town?
Mayu sighed with the paper in his hands. Id like to put things right. Or at least know we can. I wouldnt be able to enjoy any of this without knowing that. Even the catboys. And this fantasy hasnt really turned out so fun. He slipped his shirt back on.
The walk to town took a while. And it was harder to navigate the dense branches in my adult body. Town itself was much the same as I remembered it.
Some people stopped to greet me. Everyone seemed so nice. There was one lingering look from an old man which creeped me out but the smiles of the townspeople more than made up for it.
Our home was much nicer than the one in Yujis memories. It was three stories with very nice glass work on the front. Mayu slid open the door a
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Involving the Second Incident and Its Immediate Repercussions
However, several matters must be resolved before proceeding further. It would easy to examine the later lives of Harper Melvang and Codie Hewitt after this series of incidents became an overall trend and trace the myriad of sources with their reflections and thoughts. The same would be true of looking up the studies and examinations in search of causes and explanations.
Such information would satiate numerous questions of a scientific and historical nature. But it would leave a fundamental and staggering question.
The why of the intangible.
That is the purpose of my words.
And so, after the parting of Harper and Codie following the first incident, each returned to their dorms with different ideas about what may have occurred.
For Harper, strange and nebulous feelings drifted through her thoughts. Her feelings about seeing Codie as a girl seemed to resurface in her quiet reflectio
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"And then the register gave a long, strange beep. When she looked back the customer was gooooone!" Korri held a flashlight under her face.
Dee yawned and pointed out, "That's not a scary story, that's just last Thursday when the computer system locked up."
Dee Wright and Korri Morrey sat in their usual places at the Returns and Complaints Department counter. It was after hours and everyone else, including the owner, had already gone home.
Korri dropped her flashlight in her lap and shrugged. "Then I'm all out of ideas."
Dee leaned back. "Well, I have one more story. But it may be too terrifying."
Korri gave zero sign of fear and looked at the papers on her side of the counter. "It can't be worse than an end-of-the-month department audit after a looooong day especially one with malfunctioning giant spiders and demoness costumes with faulty bustiers."
Dee gave her a little head nod. "Well a different sort of terrifying abou
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Dark sounds surrounded me in the blackness. Gnashing and beating. Wet and thick. My imagination shuddered. There was roughness all around.
Finally, I was thrown into a wall and something shut behind me. My teeth vibrated a bit and my nose felt crushed. I coughed in the bag and fumbled for it.
My hands hadnt been tied. I had to figure that was next. But the soldiers or whatever they were roared amongst themselves and thundered away.
When a moist, dripping silence returned I fumbled for the bag around my head. After a good bit of tugging, I was able to split the seam. That only got me so far before I worked at the knot. It was complex but I didnt really have anything else to do.
Even with the split seam, there was only enough light to know there were stone walls all around with only the dimmest of torch-light filtering in from somewhere far away. A rancid smell filtered through the torn seam.
My Yuji side was plotting my escape. My
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I first found the lake by accident. It was spring. Id just bought a new hiking outfit and had been hiking in the hills near town for several hours. I was just about to start back for home when I saw a clearing. The grass was tall and the trees were close. I sat down beside a still, deep lake and filled my water canteen.
Then, I bent over the water and splashed my face a little. I was surprised by how warm it felt on my skin. I dried my face with a rough rag in my pocket. As it rubbed my face, the roughness slowly changed to smoothness.
I shouldve felt the rag brushing against my three-day growth of facial hair. I held it and looked at it. It wasnt my rough rag anymore. It shined off the afternoon sun with bright sparkles. It looked like satin.
Turning it around in my hands revealed that my hands had changed as well. My first reaction was to jerk and shake, to cast off these strange hands like a pair of gloves. They remained there with their long, pearl-l
Waveforms - Chapter 22: AromaWaveforms - Chapter 26 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
What took you so long? blurted out Tilda, gently whacking John on the head. Finally, I get to see the girl in you.
Burke proceeded to do jumping jacks, for which her bikini top was clearly not intended. Hair and cleavage went all over the place. She seemed amused.
You know, they feel a lot different when theyre real, Burke remarked. He then proceeded to bend and stretch, running his smooth arms over one another. John touched her face gently. She pushed on it till it was distorted into a pucker. She yanked on her cheeks until they hurt.
Is this me? John asked. The voice was higher and softer than she was used to. John wasnt sure how it sounded to them but in her head it sounded like the voice of a little girl. She whimpered.
Burke stretched her neck and then brought her arms to her nose. She smiled and took a deep whiff of them. Wow, you need to stiff these arms, theyre great. John frowned at Burke an
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Some part of my mind immediately flashed into action. I looked all around for signs of their direction. I recalled what Katsu had taught Yuji about trails. I noticed the fine details. I could tell the fresh footprints from the old.
I cut through the dense forest. Branches were broken along the way. I worried after a while that they intentionally wanted me to follow them. But I had no other choice. I ducked around trees as quickly as possible.
I was fast but not fast enough to catch a glimpse of them. After a while, it seemed they were getting more careful. There were less signs of their direction but still enough for me to pick up. My heart was racing but Yuji wouldnt let it overtake me. He was going to be strong for his brother. He was going to show him how much hed learned and how much hed done.
I felt such great admiration for him.
Yuji even had a rough fighting style which used his small size as an advantage. I worried what Mayu
Dida - Part 1Dida - Part 16 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
I woke to Didas little yawn between my ears.
Before I could say my usual, half-uttered gumornin, Dida seemed up jump up and begin rattling between my synapses.
Mr. Glossian, I have downloaded twelve songs from your recommended playlist while you were unavailable. Also, I have monitored your incoming calls. There have been no emergencies or critical responses. I gave a terse reply to a pinger though. The nerve! I sure gave it what for!
It was invigorating to feel Didas hyper, pre-pubescent tone vibrate through my skull. I could almost sense her physically dashing around my brain with all that boundless energy.
After most of a yawn, I replied, Thanks, Dida. Tell me about my day.
The sound of a notepad shuffling, a default sound Id long given up switching off with how much Dida enjoyed playing it, repeated a few times. I have your meeting with Mr. Orantes and Ms. Chambers so far as work. Then you said to remind you ab
The PosterErrol Hawkins went by the forum tag "JizzCPuncher". He defended the most powerful video game systems and gear online despite the fact he owned none of the things he quarreled over.The Poster6 years ago in Humor More Like This
If anyone called him out about it, he'd flame their ass all over the forums. He was king and this was his domain, at least till his mom needed the computer.
His icon was a stylized version of his favorite rocker and a flexing wrestler in "epic" poses. He'd already flamed away everyone who called it "so gay".
After laying into someone for being optimistic about a new game for that "weak-ass, girly" video system, he chugged back a can of some off-brand of Mountain-Dew and sorted through the new posts for shits and giggles.
He paused at an introduction posting. He snorted. He sometimes found noobs good as groupies but usually they were only worth for feasting on their wide-eyed optimism.
He certainly had a good laugh as he started reading it. His belly shook and he dipped back his greasy, tangled hair. This one
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Dr. Tilda Warren picked up the phone. She put a hand on the top of her short, brown hair and smiled when she heard Johns voice. She had on the blue outfit today, the one that John always liked seeing her wear. She crossed her legs in her bright-blue-tinted jeans. Most days Tilda was sweet but John could immediately tell this wasnt going to be one of those days. She had her terse, analytical mode going.
What? That one syllable dripped with silent fury.
Ill be a few minutes late to the lab today because of a rather troubling incident.
Did you lose your penis? If not, I could use an ion beam on it.
John hadnt expected her to say something so overt over a public line, assuming she was in the lab right then.
Could we not fight at the moment?
Could you turn into a girl so I can show you how this feels?
He could tell she wasnt having a good day at all. He figured it was probably some kin
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Leading to and Including the First Incident
Codie Hewitt and Harper Melvang sat one row across from one another in their Introduction to Liberal Studies class. Then they had adjacent dorms. They even passed each other in the halls on seventeen separate occasions.
Codie's roommate pointed Harper out to him once but Codie brushed away his dense, black hair from curling at his neck and said something non-committal. While Harper's sister said 'hi' to Codie and several times called him 'cute', she did not truly notice him throughout her entire freshman year of college.
But then came to pass their Introduction to Psychology class. By happenstance, the two picked the third row on the right side of the class. They both picked it for similar reasons. It was close enough to see all the board materials and it was also not at the front where they were likely to be called on constantly. Also, it happened to have clear access to the exit.
Both sat. Both set d
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The bar was filled with the sliding and tapping and rattling of glass on wood punctuated by the random crash. This was mostly drowned out by the soccer game playing in one corner, a game of eight-ball in another, the clatter of a pinball machine, and the ending strains of a ubiquitous rock song from the speakers in the ceiling. And a dozen conversations passed one another above that.
Despite all the noise, Nick Lyden could hear perfectly as Emily asked, "Why are you here?"
Nick snickered to himself as he and Emily both raised their glasses at the same time.
With a little smirk, he noted to her, "Kind of a deep question for a night out."
Emily leaned her head towards him with a smirk mirroring his. Her sleek black hair still managed to glow despite the subdued light on her. "Don't have to think too deeply on it."
Nick stared into his glass. "We're here because of Kallie. For the karaoke." His hair was long and black, a little like Emily's. But it didn't have her shin
Dida - Part 6Dida - Part 66 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Hello, little bro. A womanly voice drifted through the haze.
I felt a lucid moment.
Who is that?
You shouldnt bother having Dida spam me through the main line. Since shes one of our products, I have the ability to lock her out of any part of the network and shell never realize it.
I pressed through the haze. Are you truly my brother?
What proof could possibly convince you that I am? If Im merely a dream inside you then I would know all you know and whatever it would take to convince you of who I am.
I waved my hands. The haze refused to clear. Okay. So I cant trust anything you say. How is that any different than what I felt before?
Im guessing you learned about dad. If its any consolation, I havent really lied to you. Ive merely omitted several critical details in our conversations.
A shadowy form of a woman drifted through the haze. I steadie
The Snake's Embrace - Part 15Alcan held her chair leg out at Folsek. Chark left through the door. Before Alcan could say anything, I took the son by the arm and led her out through the doorway. She tugged back and looked through the door. She stared at her father. Folsek bowed his head to her and gave a smirk as he said, I love you. Always.The Snake's Embrace - Part 156 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
She held her hand out and pressed it to the front of her hospital gown. Her lips trembled. She shook her head and turned away. I put my arm around her shoulder. Chark was a ways down the hall, checking the next intersection. I could hear Alcan cursing. I saw the edge of her as she yanked the data card out of the console.
The son shook her head and touched her cheek. Why do I feel so sad? Did I do something wrong? She looked at me for answers. I gave her a pat on the back, pulled her close, and said, I know you didnt do anything wrong. Come on.
Chark moved away when I got close. I reminded myself not to swallow. Alcan stormed out of the