Archive-title: Joe Bates' Story- 5
Joe drove home from the mall with his latest purchases. He took the clothes
and placed them into the new blue bag. He went to the bathroom, and selected a
large bath towel to take along. He dumped the sack of drug store items onto
the bed. He placed the bath powder, and the deodorant into a little
compartment on the side of the bag. He looked at the box of panty liners,
wondering what he should do with them. Should he put some of them into the
bag? Should he put some into the purse he started carrying? He didn't know if
he would need them, and carrying them around seemed to put more of a
permanence to his situation. He just couldn't accept that. Everything was just
temporary. It had to be.
Leaving the box lay on the bed, he removed his blouse, and blue skirt.
After struggling out of the pantyhose, he flopped down on the bed. Sometimes,
the situation just overwhelmed him, and he found he was having one of those
times. He looked at the clock radio beside the bed. It said four thirty. Just
one hour till he had to meet Jay again, this time under much more difficult
Again, he doubted if it was a good idea. The health club was, among other
things, somewhat of a "meat market". Muscular studs went there to show off
their bodies, and stare at the attractive women working out. Although Joe
appreciated good looking women, he didn't go to the club to ogle women. He
didn't go to strut his stuff either. Now, he didn't know. He never did
consider himself a "muscular stud", but this was completely different. He
couldn't even use the men's' locker room. Under different conditions, the
idea of invading the private domain of the ladies' locker room might perk his
interest. Not now. He wouldn't just be a fly on the wall. He would be going in
there to change his clothes. Women's clothes. With other women around. And he
would look like a woman too. Hell, he might actually BE a woman... for the
rest of his life. He couldn't accept that.
Laying there, he felt tired, but decided he better get dressed. He got up
off the bed, and picked up the royal blue jumpsuit he just bought. He stepped
into it, and zipped up the front. He looked at himself in the dresser mirror.
It fit well. It was attractive, and yet didn't place a strong emphasis on his
new shape. He liked it immediately.
He went to his old gym bag, and removed his racket from the side. It seemed
too large now. It would have to do, he thought. He looked through the bag, and
found his safety goggles. He put them on, and they were too large for his
smaller features. He threw them back into the bag in disgust. He could feel
tears welling up in his eyes. He noticed that happening quite often today. It
seemed that he was more emotional now, or at least, it was much harder to
contain his emotions. Was that part of the change? It was difficult to tell.
He knew that women cried much easier than men, but he always thought that was
because of differences in the way they were brought up. Maybe there was a more
physical difference, hormones maybe, and now maybe those things were affecting
him. What else would they do to him? He decided that no matter what he looked
like, he was still a man. But, would he still feel the same way next week, or
next year? The problem would be solved before it lasted that long, he decided.
He didn't think he could stand to grow old looking like this. There had to be
a way back.
Joe went into the bathroom mirror, and made one last check of his hair, and
general appearance. Ready to go, he decided.
He took his bag, and racket, and went to his car. It was getting easier. He
had no trouble walking in the new Reboks, and the jumpsuit seemed more
familiar than the dress he wore last time out. I can almost forget about the
changes, he thought. Putting the seat belt on again made him aware of his new
body. There was no forgetting it. Just as well, he considered, it might really
be embarrassing to forget at the wrong time.
He pulled into the club parking lot. His heart was pounding with fear. He
noticed Jay's car in the lot, and pulled next to it. Jay was waiting for him.
As he got out of his car with his gear, Jay walked over.
"Hi Joe" "I'm glad to see you made it." Jay said.
"I'm still not sure if this is a good idea, Jay." Joe returned.
"It will be ok, Joe." "Where do you get all those sharp clothes?" Jay asked,
"Come on Jay, You know everything I do now seems to involve getting
different stuff." "Nothing fits, and I have more differences than just a few
inches shorter." "If I don't figure a way out of this, I'll go broke buying
all the stuff I need, if I don't go nuts first." Joe replied.
"Well, you look real good, If that helps any." Jay said as they walked up
the steps to the entrance to the club.
"I guess that's the problem, isn't it." Joe said, as Jay held the door for
Although both Joe, and Jay were regulars at the club, and were known on
sight by the attendant at the counter, Jay sidestepped Joe's possible identity
problem by telling the girl at the counter that Joe was his guest.
As they arrived at the men's locker room, Joe said, "This is where we part
company, Jay." "I'll see you on the court."
Joe walked over to the door to the ladies locker room. He took a deep
breath, and walked in. As entered, he noticed other women, some of whom he
recognized as regulars to the club.
Well, it does smell better in here, he thought. His nose, which seemed more
sensitive now, picked up the scent of perfume, and cosmetics, not the old
sweat sock smell of the men's locker room.
Although the layout of the rooms were similar, this one was arranged to
provide more privacy. There were still rows of lockers, with benches down the
center, but the showers were partitioned, and there were some couches, and
vinyl upholstered seats available. I've moved up-scale, Joe thought to
He chose a row with only one young woman seated on the bench, tying her
shoes. Selecting an empty locker, Joe opened his bag. He removed the capri
tights and leotard, and quickly hung them on a hook in the locker. He slowly
unzipped his jumpsuit. Nervously, he looked around. The girl at the bench paid
him no attention. He pulled the suit off his shoulders, and stepped out.
Standing there in his underwear, he rummaged in the blue bag, for the running
bra, and exercise brief. Finding them, he laid them on the bench. He quickly
unhooked the pink bra, and took it off. Feeling vulnerable, he looked at the
running bra. It didn't have any hooks, or adjustments. He had to pull it over
his head. It fit snugly, and sort of pressed his breasts against his chest.
He shook his chest, and for the first time since the change, he didn't
experience the jiggling he felt even while wearing the other brassiere. He
liked the feeling, it was almost like before... almost. He removed his
panties, and could feel the cool wetness as the air circulated around his
crotch. He looked down, and saw that the pubic hair on his mound was matted
flat. He reached down and roughed up the hair, the way he might have scratched
his balls yesterday. Again, he looked over at the woman, but she didn't even
notice he was there. He took the stretchy white brief, and pulled it on. It
was a good fit, not tight, but the cotton lycra fabric followed his contours
like second skin. Looking down at himself, again he felt the first sensations
of arousal. Lucky me, he thought, Now I can get a "boner", even without
clothes on, in public, and nobody can tell.
He picked up the tights, and put them on. The glistening slickness felt
great. He rubbed his hips and upper legs. He stepped into the light blue
leotard, and pulled it over his shoulders. The light blue color emphasized his
shape, and buttocks. His breasts, flattened to his chest by the sport bra,
looked smaller. He took the crop top and pulled it over his head, thinking
that if he got too warm, it could be removed. He decided to leave the little
nylon shorts in his gym bag. He liked the way he looked and felt in the
leotard and tights. He thought of Jay. What will he think when he sees me? he
thought. He wasn't sure how his friendship might be affected by the change. He
seemed to treat me the same to this point, he thought, and I certainly need
his help. He put on the white and pink Rebok socks and shoes, and tied them.
He got up from the bench, and hopped up and down. Since the change, he of
course, felt smaller, but also more flexible. It seemed he could bend his body
easier now than he could ever remember before, even when he was a small boy.
Actually, he considered, he felt great. He took a towel, and his racket, and
closed his locker. Walking towards the door, he passed the sinks, and mirrors.
Looking at himself, he brushed his short hair with his fingers. He looked
pretty good too, he thought.
From the locker room, Joe walked to court three, the one they had reserved.
He entered the small door. Jay was already on the court swatting the ball
against the wall. When he saw Joe, his eyes widened. Joe suddenly felt self
conscious with Jay looking at his body, and crossed his legs, and held his
racket in front of his body. He could feel the blood rush to his face.
"Wow, you are gorgeous, Joe!" Jay exclaimed. "I didn't know you looked like
"Just keep your mind on the game, you horny toad." Joe said. "Don't forget,
it's me in here, and I'm not about to put up with any shit from you."
"I'm sorry, It's just that.... I knew you looked feminine, but I wasn't
ready for this... You... you're beautiful." said Jay, continuing to stare at
Joe as he walked to the corner and bent over to put his towel on the floor.
"Now you have some idea what I'm going through." said Joe. He could feel
that the bottom of the leotards had ridden up on his buttocks. He grinned at
Jay as he pulled them down. "I feel just like you do, I just look like Debbie
Jay had the ball. He said, "Ladies first." and tossed the ball to Joe,
Unsure of his abilities, but wanting to do well, Joe served with what he
felt was more power than usual. The ball went where he aimed, but didn't have
the speed he wanted. My arms just don't have any strength, he thought sadly,
and felt his small bicep muscle. I not only look like a girl, I guess
I play like a girl.
Jay easily returned the ball, but, not taking advantage, he hit the ball
back to the wall with an easy lob, which Joe had no trouble hitting. Joe ran
and back handed the ball with all the force he had. He felt awkward when he
ran, since he still wasn't used to his wider hips and lower center of gravity.
The ball went right to Jay, who snapped it back with his old familiar speed.
The ball ricocheted to the opposite corner. Joe dove for all he was worth, but
he couldn't get to the ball. Jays point. The game progressed in this manner
with Joe getting a point for every two or three scored by Jay.
The game progressed, with Joe getting trounced. As Joe stood at the back of
the court, and prepared to serve. Jay, standing in front, was bent over, ready
to receive the serve. Joe hesitated, looking at Jay, at his buns and broad
shoulders. He studied Jay, checking himself for signs of arousal, but he found
he was not nearly as interested in Jay, as Jay obviously was in him. He saw
the bulge in Jays shorts, He knew an embarrassing erection when he saw one,
but doubted that he had ever caused one before. Jay saw him staring.
"Sorry Joe," Jay said. "I don't know what's come over me."
"No sweat, Buddy." Joe replied, grinning. "I just wish that Woody would slow
you down a little, so I could catch you." "Looks like I'm going to need all
the advantage I can get." Seeing male arousal from the other side for the
first time, he realized that no matter how Jay felt about their friendship, as
long as he looked like he did, it would never be the same as before.
The game continued quickly, with Jay scoring at will, and Joe getting run
all over the court. His light blue leotard was getting dark spots where the
sweat was beginning soak through.
At the end of the third game, and near the end of their hour court time, Jay
came up and held his hand out. Joe took it, and shook the big hand of his
"Good game, Jay." Joe said. "You beat the pants off me."
"Considering the pants, you did pretty good." Jay joked.
They picked up their stuff, and walked out of the court, towards the locker
rooms. As they passed the exercise machines, Joe could see that the guys
working out were eyeing him as he walked by. He knew that he probably looked
appealing to them, but he just felt tired.
"I'll see you in a few minutes." Jay said, as he walked on towards his
Joe entered his locker room. He wiped the sweat from his forehead as he
walked to his locker. There were three women on the benches near him.
"Looks like you had a tough workout." One of the young women said.
"Yea, I got beat three times." He said, wishing they would leave.
He opened the locker and removed his gym bag. He pulled the crop top over
his head. He was soaked except for the outline of his bra. He pulled his arms
out of the armholes of the wet leotard. He then realized he still had his
shoes and socks on and sat on the bench. He removed his shoes and socks, stood
up, and pulled the leotard down and stepped out.
He looked over at the women getting dressed to exercise. He was too
embarrassed to get completely undressed with them there. He fumbled around,
hoping that they would finish and leave.
After a bit the women gathered their things and walked out. Joe removed his
underwear and taking a bar of soap, and a towel, which he held in front of
himself, he walked quickly to the showers.
Joe hung up the towel and turned on the shower head. As it warmed, he
adjusted it to a comfortable temperature and stood under the streaming water.
It felt great as it pelted his tired sweaty body. He let the water stream on
his face, holding his hands over his sensitive breasts. Suddenly, he felt the
sting as the water washed some of the mascara into his eyes. He realized then
that he was washing off all the cosmetics that the lady in the department
store applied. Though it had held up well during his earlier shower, now he
had washed it away, or at least he had messed it up so bad that he would have
to wash it all off. He didn't think he could put it back on with the skill of
the sales lady, but it was too late now.
After soaping and rinsing, he took the towel and dried himself quickly. He
wrapped the towel around his body, and walked back to the bench. He took the
towel and quickly dried his hair, and then poked through his bag looking for
his underwear. He found the panties he was wearing when he arrived, and put
them on. The silky nylon again felt unfamiliar, and he thought to himself that
maybe he should get some underwear more like the cotton lycra sport panty,
which wasn't so feminine, and also seemed to firm up his soft butt. He slipped
into the pink bra, and quickly put on the jump suit. Suitably clothed, he took
his hair brush and went around the corner to the sinks and mirrors. He studied
his face. Without the makeup and mascara, he looked much different, a little
more familiar, but not really like he used to. He decided not to try anything
here, besides, he didn't bring anything along anyway. He just brushed his hair
over to one side, making it look as feminine as it could. He went back and
collected his things and placed them into the his bag. He noticed the bath
powder, and wondered when he should have used it. He then took the bag and
walked out. It wasn't nearly as difficult as he had feared.
Jay was not standing near the men's locker room door, so he walked to the
front alone. He saw him standing at the counter talking to the girl who
staffed the desk. Jay grinned when he saw him, and walked over to him.
"I asked about your membership." Jay said. "They have no problem with it, as
long as you have identification."
Joe's face turned beet red. "You told her about my problem?" he said quietly
turning away from the young lady, who knew him as a man, and was looking at
him with curiosity.
"Well Joe, I don't know how to help you without talking to people about your
situation, and besides, there will be no way to hide from it."
"You might as well get used to it."
"No!" " I won't get used to it." "This is only temporary, until I can figure
a way out of this situation." "I'm sure that doctors will be able to help."
"For God's sake, They can do sex change operations on men to make them women,
they ought to be able to make me look like a male again." Joe was visibly
shaken, and almost to tears.
The girl called to him. "Joe, come over here, please." "Let me talk with
you." She had a friendly smile.
Joe walked over to the counter.
"I don't know what has happened to me, but I am sure it's only temporary."
Joe said quickly.
"Whatever has happened, I'm sure we can help you. If there is any way I can
help, or, if you have any questions which I might be able to help you with,
don't be afraid to ask." "My name is Judy." Judy said, reaching across the
counter, and taking Joe's hand.
She's treating me like a I'm really a girl. Joe thought, pulling his hand
away in embarrassment.
"I really appreciate your concern, but I don't think you can help me much
Judy." Joe said. "I think it will take a doctor to get me back to normal."
"Well, don't be afraid to come in here, or call me at home, if you want." "I
work from five to ten every evening except Sunday. I'll let you in here, with,
or without Jay." Judy said smiling knowingly.
"Thanks Judy." Joe said, and walked toward the door.
Jay followed him out, and when they were outside, walking toward their cars,
Jay looked at Joe.
"Joe, I will help you in every way I can, but you will have to trust me."
Jay said. "I won't do any thing to embarrass you if it is possible, but your
problem is going to be difficult, I think, and you are going to have to get
over your embarrassment." "Damn it, Joe, It just might be possible that you
will have to remain as you are." "Would that be so bad?" "You are a GOOD
"I'm NOT a woman!" Joe almost shouted. He looked around the parking lot, and
hoped no one heard his outburst. "I'm a man." "I will always be a man."
"Well mister, you have the nicest ass I have ever seen, on a MAN that is."
Jay said sarcastically, but grinning. "Just in case you were wondering how you
"I'll call my friend at the forensic lab tomorrow morning" Jay said,
suddenly getting serious again. "Maybe he will see you tomorrow, even if it
"Thanks Jay." Joe said quietly. "I'm sorry I snapped at you." "I just don't
know how to handle this sometimes."
"That's Ok buddy, You are doing such a good job, that sometimes I just
forget that you are really a guy." "You look so much like a woman, and are
doing a pretty good job of acting like one, I just forget that you aren't
one." Jay said, patting Joe on the back, and squeezing his soft shoulder.
"I have to meet Linda tonight." Joe said, as he remembered. "I have to tell
her about this, myself."
"Well I don't envy your relationship with Linda." Jay said. "I'll call you
"Thanks for everything, Jay." Joe said. He took Jays hand and squeezed it in
his small one.
Joe opened his car, threw his bag in the back, and slid into the seat. He
decided to go get Linda wearing the jumpsuit. He had an hour to go until the
time he told her, and he felt the most comfortable dressed like he was.