Switch Swap Friendship

Submitted for Contest #40 in response to: Write a story about two people who meet and become instant friends.... view prompt

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Claire woke up that morning not knowing where she was. She was in bed, but not her’s. She was in a room, but not her’s. She got out of the bed immediately and looked out the window. It wasn’t her house. She left for the bedroom door and walked out into the hallway. She didn’t recognize anything. She decided to walk down the stairs. When she got down, there was a mirror on the wall. Claire looked into it, and it definitely wasn’t her. Where was she? More importantly who was she? She looked around, it was much nicer than her house. She heard footsteps coming down the stairs. She turned around to face them. It was two older people, parents maybe?

“Hey honey, how’d you sleep?” The man said with a wide smile. Seriously what was happening? Claire just looked at him and didn’t respond. She was in someone else’s life! Did that mean someone else was in hers? She was going to enjoy this! New parents, new friends, new life! 

“Hi dad,” she said hoping it really was her dad. He nodded at her, so she knew it was her dad. The woman making breakfast must have been her mom. 

“You're still in your pajamas, go get dressed for school, you don’t want to be late,” Clair’s ‘mother’ said. Claire didn’t hesitate. She ran upstairs trying to remember which was her’s. There were so many. She found one that looked like it, but as she was walking into the room a teenage boy walked out of one of the other rooms. He walked down the stairs. Was that her brother? Claire realized she didn’t even know what her name was in his life. She went into her room looking for anything that had her name on it. Her room was huge! She had such a nice room! She found a piece of paper, homework maybe?At the top it said: Lila Ricardo. Okay she knew her name.

 The next challenge she faced was getting dressed. There was a large white dresser against the wall with eight drawers. She looked through all of them, each drawer had such nice clothes! She picked out a cropped top and some black leggings.

She found a little makeup desk with a mirror. She sat in the chair and did her hair with the brush she found. Claire looked so different, instead of having dark brown hair she had blond hair. Instead of having brown eyes she had bright blue eyes. She brushed her hair out and tied it into a high ponytail. Claire loved the knew her. She looked in the mirror, she looked great! She ran out her door and went downstairs. 

“Hey Li, did you see my bracelet?” A girl with blond hair said. Maybe her sister?

“No, sorry sis!” Claire said assuming it was her sister. The girl gave her a confused look. 

“Sis? My name is Raina. So I’m gonna pretend you didn’t say that. Is Mikah coming. We gotta get to school?”

“Um...I just saw him upstairs.” Claire didn’t know if the boy she saw upstairs was Mikah but she really hoped it was. How many siblings could she have? A boy came down the stairs into the kitchen where Claire was. It was a different one then she saw upstairs. Another brother!

“There you are Mikah! We gotta go to school! Is Ryker coming?” Raina sounded like she was in a big hurry. 

“I don’t know I’m pretty sure he went into the basement,” Mikah said. Raina went to a door and opened it and screamed down to Ryker. He came up a couple minutes later. 

“Okay we are all ready, let’s get to school!” By this time Raina sounded agitated. Why weren’t her parents coming? Claire’s mom always drove her to school. Maybe Lila’s didn’t. She walked out the door into the garage. In the garage there were three cars. All very nice. Raina walked into one of them and everyone followed. Raina was driving! Mikah sat in the seat next to Raina. Ryker and Claire sat in the second row next to each other. She started driving and soon they reached a school. Except this school looked familiar to Claire. It was her school.

She was remembering everything. Lila was a girl in her grade, one of the most popular. How had she become her? She didn’t care, she had secretly hoped to be Lila! Raina parked the car and we all got out. We walked into the school and went to our separate classrooms. Claire was going to school as Lila Ricardo. Claire walked into her classroom with pride. As she entered Sophia and Riley came over to her. Claire knew that they were Lila’s friends, so she acted normal. Sophia started talking to Claire almost immediately.  Claire was sort of listening, but her attention was lost when another girl walked in. It was her! Except way more stylish. Wait, if she was Lila did that mean Lila was Claire? The answer to that question was immediately answered, when she walked over to Claire, Sophia, and Riley. “What are you doing in my body?! I want it back!” It was definitely Lila. To be honest Claire didn’t want to leave this body. She had everything she ever wanted when she was Lila. 

“I’m sorry but I don’t know how this happened! I want to be in my body too!” Claire lied about the last part. 

“It’s okay! We can work together to find how to get back to normal! For now I am hanging out with you guys!” Lila had never really talked to Claire, that’s because Claire was new this year and this was only her first month of school here. Claire never knew how nice Lila was. Maybe if Clair had talked more they could have been better friends. Well this was their chance. They could hang out and find out what was going on between them. 

Sophia and Riley were looking at Claire and Lila in confusion. To be fair they had no idea that they were in the wrong bodies. The teacher told us to take our seats. Sophia and Riley sat next to who they thought was Lila, and the real Lila sat next to Claire as well. Claire and Lila explained the whole story to Sophia and Riley, or what they knew of the story. It wasn’t hard convincing Sophia and Riley, they weren’t the brightest bulbs. 

After school the real Lila went over to the fake Lila’s house. They tried to act natural. It was working until the real Lila saw her dog, Fishsticks. She ran over to him and started hugging and kissing him like crazy. Lila’s siblings looked at fake Claire like she was the craziest person ever. Especially considering Claire had never seen Lila’s dog. Fake Lila made a ‘don’t do that motion’ with her head towards fake Claire. Fake Claire got up and they both walked upstairs. 

“Okay Claire what is going on! I mean I don’t blame you or anything, but why are we in each other’s bodies?” Real Lila was in a hurry to get back to her body, which real Claire didn’t understand.

“Okay so we just have to figure out what caused this and then we can reverse it! So it would have had to happen to both of us. What did you do yesterday?” Real Claire asked, trying to sound relaxed.

“I went to the mall and picked out the shirt you are wearing, it looks great on you by the way!” It was almost like Claire was Lila’s model.

“I went home and watched a movie with my family, then went to bed around 9:30.” Real Lila said. 

“Hmm… I’m trying to remember what time I went to bed at, I think around 9:30 too. Maybe it had something to do with that, because I didn’t go to the mall yesterday,” Real Claire said, trying not to sound upset.

“Oh um.. Do you remember your dream, maybe it involved our dreams?” Real Lila said impatiently.

“No, I can never remember my dreams. It’s like they just vanish when I wake up,” Real Claire said trying to sound disappointed. 

“Yeah, me either.” They sat in silence for a couple minutes and real Claire couldn’t take it anymore.

“Hopefully we don’t get stuck in these bodies forever,” real Claire didn’t know what to say. Real Lila giggled shyly. And they both decided to go downstairs and get a snack. They both wanted something small, so they decided on some fruit snacks. They went back up stairs and brainstormed some more. Soon they got off topic. They started messing around with each other, and laughing. They were becoming true friends. 

Real Claire paused and so did real Lila. “I remember my dream,” They said at the exact same time. They shared their dreams with each other. They were both very similar. Claire's was about her transforming into Lila for a day. Lila’s was about transforming into Claire for a day. They knew this must have been why they were in each other’s bodies. Now all they needed to do was find how to reverse their dreams.  

“I have an idea, what if we wait until tonight to fall asleep and we try to control our dreams to do the opposite,” Real Lila suggested, still not sure of herself.

“No, we don’t have that kind of time. In our dreams we stayed each other for one day, that must be the time limit we have to get back to our normal selves. We will have to find something quicker.”

They didn’t have any idea’s until real Lila started smiling. “I know! I have seen it in movie’s! We just have to hold hands and think of going back into our normal bodies!” Claire didn’t think it was a bad idea, but she didn’t know if basing this on a movie would work either. She agreed anyway, it was their only idea. They held hands and looked at each other, both trying not to laugh. They closed their eyes and tried to imagine. 

It all happened really fast. They opened their eyes to find that it worked! They hugged each other so tight and for so long, that Lila’s parents said Claire had to go home. They walked downstairs trying to act normal which was one of the hardest things they ever did. They had just switched bodies and then switched back, and they were only twelve year old girls!

Claire walked out the front door to find her mom waiting in the car. Her mom! She hadn’t seen her in what felt like forever. Claire and Lila hugged one more time and as Claire walked out the door Lila said, “See you at school.” They both laughed, and Claire got into her car and drove home. 

From then on Lila and Claire stayed best friends. Never telling a soul what happened. Except of course Sophia and Riley who stayed absolutely delirious. The end.

 





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19:42 Jun 23, 2020

This is such a good story! Maybe you could make real Lila's reaction a little more surprised, but apart from that, it was amazing!!!

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Evelyn Cloonan
20:01 Jun 23, 2020

Thank you so much for reading. I totally appreciate the feedback!

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05:15 Jun 24, 2020

Yeah no problem

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Miles Gatling
10:38 May 13, 2020

Cool, I liked the way the switch worked!

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Evelyn Cloonan
13:36 May 13, 2020

Thanks Miles!

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Kamau Daniel
22:08 Jul 31, 2020

This story is deeply reflective of our innermost yearnings. There's always that other person we wish to be, that other house we admire more, those other siblings we wish we had, but most importantly, that personality that we sigh for enviously. Thank you for the piece, I love how young people express their ideas. So bright, so optimistic, so... I lack the words to fully describe a mind that is yet to be dimmed by life's vicissitudes. Write more!

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Batool Hussain
11:23 Jun 21, 2020

Amazing! Also, will you please check my recent story out? Thanks.

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Evelyn Cloonan
16:49 Jun 21, 2020

Thanks and of course I will!

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Anjali Malik
09:30 Jun 16, 2020

My dear sis , this is truely amazing. Keep going ahead

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Evelyn Cloonan
14:07 Jun 16, 2020

Aww, thank you SO much!!!

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Anjali Malik
03:53 Jun 17, 2020

You are always welcome dear!

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Kathleen March
00:32 May 20, 2020

Nice effort. One well-intended comment is to watch the use of apostrophes. Hers has none, and plurals don't either (ideas, not *idea's). Writers get to play around with grammar and break rules, too. Go for it when you're sure, but don't break rules for no reason. Lots of characters in this story, and they make for a fun read.

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Evelyn Cloonan
00:37 May 20, 2020

thank you for reading! And thank you for the feedback!

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Jessica Hill
21:44 May 19, 2020

I don't have much to critique, just a bit! Sometimes you missed the 'e' in Claire, and a couple quotation marks, but otherwise, great job! Cute story!

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Evelyn Cloonan
23:03 May 19, 2020

thanks! Also thank for the feedback!

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01:29 May 18, 2020

Cute way to start a friendship!

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Evelyn Cloonan
19:48 May 18, 2020

Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

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13:55 May 13, 2020

I really liked this story, Evenlyn! In one of the paragraphs you accidentally say we instead of Claire and Lila. But other than that, your story was beautifully written! Keep writing and stay safe! -Brooke

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Evelyn Cloonan
13:56 May 13, 2020

Thanks for telling me Brooke! And thank you for the compliment!

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13:57 May 13, 2020

You're welcome!

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