Jackson was a major star gazer and a mad astronomer. He loved everything and all things space; always yearning for that extra bit of information, how things work and, more recently, alien life.
There was a thought that Jackson had always thought of that made a good point: we are a planet among a solar system, among a galaxy, among the universe. Multiplying the many planets/solar systems in one galaxy and multiplying that number would get you trillions and trillions of planets and other solar systems; how are we so sure that we are the only things in the universe's existence?
It was a cool night and Jackson was sitting atop a hill with his telescope, trying to get a clear view of Saturn. He took a sip of his hot chocolate and peered into the telescope, seeing the glorious ringed planet shine. He leaned back to take another sip of his hot chocolate and suddenly noticed something nearby. It looked like a constellation that he'd never seen before; blue and purple stars that arranged in an odd pattern. He quickly set his chocolate down and picked up the telescope moving to position it towards the newly found stars. He peeked through the lens, only to be greeted with an extremely bright light that shone directly into the telescope. Blinded, he backed off and nearly fell out of his chair, but the light still rained down on him like the sun itself. Soon enough, he was no longer in his chair, but instead, floating in the air. Suspended like a marionette, he floated towards the light, ever-so-slowly. He covered his eyes as he entered the light's domain.
Jackson came to with a ringing in his ears and a blurry vision. Through the ringing, he heard low garbles at different pitches. Through the hazed sight, he could see two figures eyeballing him from an examination light. He blinked a couple of times, trying to get a better sense of what he was seeing. With the last blink, his vision became clear. Two, bulking and beige figures stood over him with cerulean eyes. Both of them chattered with curiosity as they probed his body with their thick fingers. His eyes opened further in shock, now realizing that he was being examined by aliens!
"Whoa!" He couldn't help but utter, "Aliens! You both really are aliens!"
"False. You are the alien." The alien said in the same garbled voice.
"I can... Understand you?"
"We use translators, human. Could you have not picked such a thick-headed human, Kron?"
"He was gazing upon the planets; surely he must have had some intelligence." The alien named Kron told the other alien.
"Oh, God..." Jackson started to tear, "You aren't going to cut me open, are you? Dissect me like a frog so you can look inside me so you know what a human looks like?"
Kron leaned over to his colleague and whispered, "What's a frog?"
"Dissect you? How primitive!" The alien seemed shocked, "No, we are a peaceful race. We have the X-rays to look inside you creatures. It's already been done since you've been asleep. Now, we're to test something else." He pointed to a tray to Jackson's right.
There was a copper table with a syringe that was laying on what looked like paper. Inside the syringe was a see-through liquid that had a weird hue to it. The alien picked it up and began to insert it into Jackson's leg. Jackson let out a scream and Kron flinched.
"Is it really that bad, Ptolk?" Kron told him.
"Are you humans always this hard to deal with?" Ptolk told him, "It was only an immunization."
Jackson looked up at his leg, which was only dripping blood. He looked back at the alien named Ptolk, "What immunization? A shield for your germs? For you diseases?"
"For your race. Obviously, your race is losing a battle between other bacterium and such, we figure we may help those that are in need." Ptolk explained, "The only thing drastic that we desire is the deletion of all harmful diseases your race caries." Both of the aliens walked away to a screen they brought up near Jackson.
It felt like ages with Jackson laying there, nearly naked. Both aliens had their backs to him, nodding and pointing to the screen before them. Since Ptolk injected him, Jackson did start to feel a lot more energized and had a fresher feeling throughout his body. He took in a deep breath and exhaled loudly, startling one of the aliens.
"Are you okay, human?"
"Yea, I feel great!"
Both of them walked over to him, "Then, it's a success! We shall make out presence known tomorrow and we--" The alien stopped, "Oh..."
"What?" Jackson questioned, "What is it?"
"One second, human."
The alien brought up another screen above Jackson. Through the other side of the screen, he could see the mirror image of the screen being displayed. He could faintly see cells and chromosomes; human, at that. With that picture, he could see cells splitting and changing, but, more importantly, one of his chromosomes shifting.
The aliens made their way back, "There is a slight problem, human."
"What? Oh no... I'm going to die, aren't I?" Jackson started to cry once more.
"These humans are so emotional, Ptolk."
"Quiet, you. You were no different when your Tringrony broke."
"HELLO?!" Jackson said aloud, "MY CONDITION, PLEASE? LIFE OR DEATH, DOES NOT KNOW?!"
"You're not going to die, human, but you will... Be reborn."
"The batch of anti-all had a slight reaction to the human DNA and is now rewriting it to your female counterparts."
"You will become the opposite of your gender, which, is female, I believe. Truly sorry, human."
With that, Jackson's body suddenly felt like liquid. His entire body pulsed with warmth that changed every little detail with each throb. Through a mirror positioned above the table, he could see that he was already looking a lot different than he had before.
His head flushed itself with the feeling of warm water being poured as his hair melted down to his shoulders. His body slowly and gently rearranged itself to the changing cells within. His body lost its masculine look and defined muscles as his shoulders were less broadened. His entire body diminished into a sleek, fragile figure that Jackson knew was female. Through uncomfortable changes, he could see that his chest had already started to expand through his shirt. Within seconds, two mounds of flesh sat atop his chest, which felt like a kitten laying on top of him. There was one thing that Jackson remembered that girls had. With a cringing face and a disgusting feeling, a gap opened betwixt his legs and brought down his defining manhood. With that, he was now a female.
"So, that's it..." The girl said, hearing her voice for the first time, "I'm a girl, now."
"Well, it's not all bad... Unless, the females of your race are repulsive creatures that feed on your bodies until you are nothing but shells?"
"This race has it lucky, then, Ptolk."
"Well... Again, we are both truly sorry. We will try to find a cure for your change as soon as we can."
"Well, hold on Ptolk," The girl spoke, "I could get used to this. I mean, living life as a girl? That's a new experience!"
"Are... Are you sure, human? Gender bending isn't hard and--"
"Just... Beam me down, eh?"
Both of the aliens looked at one another, "As you wish..." The alien pulled a lever and she went into a free fall from the ship. The same light blinded her once more as she descended into the earth.
She woke up, feeling groggy and aching. Her cup, which held her hot chocolate, was tipped over on the ground and the telescope stood looking at the stars.
She got up and rubbed her eyes, "This 'being-knocked-out-and-waking-up' thing is not good for my health..." She grumbled, standing up to sit at her telescope.
She looked into the lens and found circling purple and blue lights that hovered above the field. The lights glowed brighter and dimmed down, disappearing into the sky. She leaned back, smiling that she was the first person to witness and meet aliens. She was about to pick up her cup when she noticed a gold plated capsule, no bigger than the cup, laying next to it. She picked it up and held it in front of her face, seeing it glisten in the moonlight. The capsule opened and inside was a syringe and a black stick. She took out the black stick and turned it around before it shot up from her hand and in front of her face, opening up into a screen that read:
Inside this capsule is the cure for your gender problem. Though, you've asked us not to, we cannot bear the thought that your life is destroyed. Please, accept this as a token of our apology and as an acceptance to your planet so that we may help you.
-Sent from The Intrace of the 7th Urudon Fleet
She slowly reached out to touch the screen and the screen shut with a quick snap and set itself back inside the capsule. She reached inside to take out the syringe, holding up in the light. She placed it back in the capsule and set it back down, where it closed.
She got off of her chair and laid on the ground, "I'm done star gazing." She said to herself. She placed her head against her hands and looked up at the sky, "From now own, I'm just going to count the stars in the sky."