I know what you’re thinking: you’re getting a blog post out now? You know it, baby. And the reason for this is I’ve been feeling under the weather for most of the day. Even though I was out on a busy day yesterday–breakfast, practice, helping a teammate with new skate, going to a movie and catching up on old news with a former teammate–today the cold I’ve been fighting off for the last week decided it was time to hit.
So I’ve been coughing and sneezing and dealing with a runny nose that doesn’t seem to know when to stop. I hope this means my sinuses will have dried out by tomorrow morning, otherwise I’ll need to deal with this shit at work.
As for writing–
I began writing this morning and ran out of steam after about four hundred words. I was going to finish up during the afternoon, but feeling run down has a way of making you not want to do anything. Finally, after eating, I cranked out another three hundred words and finished the scene.
That means the kids are back in the Great Hall and on their way to the hospital–right?
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
They quickly headed to the main hospital entrance and proceeded to the third floor, where Coraline, Deanna, Erywin, and Jessica were waiting for them still attired in the casual clothing they wore to dinner. Erywin spoke as they entered the main space. “Did you enjoy your time outside?”
Kerry nodded. “Quite a lot. It was nice being away from here even if it was a little cold.” She turned to Coraline. “I hope you don’t mind.”
“Not at all.” Coraline shook her head. “I can imagine you were getting a little buggy after having been kept here all day.”
“Just a little.”
“It was more than ‘just a little’.” Annie took Kerry’s hand. “I experienced her moods before and after going out. She enjoyed the experience immensely.”
“Well, how about a little more fun?” Coraline flashed a bright, wide smile. “Let’s try another transition before I put you guys down to bed for the night?”
Kerry nodded. “Yeah, why not?”
Annie touched the ginger girl’s shoulder. “It’s been almost a day; maybe you’ll have control now.”
“Let’s hope so.” Kerry pointed at the partitioned area about five meters away. “Change back there?”
While Kerry changed Coraline prepared the dais and recording equipment used in the six previous controlled transition attempts. By the time Kerry emerged from behind the privacy partition dressed in her smock and socks everything was ready for her. The school’s doctor perked up as her patient approached. “Since you know the drill we can get right to the test.”
“Right-o.” Kerry stepped up upon the dais as shook herself once as she relaxed. “Ready to go her, Doc.”
“Then let’s get to it. Begin recording.” Coraline’s voice shifted into the professional tone she used in the other attempts. “It’s 27 October, 2013, time 21:53. I am Doctor Coraline Gallagher and this is Attempt Number Seven of Kerry Malibey’s attempt to control her Bigender Gift. Kerry is in position and ready to go. As before, witnesses are Jessica
Kishna, Deanna Arrakis, Erywin Sladen, Isis Mossman, and Anelie Kirilova.” She looked in Kerry’s direction. “You ready?”
She nodded. “Ready as ever.”
“Then let’s get started.” Coraline stood upright and looked about the room before focusing on Kerry. “As before, attempt transition on my mark. And… three, two, one—Mark.”
Kerry closed her eyes on three, squared her shoulders on two, and slightly dipped her head on one. At mark her brow furrowed as she concentrated…
So it’s time for the test–the seventh. And Kerry’s on the podium, dressed and ready to change. And does she?
An eye blink later the boy who was at the Samhain Dance with Annie only twenty-four hours earlier stood on the dais.
For a moment no one said a word nor reacted. It was finally Kerry who noticed there wasn’t any hair lining his face before looking at his hands. After a couple of seconds of scrutinizing them his chortle sounded like an explosion. “Holy shit.”
While everyone behind her began exclaiming over the success of the voluntary transition, Coraline remained intent on the test. “Kerry—Kerry.”
He quickly focused. “Yeah?”
“We need to see if you can transition back to…”
He shrugged. “To a girl?”
“Okay.” He squared his shoulders. “Give the word.”
“You know what to do—” Coraline waved her hands to hush everyone. “Go on my mark.” She swallowed. “And… mark.”
In the same blink of an eye moment Kerry changed from the Ginger Hair Boy back to the girl he’d been for nearly an entire day. She reexamined herself. “I think I got this.”
Coraline began chuckling. “I think you do. Go ahead and—”
Kerry instantly transitioned back into his male self. “Change?”
Annie moved away from everyone and stepped up next to the dais. “How are you feeling?”
“Feeling?” Kerry stepped off the dais without permission and stood next to Annie. “I feel great.” He took her right hand and kissed it. “You might say, I feel like my back to my old self…”
There you go. You knew it had to end sometime during this day, and we can finally get back to using “he” pronouns and not get confused if she is meant to be Annie or Kerry.
But, you know, the day isn’t quite over yet…