Cassie walked up her street to the familiar sounds of kids playing. She gazed down at her hands and smiled. They were her hands, not some strange man’s. She was herself again. All those imaginings of being trapped in someone else’s body were just a nightmare. This was real.
She skipped with renewed vigor, then noticed her red shoes.
Those were mine as a kid. I was eight last time I wore these. Then how…?
She stopped in her tracks. She stood at the bottom of a driveway, the house obscured by several large trees. Odder still was that the driveway was blocked by iron gates–not the sort of thing she’d see in her suburban neighborhood.
She shrugged and pulled at the gate. When it didn’t open, she tapped the code in. It swung open. She entered.
There was home, the place she and Danielle had built just a year ago. She walked in through the side door of the garage into the kitchen. Maria was preparing dinner.
“It smells great, Maria,” she said. “What are you making?”
The older lady smiled and said something in Italian.
“Molto bene. I don’t know what that is, but it smells delicious.”
She left the kitchen and found Danielle curled up in the library with a book. She joined her on the sofa and wrapped her arm around her, nuzzled her neck and kissed her when she turned to face her. “What are you reading?”
“How was work, Randy?”
She smiled. “It was a good day, but my favorite part of the day is coming home to you.”
Danielle giggled. “Charmer. You’re such an old soul, a real gentleman.”
“Not always. Not all my thoughts are so innocent, as you know. I was thinking later…long after dinner…a bottle of wine…you and me, naked in bed…”
“And if I’m not in the mood?”
“Tease.” She kissed her wife on the earlobe, then whispered, “I’m always in the mood.”
“Then it’s a date.”
Cassie closed her eyes to Danielle’s sensual touch on her cheek. When she opened her eyes, she stared at a concrete ceiling. Her heart raced, thudded in her head. In a cold sweat, she sat up on the lumpy mattress and gazed around at her surroundings: a tiny prison cell with a guy snoring away on the other cot.
“What?” she asked. “What was that dream?”
She lay back down, tried to tell herself it was just the stress of her situation catching up to her.
But none of this should be possible. People don’t just switch bodies, yet I can’t help get the feeling that was more than a dream. It was…a memory.
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