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Dee Wright sighed as he finished tidying the desk. He’d finished with dusting, mopping, organizing, and not a single customer had come in for some time. He cracked his neck gently and settled into his chair. The industrial fan in the corner oscillated a few times. He rapped his fingers on the wood of the table. Just three hours left in his shift.

Despite the occasional boredom, he enjoyed working in the back. It was like his own little world. It was much better than being out there somewhere in the rest of store. He liked the owner but he knew she definitely had some quirks. Like the fact she opened a store which sold gender-bending products.

It was a dangerous place if one wished to remain the same gender. Despite those pitfalls, Dee had managed, in sixteen months, never to be affected by a single one of the store products. A record he held alone among the staff. Most employees were turned within a month at most.

The air from the fan brushed at his cap with the store logo. He scratched at his uniform of khaki and blue. It was a little less than three hours. He plopped his head down but kept his eyes open. He blinked a few times. From down the hall, he could hear the even sound of heels on tile. He gave a quick glance.

Out strutted a tall, blond woman. Her hair fell past her shoulders and ended in tight curls. She was wedged into form-fitting leather pants. Her top was soft lycra. She turned as she walked, swiveling her tiny waist. She tossed her head back. Her eyes were bright blue and her vast cleavage showed. She leaned against the table as he leaned back. She made sure he had a good view of her.

She moistened her lips and folded her arms. With a faint smile, she said breathlessly, “Hello, stud.” She kept her eyes on him.

He hid a smirk behind his hand, cleared his throat, and responded, “Good afternoon, ma’am. What can I help you with?”

She made a pleased little sound, pushed up her cleavage a little further and giggled, “Oh there’s so much you can help me with…” She pouted a little and added, “I have some great…big problems that only a strong man like you can help.”

He snorted and couldn’t hide his amusement anymore. He shook his head and said, “Hi, Jeff.”

The woman blanched for a second, but steadied herself. “Whatever do you mean? My name is Cindi.”

He kept his smile. “Last name?"

He could tell her eyes were searching. She blurted out, stammering, “C-c-craw…crob…Crawfeld. Cindi Craw…Cindi Crooper!” She flashed a small look of satisfaction.

Dee responded, “So, what are you returning?”

She seemed to relax. “Nothing really… I’m just here to see you.”

Dee rubbed his chin. He wasn’t sure what Jeff was up to. Blackmail seemed out of the question. Maybe he was just bored. Dee opted to play along for a moment.

‘Cindi’ leaned and smiled as she said, “I like what I see and I’d like to see more.”

With a smirk, Dee took his hat off. She gave a pout and said, “Aww…don’t you like me?”

He gave her another glance. “I’d say you like you, Jeff. But there’s one thing you may not like…” He held up a slip of paper.

‘Cindi’ swallowed a quick question and said a saucy-toned, “Whatever do you mean?”

Dee set the paper on the counter. “If the owner found out about your illusion appliance use…especially considering how much it costs to rent them.” He gestured with his finger to the red line on the paper.

‘Cindi’ grit her teeth and grumbled. “…How the heck did you know?!”

Dee savored the displeasure she showered on him. “It’s pretty simple. The moment you stepped out, you were like a lampoon of a girl. I mean, come on, you’ve been a girl several times already.”

‘Cindi’ leaned forward, folded her hands, and set her nose on the counter. “Ten times. And you…never!”

Dee shook his head. “So that’s what this is about…come on. Show it to me.”

With a contorting, sour expression, Cindi fished an illusion appliance out from deep in her bust. Dee raised an eyebrow. “Where were you actually keeping it?”

‘Cindi’ held the appliance, which looked like a flat, soft pop-cap, out and it shimmered and grew a bit of double-sided sticky tape. She set it down and Dee picked it up with a pair of plastic tongs. He dropped it into a drawer marked “to restock.”

‘Cindi’ flattened her face, along with her bust, against the counter. She expelled a wordless sound of disgust and said, “I so would’ve had you. It’s not fair you still haven’t been gotten after all this time. I’m surprised the owner hasn’t done something. Stinks…”

Dee folded his hands. “And you smell nice…”

‘Cindi’ gave as gruff a little growl as she could manage with her voice. She pulled back from table quickly and gave her chest a little quake. She folded her arms over her front and sighed, “At least I have sensory feedback turned off.”

She fished a little car-alarm-sized remote out of a back pocket on her leather pants and clicked a button. Then she mashed the side of her hip with her thumb. She frowned. “Come on…” She pressed her thumb into her side over and over, tracing a little circle on her side. She said softly, “No no nonono…dammit…”

Dee leaned over the counter. “Something wrong…?”

‘Cindi’ kept pressing her hip until it hurt. Finally, she asked, “Could you help?”
Dee took the remote from her and looked it over. He aimed it at her and pressed the same button. Nothing. ‘Cindi’ turned in place and offered, “Maybe you have to aim at it?”
Dee pointed at her hip but also asked, “Are you sure it was on your hip?”

‘Cindi’ nodded vigorously. He clicked the button again. Nothing. He checked the tiny text on the remote. He was clicking the “activate/deactivate illusion” button. There other two, smaller buttons; a red “engage/disengage/set sensory feedback” one and a green “Select/Modify Illusion” button.

On the whole, Dee found it to be a poorly-designed interface. But he had a thought. “Are you sure this is the one you used?”

‘Cindi’ frowned. “Yeah…why? Does it matter?” Dee leaned to his right. He clicked the button again. He heard the fainted beep. Using his tongs, he picked up the other illusion appliance from the restock slot. He showed it to ‘Cindi’. The middle was glowing bright purple.

‘Cindi’ still appeared confused. Dee explained, “You do recall these are keyed into a particular device each, right? Just like how your car alarm remote only affects your own car.”

She blanched again. “Oh…crap.” ‘Cindi’ felt around everywhere on her. She slumped. “I must’ve lost it somewhere…” She touched her hip and gasped. “What if someone picked it up?” She stepped towards the door and bit her lip. “Uh…be right back.”

Dee smiled and waved. “Have fun, cutie.”

He set the remote in the slot and leaned back in his chair. The return of silence was greatly satisfying.

The calm wouldn’t last long. Mere moments after ‘Cindi’ departed, the doors swung open again. A woman with short, red hair which clung to the sides of her cheeks approached. She was dressed in a pleasant, white swimsuit with an opening near her stomach. She had on lacy-pink little sandals. None of this compared to the sight of a flat-rimmed plunger stuck to her right breast.

She gripped the stick end and shuffled her way to the counter. With a soft, nervous voice, she said, “I seem to be having a problem…”
This was just a fun little story I did some work on. I hope you all like it.

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MKalut Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
And after reading the Abby stories I decided that I want to find out about the original Korri.  You'd think the employees would know not to play with the merchandise by now.  And not for the tg reason.
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Writer
^_^ Hope you enjoy.
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Zorua076 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
First time I read this, Jeff/'Cindi' and his/her antics were largely forgotten in my mind. Even though s/he was the bulk of this chapter, s/he didn't stand out to me. Which made all the later references to Korri trying to trick Dee make me think "what, did this happen the day before or something?". Only on the first reread of this story (this would be the second reread) did I catch that Jeff and Korri were the same and did this whole deal become significant. It also reminded me of what Korri's male name was, since s/he is more memorable as named Korri than as named Jeff (despite Jeff=Korri being named later) due to spending the bulk of the story as Korri. I don't know why the name didn't stay in my mind; it's my name too, plus as a main character this use of 'Jeff' is more memorable than the ever-so-common joke character use of 'Jeff' (like Jeffrey Jellyfish from Spongebob).

I can get a feel for Dee's character. I too enjoy quiet and isolation. It's a character flaw of mine. And when I worked in retail briefly, my job was stocking the shelves, and I said during the interview that I wouldn't be good with the whole 'talking to customers' dealie. But in practice, I was better with talking to customers and helping them find what they needed than actually doing my job. Maybe working in the Returns department would be good. And too bad for Jeff/'Cindi'. S/he went so far trying to turn Dee into a girl, only to end up stuck him/herself. That's why you never...NEVER...lose the remote. Unless it's the TV remote, 'cause you can buy new universal remotes and key them to the TV, or *le GASP!* get up and push the button. Too many remotes.
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Writer
^_^ Thanks for rereading.
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oops...guess he should have kept better track of his things...
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Writer
^_^ Hehe. Ooo...is this your first time reading this one?
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes it is! I am enjoying it a lot. It even gave me an interesting idea...that I might not use but still...it's nice to get ideas!
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Writer
^_^ Yay!
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NevermoreFox Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how have i not read[sorry if i spelled this wrong brain is on the fritz] these before ^^
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Writer
^_^ Hope you enjoy the rest.
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