“FEDERAL AGENTS!!! HOLD up your hands!!!!!!” I heard a voice order even as Aubry maniacally laughed and pushed down on the plunger of the needle.
The resulting cold, pain, and fear made me scream!!!!
“Back away from that man!!!!” A man in black shouted at her and ripped her away.
As she was pulled away the needle moved and I screamed at the unbelievable pain increasing!
“Oh shit!!! Get the medics in here!” Another man shouted.
“Pull the goddamn thing out!!!!” I screamed!
One of the men did just that while looking down at me sadly. I could feel the nanites trying to do something, but after seeing the shocked look on his face, I succumbed to the pain and passed out.
“WE’RE INBOUND WITH a trauma patient!” I heard a voice say. “Significant mutilation and damage to the genital area. Mid, estimated 140 pounds, twenty-eight years old…”
I blacked out again.
“GET HER… HIM?” I heard confusion while addressing me.
‘I’m a girl now?’ I wondered at their reaction.
I passed out again.
BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, was the next thing I identified. I struggled to open my eyes but was relieved that the pain was gone. I saw a white hospital room around me.
“He’s awake!!!” Kendra said.
I found her in the room, “What…?”
“Cameron, let David get your doctor…”
I tried sitting up but found a strap across my chest holding me down.
“Just tell me, Kendra, I’m completely destroyed down there, aren’t I?”
She had this habit of moving her jaw back and forth in poker games we had played before. I always took it as a sign she was bluffing and to bet big on the pot. It had never served me wrong as a ‘tell’ with her, and I knew I was screwed.
“Don’t try and move yet, they want to keep you still for now,” she told me, not answering.
“Water?” I asked.
“Wait for the doctor…” she told me
I rested my head back on the pillow and probably would have just closed my eyes but a higher voice said, “Sorry, I was in my office.”
I looked over and saw Doctor Nickerson… the Little Doctor Nickerson.
“Hi Doc,” I said to her.
“Hi yourself,” she said. “I wanted to see you get your freedom back, but this wasn’t exactly the excitement I wanted you to have to go through, so…”
“Trust me, this excitement isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Kendra isn’t telling me anything, give it to me straight Doc!” I told her.
“Fair enough,” she said, finding a step stool to climb to a more even height with me on the bed. “You currently have a contest running to see if you have more nanites in you, or living blood cells… We’re not quite sure what to do about that part yet.”
“I’m a cyborg now?”
She looked at me and laughed, “I guess you sort of are…”
“Doctor Westerfield… have you called her in by chance?”
“Mrs. Stein called her in, she should be here soon.” She told me.
“Okay, so you opened with that… I assume that’s the good news…?”
She shook her head, “No, the real good news is you didn’t lose any height from this botched procedure. You have lost a lot of bone and body mass though, and your face and arms have a definite feminine look to them now. It seems like you’ve also lost about thirty-four pounds since you were in here a few weeks ago.”
“As if I didn’t have problems before…” I groaned.
“If it makes you feel any better, I understand where you’re coming from?”
“I was a male doctor in the other dimension. I woke up changed on this side.”
“Shit, that sucks,” I said. “I still can’t believe your mommy lets you practice medicine…”
“It wasn’t an easy sell,” she told me.
“Okay, so quit dancing around. What did the bitch do damage-wise last?”
“Cameron, careful on the language…” Kendra warned.
“Am I still adopted?”
She shook her head, “No, actually we were coming to spring you with an order from Judge O’Connor ordering your release, when we saw three SUVs taking off out of the driveway from Miss Harris’ house. Luckily we thought we caught just a glimpse of someone passed out in the back of one of the SUVs, or we might not have figured out what was going on.”
“So close…” I sighed. “Okay, I’ll make sure that I avoid ending up back in babyhood. What’s the damage, Doc?”
She sighed, “I’m still not entirely sure, Cameron. The nanite dose there seems to have been enough to change eight-hundred or more patients! It definitely began the process of changing your penis into a vagina. Your body though was somehow fighting them and the other nanites off, so it didn’t complete it. The biggest damage seems to have been caused by the needle being shifted when they pulled Aubry Harris off of you… It appears it destroyed both of your testicles.”
I felt my face blanch at that statement, “So… Umm... do I still have a penis?”
“At the moment in my old dimension, I would consider you intersexed… You still have part of the shaft sticking out, but your urethra shifted, and there was an attempt by the nanites to form ovaries, but they were stopped somehow…”
“Kendra, is this room clear?” I asked.
“As much as we can make it,” she told me.
“Doc, I guess I need to fill you in… maybe you can figure this out then…”
I had just finished explaining what I knew of Stacy’s tweaks to keep me safe with the nanites to her, when Amanda walked in.
“Oh my God, Cameron, are you okay?!?!” She asked me.
I shook my head, “I’m alive, but I’m pretty messed up. Doc, please tell her what you know… I have a feeling I’m going to need your help Amanda…”
FOUR HOURS PASSED of scanning, prodding, and seeing for myself the mess that was my genitals – which caused me to vomit and cry for a half-hour. Right then I also learned I was at least bladder incontinent at that moment... Those hours disappeared quickly though, and the shock of the trauma fully hit me. Finally, they stopped the testing as Amanda and Doc disappeared to go discuss my case with several other specialists, leaving me with Kendra, and now David, in my room.
“So, what happened?” I asked.
“Cameron, maybe you just need to wait and worry about your health right now…” Kendra tried to say.
“Tell me, I need to know!”
She sighed, “Judge O’Connor was planning on holding onto his decision another couple of days, but the news that there was a verified connection from Aubry Harris to Judge Taney’s shrinking – not sure if you knew about that – caused him to issue the order for your release. Unfortunately, another judge had just released Aubry Harris two hours before that on a twenty-five-million-dollar bail bond…”
“I got the idea she was out…” I said sarcastically.
“Yeah… Well, we managed to follow the vehicles most of the way to where they took you before one of their security cars noticed us and pushed us off their trail. That’s why it took so long to find you and get a warrant to get you out of there…”
“What about Addy? Is she okay?”
“Addy and Danica were both rescued…”
“WHAT?!?!?!” I screamed, “HAVE THE POLICE ARREST DANI TOO!!!!!”
“What?” David asked.
“Shhh!!!” Kendra said.
Right then a nurse came in, “Do we need a pacifier for this Little girl?”
“Out,” Kendra told her. “Sorry about the noise.”
“What about Danica?” David asked.
“Shit!” David said as he grabbed his phone and dialed.
I listened to him explain to an Agent who he had been working with. We all sat still for a half-hour before getting a phone call back that they had found Addy tied up at home, and were bringing her back to the hospital again to get checked out…”
Unfortunately, Danica was nowhere to be found!
I didn’t have any time to worry about that though since Doc and Amanda were back, along with the Big Doctor Ivy Nickerson.
“All three of you are here… that’s not a good sign…” I said worriedly.
“Well, it’s not a bad sign either,” Doc told me. “It just means we needed more brain power here. The good thing is you do have all three of us.”
“What’s the verdict?”
“Well, it’s a toss-up,” Amanda told me. “First you didn’t end up shrunken to a newborn size like the nanites were programmed to do. The nanites that were already inside of you acted as an immune system, pillaging and hacking those nanites each time after they’d only had a small window of time to do damage.”
I nodded, “I could kind of feel that…”
“The problem is that it wreaked havoc with your genetic code. From the tests we ran, it appears about half of your cells have changed from XY to XX.”
“What does that mean?” I asked.
“Probably trouble long-term,” Doc said.
“I’d be concerned about cancers,” her mommy added.
“So, am I just out of luck?”
“Maybe not… I think we do have to put you back into one camp or the other. It’s always been harder for the nanites to change girls into boys though, so if you want to go back it’s going to be riskier.” Amanda replied.
“Is that even possible?” I asked.
Doc nodded, “It might be… The problem is finding an uncompromised source of your old DNA. Doctor Westerfield said that your parents are both deceased?”
I nodded, “Yes…”
“Any idea where we could get a DNA sample from? I don’t think hair will have enough to be sure the code isn’t compromised…”
I sat there thinking for a moment, before remembering and saying, “I gave a semen sample the day I came in here the first time, would that work?”
“Where is it stored?” Doctor Ivy Nickerson asked.
I filled her in, “It’s cross-listed under Cameron Sylvester and Camille Harris,” I told her.
“Let me go call…”
“Okay, assuming we can get this DNA sample, it opens up trying to put you back to normal,” Doc told me, “But it’s got risks…”
“Well, you could end up shrinking?” Amanda said.
“Would I be a man again?”
She shrugged, “Theoretically?”
“Any chance we can ask Stacy about it?”
“I did… she didn’t have much more of an idea than what we do.”
“What would you choose?” I asked Doc.
“Honestly, I’ve been happy as a girl these past ten years. I don’t think it’s as big of a deal to switch teams, but if you’d asked me right away, I would have wanted it fixed…”
I grimaced, “If you just made me into a woman?”
“We could make you into a pretty normal-looking woman your height, with breasts, functional organs, etc,” Doc said to me. “We also have the advantage of having a solid genetic profile if we use the common Xs on both of the types of cells in your blood. You would probably just end up being a lot closer to your mother's genotype.”
“What about these extra nanites?” I asked, trying not to focus on my gender, “Are they a problem?”
“I think they’re potentially a big problem, but I don’t want to tackle them until we do this procedure one way or another,” Amanda answered.
“Can this be done without shrinking me?” I asked nervously.
“What’s so bad about shrinking?” Doc asked me.
I sighed, “My mom was a Big, my dad was a foot taller than me, and I just made it past the line of being a Little by inches… I don’t want to go backward…”
She sighed, “Yeah, being short in this world sucks…”
“Stacy had one suggestion there,” Amanda mentioned. “I don’t know if it’ll work though…”
Right then Doctor Ivy Nickerson came in, “Okay, they’re sending over part of the sample by courier… hopefully we can sequence it and reprogram things?”
“It’ll take me a couple more hours once you get me the DNA sequence,” Amanda said.
“I’d like to help?” Doc told her.
“Sure,” she smiled at her.
“So, what do I do?” I asked.
“Make up your mind, which way do you want to go?” Doc told me.
“I just want to be me…” I said with tears forming in my eyes.
I received hugs from Amanda and Kendra then, and they all left me for some space when a nurse came to change the wet diaper I was wearing. She was kind, but the cooing definitely indicated that she thought I was a Little, not just an adult with a problem.
‘What the hell should I do…?’ I was trying to figure out.
“Knock, knock?” I heard at the door.
I looked up and felt my jaw drop in disbelief, “Aunt Ruth?!?!”
She came over and gave me a hug, and a kiss on the top of my head, “I couldn’t get out here until today, though I was hoping to be here congratulating you on the good news, not find you in the hospital! What happened to you now?”
I watched as she pulled a chair nearer my bed and took the hand that didn’t have an IV going into it into hers. She lightly stroked the back of my hand, “Well… Addy had taken me to the zoo with a couple of college friends of mine – one’s adopted to the other – and we had a pretty good time together. We got back to her house and discovered her mom had sent some of her goons to kidnap us…”
I did my best to tell her what had happened but completely lost it when I told her about what Aubry had done to me at the end.
“That woman!!!” she seethed. She had that angry Judge Jones look on her face, and I figured it was a good thing that Aubry Harris was sitting safely in a jail cell somewhere. “What about this Addy? She’s the one who had adopted you? Who is she?”
She and I talked for a long while as I grew more tired, but it was like having a mother show up to care for you. I had missed her so much!
“I just don’t even know what to do!” I told her. “The nanites may be able to fix me… but they may shrink me even if they work.”
“Could you have kids then still?” She asked me.
I shrugged, “They were going to look at the DNA samples from that specimen and figure out an answer.”
“So, if you can’t have kids as a man, I know most of the nanite procedures can let you do so as a woman?”
I squirmed, “A baby inside of me…?”
She laughed, “There are many downsides, but it’s also one of the most amazing things of all time too.”
“I’ve never wanted to be a girl though!”
“Then why the long hair?”
“It started because Addy liked it that way?”
“When she broke up with you, why didn’t you just shave it off…?”
I shook my head, “I couldn’t really tell you then… but Beth liked it long too…”
“Once she was gone?”
I sighed, “At that point, I kept it in the hopes she would come back someday…”
She nodded, “So if you choose that way though, what are the downsides?”
“I wouldn’t have my legal credentials anymore?”
“Simple name and gender change form that can be signed off by any judge.”
I smirked, “Including one on the Supreme Court?”
She smiled, “Including that one.”
“I wouldn’t ever be taken as seriously? I’d be short and just adoptable?”
“And you weren’t before?” she asked seriously.
I squirmed, “I’m not…”
“You certainly are Cameron. I won’t lie and say that part of my instincts didn’t ever want to cuddle you some myself.”
“You never showed that?”
She shook her head, “Jenny taught me long ago to control that… I needed to for her sake since if she hadn’t had that last growth spurt, she might have ended up adopted too.”
“What do you think you should do?”
I sighed, “I don’t…”
Another knock came, “Oh, hi, I didn’t realize Cameron had other visitors,” Megan said as she suddenly appeared carrying Meg.
“I guess everyone’s coming…” I thought aloud, a little embarrassed.
“Well duh! We’ve been worried, you doofus!” Meg told me as Megan sat her on the bed next to me so she could give me a hug.
“Megan, Meg, this is Judge Ruth Jones, or as she insists I call her, my Aunt Ruth.”
“The… Supreme Court…?!?” Megan looked shocked.
She laughed, “I’m just an ordinary woman just like you.”
Megan and Meg provided a needed distraction for a while to avoid my problems. Kendra and David showed up again at one point too, and then suddenly the talk grew serious again about what I should do.
I was shaking as I tried to figure out how to salvage things with my life that was in tatters after not only this nanite situation, but also the forced adoption, losing my fiancée, and everything else!
Amanda and Doc showed back up and I was left with them to discuss my decision.
It wasn’t an easy one…