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It's Not Time To Worry Yet
The first words Jacob McBride and Meredith Holt ever exchanged with one another were, "So she was dressed as ham?" and "Yeah" in the middle of a group reading of To Kill A Mockingbird for their English class.
The group they'd been randomly placed in by their teacher, Mr. Meder, was supposed to be six but really it was one brunette girl who wore hipster glasses and stared at the group paper like a tiger going in for a kill, two junior variety basketball players who were trying to get through a full game of paper football without the teacher seeing (they moved their books around a bit when he came over to look like they were just looking up something really important for the group), and tiny Hispanic girl who focused only on her page of creepy, morbid doodles.
Jacob and Meredith were seated next to each other by chance alone. They flipped through the books calmly while the brunette pushed through th
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Neil you gonna hang around the Dealers Room and stuff?
Mayu poked me in the arm with her plush star.
Yeah, I was thinking about a panel but I dont want to miss the cosplay competition. I gave her a smile.
With focused eyes, Mayu pointed her star. You better not for I will kiiiilll you and then use my spell to resurrect you, only with cat ears.
I grinned back and told her, Ill be there.
Mayu had been working on her costume for this convention for weeks. She dyed her black hair just the right shade of red. She even dyed her sneakers.
She stretched her arms. Shed had butterflies all morning since dressing.
I reminded her she looked awesome in the glossy, clingy pink dress of her character and she stuck her tongue out at me.
I didnt tell her that in my morning haze Id completely forgotten the name of her character and which JRPG she was from.
I did say,
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I was tapping away at the keyboard when I heard Nathan approach behind me. I didn’t say anything at first. I just adjusted my glasses and continued typing. He took a deep breath.
“Dude, you really need some time out. How long have you been staring at that screen?” Nathan rested a beefy arm against a bookshelf. A manga book tumbled off. He coughed a little and crouched down to get it. “Sorry about that. I’ll umm… I’ll put it…” He aimed the book all over the shelf. Not a single inch was open. He glanced over at the other bookshelves. It was the same.
I smirked. “Just leave it on the bed for now.” Nathan liked hanging out in my room while I worked. I could never really figure out why, but we were old friends, so it was no problem.
He claimed he liked the “art of girls” on my walls and the “female figurines” which covered the available space. I
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All the words I could say left my mouth. Mayu put her hands on her hips and glared back.
I had no idea what to say but, Im sorry
She sighed at me with a frown on her face. Slowly, she picked up the plushie.
She shook her head. If you were trying to be funny, it wasnt funny. She shook the plushie at me.
I swallowed and lied a little. Im sorry I kinda felt woozy for a second there and my head got all messed up.
Mayu put a hand to my forehead and touched my side. You did look woozy do you need to sit?
I needed more than that but I nodded and she walked with me over to her bed.
I tried, It could be low blood-sugar.
Mayus eyes widened. I have a candy bar in my purse. She had it out before I could say if I even wanted it.
I split it with her. And it did help. A little.
I looked over and Mayu smiled at me and asked, Feel better?
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A few days later
I cracked my fingers a few times over the computer keyboard after putting a period at the end of the last sentence. I read back over what I had written and gave a nod.
It wasn’t much of a diary, and it had been a good while since I’d done non-programming writing on a computer, but I felt satisfied with the results. It helped me to organize all the strange things I’d learned and felt in something resembling order. It didn’t solve my problems, but it made me feel a little more in control.
I clicked save and moved the file to the memory stick Tara had picked out for me the other day. It was fiery pink, but had enough storage that I had no reason to complain about the color. She said it was an early birthday gift.
Still, I paid her back by finally sitting through a number of episodes of Yumeko. As I watched, it was pretty clear to me that Hitomi left the series, among other thi
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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
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Anime Girls from Another World
“Before we begin the lecture, I want to direct everyone to the bold text at the top of your syllabus. And if you haven’t been able to print it off from my website yet, you can just read off the screen. All students will be required to spend at least twenty hours as ‘anime girls’ for full class credit.”
I’d noticed the bold text before. I felt a shiver reading it again. I could hear some titters from the back of the room. Professor Brandt, who was sixty miles away from us but connected via video conference setup, could hear those titters through the live mic in the ceiling. She pushed her narrow, black-rimmed glasses up a bit and continued, “Now, I have listed alternative assignments for some of the course requirements but, really, the class is geared towards personal accounts and research. There’s really no class like this is that I know of and some of it may be outside your comfo
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As I woke the next morning, there was a moment where I almost felt like I did before. But it soon passed with strange itches and a painful rigidness that made me turn bright red and swarm around the covers like a worm eager to go back into its cocoon until it changed into something else. My salvation was just a few feet from me but Mayu was away and I knew I would hate myself if I altered her mind to believe Id always been Kyoko.
I shuffled over with my bed sheets around this strange, boyish body. I felt concerned by the pain of the rigidness. I hoped that was normal. It tried to take my mind off it by looked around this new closet Id inherited. After a good bit of searching, I stumbled upon a boys school uniform like the one in the artwork.
I wondered a bit why I was wearing something else and not the uniform noted in the artwork. I wore the skintight outfit in the castle reality and my cloth
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My head slumped. Mayu's arms wrapped around me but I could barely feel them.
She blurted out, "Okay, you're a boy. You're Neil. But you're still my friend...right?" I glanced up. Her eyes trembled.
I reached up to squeeze her arms and she relaxed a little. I nodded. "I'm still your friend."
She announced back, "And I'm still your friend. Do you need anything? Water? Stomach pills?"
I could use both. I remembered bringing some stomach pills in my weekend luggage before though.
Reluctantly letting me go for the moment, Mayu went over to the closet, pulled out my luggage, and set it on the bed. It was a little different. But the big difference was on the inside.
Mayu unzipped it and hunted through the side flap. I looked down at the clothes. They were the clothes of a girl. Nothing too fashionable, but I noticed a few swimsuits and bras on the side. I looked away in embarrassment.
Mayu fished out some stomach pills and paired them with a cup of water
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"Alan! Is that you? Please come over nyao now it's urgent!"
I was so surprised by my friend's sudden phone call that all I could answer was, "I'll be over right right over, Joan."
She hung up and I clicked off the TV with the remote. It was going to some "BREAKING NEWS" graphic anyway. Knowing that station, it was probably another in a long line of pointless car chases which went on forever.
I tucked my cell phone in my pocket and threw on my shoes. Joan and Carl lived down the street from my apartment so it wouldn't be too far of a walk.
I crossed the street after a pair of emergency vehicles screamed through the intersection.
Their house was at the edge of a rather large tract. It had more grass than most and their Halloween decorations were still hanging in the window. As I approached the door, I looked around a few times.
I didn't see Clyde.
He was their silver tabby. And he absolutely hated me. The first time I came over to visit for a movie an
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Perhaps I ran a little too fast. I could feel my pants slipping, despite the best efforts of the safety pin. I tried to stop even faster. I saw Miki with her arms behind her head. Then everything started tilting to the right. I slid across the floor, and my pants stayed behind. Hitting the floor hurt a lot more without a Katsumi to break my fall.
My glasses were fuzzy and tipped to one side in front of me. I slipped them back on and tried to regain my composure. I saw two of the girls standing over me. Nathan was there too. Miki asked if I was okay. Nothing seemed to be hurting. Miki and Nathan each offered a hand, and I was able to get to my feet. I was down to my underwear but glad Katsumi wasnt around to sneer about my pants falling off again.
I dusted myself off and looked at the pants on the floor. Nana picked them up and held them. She looked down. I covered my front with my hands. I turned to Ms. Ishida. She had h
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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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"You are me. Embrace me. Embrace us."
I willed myself not shiver at the sound. They wouldn't find me, I told myself. They were still just scanning, getting rid of the easy ones first. Digging into closets would be a last resort. I was sure of it.
"We will be one, together. There is no escape."
They spoke as a singular presence in a stereo of identical, womanly voices. Each word perfectly in sync. Before my buddy Ethan was one of them, he used the analogy of the Borg. Big Star Trek fan. He got assimilated too.
Shutting my eyes only helped me to hear them better and I didn't have the balls to try covering my ears. Too much of a chance I might noisily scuff something.
"You will be perfection. You will be one of us. You will be beautiful, always."
I tried to find a comfortable position where I was in the closet. Their icy-blue vision slipped into flashes behind my tired, twitching eyes.
Four days ago. At least. Maybe a week. Maybe longer. That was when it started. I didn'
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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
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The wind seemed to push us forth along our way. It was calm, but vibrant. The trees nearby, with their triangles of green, barely moved under its influence. Jamie led, and I was in the middle. Nathan and Nana took up the rear.
My wallet and keys slid around as I walked on the pavement. I stopped a moment to stuff them both in the bag Ms. Ishida had given me. The sun shone bright in the east like the purest white paint. I shielded my eyes.
No one said much along the way. With Nana, that wasn’t much of a surprise, but Nathan and Jamie both looked subdued. I figured that was my fault.
I thought I saw Mami’s bright hair on someone in the distance. They wore the same uniform as the other girls. The girl carried herself like Mami as well. But they were going one way, and we were going the other. I gave them one last look before we turned at the gas station.
Nana finally broke the silence when we came to the cr
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After all those questions, I figured Katsumi would ask a few of her own.
She asked, “Could you sit on the floor with your legs folded? This pose isn’t really working for me. And I shouldn’t have started in pen.”
Katsumi stayed on the same page of her notebook. I stood up from the chair and sat on the floor a few different ways until Katsumi liked the one which left my feet numb.
If her goal was to remind me yet again, without shouting it, that I was a girl, then she succeeded. The remaining lavender scent on my hands definitively contributed as well.
Katsumi smiled. “Great facial expression. Almost done.”
Akiko reached over for the towel behind Katsumi. It was Katsumi’s turn to sniff. She raised her head from the page and looked at Akiko, who stared back like a thief caught in the act. Akiko lay protectively on the pink blanket.
Katsumi bent to sniff Akiko’s fingers. “Sumi
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I slipped into what now seemed to be my room and closed the door behind me. Just one futon remained. Most of the boxes were cleared out and the room had a stark, though beautiful, quality. I peeked around and slid open the closets. Once I’d seen all the spaces I could, I plopped on the futon and looked up at the ceiling. With all the items cleared out, it reminded me of my apartment room when I first started renting. I even considered decorating it like this back then but it turned out tatami violated the lease agreement.
I sat and stared at the ceiling for a little while. It was good to have a quiet moment alone to just relax. I didn’t hear any signs of Katsumi in the room over. I did hear Mami moving around the hall. I gave a little yawn. The floor didn’t feel bad to lay on, especially with the futon. I would’ve preferred my own bed but, considering it was stuck in a separate universe, this w
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I pulled Jamie out from under Nathan. He didn’t fight… Much. The color in his face was only now beginning to return.
“My arm hurts…” was all Jamie could manage in a monotone.
The pieces started to come together for him.
“You only hurt if you’re awake…”
One plus one would then equal…
“I was gonna get in front of a bus. I would’ve died…”
I didn’t know if Jamie’s life was passing in front of his eyes, but I knew that he would be passing out soon enough again if I didn’t intervene.
“Jamie, I know this is tough for you. I barely understand it myself. But we need you with us. We need you now.” Barely understanding was a fair overstatement. I could feel myself trembling. As long as I’d known Jamie, he’d always been crawling into his own little caves and hid, from conflict, from pain, with the easiest way out. I c
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I finally got home from my new job after an hour of different buses.
After kicking off my shoes and cracking my back, I set my bags on the kitchen table. I heated up some day-old pasta with cheddar chunks melted in a bowl for supper and slid my laptop out of its bag after I'd had a few bites.
I thought for a moment on the third bus that I'd lost my laptop but it had just slid a ways underneath. As soon as I moved to open my laptop, I paused and rubbed my hands over the top. It felt different. I had a flash of prickly terror where I feared that I'd accidentally swapped laptops with someone else. Turning it on, I got a sudden zap of static electricity from the keyboard. I had a moment of strange wooziness but it soon passed.
My heart raced and thoughts of how screwed I might be swelled through my head. But all the fear went away when my wallpaper was there and everything was in the right place.
Easing back in my chair, I made sure to backup my work files to the flash
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I gave a little cough and slammed the front door shut. The clouds were looming so I was glad to get home from my run before I got drenched. I slid my ear buds off and took a breath. The run was about what I figured but good. There was moment when I passed the nearby woods that I felt rather woozy but I didn't trip or anything.
The house looked different, but nice. Mom and Aunt Elaine must've been working on unpacking more things. Mottled brown boxes guarded the couches but I didn't need to step around them anymore.
I poured out a cup of orange juice from the fridge and sipped as I made my way up the stairs to my room. My sister Allison paused coming down the hall and looked at me.
Her brown eyes had a golden tint from the stray rays through the overhead windows. She looked me over and asked, with a whine, "Where were you?"
I took a big sip of my OJ and told her, "Out for a run. I said before I left. Is mom around?"
Allison gave me a once over and a weird
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The chill became a sickly-warm feeling. “Took care of how?”
Hitomi staggered and braced herself against the wall. “With some difficulty.”
Countless possibilities burned through my thoughts. I leaned towards Hitomi.
“Did you kill anyone?”
She widened her darkened eyes at me in horror. “How could you think such a thing?! Of course not!”
At least she didn’t kill anyone. But there were far worse things than death.
I thought of Ami.
“Then what did you do?”
She stretched her fingers. “Something that was a lot harder than I expected.”
I was tiring of this. “Tell me… exactly what you did.”
She looked me in the eye, sighed, and said, “I dealt with three conflicting elements. A librarian, a barber, and a so-called ‘demon’.”
I dashed near and pressed my arms around her on the hallway wall. “They have names! Shioriko. Carolyn. And Ni
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"Kenny! It's after twelve! How can you stay in bed all day?!"
I blinked my eyes open from what I was sure was one of the best dreams I'd ever had to the pouting visage of my younger sister, Candace.
Her huge, green eyes gave a visible twitch.
I muttered something into my pillow and tossed a hand in her direction. But she wasn't going leave me alone. First, came the prodding with her hands, then the poking with her feet, then finally, the drops of water on my neck.
"You promised to take me to the mall today after lunch!"
I vaguely remembered such a promise from several nights ago and sat up rubbing my neck to get the water off. My sister stood before me, framed by the dark, pen lines which surrounded her body, her arms folded, and awaited my answer.
With a sigh, I brushed my hair back and nodded. That was all the affirmation she needed. I was promptly seized by her almond-pink arm and dragged forcibly from bed and to the floor. Before I could look up, she
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I went inside first with the others close behind. Carolyn was tidying up. I smiled. He smiled back and said, “Welcome to our shop. Can I help you girls?”
Jamie ground his fist into his hips. “I’ve had enough of your teasing!”
Carolyn straightened up. “Oh… my sincere apologies. Uh… sir?” He gave a mystified-looking blink at Jamie. I could already tell something wasn’t right about all this.
Jamie brushed a sleeve. “That’s better. I suppose you want an update on our situation. We still seem to be… female. And this is the one responsible!” He launched an accusing arm to point out Hitomi, who leaned against the glass. Her mouth clenched shut and her eyes narrowed.
Carolyn gave each of us a look. Akiko peeked over the side of my hip and seemed to pick at the scabs on her hand.
He scratched at his forehead a few times and flipped back a bit of hair. “I think you
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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 could smell her.
Her presence surrounded me.
This… ‘Hitomi’, whose name I couldn’t even bring myself to think about with much confidence, saturated me with closeness. Nana’s smell was still there; Warm metal with an accent of clay. But it was surrounded by the traces of countless other aromas that flowed from her.
She took a step back but kept her hands on me.
‘Akiko’ peered around my side with both eyes out.
‘Hitomi’ dashed back and her hands pulled away.
“What is that doing here?” ‘Hitomi’ brought an arm in front, as though she were readying a weapon.
‘Akiko’ flinched. She crouched and clutched my thigh to the point of numbness.
I answered, “What are you doing here?”
‘Hitomi’s voice trembled. “Please answer my question first, sister. Then I’ll answer yours.”
I looked behin