CTCT #1: What did you do to my body?!

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Couple That Can't Touch. Have you ever wondered what would happen if a high-school girl and a high-school guy exchanged bodies every time they touched? The answer is confusion and misunderstandings. A lot of them. Follow Koji Araki and Suzuka Kozue through their daily misadventures along with friends, family, teachers, and love. How can they be a couple if they can't touch?

#high-school
#romance
#slice-of-life
#body-swap
Romance

9 min read

Published: 13 Jul 2020

PUBLIC
The bell rang and woke me up. I couldn't believe I fell asleep in class. However, something wasn't right. I felt lighter and smaller.
I looked down and saw a skirt. I was wearing a skirt. Not only that, but my chest wasn't flat anymore. My heart stopped beating for a moment.
I rushed to find something to see my reflection, but all my stuff had changed too.
After looking inside the backpack next to me, I found a phone and took it out. I looked at my reflection on the darkness of the screen.
I looked up again and everyone was going out of the classroom. I saw Hashimoto, Kozue Suzuka's best friend, and ran behind her.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Do you know K—Araki? He's in our class.
04:20
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
Yes. Why? Are you looking for him?
04:20
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
I need to ask him something.
04:20
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
04:20
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
Wait. Is it that something?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
That? I just want to talk with him—
04:20
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
So, do you like him?
04:20
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
What? N-No! I didn't say that!
04:20
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
You actually like him!
04:20
She took out her phone.
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
I need to tell everyone!
04:20
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Wait! I don't—
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
Don't worry.
She bent forward and covered her mouth with her hand to hide it from people.
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
We'll keep it a secret.
She shouted into her phone:
Hashimoto
Hashimoto
Rem-chan! You'll never guess who likes someone!
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Hi-Hisa, it's not that big of a deal. I think a lot of guys are cute.
Hisa
Hisa
Come on, Kozue Suzuka. We've been friends since elementary school, I know you too well.
Hisa
Hisa
And to think the day you'd like a guy finally arrived…
She wiped out the tear that came out of her eye.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
But I don't like him! I just—
Unknown Guy
Unknown Guy
Hey, Suzuka.
Hisa's eyes sparkled as if someone told her the secret to be the next Miss Universe.
She murmured:
Hisa
Hisa
It's Araki Koji! And he already calls you by your given name?! What did I miss?!
I turned around and the guy approached me.
Unknown (as me)
Unknown (as me)
I need to talk to you.
He grabbed my hand and pulled me.
Unknown (as me)
Unknown (as me)
Alone.
Hisa
Hisa
Take your time! I'll see you in class!
I could hear her squealing inside her mind.
He kept pulling me downstairs to the first floor and walked into a room. Araki Koji, my body, closed the door as we stepped in.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
What are you doing?! And who are you?! Why do you have—
Unknown (as me)
Unknown (as me)
Have you done anything to my body?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
What? No, I haven't. Wait, your body? That means you are…
Unknown (as me)
Unknown (as me)
Good, but I can't say the same.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Kozue Suzuka? You're in my—what did you say?
I grabbed her shoulders and shook her.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
What did you do to my body?!
She shut my mouth with her hand and shushed.
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Don't yell, they will hear us.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Your friends? They would never—
Giggles and murmurs came from outside the room.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Are you kidding me? Don't they know we can see their shadows under the door?
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Probably not.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Can you move your hand? I won't yell anymore.
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Oh, sorry.
She moved her hand away.
We walked to the other side of the room, far from the door and stared at each other for several seconds without saying a word.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Why are you so calm?
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Why wouldn't I be?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Maybe because you have my body and I have yours?
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
But there's no reason to be nervous. It's already happening, right? We just need to get our bodies back.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
And how will we do that?
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
04:20
She bowed and requested:
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Give me back my body, please.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Asking for it won't work!
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Kozue Suzuka (as me)
Are you sure? At least we should try.
Unknown Girl
Unknown Girl
He's right. Words aren't magical
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
See? She agrees with me—who said that?!
Kozue and I snapped our heads to where the voice came from.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Kawahara?! Oh, right. This is the laboratory. You're always here.
Kawahara
Kawahara
That's correct, Kozue Suzuka-san.
Kozue grabbed my hand.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Hey, what are you—
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
We were practicing our acting for a play.
Kozue pulled me towards the door.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Sorry if we bothered you. You can forget we came here.
Kawahara
Kawahara
No, you weren't.
She stepped in front of us and stared at us.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Class will start soon, we should go—
Kawahara ignored me and stood on tiptoe. She whispered to Kozue.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
W-What?! I have never done that!
Kawahara
Kawahara
I understand. If you have his body, that means you have Kozue Suzuka-san's.
I looked at my side to see Kozue's face. Her eyes twitched as she saw long beyond the floor.
Kawahara sat on a stool and put her hands on her knees.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Tell me what happened.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
What happened? Nothing happened, that's the problem! We just swapped bodies!
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
We've interacted a couple of times since classes started two weeks ago, but nothing more.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Are you sure?
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
I-I am.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Something did happen this morning.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Interesting. Please, tell me…
Kawahara
Kawahara
I don't know your name.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Araki Koji.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Araki Koji-san inside Kozue Suzuka-san's body. Understood.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Araki Koji-san, please, tell me about the incident.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
S-Sure…
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
I was running to the high school's entrance.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
I needed to take my student ID out, so I moved my backpack in front of me to take it out still running.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Out of nowhere, I bumped into someone and fell to the ground. My stuff scattered all over the place and I had to pick it up before I was late to class.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Kozue apologized and reached forward to help me.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
But, as I was apologizing and standing up, she tripped and hit her head with mine.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
I felt something heavy on my lap. I opened my eyes and saw Kozue's face above mine.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Her hands, beside my head, propped her body over mine on the ground.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
We jumped out of the position and returned to pick my stuff up.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
We kept apologizing to each other.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Then she stood up and ran to the entrance.
Kawahara
Kawahara
So you are of the kind that arrives late? I understand.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
No, it's the first time since classes started! Is that the only thing you heard?!
The school bell rang to indicate that the break concluded.
Kawahara
Kawahara
That's unfortunate.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Let's meet after classes are over, under the big cherry-tree in front of the entrance.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Fine… We'll have to survive the rest of the day, Kozue.
I turned to look at Kozue. She was sitting on the floor, curled up. Her face twitched, and her eyes looked at the void.
A few hours later, after class
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
How did it go, Araki-kun? Did you ruin my reputation?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
I only talked a couple of times. I think you're fine. What about you?
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
What can you tell us, Kawahara?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Hey, what the—
Kawahara
Kawahara
Let's see…
Kawahara
Kawahara
I already heard some rumors about you being a couple.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
What? Why?!
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Araki, just what did you say to Hisa?!
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
N-Nothing! Just that I wanted to ask you something…
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Did you also blush like now?!
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
It's not my fault! Your body is really sensitive to these things!
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Y-Yours too, but in other ways!
Kawahara
Kawahara
Not only that. Araki Koji-san called Kozue Suzuka-san by her given name.
Kawahara
Kawahara
They also saw both of you entering the laboratory. Alone.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Well, do you have any idea how to get back to our bodies, Kawahara-san?
Kawahara
Kawahara
I have a hypothesis.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Really?! What is it?!
Kawahara
Kawahara
Hit your heads.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
No, seriously. What is it?
Kawahara
Kawahara
You hit your heads this morning before this happened.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Doing it again may have the same effect, getting you back to your original bodies.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Yeah, but…
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Let's do it.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
What?
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Do you think it will work?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
At least we should try, right?
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
S-Sure…
I grabbed her hand and pulled her.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Let's do it behind the tree, so people don't think we are some weirdos.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Make sure it's as hard as this morning.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
But that hurt!
Kawahara
Kawahara
Do you want to get back to your bodies or not?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Fine…
We hid behind the tree.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Okay, do it.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
What? Why me?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
I don't want to hit a girl.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Huh?! Are you saying I'm weak?!
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
And you are the girl here, you do it!
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
What? I'm not!
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
I mean, I am, but I'm not!
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Fine! We'll do it at the same time at the count of three.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Fine!
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
One…
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Two…
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Three!
Our heads crashed together right as we said it. We both writhed in pain and rubbed our heads.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Are you done?
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Yes. That hurt…
Kawahara
Kawahara
Good.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Oh, one more thing.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Let's exchange numbers.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Why?
Kawahara
Kawahara
If this doesn't work, you'll need to help each other.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Wait, that means…
Kozue jumped at Kawahara and pulled her by her uniform sweater vest.
Kozue (as me)
Kozue (as me)
Please, tell me it will work!
Kawahara
Kawahara
I'll create a chat group. Share anything that happens as soon as you can.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
It makes sense.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Here's my number.
We exchanged numbers and left. We walked through the bridge out of the school and parted ways. I got to the train station and hopped on.
I yawned and, the next thing I knew, the chauffeur woke me up. I jumped out of the car and saw my house. My home. In my body.
Chauffeur
Chauffeur
Is everything alright, Araki-sama?
Me
Me
Oh, yes, don't worry.
Evening
We started chatting through the chat group.
Kawahara
Kawahara
So, you arrived home already in your original bodies?
Kozue
Kozue
Yes! I'm really happy (✿´‿`)
Kozue deleted her message.
Kozue
Kozue
Yes, I slept and woke up back in my body.
Me
Me
Should we meet tomorrow?
Kawahara
Kawahara
Yes. I want to ask both of you a few questions about all of this.
Kawahara
Kawahara
Come to the laboratory at break again.
Kozue
Kozue
Okay, cool.
Me
Me
Good. See you tomorrow.
I put the phone on the drawer next to my bed and stared at the ceiling.
Kozue left the group.
My phone vibrated. I grabbed it and read on the screen the notifications.
I navigated to the contacts tab, to find no trace of Kozue.
Me
Me
Next morning
I managed to arrive at high school on time. I saw Kozue walking to the entrance. I reached her and pulled her by her arm.
Me
Me
Kozue! Why did you leave the group and deleted me?
Kozue
Kozue
B-Because the problem was already fixed!
Kozue
Kozue
And we will meet today again, so it wasn't necessary anymore.
Me
Me
Y-Yes, you're right…
Me
Me
Sorry…
Kozue
Kozue
See you at the break.
A few hours later
The bell rang to indicate the start of the break. I woke up with my face hidden between my arms.
I looked down and saw a set of modest breasts hanging from my chest.
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
Me (as Kozue Suzuka)
You have to be kidding me…

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