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LGBTQ+ Happy Fiction

(Yes the title is a song lol and yes it is what I set my morning alarm too *You know who you are, you asked me this*)

"Today's the day I change!" I said to my mirror, hands on my hips. I tried different expressions. Fierce. Confident. Cheeky. I frowned. None of those were me. I took a step back and pursed my lips together, raising my eyebrows. It was such a ridiculous face I couldn’t help but laugh, my yellow braces shining.Β 

β€œEmery!” My mom called from the bottom stair step. β€œAre you ready?” My heart gave a huge, great, wallowingΒ thumpΒ and I ran a hand through my shoulder-length hair.Β 

β€œYep!” I called, still staring at my reflection. I waited one more second before turning, grabbing my jacket, and clomping down the stairs and to my mom's red car. I opened the door and slung myself in, a ridiculous grin plastered on my face.Β 

β€œWell somebody's happy.” My mom commented as she put the car into reverse and backed out of the driveway, looking over her shoulder.Β 

I tried to press my lips together and stop smiling but I couldn't help it. β€œSorry,” I said.Β 

My mom ruffled my hair as she pulled out of our small neighborhood. β€œIt's not a problem, Em&Em.” and I grinned even harder at the nickname.Β 

We drove in silence for a bit, the radio playing softly in the background before the song stopped and the next one came on. I gasped and jumped up, turning the volume up.Β 

β€œYes!” I cried and my mom sighed, in a teasing-yet-exasperated way. The song blasted through the speakers and I sang as loud as I could. β€œYou're starting your life! From this moment nowwww!!!! Bird you can fly bird you can fly!!” 

My mom chuckled at my antics when I grabbed her water bottle from the cup holder and held it up to my mouth like a microphone. She rolled down the windows and joined me for the next line.Β 

β€œYou're breaking out of your shell today, kid, you'll be fine, you're not a girl, you're not a boy, nor am I!” I was wiggling around in my seat, trying to dance with a seatbelt on and my mom laughed, joining my awkward dance.Β 

The song ended right as we pulled up to our destination and my mom found a parking spot. My heart fluttered again. This was really happening. I waited until my mom unbuckled her seat belt and opened her door before I climbed out of the car. It was a weird OCD thing I had, but it made me feel better and my heart calmed down a bit.Β 

My mom opened the door to the lobby and I walked in after her, playing with my fingers. The smell of products and burnt hair wafted towards my nose, but the chemicals didn’t smell bad. More like vanilla bean and cinnamon rolls.Β 

The woman at the desk front, Tinsley (I read her name tag) looked up and smiled. Her teeth were slightly crooked, and she had a gap in between her front teeth, but the smile was genuine and I immediately liked her.Β 

β€œHi!! Are you Emery Hart?” She asked and I nodded. β€œGreat! Let me check you in! Please take a seat and I’ll call your name when your stylist is ready!” I wondered privately if she endedΒ everyΒ sentence with an exclamation mark but I didn’t mind it. It made her seem extra friendly and happy.Β 

I took a seat on the soft plushy couch and my mom sat down next to me, picking up a glossy magazine. A girl with long, curly blonde hair and crystal blue eyes sat on the cover, smiling her perfect teeth at the camera and advertising a foundation.Β 

I think I preferred Tinsley’s teeth gap and shoulder-length light blue hair. We only waited a few minutes before Tinsley called us back and showed us into a large room. I half-gasped.Β 

Small tables with mirrors were in rows, kind of like desks in schools, but they stood higher with professional chairs and all sorts of hair products and instruments littered on their surface. People sat in the chairs, smocks tied around their necks. Hair covered the floor in rainbows of colors. A section off to the right had a glass wall that separated the hair washing stations from the hair-cutting ones.Β 

A woman with a black apron walked over, smiling. She had scissors in her hand and an alarming spread of combs and brushes in the apron pockets.Β 

β€œHi. Are you Emery Hart?” When I nodded she led me to a chair and Tinsley left. β€œSo, what are we doing today?” She asked, playing with my hair and fluffing it up.Β 

My heart beat faster and I swallowed. β€œWe’re cutting most of it off. I’d like it shorter on the sides and longer on top and in the front.” My stylist, Cora, (I read her name tag too) nodded and kept running her hands through my hair.Β 

β€œGot it. We can do that. So, more of a boy’s hair cut?” I grinned.Β 

β€œNope. More like an androgynous haircut.” 

~Β 

β€œOh my goodness!” My mom cried when I walked into the waiting area. She stood up and ran a hand through my new short hair. β€œWell, this certainly is a change, isn’t it.” 

I couldn’t remove the dorky, Cheshire Cat smile off my face. β€œI like it,” I said and my mom chuckled.Β 

β€œI do too.” 

We left shortly after that and were silent on the way home while I played with my hair, trying to get used to the feel. When we got home I nearly ran up the stairs but my mom stopped me.Β 

β€œEmery, hold on, I have something for you.” She handed me a small, flexible package.Β 

I tilted my head slightly. β€œThanks?” My mom smiled like she knew something I didn’t.Β 

β€œAnything for my favorite child.” She responded and I moved towards the stairs.Β 

β€œI’m yourΒ onlyΒ child,” I reminded her and my mom called after me as I went to my room.Β 

β€œThen it’s a good thing your my favorite!” 

I giggled, shutting my door and standing in front of my mirror. I looked amazing.Β 

I turned and tilted my head in various ways, trying to get the best angle to see my new hair. After that I posed, making more silly faces. The one thing I didn’tΒ quiteΒ love about myself was my chest. It was smaller than most female borns, but it still made me a bit uncomfortable.Β 

I walked away from my mirror and picked up the package my mom gave to me, tearing it open. I pulled out some white fabric, with snaps under one armpit, and teared up.Β 

A chest binder. My first one.Β 

I put it on and then set my shirt back on over it, standing in the mirror once again. I smiled at my reflection, happy with the person staring back for the first time in a whole year.Β 

β€œI am Emery Hart, they/them, and I am valid,” I whispered. I had grinned a lot today, but none were as genuine as the one on my face now.

November 03, 2021 21:18

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Danny
08:26 Nov 07, 2021

hellooo, I don't think we've ~officially~ talked here on reedsy before soo I thought I might check out some of your stories while I have the time ;p and let me just sayy ahhhhhhhhhhhhh this was amazing! I was smiling like a total idiot while reading this, the characters were soo happy and upbeat they just had to contaminate the readers with their happy vibes. Andd ahh the ending, this couldn't have ended any better! Great job :D

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Hai Dannnnnyyyyy!!!!!! Awe thank you πŸ₯° Your so sweet

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Danny
09:30 Nov 10, 2021

helllooooooooooo Of course, np! <3

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OHHHHHH MYYYYY GOSHHHHHHHH ECHO *faints* THAT WAS SO FREAKIN AWESOME. That was so good im am legit about to cry. ahhhhhhhhh. Im sorry and you were saying that you werent going to be able to write anymore and now you come out with your best yettt. I cant........ AHHHHHH *takes an hour to stop freaking out* love the representation all the wayyyy. Honestly you slayed that. If only my mom was that supportive lol im still in the closet and i dont even think she knows what a binder is lol. Anywayyyyy *gives a million gold stars* wow...I cant eve...

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XD *catches you* tyyyy pls dont cry. I've been struggling with writer's block oof. Haha yes I did slay it didn't I? >=3 *pulls out sword* I actually bought a binder off Walmart a few days ago and its coming soon so I'm super excited hehe. ILY MORE TALK TO ME MORE OFTENNNN <3 <3 <3

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Ajvniepvf Dis was a m a z i n g Haiiiiiii Echo I don't think we've talked rip But your stories are so freaking wholesome and beautiful in every way <3 And I love your bio and how you are so supportive of Pride 🌈 #loveislove

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Aw thank you!! Hello! We haven't, but hi! c: Aw thank you, I agree, love is love!!!! I'll go check out your stories ASAP! c:

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Np :) Hiiiiii! How are you? It definitely is! Equal rights <3

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Haiii! I'm pretty good, hbu? Yesss! Are you a supporter/straight ally/part of the LGBTQ+ community?

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Going cRaZy cause of lockdown XD Straight ally <3

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Oh nuuuuu XD can I help in any way?? Aw yay <3

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09:00 Jan 21, 2022

ECHO~ My friend this story was so sweet, I honestly loved it so much. I especially liked the self-reassurance and the mum's support. Amazing work :)

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22:43 Jan 21, 2022

Of course! Hope you're doing well <3

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Jexica Marcell
15:32 Nov 05, 2021

OHMG YOU ARE A GEMINI TOO?? ME TOO!!!!! it seems like everyone hates me for it i also know avis kay irl, cause they're my bestieeeeee ok let me just say YOUR WRITING IS AMAZINGGGGG i love your style!!!!! this story, at the end, made me so happy because just the way that Emery said "I am valid" made me so happy for them!!!! keep writing, you are amazing!!!

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HEHE I AMMMMMM Yasss Same tho :< we gems gotta stick together They were my bestie first, I claim spot number 1 c: Aw thank you!!!! *blush* Ty soooo mucchhhh T^T your so kind <3

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Jexica Marcell
17:29 Nov 05, 2021

lol I know you and avis were besties first i hear a lot about you from them!!!! You sound absolutely great!!!!!!!! and yasssssssss im totally down for a Gemini Cult XD

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Jexica Marcell
18:10 Nov 05, 2021

gemini cults be like: lets do this! no...i dont feel like that!!! and it would be constant fights because we would all be trying to get our opinion out there because of our WAYYYY split personalities but parties would be fun XD

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XD we slay parties and thats a fact

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Leo Reynie
23:14 Nov 03, 2021

Writer's block! You liar, this was great.

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XD I do have writers blockkkk I couldn't finish the other story, but ty <3

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Leo Reynie
18:05 Nov 04, 2021

Still very good. Yw <33

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15:12 Mar 21, 2022

This story is adorable, I sort of relate. I got my hair cut recently too- it's really nice. I have the same nickname, Em&Em- I wish my mom got me my binder. That would have been so cool.

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Em&Em yesssss c: and :0 is your hair short? Binders are great, I've got one and its *chefs kiss* 10/10 Though I had to buy it without my parents knowing :'>

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16:23 Mar 21, 2022

My mom calls me that 24/7. And yeah, I got it cut a few days ago. It's awesome. So much dysphoria and crying myself to sleep- gone. I got mine as a birthday present from a friend. I know what you mean.

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I wanna give you a nickname now :0 I wanna cut my hair short but im scaredddd. Is it worth it? Aww yay for friends <3

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17:06 Mar 21, 2022

Feel free to call me whatever. Hair grows back, so I'd say yeah. If you think it'll make you happy cut that sh- off. Definitely yay for friends.

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Hmmm, help me out here XD One appt to the salon possibly coming up then haha <3

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