After long last we come to the end of Chapter Seventeen. We’ve been through the transition, the initial freak out, and now the plans for the day–
Well, not all the plans. We’re starting to find out what The Foundation would like so they can catalog what’s happened to Kerry, and while it doesn’t seem like a lot, we’re just getting into the day. There’s a lot to do:
A whole lot.
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
Kerry took a bite of her printsessi. “I’m curious about what’s going to happen.”
“Well, you have no need to be curious any more. First we’re going to do a full internal scan of your body. This is a little more detailed than the one we normally give you in one of the first floor bays—it’s similar to what you’d receive in ICU due to your body suffering some kind of massive trauma.”
Kerry’s eyes bugged out for a moment. “Oh, boy.”
A half-grin formed on Coraline’s face. “That’s just the start. Paris wants a full external scan as well and they’d like that coupled with a three-dimensional map of your body as well.”
“How are you going to do that?”
“You’re going to stand on a raised area while about eighty Spy Eyes bullet-time your body. Whole process should take about three minutes, or so I’m told.”
“I see.” Kerry took a sip of her juice. “What will I wear? Something like a leotard?”
There was silence around the table as everyone waited for Coraline to answer the question. It was Jessica, however, who stepped in ahead of the school’s doctor. “Kerry, they want to see your body.”
Coraline nodded. “All of it.”
It took several quiet seconds before she realized the implications of the statement. “I gotta be naked?”
“For those few minutes, yes. And—” Coraline cleared her throat. “Once you transition back The Foundation will want to same for your other body.”
“Oh, geez.” Kerry rolled her eyes. “Guess I should have expected this.”
“That’s not the end of it.”
On one hand, Kerry’s gonna get the full Matrix treatment, with a precise 3D rendering of her body in glorious bullet-time. On the other hand she’s gotta do it in the buff, and do it twice, because now The Foundation wants to know everything about Kerry’s development for a while. A little embarrassing, sure, but it won’t be much worse, right.
“No. After the outer scan is complete I’ve been instructed—” For a moment Coraline appeared to not want to continue her statement. “I’ll need to perform a pelvic exam on you.”
She looked at Coraline then turned to Annie. “What’s that?”
Annie turned her attention to Coraline. “Is it really necessary to do that?”
For the first time Coraline seemed embarrassed. “There are things required that necessitate performing one.”
Kerry was concerned that her question wasn’t answered. She stared Coraline down. “What is it?”
What’s a pelvic exam? Oh, Kerry: you’re about to find out–
“It’s a three-step process.” Coraline took a sip of her coffee before explaining. “The first step requires I do a visual inspection of your genitals. That means I’ll have you in a hospital gown with your feet up in stirrups—”
“Wait—” Kerry shook her head. “Are you talking about a gynecological exam?”
“Yes.” Coraline nodded. “That’s exactly what I’m talking about.
Kerry turned back to Annie. “Have you had one?”
“No, I haven’t.” Annie looked to Coraline. “Most girls don’t need these until they are older teens. Why does Kerry need one now?”
“Because I have to get a pap smear.” Though Coraline didn’t like delivering this news, she knew there wasn’t any way she’d get out of these actions. “Paris needs to see if there is anything out of the ordinary due to the transition.” She addressed Kerry. “Red, that means I’m gonna have to put a speculum inside you and dilate your vagina.”
While this was another of those things Kerry had yet to experience, she knew enough from reading what was involved in what Coraline needed to do. “Is there anything else?”
“Yes. I need to put my fingers inside you, too, so I can feel your uterus.” Seeing the slightly pained look on Kerry’s face, Coraline reached over and patted her hand. “Kerry, I’m going to try and make this as easy as possible for you. It’s only gonna be you, me—” She looked down the table to the girl sitting to Kerry’s left. “—and Annie, who I’m certain is gonna hold your hand the entire time.”
Annie took Kerry’s left hand. “I will: you needn’t worry.”
“I can offer one good piece of news: you’ll only need this once a year.” Coraline sat back, wrapping her hand around her coffee mug. “So you won’t have to worry about this again until around this time a year from now.”
So, Kerry is getting the dreaded pelvic exam, which is usually reserved for older girls and young women. For sure she’s gonna need Annie sitting next to her holding her hand ’cause the odds are she’ll not feel all the comfortable. And the chances are good that she’d gonna have an annual one for the rest of her life, or maybe 60 years, which ever comes first.
Yeah Kerry: this girl stuff can be a pain a lot of times.
There is one question that hasn’t been asked or answered, so Annie’s gonna jump in on that:
Kerry gave Annie’s hand a squeeze before releasing a loud sign. “Well, I knew there was gonna be a lot of crap I’d have to deal with once this happened, so I shouldn’t be surprised by this. Is that all?”
“In a way. After all the scanning and prodding we’ll need to fill-out a medical history form.” Coraline shrugged. “It’s not that big of a deal: we should be through it in about a half an hour.”
“Good.” Kerry blew out a sigh of relief. “That should be easy.”
Coraline gave a slight nod. “It will.”
Though all the questions and explanations Annie had remained quiet, as everything discussed revolved around Kerry’s transition. There was one thing that hadn’t been discussed, however… “Excuse me?”
Coraline looked up. “Yes, Annie?”
“When does Kerry try to transition back into a boy?” She glanced around the table. “After all, isn’t that part of the things planed for today?”
“Yes, that’s an important part of today’s schedule.” Coraline raise the coffee mug to her lips. “And we’ll get to that right after breakfast.”
Now you know how Chapter Eighteen begins: we’re go through the process of seeing if Kerry can transition back, which would mean she has control of her new Gift.
Yeah, that should roll in here about Wednesday…