“Okay, you ready for this?” Charlie asked, holding the little pink pill in his fingers. “Once I take this, there’s no going back.”
Sam stood across from him. “Well,” he said, “you’ll change back eventually. After 48 hours, right?”
“That’s what the label said. But, I mean, once I swallow this… I won’t be able to stop it.”
“I don’t want you to stop it,” he said. Sam swallowed hard, a little nervous. “I mean, yeah, sure… it’s gonna be weird. But—” he shrugged “—this is something we both want, something we both need, right?”
Charlie nodded, taking a deep breath to brace himself. “Yeah.”
“You don’t have to do this,” Sam said. “I mean, I could take it instead. Or we could find somebody else to…”
Charlie sighed. “We already talked about this, man. It’s okay. I’m willing to do it. It’s just temporary. So I’ll be a girl for a couple days. No big deal.” He cracked a little smile. “It’ll be fun. Something different. But it’s Friday. If I’m going to do this, I need to take it now. I’ve got work on Monday to return to.”
“I know,” said Sam. “I just didn’t want you to feel obligated, or like I was pressuring you into it or anything.”
Charlie smiled. “Sam, you’re my best friend. And my roommate. I want to do this with you. If I’m going to do this at all, I want it to be with somebody I know and trust.”
“And you sure it’s not going to ruin our friendship? Make things weird between us?”
Charlie laughed. “Now you’re starting to sound like a girl.” He cracked a playful smile. “But honestly… hell if I know.” He looked at the tiny pink pill between his fingers. He sat on the couch in the living room, next to his roommate and best friend Sam. They were both recent college grads. Both new to the full-time work world. Both… unfortunate enough to not have found a long-term significant other when they were still in college. Now they had full-time office jobs and their dating lives took a major hit. Came to an abrupt halt.
There were no single girls where either of them worked. Most of the people were too old, too married, or just too busy to even meet up for coffee outside of work, even if they did happen to be young and single. Both Sam and Charlie tried online dating. They tried meeting girls at mutual friends’ parties. But most of their friends all moved away after graduation.
Sam and Charlie were left alone, single, and sexless in the city.
That was, until they saw an online ad for a new pill called “Bender.” This tiny pink pill would, as if by magic, completely genetically change a person into their opposite sex. The effects were temporary. About 48 hours, maybe a little longer, maybe less. Every person’s body was different, but plus or minus a few hours, the two-day mark seemed to be the limit before the drug wore off and the person, again almost as if by magic, returned to their original selves.
Bender has recently been FDA approved for over-the-counter use, even if it did come with a long list of warnings and precautions. Sam bought a bottle as a joke, thinking it’d make a good gag gift for their next friend’s bachelor party or maybe save it for a Halloween prank. But when Charlie saw it… he had an idea.
What if one of them actually took it?