I started to feel Professor Jane’s hor*ny switch moving faster now, but I have to keep constant attention on the other two, or they turn themselves back off.
“I will ignore what happened today, but I don’t want it to happen again.” She is fidgeting where she is standing.
“Do you have a girlfriend?” The sudden question distracts me, and I lose my concentration, letting all three switches go. “Me? I…”
“Never mind, I shouldn’t have asked” she says to me, giving herself a small shake, and sitting on the edge of her desk. I immediately recreate all three switches, but the moment is gone.
“You may leave now, Mr. Smith. Have a good night.” Cursing inwardly, I walk out of her office. I had almost had her, I think to myself. *** Outside the classroom, I see Tina and Richard talking across the hallway. Deciding to have my revenge on Richards for all those years of bullying, I start to switch Tina’s anger on, throwing all my frustration behind the effort, and feel it moving slowly as they talk. Pretty soon I see Richard start to get defensive, as Tina’s anger rises. After only a couple minutes, Tina starts yelling,
“I’m so sick of the way you act like you’re some big tough guy around your friends, but then act all sweet and nice when we’re alone!”
Richard looks around, and sees me watching them. Apparently he decides to take his frustrations out on me, as he stomps over to where I stand.
“You got a problem, nerd?” He demands, and this time I let my smile split my face as I flip a switch in him, and feel it move with ease.
“No, but by your smell,” I look down at his crotch, and see a satisfying wet spot growing, “it looks like you really needed to go to the bathroom.”
“I–What the!” Turning bleet red, Richard turns away from me, trying to cover the evidence of his loose bladder, and sees Tina staring at him in wonder. “I’ll get you for this, nerd!” He screams as he starts running down the hallway, leaving a small puddle behind.
“I’m a geek, dammit!” I yell after him, laughing.
“I can’t believe that just happened,” A voice says right behind me, and I turn to see Tina’s hazel eyes looking into mine. “I’ve heard you say that before, that you’re a geek,” she said, and I could feel my mouth go dry. Even a few feet away, her proximity to me is having quite the effect. “What is the difference between a nerd and a geek?” It takes me a couple of tries to get moisture back into my mouth before I can answer her.
“Geeks and nerds are both knowledgeable and fanatical about their interests, but geeks have social skills that nerds and dorks don’t.” Tina laughed, and it sounded like music to me. “So what is the difference between dorks and nerds?”
“Dorks aren’t as smart as geeks or nerds,” I say, a little easier this time. Tina places her hand on my shoulder, and it feels like lightning erupts from her touch.
“Look, I’m sorry about the way he always treats you, he really isn’t that bad of a guy, once you get to know him.”
I can’t help but think of all the years he has bullied me, and just can’t see things from her point of view.
“I don’t think I will need to worry about him much longer,” I say, instead of what I am thinking.
“So, if geeks are so smart, I’ll bet you can help me out with Prof. Jane’s math class, right?” Tina smiles at me, but I feel a knot forming in the pit of my stomach. I had hoped that she was better than this, but it is the same old game: an attractive woman, appealing to my insecurities, to get me to do their work, promising closeness, but never delivering. It was a game I’d fallen for many times in the past. The only difference was that in the past, I didn’t have my newfound abilities. This time, the game would be different, I decide.
“Sure,” I said, trying to put on a gullible looking smile.
“Why don’t you come to my apartment tonight, and we can go over it?”
“Tonight?” Tina says hesitantly. “I have to work tonight, but if you want to come to my place around eight, I should be home.” Disappointed that I won’t have her in my own domain, I reason that my abilities should work just as well at her place, plus it will give me more time to experiment with my abilities before I go over. She gives me her address, and we part ways. *** The walk back to my apartment seems to go by in a blur. Along the way I turn on and off any lights, and even start a car as I walked by it. By the time I arrive home, I know that I can affect anything I can conceive of as a switch, but only within approximately fifty feet of me. Also, if I create a switch, it remains, so that I don’t have to recreate it again later. I continue experimenting, as I plan for this evening.