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Friday Fiction #3: In Transit – Gender / Bender

Prompt

Gender Reversal

Take the main character of one of your novels or shorts and rewrite it switching the gender.

 


Original:

She saw the boy walk back towards the chairs at the nearby gate, looking far more despondent this time compared to the first few times. At first, she was sure it was merely curiousity leading him to the flight boards but then she noticed signs anxiety in his clenching fists, assuming he’d missed his flight. Now she was certain she knew what the kid’s story was, especially when seeing how his eyes scanned the crowds as though looking for someone, and that someone was his parents. Of course it all made sense now and unfortunately for him, he was quite a number of gates away from his parents.

She’d noticed him first when he’d jumped off the passenger vehicle, only to misstep his landing and go sprawling across the tiled floor. The quick jump to his feet and shoving of his earphones back into his ears had everyone smirking in pity and amusement, much to the boy’s dismay. Once the family settled down at their gate, lounging atop the black leather seats nearest to the power plugs, the boy rose and animatedly gestured at his parents, taking his backpack with him before hurtling off down the walkway. More out of amusement than anything malicious at that point, she’d followed the boy from a distance, watching him skip onto the passenger conveyor belt, turning around once he was on to let himself get pulled, while he attempted to walk backwards on the lift. By the fourth one, boredom had taken over significantly so he swiftly spun back the right way and stepped off the end of it. His head swept up towards the hanging boards, blue with white text for the flight gates and green with white print for other services; he followed the green.

At that moment she knew he was heading for the lavatories, so she hung back along with her cleaning trolley, placed the little yellow sign with the cartoon man slipping, on to the floor, and slid the mop casually across the floor. When the boy stepped out, his head was down, staring at a device in his hand as he nonchalantly made his way towards the opposite side of the airport. Curious, she picked up her board and followed, wondering as she dragged her trolley if he was lost or now travelling alone. It would explain why he’d taken his backpack and the single glance towards the hanging boards and another trip along the moving floors had her assume he was now alone. She felt a smile touch her lips at the prospect.


Gender Flipped

He saw the boy walk back towards the chairs at the nearby gate, looking far more despondent this time compared to the first few times. At first, he was sure it was merely curiousity leading the boy to the flight boards but then he noticed the signs, anxiety showing in his clenching fists, assuming he’d missed his flight. Now the man was certain he knew what the kid’s story was, especially when seeing how his eyes scanned the crowds as though looking for someone, and that someone was his parents. Of course it all made sense now and unfortunately for him, he was quite a number of gates away from his parents. The man had noticed the boy first when he’d jumped off the passenger vehicle, only for the boy to misstep his landing and go sprawling across the tiled floor. The quick jump to his feet and shoving of his earphones back into his ears had everyone smirking in pity and amusement, much to the boy’s dismay.

Once they’d settled down at their gate, lounging atop the black leather seats nearest to the power plugs, the boy rose and animatedly gestured at his parents, taking his backpack with him before hurtling off down the walkway. More out of amusement than anything malicious at that point, the man followed the boy from a distance. He watched the boy skip onto the passenger conveyor belt, turning around once he was on to let himself get pulled, while he attempted to walk backwards on the lift, much to his amusement. By the fourth one, boredom had taken over significantly so he swiftly spun back the right way and stepped off the end of it. His head swept up towards the hanging boards, blue with white text for the flight gates and green with white print for other services; he followed the green.

At that moment, the man knew the boy was heading for the lavatories so he hung back along with his cleaning trolley, placed the little yellow sign with the cartoon man slipping, on to the floor, and slid the mop casually across the floor. When the boy stepped out, his head was down, staring at a device in his hand as he nonchalantly made his way towards the opposite side of the airport. Curious, the man picked up his board and followed, wondering as he dragged his trolley if the boy was lost or now travelling alone. It would explain why he’d taken his backpack and the single glance towards the hanging boards and another trip along the moving floors had the man assume the boy was now alone. The man felt a smile touch his lips at the prospect.


Does the gender switch make the scene more sinister because it’s a man? Thoughts?

 

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African born published author working as a Junior Technical Writer for Everlytic and a freelance writer for Gamecca Magazine. He has published his short stories both internationally, and locally, hoping to publish a novel in the near future. He is an avid read, inspired blogger, and an aspiring digital artist.

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