Intersubjectivity (Intersection with [livejournal.com profile] penpusher): LJ Idol Season

Sep. 9th, 2014 09:37 am
xlovebecomesher: (Calvin)
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This is the second half of a story titled Perspective is Everything. My topic was intersubjectivity. You can find the first half written by the awesome [livejournal.com profile] penpusher who was my partner for this week's intersection (his topic being shibui):
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Eve thought she knew everything about her fiancé until she ended up being her fiancé.

She stared down at her…wait no…his hands. It was one thing to hold his hand when they went out together; it’s another to actually have his hands attached to her along with every other part of his body.

She should have listened to him when he had originally said they should just go to a generic big brand jewelry store and find their rings there. But no, she had to have something different than anyone else, something unique that no one else. She just had to go antique shopping which somehow led them to the mysterious Antiquated Sundries Shoppe and now their current predicament. Somehow, she had a feeling he’d be yelling “I told you so” if only he wasn’t stuck in her body. It would seem weird for him to be yelling that in her voice.

Now they were stuck in this apartment thanks to Not Martha Stewart and nothing to do.

The interesting quirk she discovered in their switched bodies is that she had access to his thoughts…almost like having two brains! Most times, she could only hear her own thoughts but every now and again, his thoughts and feelings would sneak in.

Like now, she realized as she felt his body tighten. Really, is this all what men think about? She was staring at his (or rather her) butt and oh, the things she’d like to do at the moment to her body.

“I guess that means he really is attracted to me and not just saying so,” she murmured under her breath. She stood back to appreciate her body. “Huh, all those times I’ve asked him if I look fat in this and he said no, maybe he actually meant it.”

“What did you say?” He turned around. It was jarring to see her face staring back at her.

“Nothing, just thinking out loud.”

Adam watched her as he (or she, damn this is confusing) paced around the room. His petite fiancé was always a pacer and watching her habit while in his 6”3 body was interesting to say the least.

At first he was frustrated with the body switch. With the wedding in less than two weeks, there was so much to get done that there was simply no time for freak occurrences like this. However, after he finally calmed down, he decided to take advantage of the situation. How often do you have the chance to literally get inside someone else’s mind and read their thoughts? He couldn’t access every single thought but there were thoughts and memories, he seemed to be able to find with little effort.

Adam thought back to a fight they recently had over her writing job. He had made the off hand comment out of frustration that her writing seemed to be more important to her than their wedding planning. Everytime he seemed to talk to her about wedding stuff, all she wanted to focus on was her writing. She didn’t say much in response then; she had just simply walked out of the room with a hurt look and went to go work on wedding planning. Since then, he hadn’t seen her writing much and he hadn’t given it another thought until now. He had no idea she was still hurting over the comment and he never meant to take the joy out of her writing especially since she had such amazing talent.

Perspective is everything, he realized. Maybe he should stop and think about what he’s saying more often before actually saying it.

Eve had come across that same thought at that moment.

The little things that drove him nuts about her suddenly became clear. She could never understand why it drove him nuts spent so much time on the computer. It’s not about the computer itself or her writing or but to him, it seemed at times that she preferred the computer to spending time with him. If the roles were reversed, she would hate to feel that she came second to his video games. He would never verbalize the way he felt (it would have been so much easier than switching bodies had he just spoken to her) but she knew from now on, she was going to make more of an effort to balance out her schedule so they could spend time together.

“I didn’t know you love when I do the dishes,” Adam interrupted her pacing.

“I do. You hum and sing while doing so and it makes me smile. I didn’t know that you appreciated it when I pick up all your white socks that you leave everywhere and put them in the hamper.”

“I do…I’m too lazy to do it myself!”

“I’m sorry for being a jerk over your writing. I may not always get your writing but you’re an amazing writer and I don’t think I tell you that enough,” He (or rather she) sniffled.

Eve smiled. “Thank you and I’m sorry that I haven’t been as helpful planning the wedding with you but with deadlines and work and planning, I’ve been struggling just to stay afloat.”

“I didn’t realize. Apparently it took a body switch for me to understand.”

“No one’s ever going to believe us, you know.”

“What? That Not Martha Stewart gave us some rings and now we’re stuck in each other’s bodies for an indefinite amount of time?"

“Still want to marry me now that you know every little thing about me?” Eve questioned with a half smile.

“Of course!” He wrapped her arms around him. “You know everything there is about me and you haven’t gone running away screaming.”

Eve laughed. “Though if I did, I could at least get far with your legs running than with my own!”

He stuck her tongue out. “Haha, very funny! I love you, no matter what body you’re in...though you do make my body look very good! You love me?”

“I do…including your body! I have a whole new appreciation for my body!”

“Is that all you can think about?” he sighed.

“That’s all you think about! I can't help it!” Eve retorted.

“Fair enough!” They intertwined their fingers together and slowly kissed. Despite this whole crazy experience, both suddenly had the overwhelming feeling that their marriage was one that was going to last for the ages.

Date: 2014-09-09 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragnarok-08.livejournal.com
This is really great!

Date: 2014-09-25 04:08 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-09 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] night-owl-9.livejournal.com
Love this!

Date: 2014-09-25 04:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-09 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beeker121.livejournal.com
This is very sweet. I hope their realization means they get to turn back though, weddings are hectic enough without being in the wrong body.

Date: 2014-09-09 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shimmerdream.livejournal.com
This was really sweet, but do they ever switch back?

Date: 2014-09-25 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
I haven't decided haha

Date: 2014-09-10 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adoptedwriter.livejournal.com
What a sweet, happy story! AW

Date: 2014-09-25 04:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-11 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] favoritebean.livejournal.com
This was very cute. Well done.

Date: 2014-09-25 04:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-11 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penpusher.livejournal.com
Congratulations! I loved the direction you took with the story, and how you let it spin the way it did. I never had an issue about the body swap and if Eve and Adam were able to return to their original bodies, because if they did, they did, and if they didn't, then they'd be connected for life in a way no other couple ever could or would be!

You were a very fine partner, despite the time constraints, and I'm glad we got to work together!

Date: 2014-09-11 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
This was so lovely!

Date: 2014-09-11 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jem0000000.livejournal.com
What an awkward situation! I'm glad they learned something.

Date: 2014-09-11 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roina-arwen.livejournal.com
It's nice (if awkward) to see things from a whole different perspective!

Date: 2014-09-12 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildrose.livejournal.com
Great story, it's really funny and sweet :)

Date: 2014-09-14 10:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-17bingo.livejournal.com
I find the idea of sharing minds with my spouse both intriguing and terrifying, and I'm not sure if I ever want to go there.

But this, though, made me smile, and it made me a little more into the idea. Maybe it would be nice to work things out without the explanations and the misunderstandings. Raw thoughts could lead to harmony.

Date: 2014-09-15 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
Great continuation of the story. I like the little revelations they discover.

Date: 2014-09-15 05:43 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-16 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheshire23.livejournal.com
I like where you took this. I wasn't sure about how it was going to go, but it seems that this was a positive experience.

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