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Here is the next instalment of the third chapter of my short story about Daniel.
Daniel’s suicide attempt is thwarted by a two-second admin error by the Alien Specimen Collection Centre. The Alien Specimen Handlers decide to dispose of their ‘error’ by inserting Daniel into another world, and he finds himself being processed as an undocumented alien by the Galactic Government of Argle. During his induction, Daniel inadvertently qualifies himself for assignment to ASS. He is handed over to an earnest alien called Dravid. The story continues in Chapter Three: Waking Up In Someone Else’s Bed. Daniel is standing in front of the bathroom mirror, looking at the results of his ‘conversion’.
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Once, in happier times, he had sat drinking coffee at a pavement cafe. He had amused himself by watching the passers-by, imagining what business they could have been pursuing as they bustled past. His attention had been drawn to the up-market men’s clothing store across the road, where a young, blonde woman was wrestling a mannequin out of his must-have apparel. For a few minutes, he had stood naked, as the rest of his display-mates were similarly disrobed. He was the perfect representation of the male form in all but the most manly of ways. He remembered how he had eyed the broad shoulders, narrow hips and long lean flanks with somewhat jaundiced resentment.
He now stood, appalled, as he took in the reflection in the mirror. Not believing what he saw, he ran his hands over his too-perfectly-moulded, nipple-less chest. His fingers explored the supple but firmly textured material of the shiny black surface, and his chest felt the brush of cool smooth fingers. His face was a shocking, blank place-holder: he had no eyes, no ears, no nostrils, his mouth was a bare suggestion.
Kim Magennis 2016
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