Dude!

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Dude!
By
Amethyst


 
I know that I don't do really short stories often, but this one wouldn't get out of my head until it was written. Thankfully, that didn't take long. I blame Fiddlerfox for insisting that "Dude" is gender neutral.

 


“Thank God!” I exclaimed with relief as I removed the binder compressing my breasts. It felt so good to get out of that thing and those awful boy clothes, let my long blonde hair loose, and get back to being me. I hated the binder almost as much as I hated Hellnavel and the narrow-minded jerks who lived there. Okay so the town is actually called Hillhaven, but I like my version better, it fits.

Mom and I had only been living there a few months, she had gotten offered a new job with better pay and she thought that it would be great for us to start somewhere new where people wouldn’t remember me as Andrew and I could be free to be Andrea without all the baggage of having people know that I was transitioning. The thought was nice, but it didn’t work out that way.

It was a small town with one high school and the administrators and the school board were all a bunch of backwoods bigots. They refused to let me go to school as Andrea because even though it was my legal name and I had been transitioning since I was fourteen my birth certificate still said, male. I sighed and muttered, “Three more months, and I can graduate and get the hell out of this ass-backward shithole.”

At least I could be myself out of school, though it’s not like I had any friends to be myself with. I missed the big city; the anonymity, the freedom to be myself, and especially a half-decent mall. Hellnavel is too small for anything more than a little strip mall and since everybody knows everybody, everybody thinks I’m a pervert or a freak.

I tried to get those dark thoughts out of my head as I got dressed in my favorite bra and panty set and a nice sundress and sandals. Now that it was spring and the weather was getting warm I wanted to try to enjoy it a bit. So once I was dressed I grabbed my purse and headed outside.

I made my way to the In an’ Out, a relatively new convenience store in town for an ice cream sandwich and a cold drink. Mr. Agarwal was nice to me, but then neither of us really fit in in this little patch of hell. He wasn’t white enough and I guess my neck wasn’t red enough, oh and the fact that they all think that I’m a perverted crossdresser could have something to do with that too.

I got a cold bottle of water and my frozen treat and after talking with Mr. Agarwal for a few minutes I left the store and started walking toward the creek. I liked it there, it was relaxing and people didn’t really bother me there. It wasn’t until I was there and enjoying my ice cream that I realized that I’d been followed.

It was a snapping twig that alerted me and I turned to squint as the glare of the afternoon sun hit my eyes. I didn’t need to see his face to recognize Jake, I could recognize his clothes and smell the weed on them. Jake was fourteen and lived across the street and he was one of those white posers who thought it was cool pretending to be a Jamaican gangster or something. News flash, it’s not cool it’s racist. He was standing above me on the bank in his scruffy sneakers, jeans that were like three sizes too big, a tie-dyed t-shirt, and his long hair tucked up into a rastacap in Jamaican colors and said, “Dude, s’up?”

I hadn’t really talked to him before, but then, I hadn’t really talked to much of anyone in town, or rather they never talked to me. I wasn’t surprised by the fake deep voice though. I may not have talked to him but I had heard him in passing, trying to talk up some of the girls at school and I had heard them laughing about his attempts. Everyone knew that his voice hadn’t broke yet despite his attempts to convince the girls that he was cool and manly.

“Dude?!” I said with a groan, narrowing my eyes at him.

“It’s… uhh… gender-neutral, don’t get your panties in a bunch,” he replied, though I thought I could hear him let out a groan of his own as he flinched. “Sooo… I’ve… uhh… been watching you for a while.”

I sighed, rolling my eyes. He must be desperate to hit on me. Had he been turned down by every real girl in school already? “Look, I’m not attracted to guys,” I told him firmly. To tell the truth, I was more interested in his older sister Jenny, we had some classes together and she was hot.

“That’s cool, neither am I,” he replied with a shrug. “If you’re not interested in guys though, why do you dress like a chick, Dude?”

“My name is Andrea, not Dude and certainly not Andy or Andrew like they’ve been calling me in school. I dress like a girl because I identify as a girl, Dipshit. I’ve been transitioning for nearly four years now and I’d be dressing this way at school too if the rednecks in charge weren’t hung up on the stupid ‘M’ on my birth certificate.”

It was hard to tell with the sun in my eyes, but I was pretty sure that he was staring at my chest as he asked, “So, are those real?”

I groaned again, starting to get annoyed with having to explain and justify myself with him and people like him. “Of course they’re real, I’ve been on hormones for two years trying to get my body to start matching who I am inside.”

“Dude! How do you hide those puppies at school?”

“I wear a binder since they’re making me present as a boy at school, and it’s fucking painful,” I snapped.

“Oh God, tell me about it. I don’t know how you manage that every day, I’ve only been doing it like an hour and it’s already killing me.” Gone now was the fake deep voice and I squinted against the light as I stepped up the bank to get a better look.

That wasn’t Jake, she was far too pretty to be Jake. I tried to shake off a mountain of confusion as I asked, “Jenny? Why are you pretending to be your brother?”

Jenny just smiled at me and said, “Well, I had to get the attention of the prettiest girl in school somehow.”

Copyright © 2021 Amethyst Gibbs
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A very cute little vignette…….

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With an unexpected twist! Well worth the time taken reading it. You left me with a smile on my face.

D. Eden

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Thanks Dallas

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It was a bit different for me but it was fun and it practically wrote itself in to time flat :)

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Aww, thanks Dot

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It was a good bit of fun to write :)

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Cute

That's all I'm gonna say, otherwise I'm gonna start asking questions that would require further chapters to explain.

yup

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I don't need to write yet another novel lol

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Cute and fun

What regards the length: In my opinion it's Goldilocks' alternative 3.

Of course I'm biased.

Biased? You?

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lol I usually don't do the short and sweet ones like you and Dot and a few others. It was a nice change of pace and got my creative juices flowing though. :)

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Dude

Good one! Definitely left me smiling.

Time is the longest distance to your destination.

Always happy

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to put a smile on people's faces :)

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Dude!

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I feel like we just got Bru'd! Dude!

Bru'd

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It's funny, but after I finished this story the first thought that popped into my bead was "What have I done? Omigod, this story is like the bastard child of a Dottie story and a Bru story." :D

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Amethyst

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Aye, 'tis a wee strange beast

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Aye, 'tis a wee strange beast, t' say the least. ;)

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Cool man!

Soooo cool dude!

Duuuuude

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Yeah, totally... and now I want to watch Finding Nemo.

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Life in Hellsanus

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...just got a whole lot sweeter for Andrea, I'm thinking.

A nice Bru-esue twist (my suspicions were half right,
thinking Jake was FtM) and it ends at a perfect place.
But something tells me these two girls are gonna raise
some eyebrows (or possibly a Category 4 shitstorm)
when their school's Senior Prom comes around.
Which IMHO might make a fun sequel...
~hugs, Veronica

Prom sequel

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Yup, she was feeling crushed there and I thought it would be cute if the only lesbian in the school decided to try to dress up as a boy to get to know her better and find out more about her, kind of putting herself in Andrea's shoes a bit. Jenny hasn't really had the courage to be out of the closet, and given the town she lives in that made sense but her relationship with Andrea may change that. I kind of pictured her wanting to leave town as soon as they graduate as well, so maybe they'll end up doing that together. I had fun writing it and I've never done a twist at the very end like that, I usually leave those to Bru, but this one called to me.

As for the prom in Hellsnavel sequel, Veronica, feel free to write one if you want to, It could be fun to see what you'd do with it ;)

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Health Warning

Writing short stories with a twist may be addictive and harm your Health.

As for the last I'm sure exactly how but since most things that are fun are bad for you ...

An observation regarding that you are accused of having bru'd your readers:

"Brud" means bride in Swedish. Can also have the meaning of girl, babe, chick

Brud in Danish: Apart from bride it means "least weasel". I resent that. I don't consider myself least weasel.

Enjoyment is evil apparently

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So enjoying yourself must be bad for you, spiritually at least, if some of the religious minded are to be believed.

Wow, so I married and possibly ka-girled a bunch of my readers. I am awed by the power of the Bru ;)

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yup

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I've known a few people who use the word dude for everyone, male or female. Some people might take offense to it, thinking it's just male, but I've never been one of them. I just thought about how someone who was bitter about being beaten down and pressured to be a boy might react and I wanted it to cause some tension at first and then have the offender say it's gender-neutral.

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Very cute

The end snuck up on me.

Sneaky

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Yup it was a ninja ending. Attacked right out of nowhere. ;)

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I'm a fan

of the stories that are no longer than they have to be. Brevity is the soul of wit.

brief

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Well this one must have been witty then. It was a nice change of pace from my usual longer stuff though.

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Sometimes that's just enough

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Sometimes that's just enough to make a person happy.

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Dude

In a few stories I read the term "Dudette". I can't remember anymore where that was.

Thx, nice little story^^

Dudette

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I've heard it used before a few times too but only rarely, most people just use 'Dude'.

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