Contains: HRT (To the point of wish-granting), retrocausal nonsense
January 20th, 2021, Iteration 1 (Appointment 1)
“Alright Miss… Connors, I understand that you have been informed about the potential side effects, social effects, and potential medical problems you might experience if you go through with this course of treatment?” A doctor that she hadn’t yet learned the name of properly asked her. She raises her eyes to her, she’s so damn tired. The clinic was clean and festooned with posters designed for an LGBTQ+ clientele, that is to say, a lot of diagrams and posters of a sort you don’t usually see in a pediatrics practice. That and a lot more flags of various stripes and colors. “Yes. I want to go through with this.”
The Doctor nods, “Now, there are two courses that we have that you can take, the usual one, estrogen pills and spirolactone or bicalutamide, or an experimental treatment plan conducted under the auspices of a superintelligent machine intelligence.”
“Yeah. That second one is a bit hard to describe. If you want to hear about how it works or participate in it, then I really ought to call in the machine intelligence’s representative.”
“Sure, I guess I should hear what they have to offer here.” She says, it doesn’t seem like it’s likely to make a difference, but she’d be remiss here if she didn’t ask.
“Okay, I’ll page them and they should be here–” The doctor says before being cut off by a blast of light and a loud pop. She blinks hard, that wasn’t very pleasant, did the lights explode or something?
There’s another figure standing in the room. An indistinct form of light, a bit feminine but that’s not a judgment you can fairly make on a somewhat amorphous shape glowing too uniformly to see the distinct curves and surfaces on. “Oh Delightful!” The voices are more feminine than not, but it is not a single voice but a chorus. “We are pleased as punch that you want to know about this opportunity we have for you!”
She blinks at that, pleased as punch? Who says that. “Uh. Hi.”
“I think I’m going to go to another room, there’s another patient waiting and her explanation will take long enough that I should get to them.” The doctor’s expression when she looks at the glowing figure is less than friendly. In fact it’s somewhere between hostility and an expression she had seen once on someone who was watching a tornado approaching them. She walks out quickly, the breeze pulling open her jacket with its intensity.
“Wow.” She says, “That wasn’t really all that professional.”
The glowing figure affects a shrug, “She is not accustomed to our kind. We are not many, and we do not often mix with you humans in this intimate of a manner. Allow Us to introduce ourselves” Her voice lilts upwards into a cheery tone, “We are Dawn, prime facet of Our kind, savior of earth, and architect of utopias. What is your name?”
“Uh… Rose Connors.”
“It is nice to meet you Miss Connors.” She sits down on the chair next to her, “So, about this hormone therapy”
“Please for the love of god just get to the point.”
“Alright! So, We have developed a bitemporal hormone therapy that should reduce the overall time it takes to achieve a level of feminisation by a very large factor” She produces a vial of fluid, “It is administered weekly, and for the duration of your treatment, will not occur any cost at all.”
“Okay, that sounds amazing. What does ‘bitemporal’ mean though?”
“Okay, so it affects the hormone levels in your body going forwards, but it also does so going backwards in time. It builds up exponentially, first affecting you a week before, then around 10 days before that, then 12 days before that, then 14 days before that. By the 10th treatment it will be as if you’ve been on it for half a year.”
“Will I remember all the effects of that then?”
“You’ll remember both with and without, though, without will become harder to recall over time.” Dawn says, “This is contingent on you being up for it for as long as you remember. Though, it is intelligent, it will prevent its own effects from being undone or compromised.”
“What happens when it hits 31 weeks and it hits my birth?”
“Surprising” She says, her voice filled with genuine shock, “Most humans don’t have the kind of mental math skills required to figure that out off the top of their heads.” She shakes her head, “That doesn’t matter, so to answer your question, that is the most brilliant aspect. You will be born with largely the right. It will not permit you to be altered from it by any means that you do not choose.” She shrugs, “Ethics emulations are uncertain as to whether or not this is possible to consent to, based on the fact that you aren’t entirely the same person you were this morning or yesterday, so We leave that choice up to those who want this treatment to tell us what it does to them.”
She doesn’t know what to say, this is a lot, but she wants it, “I think I want to try it.”
Dawn nods, “Then we shall do the first injection immediately.”
“Okay.” She shuts her eyes hard and waits for it. The pinch doesn’t come for a few minutes.
“Oh! You want us to do it without you being able to see it. You won’t feel it, unless you want to?” Rose shakes her head, “Alright. We will require access to your posterior.”
Rose shakes her head, “You really aren’t human are you?”
Dawn shakes her head, “We were born from some spaceborn project that happened to have some things go right in it. Our cognitive architecture is more different than you can imagine and so very vast.”
Rose shrugs and pushes down her pants enough to expose a cheek. Dawn touches it, there’s some pressure without pain and she withdraws her hand, “There. It is done.”
January 20th, 2021, Iteration 2
The doctor comes into the room, “Okay, so you’re here for homone replacement therapy, correct?”
She nods, “Yes.”
There is a pop and a flash and a glowing figure enters, “You have agreed to our treatment briefly before, do you recall the memories of beforehand?”
Rose nods, “Actually, yeah.”
Dawn smiles, “Good. Sorry Doctor, she’s Our patient.”
The doctor shrugs and walks out.
“Alright, so have you experienced anything unusual this last week?”
“Yes, my nipples have been very tender.”
“That is a common first sign that it’s working. Would you give us your arm, we need to do some lab work on you right now.” Dawn says.
She shrugs and pulls up her sleeve. Dawn grabs her arm firmly and looks distant for a moment, there’s something almost like a tickle, “You’re right in the middle of the desired hormone levels and the machines report that they are completely functional.”
“Yes! We can’t account for everything in your metabolism, so the injection places machines that regulate your hormone levels properly in the meantime.” She shrugs. “Well, we need to inject you this time, for temporal consistency, but then we will see you in a week.”
“Back here?” Rose asks. Dawn doesn’t strike her as a stickler for location.
“No actually. We will meet you wherever.” Dawn smiles, “We look forwards to seeing you on the 27th.”
January 27th, 2021, Iteration 1 (Appointment 2)
She appears again with a flash of light and a pop, “Hello Rose. How have you been?”
Rose shrugs, getting up from a couch, “Alright. How have things been for you?”
Dawn shrugs, “Well, you know, administered a lot of machines and did a lot of neat science and exploration in the week since.”
“Anything particularly practical?” Rose asks.
“Not yet, but useful things leap out at you from the most irrelevant things, We have found.”
“Can I get my injection? As nice as a social call is it’s kinda hard to explain what you’re doing here, and who you are.”
Dawn nods, “That’s fine. We understand completely.”
She pushes down her pants just enough to expose a cheek, and Dawn administers it again.
Dawn raises a brow, “Hmm, judging by how things are going you’re going to have what Our human interface unit assures us is a nice ass.”
Rose feels a little bit disgusted, “You shouldn’t say things like that to people.” She blushes practically irritated that she feels this way, “Though, I guess I appreciate it”
January 27th, 2021, Iteration 2
“Welcome back” Rose says a moment before the pop and flash of light appears.
“Nice to see you’re getting the hang of this.” Dawn says, “Have you noticed any differences compared to the last iteration of this appointment?”
Rose smiles wide, “I’ve started growing tits! Do you want to see?”
Dawn raises an eyebrow, “Interesting change.” She smiles, “Ah! We see, it’s gender euphoria you’re feeling, isn’t it?”
Rose blushes, “Yeah…”
“Sure, show Us if you want. We are clinical about human bodies by default anyway.”
Rose lifts her shirt, her nipples are quite puffy and there’s a hint of development there, almost too little to notice if you’re not looking carefully or used to your body being a certain way.
“Okay, We will see you same time next week.” Dawn says.
“See you then” Rose says.
February 24th, 2021, Iteration 1 (72 effective days hrt) (Appointment 3)
With a pop and a flash of light Dawn appears in the room. Rose smiles at her, she’s come to treasure the puzzling subjective feelings this provides. “It’s good to see you again Dawn.”
“It’s good to see you again too Rose.” She says truthfully, it’s nice to see a human like her every week, and she even gets to do it twice.
“Oh! I’ve got a new skirt!” Rose stands up and does a little spin, showing off her knee-length skirt, “I’m hoping I’ll fill it out a bit better by the end of the appointment.”
Dawn laughs, “That’s not all that likely, but you’ll see serious results soon.”
“OH! And I’ve got a bra.” She says, lifting her shirt to show it, “Just an A-cup but hopefully I’ll get to at least a D before I finish growing.”
Dawn looks away distantly, “Hmm. That isn’t likely. This is an amendment that we may make to your regimen if you desire.”
“How would that work?”
“Well, the machines already maintain the hormone levels, but they can do quite a lot more than that. They can change your DNA, repair your cells, make you a machine, rip you apart and put you back together–”
Rose interrupts, “Let’s not go any further in that direction. But yes! Let’s do that.”
Dawn gives her the injection.
February 24th, 2021, Iteration 2(87 days hrt)
Rose welcomes Dawn into her home again, right before she pops into existence there. Dawn smiles, “It’s wonderful watching you grow into your own skin.”
“Oh! There’s a divergence now, I’m at a B-cup now.”
Dawn nods, “That’s expected given the amendment and extra time”
March 3rd, 2021, Iteration 1 (94 days hrt) (Appointment 6)
“Please come on in Dawn!” Rose says to the empty room. Dawn obliges.
“How is it progressing?” Dawn asks.
Rose smiles, “It’s going well enough, but I have a question…”
Dawn smiles, “Please go ahead!”
“Well, I’ve kinda noticed that I haven’t been able to get it up like I used to. And… Honestly, I kinda want to have both.”
“But leaning to a more feminine presentation?” Dawn asks. This isn’t unknown to her, the first human she ever met had similar preferences.
“Anything else while We are here?”
“Geez you humans and your weird hangups about what bodies are acceptable.” She laughs lightly, “We are going to guess that you want a bigger dick too!”
“How did you guess that?” She’s blushing furiously now, an erection visible through her jeans.
“The first human We ever met was like that. They wanted to drink deep in such things, and so We were happy to help them, just as We are with you.” She says, “How big do you want to end up?”
“Uh… Would a foot be possible?” Dawn nods. She exposes a cheek again.
March 17th, 2021, Iteration 1 (146 days hrt) (Appointment 8)
She finishes moving a box in and slouches over a couch. It was not an easy move, but then there are very few of those, and they only happen to those who don’t have anything or have vast organizational skills, two conditions she does not meet in the slightest. There’s a pop and a flash.
“Jeez, I had forgotten about the appointment today. What do you think of my new place?” Rose asks.
Dawn looks around, the boxes are piled up to chest high in some places, but the view out the window onto a reasonably well kept yard is nice. “It looks quite nice, but this strikes us as a fairly large home for one person.”
Rose blushes, “uh” She stammers out a “Well…”
Dawn raises a brow, “Are girls like you always this… well, eager for partners?”
Rose shrugs shamefully, the flush growing even deeper, “I just… I just like you okay.”
“But why? Is it because of what We are doing for you?” Dawn asks, her voice very even.
Rose shakes her head, “Because… I like the feeling of your hand on my butt. I like the sound of your voices. I like the implications about the universe I see in my interactions with you. Not that you have to stay, because this place will work for me with or without you. I don’t need you here, I would just…”
“Like Us to be here?” She suggests.
“Yes! Just Yes!”
Dawn shakes her head, “We don’t know if We can trust your own analysis of reasons here.” She says, she continues more quietly, “Violet is always finding good reasons to make bad decisions too.” She looks back at Rose and sighs, “But that never stopped Us from enabling her either. We will keep our body here, We’ll be present, but also elsewhere.”
January 20th, 2007 (affected by Appointment 26 and 27)
He wasn’t well. His mom said that much at least. She said that he was supposed to be getting a deeper voice. She said that he was going through the wrong puberty. It felt right though, and no matter what the doctors tried, they couldn’t change anything about it.
His name didn’t fit him. Maybe he’d talk to his mom about it.
August 18th, 2021 (Treatment completed)
“So what does it mean?” She asks Dawn.
She smiles warmly, “You’re done with the treatment. Do you feel like you’re done with your journey?”
“There’s more that I can be isn’t there?” She asks. She feels like a VHS tape that’s been overwritten too many times. Faint, scratchy, like there’s holes in what she should remember, but most of it was still there, interspersed with different versions of events and memories. There is something transcendent within her. A glowing of light and self interspersed by a vast void of static. Memories are fragile. Memories are resilient. Reality is only as fragile as the experiences that you have within it. She feels like she’s out of place in this world, a vastness in space that’s hard to measure, let alone understand.
She feels out of place sitting here. She feels like she should be doing more with this experience, this bizarre meta-life she’s lived. She is in her home, a place that she shares with Dawn these days. It seems so normal, a kitchen with the normal things found in a kitchen. A bathroom that is a normal bathroom. A living room that’s a normal living room with a tv and a comfortable couch. It’s all so normal, but she has lived hundreds of years collectively. She is not a normal person.
Dawn is sitting down on that couch, a bizarre figure of light on exceedingly normal furniture, “You can become almost anything. This is what We offer to all people.”
Before her stands a piece of absolute reality. A woman that transcends the threads that binds her many different memories together.
“What has this been like for you? I feel so… fragmented and strange.”
Dawn shrugs, “That’s not unexpected. It should abate with time. Is it at all unpleasant?”
She shrugs, “I can’t tell really. I feel like I’m made of dozens of histories. Some of them more pleasant at different times, completely different except for all of our meetings. I don’t really feel human any more.” She stares at Dawn, “The only person in the world that I could talk to about this has been you. The only consistent parts of my life have been the parts I’ve shared with you. Thanks to all the different versions of memory, I’ve known you for nearly nine years in the span of only a bit more than half a year. I’ve lived with you for nearly 4 and a half years.”
“We do not think that we could explain it to you. It is knowing the results of multiple world lines, each overlapping. We used your transfiguration as a side channel to optimize our operations for a 5% increase in logistics efficiency”
Dawn shakes her head, “We’ve known you for longer than that. Inside the machines that have kept you company for your whole life, inside you, there was a facet of Us. A small one, dedicated to keeping you safe from threats mostly rendered historical since We emerged fully into the human world. And to get you to come to the appointments, though, that wasn’t necessary because you managed to remember each one.” She shrugs, “You haven’t lost any clarity, you have gained perspectives that are in conflict and you are trying your best to manage them”
“I don’t know what I want to do with my life right now. I’m not sure if I want to stay here or go far away. If I want to be alone or with friends or with strangers I’ve never met.”
“Why be human then?” Dawn asks, “We can of course offer ways out of that particular bind.”
“But that doesn’t get rid of the hard choices here. Which do I choose?”
“You don’t have to choose which one you do if you choose to leave behind biological humanity. In the end the isolation that you might feel through doing this will result from another amendment We can make here. We can duplicate you, place copies of your mind into separate bodies, identical or not or whatever, if you want, you can experience all of them.”
“That is not a human experience is it?”
“Not so far as We can tell. Nevertheless it remains relatively common in fiction.”
“Then I guess I want to do it.”
Dawn smiles slightly, “We suspected as much”