Chapter 6.40

Liam

“So, you showed,” I said, truly surprised. Charlie always did whatever she wanted despite my reasoning or threats.

Glaring, she said, “Like I had a choice, Dr. Day.”

I crossed my arms. “It’ll be good for you. You might even like it. And what’s with the hair?” My body looked like it’d just tumbled out of bed. “And are you growing a beard? It looks terrible.”

“Your body is mine now. Remember? And I think you look hot like this.”

She added, “But you don’t give a flip about my body. You let my hair get all frizzy. Here. At least put it up and not sweat all over it.” She pulled my hair up into a braid of some sort. I had to admit, it felt much better.

“Okay, no more stalling,” I said. “Time to work.”

After only two minutes on the treadmill, I was sucking wind. My God, she was so out of shape.

“Wow, Dr. Day! This treadmill stuff is so much fun! I’d never believe I’m saying this, but I think I like working out.”

Just then I stumbled, trying not to throw up.

But I wasn’t going to give up. This body just needed a little time to adjust.

After ten minutes, I couldn’t take it anymore and hopped off. Wheezing, I breathed out, “Okay, you win. We don’t have to work out in the mornings every day.” My back was aching and I had the worst side stitch.

“Oh no, Dr. Day, you can’t give up now. I totally like this more disciplined regimen. And besides…do you really want me to let YOUR body go if you don’t work out with me?”

I shot her a side glance. “Fine. You drive a hard bargain. How about we meet in the middle? We’ll work out Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Weekends off.”

She agreed. I shook my head. I wasn’t looking forward to work out days. Hopefully, it wouldn’t take me forever to not feel like coughing up a lung whenever I hit the treadmill.

Next, I gave her a few directions on when to arrive and what to say in class. I hoped she listened to me. I couldn’t tell because she was just smiling at me in a goofy way.

*****

When I settled into Charlene’s seat, the class was all here, waiting, but Charlene hadn’t shown up yet.

“Wow,” Susan said. “This is like a first, Charlie. Dr. Day is usually sitting at his desk, scowling at us. I wonder what’s up.”

I shrugged, trying to quell my anger at her tardiness. “Maybe he took a long hot shower. He does have a meticulous schedule.” I laughed a little, hoping nothing bad had happened to Charlene.

“I’d heard Dr. Day was here actually,” Thomas interjected. “Zane saw him coming out of the girl’s bathroom. He was so embarrassed when a girl kicked him out.”

My eyes narrowed. “Please tell me you’re joking.” I should have made Charlene use my PTO until this curse wore off. She was going to make me lose my job or get arrested!

Finally, ten minutes later, Charlene bounced in as if it was a normal thing that’d I’d show up late to a class I was teaching. I was going to have a serious talk with her.

“Hey, guys! Sorry I’m late. I forgot my phone at the gym and yeah, like I couldn’t be without this Power Point that I made for you.

“But then I realized that, like, you don’t want a boring Power Point. I said to myself, ‘Dr. Day, you wonderful, smart, handsome professor you…why don’t you give your students the day off so they can get a head start on that research report about the very exciting jungle expedition.’

“So, I’m making this proclamation–you may have not only this day but the whole week off! And when you get back, I’d love to see a nice shiny report in my inbox by midnight next Monday.”

The whole class erupted in applause.

“Uhhh…Dr. Day?” I yelled. “Can I see you after class?”

Charlene cocked her head. “Oh, I don’t need to see you, Charlie. You have the week off, too.”

“You’re going to see me whether you like it or not,” I said under my breath.

“Oh my God, Charlie. I think I’m in love. He’s like the coolest professor on the planet. I wonder what made him change.”

People were still cheering and Charlene was taking bows, winking and doing all kinds of unprofessional goofy gestures.

She WAS going to get me fired. Geeze. What was I thinking?

As soon as class ended, Charlene bolted, and I couldn’t find her. Unfortunately, Professor Woods caught me down the hall and practically forced me to go to Charlene’s next class. Thankfully, Ancient Metals was my specialty. When no one in the class would answer her questions, I’d go ahead. I really liked Dr. Woods as a colleague. She didn’t deserve the ungrateful students who looked as if they were really bored.

“That is correct, Charlie. You must have been doing a lot of studying.” Placing a hand on her hip she asked, “Now can anyone tell me what is the early period of the Bronze Age?”

I waited for several awkward beats before answering. The girl next to me was so rude, just looking at her phone. I also heard yawning behind me. So, I raised my hand again. “Um…that would be Chalcolithic, if I’m not mistaken.”

“Well done, Charlie. At least someone in here did their homework. Please take the rest of the period to go over your notes, class. We will have a quiz on Wednesday.”

Poor Professor Woods. I’d be really tough if my students treated me like this. I would have given them a pop quiz right then.

“Yo, Charlie. Smooth move there, brown-nosing with the teach,” Zane said.

“Brown-nosing? I did no such thing. Being prepared for class is what we as students are SUPPOSED to be doing. Have you even started on your research paper for Dr. Day’s class?” Zane was by far my laziest student. He barely made the required B to attend the expedition.

“Naw, I haven’t. But hey! Why don’t we go out for coffee and maybe you can give me some tips on how you went about yours. I’m assuming you’ve started. Right?”

Since all this madness happened, I haven’t even talked to Charlene about what she needed to do. We basically missed a whole week out of our lives. Was it fair to force her to write that paper based on results she never viewed? “I…uh…haven’t started on it, actually.”

“Then it’s a date. I’ve got work today, but I’m free tomorrow. We can go to Simbucks, get a coffee, and talk about our results. I know I could sure use the help.”

I bristled. No way should Charlene want to go on this study date with Zane. He was well beneath her in intelligence and in my opinion, not good enough for her overall. She needed someone that would push her, not bring her down. “Sorry, Zane, but I’ll pass. I work better alone.” His face fell at my words. But I didn’t feel sorry for him. He was just trying to use Charlene for her brains. I hoped she appreciated the favor I’d done in thwarting him.

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22 thoughts on “Chapter 6.40”

  1. Oh my! This is getting more and more interesting by the minute. I can see why Liam is backing off the workout! Lol. And then he just lost Charlie a date with a hunk! She’ll thank me for it. Highly unlikely. And Charlie’s proclamation of the week off probably helped them have a bit more time to work on the curse. So not a bad thing overall.

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    1. Liam doesn’t understand Charlie’s reasoning, but she’ll talk him out of getting upset with her. Yes, a week off is just the thing so she doesn’t have to try to teach something she shouldn’t.

      And Liam is goofing up with poor Charlie and Zane. But maybe he did save her? 😉

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  2. O snap, she just… gives his whole class the week off? AAA
    It’s already going to shit, and they’ve barely started LOL

    Someone who would push her, eh Liam? Where oh where would she find a fellow like that, I wonder?? Hmm….

    Charlie actually seems to be getting into it a little, I wonder what’s going on in her head; not letting Liam off the hook at the gym, experimenting with styling him, bouncing into his class all full of sunshine, ehehehe
    Well, at least her grades probably won’t fall while she’s ‘away’, with Liam at the helm??

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    1. Yes, Charlie IS getting into her role as Liam. We’re going to be in her head next chapter so we’ll see exactly what’s going on with her. Charlie is usually a positive person, even though she screws things up all the time. She doesn’t like being in Liam’s body any more than Liam does hers but why not go with what she’s got right now? And in the meantime, maybe she’s discovered something…the secret to getting back to themselves…we’ll see!

      Liam will help Charlie’s grades, at least. For now. 😉

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  3. This was hilarious. Especially the work out. 😂
    Looks like Liam has started working on “improving” Charlene’s social life. Maybe she could return the favor and go out with one of his colleagues. 😂
    I can’t wait to see all the damage control the two of them are going to have to do later.

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  4. Work-out bonding! LOL, they both had such different experiences, with Charlie getting to test-drive a luxury sports car.

    Smart for her to give her students a week off…but just like she’s sabotaging his work, Liam’s kind of sabotaging her social/potential love life. Unless Liam’s right and Zane’s just using her for her brain and isn’t really interested in spending time with her otherwise. 🤔

    Charlie seems to be enjoying/adjusting to living as Liam more, at least! But she shouldn’t get too comfortable–Liam’s definitely eager to get back to his own body and life…

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    1. Yes…Charlie was experiencing a luxury sports car while poor Liam got a slow clunker (but that could change over time!) I’m talking about their cars! 😉

      Yes, she IS very smart. Liam takes that for granted and instead of thinking through what she’s doing, he just gets mad and worries what might happen.

      Charlie does have it a little better as Liam. Charlie was a poor college student with absolutely no power. Liam, to her, has everything. We’ll see what happens with all this. Liam isn’t going to stand around and not try to fix their situation though.

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  5. A LOT of interesting and hilarious happenings here, especially the work out and teaching class!

    Charlie, you better not get too comfortable being Liam because once the curse wears off, he’s going to get his body and life back while you get yours back. I especially loved that the class gets the week off. That can be beneficial so that the two can work on the curse together and hopefully end it soon. Those goofy gestures she has done? Love them!

    Liam as Charlie is good for him! He can observe the students and improve Charlie’s social life and grades! Oh my, he just turned down a good date for Charlie!

    I look forward to more of this and hopefully, there will be some damage control before it gets too out of hand.

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    1. Hee hee! Fun stuff with them in each others bodies.

      Yes, Liam isn’t going to want to stay in Charlie’s body for long so she better not get too comfortable.

      But you’re right, it’s good for Liam to experience Charlie’s life. Maybe he’ll learn something!

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  6. Hahaha poor Liam. I loved him seeing how hard it is to work out when you are larger and not in shape. Not as easy as he thought, huh? 😂

    Charlie giving everyone the week off was probably for the best… I know Liam wasn’t too happy, but I have the sneaking suspicion he would have been even LESS happy if he’d seen her attempting to teach, even with a power point!

    This is all so deliciously fun! 😈 Is it Wednesday yet?????

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    1. Hee hee! You’re so right! Liam should have thought it through. Charlie can’t teach his class even with a Power Point. The less she does at being him the better.

      And yeah…Liam is getting to know what it’s like when someone is out of shape. It makes things even harder to start with. He should have a heart about that. (Which I think he’s coming to understand a little more what it’s like to be Charlie. She doesn’t have the easiest life.)

      I know you’ll love Wednesday! HEE! 😉

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