You guys might know that I’ve been working on a novel titled Shapeshifter. I am about 25K words into my WIP, and I’ve been ranting about this WIP for a very long time, so……… it’s about time I tell you guys more about it.
The Rules of Shapeshifting:
Don’t get caught.
Don’t get attached.
Don’t (ever) be yourself.
I am a Shapeshifter – a soul without a body or an identity. I can live your life for a day – but at a price.
One day, I meet Charlie: Having transferred to a prestigious high school, she strives for top marks and all-around perfection. But Charlie stumbles through her classes and can’t seem to make any new friends.
Charlie requests a contract with me and I oblige. But what happens when Charlie doesn’t want her life back?
Shapeshifter No. 7
“Okay…” The girl frowns, folding her arms and tilting back and forth on her feet. “So let’s say this Shapeshifting thing works, that I can just give you control over my body. How do I know you won’t mess up my life?”
“There are Laws that govern Shapeshifting, similar to laws in the real world as I am sure you are familiar with. As Shapeshifters, we are to uphold your preferences, values, beliefs, and interests. We are good at staying consistent to the essence of your being.”
She nods but hesitates. “One thing I don’t get. What’s the benefit for you?”
“Time,” I say.
“You can make your payment in increments of time. For each hour that I work, you will surrender an hour of your life to me.”
“I live an hour shorter?”
She looks down at her shoes, as if she is in thought. “Okay,” She says.
“I’ll do it. I bet you are a dream, you know, one of those dreams that insist on not being a dream until you finally wake up. But whatever. In case you’re real, I’m going to do it.”
I send away a peripheral memory, clearing up a space on the wall of her mind. Using my finger, I trace out the terms of the Contract:
“I, Charlotte Lu, hereby give the authority over my mind and body to Shapeshifter Seven for the period of one calendar day, to begin on September 31 at 07:00 hours and end on October 1 at 06:59 hours, inclusive. I will assume all responsibility of any words spoken and action committed by the above Shapeshifter for the duration of this period. In exchange the Shapeshifter will do their due diligence in adhering to my beliefs and values. At the end of this contract, I will surrender the following currency as payment for Shapeshifting services: 24 hours (Mean Solar Time).”
So……… What do you guys think?! Yay or nay? Which character aesthetic do you like the most? Would you hire a Shapeshifter for a day?
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