Swap, pt. 4

 

He had been doing really well, right up to the point where he passed out. Sor liked to think it was her magic’s guidance that had been doing all the work — the idea that Zebra could be good at something, something she was good at, something she took pride in, that would be too much for her to bear.

“Zebra!” she shouted into his face, taking his shoulders and giving them a good shake. “Zebra! Are you in there?!”

He didn’t respond, so she slapped him. It was satisfying, loud and violent, even though she was slapping her own face. But he still didn’t respond, and she was starting to get worried. He was still alive, but if he was in a coma or something, there was no way to get to the magic inside him. And that meant there was no way to switch back.

And that was unacceptable. She might have been able to handle being trapped in the wrong body for the rest of her life, but Zebra’s? No. A thousand times no.

Thankfully, he groaned and tried to sit up, jerking to his elbows before collapsing back to the stone floor. Sor resisted the sudden and strong urge to throw her arms around him, to hug him in her relief.

“Zebra!” she repeated, and he groaned again, pain painting his stolen face. There was a pink spot blooming over his cheek, through Sor’s false scales and equally false mouth, but he seemed to have other things to worry about just then. “Can you hear me?” she asked.

He nodded, his head wobbling drunkenly, and he tried sitting up again. This time, he succeeded.

“So,” she said. “We may need to revise our previous deadline to ‘lunch’.”

“What,” he managed. “What was that?”

“That was a backfire. You tried to cast a magic but it couldn’t get out.”

“It was—” He tried to stand, but slipped and fell back to his ass. “It was,” he repeated, fishing for words.

It was weird to see him at a loss, but Sor could get used to it.

“I know. Backfires are intense, even when you’re working small. It can be traumatic. Don’t try to stand up, yet.”

He ignored her, struggling to his feet. “Intense,” he said, trying the word out. “Yes. Intense.”

“Seriously, you should give yourself a minute, at least.”

He wobbled, but didn’t fall down, steadying himself with his arms held out away from his sides. “It was amazing.”

“What?”

“Aside from the part where it hurt like, like hell. Aside from that part. That was a rush! It was great!”

“Oh, jesus,” she muttered. “Okay, you’re fried. Don’t worry, it’ll pass, eventually.”

Of course, it wasn’t him who was worried. Continue reading

State of the Rabbit: October ’17

Last month, I made progress on Swap, Vampire Drugs, Swap II, Mountain and Bird, Zebra’s Revenge, HJ7, Nice for Once, Excellent Customer Service, Katters Get Ketjucated, The Monster that Became a Child, Scary Stories to Tell in Snowtown, and Thing.

The List of Things What Need Writing:

  • Swap
  • Vampire Drugs
  • Swap Epilogue
  • Magic ‘Taken’
  • Swap II: Cursed
  • Mountain and Bird
  • Zebra’s Revenge
  • HJ7
  • Hyde’s Revenge
  • The Woods
  • Something About a House
  • And Then There Were Zombies
  • Strapped to a Bomb
  • Nice for Once
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Trapped in the Bathroom
  • Scary Stories to Tell in Snowtown
  • Katters Gets Ketjucated
  • Where She’ll/He’ll Never Be Found
  • The Monster that Became a Child
  • Paging Dr. Jones
  • Ket eras
  • Ket folklore
  • Who Stole the Heat from the Sun
  • Death
  • Non-Optional Employment
  • Nothlitism
  • SnowRPG Content
  • Thing

Feel free to encourage me to work on something in particular, if a something in particular strikes your fancy.

State of the Rabbit: August ’17

Last month I made progress on And Then There Were Zombies, Swap, and The Woods. I also added Ket Folklore, Nothlitism, and Escape to the list of things what need writing.

The List of Things What Need Writing:

  • Swap
  • Vampire Drugs
  • Swap Epilogue
  • Magic ‘Taken’
  • Swap II: Cursed
  • HJ7
  • The Woods
  • Something About a House
  • And Then There Were Zombies
  • Where She’ll/He’ll Never Be Found
  • Paging Dr. Jones
  • The Monster That Became a Child
  • Strapped to a Bomb
  • Trapped in the Bathroom
  • Ket Eras
  • Ket Folklore
  • Escape
  • Death
  • Non-Optional Employment
  • Nothlitism
  • SnowRPG content

July was a rough one and I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. I hope to make August a much more productive month.

Feel free to encourage me to work on something in particular, if a something in particular strikes your fancy.

State of the Rabbit: July ’17

Last month I made progress on HJ7, Paging Dr. Jones, Swap, and The Monster That Became a Child. I also added Trapped in the Bathroom, Ket Eras, Death, Non-Optional Employment, and SnowRPG content to the list of things what need writing.

The List of Things What Need Writing:

  • Swap
  • Vampire Drugs
  • Swap Epilogue
  • Magic ‘Taken’
  • Swap II: Cursed
  • HJ7
  • The Woods
  • Something About a House
  • And Then There Were Zombies
  • Where She’ll/He’ll Never Be Found
  • Paging Dr. Jones
  • The Monster That Became a Child
  • Strapped to a Bomb
  • Trapped in the Bathroom
  • Ket Eras
  • Death
  • Non-Optional Employment
  • SnowRPG content

Feel free to encourage me to work on something in particular, if a something in particular strikes your fancy.