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Session 13: Back 2 Best Girl
… Still nothing from you Verde? Fine.
Alright, so, the morning of November 25th, 2014. I woke up stupidly early, at about 5:30, my body damp from the terror induced sweating. I took a sigh as I realized that it was all a dream, and my skin wasn’t ripped off and my body wasn’t stolen by some mysterious woman before I headed out of my room, my mother still asleep, and the morning sun still an hour away from illuminating my home.
I knew I could not get back to sleep for the hour of rest I had remaining and headed to the shower to rid myself of my teenage bodily odor. It was more of a rinse than anything, a rinse that reaffirmed that I was, indeed, in my original body, and that things were ideally back to normal. The noise of the running water likely woke up my mother, but she normally got up around now, so I didn’t feel too bad about it. I dried myself off, put on my uniform, and was ready for school by 6:00. However, my early rising caused my mother to come into my room and have a word with me. Her hair was still down, and she was still in her pajamas.
“Hey, are you feeling alright sweetie?” My mother, Caroline, asked with her soft and soothing voice.
“Yeah, I just had a nightmare and couldn’t get back to sleep,” I answered, knowing that there would be follow-up questions.
“You sure that’s it? You seemed a bit… out of it last night. Is everything alright?” My mother questioned, coming closer to me and putting her arm over my shoulder.
“I was just feeling a little funny last night and wanted to get to bed early. I feel fine now,” I answered, lying to both my mother and myself.
She looked at me as if she saw through my lie, but did not want to say anything about it, and instead reminded me that I can talk to her about anything.
I left for Maxxie’s at about 6:45, getting there a couple of minutes before seven. Babs was thankfully up and had taken care of Maxxie and Terra. I made my way to Maxxie as she was sipping her Charm Tea, reminding her that we were bringing Terra with us today. She simply nodded in response, still taking in the rejuvenating effects of her Charm Tea. We eventually all got into Maxxie’s car and picked up Zoe and Shiaka. I’m sorry if I’m skimming over this, but… I don’t think you really care about all these details. Speak up if you have any objections.
I’ll keep on going then.
…Actually, wait, no, I know you would want me to at least describe what we all looked like as if the image in your mind’s eye began mutating. If you don’t care, feel free to zone out on my bullshit.
I, myself, Jad Novus, looked like trash today. My skin was far paler than usual, I had some discoloration around my green eyes, and my mess of curly hair was still a bit damp as I left the house. I was in a navy dress shirt, with my dark grey pants. Same basic clothes as before, but in my disgruntled state of mind, I guess I gravitated towards darker clothing. I dunno, I guess it’s symbolic and all that crap.
Maxxie, Maxxisaurus Omega Flare, had brushed her hair today, presumably for me, but I could see the lack of sleep she got reflected in her brown, freckle covered face. She had on a pink blazer, a violet dress shirt underneath, blue-ribbon on her collar, skirt just above her knees of the same color, and some thigh-high white socks. It made her look like quite a cutie, which made the idea of taking her body for the day all the more upsetting, as I’d be taking that cuteness away from her.
Zoe Xing was looking sharp as usual, his face stern-looking, slick black hair, and rectangular glasses that helped make him look more like a teacher than a student, although his tall and muscular build helped with that. As did his clothing, as he was basically wearing a suit whenever he went to school. Today he had a black blazer, white dress shirt, black pants, and a cobalt tie. I’d say that he looked like a typical young salaryman. You know, with him being half-Asian. But that’d probably sound a bit racist or something.
Shiaka Kurokawa had a nervous look at her face, more so than usual. Her silky blonde hair gracefully draped over her shoulders. For today she chose to wear her other winter uniform, a simple white blouse with a cream-colored sweater vest and a dark navy skirt, which was up to her knees and had tan skin-colored stockings beneath. Prior to the swap, she was fidgeting in the car, her bright blue eyes bouncing around like a trapped animal searching for a way out. Part of me wanted to say something, but I know that if something truly made her uncomfortable, she would say as much.
Terra Flare was the oddball amongst anybody who would take a look at our crew at the time, being a ten-year-old pre-transition trans-girl, or T-girl, living as a boy for the time being. Oh, she was growing out her hair a little bit, but she looked like an average little boy, dressed in jeans and a light sweater under their winter gear.
We made a detour to Terra’s school, a private school that I never attended, but Maxxie did before she headed over to Oransen Elementary School, and with our destination in sight, Zoe pulled out the VD.
“I just want to make sure neither of you are having any second thoughts,” Zoe said as he prepared to switch Shiaka and Terra.
“I… I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t, at least a little bit,” Terra said, trying to sound more feminine than normal.
“I am indeed nervous. However, I believe I am— no, I am strong enough to go through this,” Shiaka answered with a huff.
“Excellent. Now, how about you two?” Zoe asked, turning his attention to Maxxie and me as best he could given how we were on opposite sides of the car.
“I would play the Viewtiful Joe ‘just go for it’ sound clip or the Amy Rose ‘I’m getting excited’ one, but neither sounds quite right in my head, so I’ll just go with… yep-a-dep-a-yo-yo! Let’s get this swap on!” Maxxie said as she took a swig of her thermos full of Charm Tea.
“Well, I don’t know how to drive, so shouldn’t we wait until we get to school?” I asked.
“Nah, I can just drive while I’m in Zoe’s sexy little bod!” Maxxie flippantly replied.
“Ah, right, right, sorry, I didn’t sleep all that well last night,” I said as I rubbed the back of my head.
“Well, that’s good to know,” Zoe mumbled sarcastically.
With that, the three-part swap happened, with Shiaka and Terra, with myself and Maxxie, and ending with Zoe and Maxxie(J). Meaning it was Terra(S), Shiaka(T), Zoe(J), Maxxie(Z), and Jad(M) after the fact.
I found myself getting used to Maxxie’s original body within a matter of seconds. Its warmth resonating within me even on this freezing morning. The way that my coat and uniform hugged my current body, and the taste of Charm Tea as it titillated my palate mingled together to put a smile on my borrowed face, followed by a light giggle. Maybe it has something to do with Maxxie’s usual energy, brain chemistry, and usual mood, but I simply felt a lot better just by being in this body. It filled me with a warm and cozy feeling that I most enjoyed.
After momentarily zoning out, I was called back to reality by the sound of Zoe’s original voice moan in pleasure.
“Oh yes, this was one damn good idea. Chiseled features, toned bod, and, yep, a nice big one in the sack!” Maxxie(Z) said with a satisfied tone that, given her current voice, was almost a bit unsettling.
“Please, try to control yourself when we arrive at school, Maxxie,” Zoe(J) said with the same disapproving tone that I used every now and then.
“Shiaka, Terra, how are you two holding up?” I asked as I heard nothing but awkward grumbles from the two.
“I— oh, wow that is soft— so is her— my voice, I guess…” Terra(S) murmured as she glared down at her current body, one hand on her blonde hair, the other on her chest… not fondling, just feeling it and examining the weight.
“Check-one-two— Hm… This is certainly… different from before. Everything’s not as small as I expected too. I guess I didn’t grow much during puberty, so…” Shiaka(T) thought out loud, testing her voice.
“Do you want one of us to walk you up to school-lu, Shi-Shi?” Maxxie(Z) asked as cutely as she could with her current voice.
“Um, sure, I guess…” Shiaka(T) replied as she looked over the map Terra printed for her.
“Alrighterooney! ‘Maxxie’, please walk your swissy to the land of education, edutainment, and moe memories!” Maxxie(Z) requested of me as Zoe(J) grumbled at her behavior.
“Ma— Zoe, for the last time, moe does not mean something nostalgic and good, ya nut can! True moe is… hang on, where’d I put that MP3 brick? I wanna preach my words with that one Gurren Lagann track playing softly on the car speakers.” I rambled, trying to get my Maxxie impression at ‘Maxxie-mum’ efficiency.
“You don’t bring that device to school. Now walk your sister through the cold so she can finish her boyhood and begin her girlhood!” Maxxie(Z) shouted back at me, unbuckling her seatbelt.
“That won’t really happen for a few months, ya wisenheimer!” I said, telling the truth as, well, Terra still had six months of fifth grade to complete before she would be a girl 24/7.
“It’s the big picture Miss Flare, now go and do your due diligence,” Maxxie(Z) said from outside the car.
“Rawr!” I shouted back with a huff before I exited the car and grabbed Shiaka(T) from the middle seat.
Holding Shiaka(T)’s hand and realizing that Maxxie chose to wear boots with a bit of a heel today, I made my way to the front entrance of the school, where, as one would expect given how it was 7:30, it was completely empty because classes would not begin for a full hour.
“Alright… ‘Terra’, you sure you have everything you need?” I said, continuing to imitate Maxxie.
“Yeah, I should be fine. Terra did leave some notes for me in her backpack, correct? …Wait, I meant to say that I should have some notes in my backpack. I’ll look over them before school.”
“Yeah, you’re going to need to wait for an hour… Sorry about that, but that’s the way the pancake flips!” I said with an awkward chuckle.
As I wandered back to the car, I felt guilty about leaving Shiaka(T) alone in a place she never once visited before. It was probably a decade since she last experienced that, as she always had us of her parents by her side. I suppose she could always call any of the four of us for help, but simply imagining the troublesome scenarios that Shiaka(T) could get herself into was enough to turn my smile upside down. I let out a hefty sigh as I returned to the car, this time entering the passenger seat. After getting situated, I darted my eyes towards the rearview mirror and, annoyed by my disgruntled expression, adopted a sly smirk, hoping that Maxxie’s signature smile would help boost my spirits. But… it really didn’t, as I knew the smile was not genuine.
“So, ‘Shiaka’, how are you holding up?” Zoe(J) plainly asked the person sitting next to him.
“Huh, do you— oh, sorry, I guess I should get used to that. Um, am I going to need to socialize a lot with others at school or…” Terra(S) murmured as she blushed while looking down at her cute little sweater vest and skirt.
“No. Both Terra and yourself are very reclusive young women who mostly interact with us. Simply stay quiet, follow the directions, give simple replies when prompted, and you should be fine.” Maxxie(Z) said as she attempted to impersonate Zoe, but had this incredibly irritated look on her face as if she hated almost every word that left her mouth.
“Alright, but the multiple class thing always worried me. I mean, that and the halls it just seems to be… a lot to take in.” Terra(S) mumbled as she began curling up in her seat.
“Terra, look, you are a strong girl, you studied the school map, nobody will suspect anything even if you act a bit odd. Just keep a cool head and everything will be fine. Don’t fall down the butthole of despair, for you have the ability to become the ultimate hope!” I said, hoping my words would encourage Terra(S).
“Ultimate hope? Terra never played the Danganronpa so she doesn’t get the reference.” Maxxie(Z) explained as she drove to our
“Oh, wait, but I thought—” I stammered out
“It’s rated Mature, so I should not play it until I’m older.” Terra(S) meekly explained.
“I would sooner comment about how its subject matter is rather dark when you get down to it, centering around a group of high schoolers murdering one another in an ill-guided pursuit of freedom, which is made all the more foul by how—” Zoe(J) explained, his wording making me feel a tad and about my vernacular.
“a-buh-bup! Spoilers, dude!” Maxxie(Z) interrupted, thankfully keeping her glasses covered eyes on the road.
“Well, the trailer for Absolute Despair Girls did make the ending to the first game super clear, so I don’t know if that is actually a spoiler. I mean, that one trailer is basically the ending of the first game,” I commented.
“I swear, if that doesn’t come out in the West, I’m gonna be one salty little clam, nipping on NIS America’s bum.” Maxxie(Z) ranted.
“Both Danganronpa titles did better than they expected in North America, so I’m sure it will be out sometime next year, in 2015,” I explained, recalling a blurb about the sales data for both titles.
“Yeah, it better… Super DR 2: Sayonara Despair is probably my game of the year.” Maxxie(Z) said.
“You cleared twelve games that came out this year,” I explained to prove how little the status of GOTY meant anything coming from her.
“Yeah, but there honestly was not much competition this year, as developers have clearly been slow to adapt to new hardware, and the bulk of major releases this year were exceptionally buggy or rough at launch. I mean, Ubisoft somehow managed to break Tetris for PS4.” Maxxie(Z) said, redirecting the conversation
“I honestly thought that was a joke when I first heard the news. It is mechanically the same game that flawlessly ran on a GameBoy, yet it sometimes struggles to run on modern hardware.” Zoe(J) commented, shaking his head in disapproval.
“For reals, I thought these new consoles were super easy to use as they’re basically all PCs, right?” Maxxie(Z) asked the three of us while flicking about her hair.
“I remember reading something on NeoGaf about how compliance has gotten a lot laxer and due to how patches work on new systems, a lot of publishers figured that they could just patch things later.” Terra(S) quietly commented.
“Not necessarily. While many titles have been patched extensively, issues persist for others. From general functionality issues to save errors, and so forth. They are deemed to be acceptable hindrances to the experience that are left untouched while the games continue to present themselves more and more like services through a variety of downloadable extras. With the extras for some titles being so plentiful that a graph is required to understand what each edition of a game contains. It’s an understandable business practice, to an extent, but it amounts to a worse product for customers such as ourselves.” Zoe(J) remorsefully mused.
With that somber little note on the current state of the video game industry, we arrived at school, and after a brief reminder of when to meet up and where, we all went our separate ways.
Well, Zoe(J) and I both took the same path to our respective body’s lockers, as Maxxie and I had lockers right next to each other thanks to a little request she put in with the school. This usually resulted in us having a conversation leading up to the first period. Despite being in swapped bodies, Zoe(J) and I continued that practice, musing over the game industry in nerdy detail. All of which lasted until the ringing of a familiar bell, which called Zoe(J) and I over to our Psychology class
As expected, a large number of students had taken an early Thanksgiving break and decided to skip coming to school on a day that, historically, was home to very few meaningful activities. This meant that my class simply go through a worksheet that would not be turned it, and existed simply to apply the information we learned up to now. It was simple, and I completed it with half of the period to spare. As such, I was left to observe my surroundings as I sipped the Charm Tea that I neglected during our car ride. Only a few sips were left, so I topped it off and unintentionally let out a very loud ‘ah’ to show my satisfaction with the drink. It was delicious and just drinking it made me feel like I could fight a bear and win. Just like Mamoru Takamura from Hajime no Ippo…
Anyhow, upon finishing my worksheet, I began darting my eyes around the room, desperate to use the energy my current body was filled with on something, only to have my eyes land on my work, where I realized a major mistake I made. I had forgotten to properly imitate Maxxie’s handwriting despite how I had a constant reminder in the form of her hand, pencil, and, well, everything else. Seeing as how she is an artist, she knows how to use a pen to create things that look nice, and her handwriting showed it. Mine, however, was very sketchy and it looked like it came from someone else entirely. And, looking through the notes from Yesterday, Zoe did a great job imitating her handwriting, as it looked nearly identical.
Disappointed with my work, I began rewriting my answers, trying to mimic the handwriting belonging to the hands I currently possessed, and ultimately succeeding, at least somewhat. It looked far too wavy and almost as if I were trying to find a middle ground between cursive and… normal writing. Meanwhile, I could see that Zoe(J) was taking far more detailed notes in my notebook, imitating my flawed penmanship while simultaneously improving upon it. I thought about saying something, but Zoe(J) seemed enamored with the textbook, probably because he never took a psychology course before. Despite this though, he seemed to have no problem understanding the material, picking up the book right in the middle, and blazing through it.
Distraught and discouraged, I began glancing around the classroom. Looking at the familiar assortment of faces I vaguely recognized, and names I could not recall. Normally I would just glance over them, but I found my eyes drifting towards the butts of those in the front row, admiring them, and feeling… Arousal, I suppose.
To reiterate, in my original body I never ever found anything that made I found to be arousing, and the only times I ever got erections were due to physical stimulation of my penis, puberty, and erections I woke up with. As such, I have identified as asexual, and feeling this stuff while in Maxxie’s original body, it felt good, I will not deny that, but it felt so very… wrong.
It should not, it is all completely natural, and there is no reason to vilify it, but unfortunately, the origins of modern western society at large are founded based off of puritanical beliefs, and it is part of the reason why so many things are messed up in this world. I began thinking about this and wondering if it is possible to have society move past this in my lifetime, but then I found myself glancing at a girl who was taking off her vest, got distracted, and got called out by Zoe(J).
“Hey, Maxxie, you feeling alright?” Zoe(J) asked me, imitating myself perfectly.
“Huh? No, I’m just dandy, Jad-y. I’m just feeling like a bit of a space today, aight?” I said, trying to act nonchalant and Maxxie-esque, folding my arms behind my head.
After that, I began to shut my eyes and contemplate the relationship between the sexual orientation of the mind and body with regard to body swapping. If we assume that the two forces interact with each other to form a comprehensive sexual orientation, then what would happen if the two were switched around. If an androsexual mind was put in a gynesexual body, which sexuality would prevail as the dominant one as the years went on? Would the mind influence the body, or would the body influence the mind? Would a child’s mind, if it were placed in another child’s body, change their sexuality as they mature? I asked questions, but I had no answers, just blind theories.
And it was as I ruminated over these once abstract concepts that I was called on by the teacher, whose question I was unable to answer, as I was not paying attention. Meaning that I ended my first class of the day by making a fool of myself. Real confidence booster that was…
Verde’s Doohickey Main Page
Session 01: Re;Birth.exe
Session 02: Osananajimi;Myself
Session 03: Maximum Flare
Session 04: The World of Girl Love
Session 05: It’s Slippery When Wet
Session 06: T-Girl Trouble
Session 07: All The Warriors
Session 08: A School-Style Swap
Session 09: School Daze
Session 10: Starred Social Links
Session 11: Finer Foreshadowing
Session 12: Dark Dreams Develop Despair
Session 13: Back 2 Best Girl
Session 14: Can’t Even Shine In A Prism
Session 15: Maxxie Mit Melancholy
Session 16: The Long Walk Home
Session 17: Obtuse Origins – Omega Overdrive
Natalie Rambles About Verde’s Doohickey