March 19, 2013 at 4:20 am #217692Ashe Elton ParkerParticipant
Josephine stormed into the Author’s office. She was determined she’d remain a she. “I will not stand for this!” Once again, her new voice startled her, and it made her freeze up. My, she’d sounded powerful in her anger.
“Oh?” The Author was nonplussed, even had the audacity to unpin her bun and shake out her hair.
“No, I will not!” Josephine found she no longer had the desire to stamp her foot. Instead, she wanted to deck the Author, but one shouldn’t hit ladies, no matter how angry they made one feel. “How could you do this to me?”
“Easily. You signed the contract.” The author turned in her chair to open a file drawer and shuffled thorugh it, producing the six-hundred-page legalese she’d presented at the time of the signing. “Here’s your signature.”
Josephine edged up to the Author’s desk to peer at the final page. Yes, she’d signed it. It was her very flowery signature, the one she’d practiced for the proud day of being signed as a Main Character. “But there was nothing in the contract about this!” Josephine made a gesture taking in her new masculine form, which had torn the top of her dress, leaving a little pouf where her breasts had been on either side of the tear. “I signed on as a Romance lead!”
“Didn’t you read the contract?”
Pinned by the Author’s firm gaze, Josephine shook her head. “Not really. I just sort of skimmed it. It would have taken too long to read. I had other things to do that day.”
The Author gave a sigh. “You could have taken it home with you. I’d have given you time to read it. Essentially, it says I found your characterization perfect for my WIP, but I reserved the right to change any other aspect about you.”
“But I was supposed to be the female lead!”
“In a gay romance?”
Josephine’s skin chilled. “Gay romance?” She couldn’t sqeak any more, but her masculine voice definitely lacked the power it had contained before.
“Yes. You really should have read the contract.” The Author flipped to the first page. “See, it says right on the first page, in the first line, ‘I, Josephine Reynolds, agree to play Main Character One, name to be determined, in Author’s gay romance, Title to be determined.’ You really should have paid attention.”
Josephine stared at the first line, as if by doing so she could change it. She’d just written her name on the line withot reading it, thinking her dream had come true. “I can’t get out of it, can I?”
“I’m afraid not. All contracts are binding.” The author hefted the contract. “Here, take it and read it. It should take you a few days, and it’ll do you good to make yourself aware of what other clauses are in it. That should be plenty of time for you to get accustomed to your new body and role.”
Still in shock, Josephine accepted the contract, noting it seemed a bit lighter with her new strength. Maybe being a male MC wouldn’t be so bad. “Thanks.” Her voice was a little stronger. “I’ll be sure to read it carefully.”
“Good. I’ll expect you back next week to begin.”
“Okay.” A much more subdued . . . Joseph? left the Author’s office.Ashe Elton Parker
"There's someone in my head, but it's not me." ~ from the song Brain Damage by Pink Floyd
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Look me up on Wattpad for some of my books!March 19, 2013 at 4:28 am #217693J.A. MarlowParticipant
Oh, you two. Those were hilarious! I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I started reading those!
The String Weavers, Salmon Run, Redpoint One series.
Writer alter-ego of Dreamers CoveApril 25, 2013 at 4:09 am #214389TobeOrNotTobeParticipant
I once was a guy.
Now I’m a girl.
This was a bad choice.
I was strong!
I was muscular!
Now I have a high voice!
I wore pants!
I wore muscle shirts!
Now I wear dresses.
I had short hair!
I was low maintenance!
Now I must go comb my tresses!
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