Jan 24, 10:00am
It was Wednesday the 24, the day after the EVENT although I'd slept through it and changed
late for some reason. So I'd awakened in the morning, realized that I was now a centaur,
and in a panicked gallop (although not always) made my way to work.
Somehow it seemed appropriate that the 24th was the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
Below is the second part of a diary of my experiences after the EVENT. Hopefully they well
help other centaurs with problems. And, of course, any others who have other problems that
need solutions or have alternate suggestions should feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, since I at least try to write, I've tried to keep true to my experiences, and make it
at least a little enjoyable to read.
Oh, and (of course) names and places of others have been changed to protect the innocent
and all that.
My manager just stared as I walked out from behind my desk and showed her the true
grace of my new form. What can I say, I was, at least currently, happy with it. She just
stared for a few seconds before she finally was able to close her mouth and continue.
"You hoofed it all the way here?"
She shook her head. "Well, how goes the latest import."
I guess she was trying to use routine to keep sane just like I currently was. "The
zipping is done and I managed to complete it before anybody logged on. We've really got to
figure out a way to automate it."
"Well then, talk to Mr Galmar."
"He's tried, I've tried. For whatever reason... But, I've thought of another
"The import is running through the conversions and cross checking now and I should be
able to start printing in about an hour."
"Good. Maybe we'll finally get the budget finished."
She turned to leave.
She stopped and turned back.
"Assuming I get the budget done and copied today, may I have Thursday and Friday off?
It is short notice but, well, I've got to figure out some things."
She nodded and then frowned. "Do you want to take sick leave, or vacation?"
"Well it could be considered sickness - I don't even know what I can eat yet."
"Sick leave it is then. You'll be back Monday then, as long as you're not catching.
None of the others are."
Others? Well I knew of at least one from my quick glance at the TSA list, and from the
volume of messages there were probably more. But how many. And... "I'll do my
She turned and left.
Others. And why me? Was it permanent or would I eventually collapse into a pile of goo.
Could I be infectious, could...? I stopped and shook my head and stomped my left forefoot.
One thing at a time. First, my own care. I was still hot from my trip, and thirsty, not to
mention starving, so I walked down to the kitchen squeezing around corners. At least here
the door to my office was high enough that I didn't have to duck but that meant that the
door to the kitchen got me. At least this time it wasn't too hard as I almost remembered
in time. Rubbing my head yet again I turned and grabbed a paper cup and went to the
I filled the cup and swallowed. And filled another, and then another, and another, until I
reached nine. At that point I forced myself to stop, even though I was still thirsty,
based on memories of horses and others gorging themselves on water and running into
problems. Still, nine cups and wanting more suggested other potential problems with intake
The first immediate problem solved I went to the cupboard and picked up an entire bag of
oatmeal cookies from the small stack of provided snacks. Normally I wouldn't take anywhere
near that much, but I was desperate, and I figured that oatmeal shouldn't cause any
problems to either my old body, or hopefully this one. Of course the cooking fat...
Enough. I had to eat and the oatmeal was my best safest guess.
Carrying the entire bag, and mentally promising to replace it on my way in next week, I
rotated myself around and made my way to the washroom to take care of another pressing
problem. No, it wasn't the call of nature - either one - (although I was dreading the
second when it came) but instead the sweat and dampness on my lower body, particularly the
rear. I knew with my limited base of knowledge that it should be wiped off or brushed or
something. After maneuvering around the narrow corner (god I was starting to hate corners,
and stairs, and doors, and...) I got through the entrance (remembering to duck) and
rotated around until I faced the paper towel dispenser. I put the bag of cookies down on
the counter and starting pulling paper off of the roll. After a couple of metres I glanced
at my hind legs and then pulled off a lot more. Then I started giving myself a quick
For practice I started with my forequarters and found that brushing down helped. The damp
towels were discarded and I kept on. My chest was next, and then, turning as much as I
could at my waist I got as much of my left hindquarter as I could, and then twisted around
the other way to get at my right hindquarter. I couldn't get the lower portions, but the
rubbing took off most of the chill and felt good. Done, or at least as done as I could be,
I stepped forward and rotated and washed and dried my hands with the last of the paper
towel. Then I rotated around some more (refusing to stop when I saw the washroom stalls
and felt a cold dread go down my spine which was much longer than it use to be) and then
made my way out, ducking this time, forced the cleaning lady to backstep before me as
there was no way to pass (and I did apologize) and finally made my way back.
The conversion was still going and I would normally have done some other work, but there
was nothing else job related that was immediately time critical so I turned my attention
to more personal things. Whilst gorging my way through the bag of cookies, I first called
the secretary at the door. There had been a couple of people but she'd denied seeing
anything which had worked so far. I thanked her and suggested she try that, or if they got
persistent she could have them call on my line. Next I called Bell and arranged to make my
number unlisted. They said it would take two or three hours and I hoped that nobody would
track me down before that. Next was a quick call to my parents to let them know that I was
fine but had - well - changed and that I would call when I knew more.
I didn't know what else to say and barely managed to get that out.
And by then the entire bag of cookies was then gone. Worse, it hadn't even taken the edge
off my hunger. I crumpled up the empty bag and tossed it into the waste basket - and
missed. Sighing, I started to back out to pick it up but then decided the hell with it.
I'd do that later. Twisting around at my waist I turned to the computer and started
Outlook. I had to do something to either lower me or raise up the damn desk! First I wrote
up a quick little note to friends (I had told my parents SO many times to get e-mail)
explaining that I had changed and was fine and would give more information later. Then I
checked the time on the computer - it was after 11:00am. Well, a pizza place might be open
Twisting my waist I grabbed the phone and started dialing through the numbers I knew. The
third place I tried was open. I placed an order for eight large vegetarian pizzas (like I
said, I was STARVING and pizza should keep for a couple of days if that was too much and
vegetarian should be safe) and prepared to charge it...
Futz! My wallet which would normally be in my pocket was in my bag. And my bag was sitting
on the floor at the end of my desk. Sighing I asked the person on the phone to wait a
minute, backed out, grabbed the bag and walked back in. This time, trying to think of how
to make things easier in the future, I dug out my wallet and put the bag on my desk at the
near end, and then finished the order.
After hanging up I twisted back to face the computer. Finally having time to go through
the e-mail and news sources, I could try to figure out what was going on. And, of course,
the conversion program completed at that time. Sighing through my slits, I minimized
Outlook and launched a front end that I'd created to automate mass report creation. First
I ran the complete report as a final test of the validity of what had better be the final
version of the budget. Then I backed out, rotated, made it to my door, waited for one of
the junior payroll people to walk towards my door, stop, stare, stumble backwards, and
then scurry off, and then made my way out and down to the big printer. The print out was
there and it looked good and the numbers...
Ah hell - I'd forgotten to bring the reference copy I and my manager had made up after the
last run. Closing my eyes I breathed deeply a couple of times and forced calm. When I
opened my eyes I saw a couple of people standing and watching - I think they were entry
clerks from downstairs so I decided to just ignore them. Ok, what was the most efficient
solution. Let's assume the print out is fine. That would mean that I would need to cram
the printer full of paper before I started the output. Let's do that then. I moved my head
and looked down, way down, at the big box of paper beside the printer on the opposite side
of where the paper went in. Starting to lean forward to be able to reach it I stopped and
wondered what lifting a heavy weight would do to my new waist. Probably nothing good.
I tried to gracefully kneel down and collapse my legs under me and it worked fine until I
started thinking about it. Then I gracelessly collapsed, crushing my left fore and hind
legs and hooves into my chest. And, of course, breathing became much harder. Still, I had
"Would you like some help?"
"NO!" I paused, shocked by the loudness of my voice. Then, much quieter I turned
and looked at the person who'd backed away. "Sorry, but I have to figure out how to
do it myself and I'm not in the best of moods right now."
He sort of nodded and then turned and fled. A couple doors nearby clicked shut. Closing my
eyes I clenched my fists and forced myself to calm down. Then, at least a little bit more
relaxed, I opened my eyes. It was still a bit of effort to breathe but nothing that
couldn't be managed. Turning my attention to the box, I first thought about dragging it
but then realized that I had no idea how I could crawl. Instead I pulled out five packs of
paper and staggered to my feet. I didn't worry about how but instead just concentrated on
rising. A quick rotation, a few steps, and a kneel that wasn't quite as bad although I
paid too much attention to and fumbled the last portion of the landing, and then a few
minutes to fill the hopper with paper. I probably should have brought one more pack but I
almost instantly decided that it wasn't worth it. A quick stagger to my feet - I realized
that there was no way I could really help myself up with my hands or by partial stages as
I used to - and then I turned and stalked back to my office, my tail waving briskly behind
Nobody was in the hallway and I couldn't really blame them at this point.
I soon arrived and squeezed back in through the door (remembering to duck - maybe I was
finally getting the hang of it) and then stopped and looked at the desk. Yes, I'd moved it
but I still had to back in and out. Not any more! Putting the printout down on the desk I
leaned down and pushed it 90 degrees around so that it was against the far wall leaving me
room to stand in front of the table that held the computer. That way the phone as still
near me, although I would have to rotate my waist and neck all the way around to get at
it, but I could now comfortably lay down in front of the computer where I did almost all
my work. Leaning down I picked up the empty cookie bag and tossed it in the garbage and
then picked up the print out and lay down in front of the computer.
It wasn't completely comfortable, but MUCH better than twisting around and looking down.
Much more ergonomic. Twisting a little I shuffled through the pile of papers until I found
the scribbled on print out from the last run and compared the adjusted numbers with the
newly printed numbers. The first two matched, and then...
Slowly I put both papers down. I would not scream, I would not...
BUZZ. "Michael Bard to the Front Desk"
It was the intercom on the phone. I guessed that my lunch had arrived. Standing up I
rotated around, made my way to the entrance, stopped, backed my way back in and got my
wallet, ducked, walked out, carefully squeezed past one of the braver souls who didn't
flee away from me (and greeted them kindly) and made my way to the stairs.
Oh right, stairs. Sigh.
Grasping the railing tightly I slowly clattered my way down to the lobby where the
pizza-delivery person was waiting with a big pile of boxes. He just stared so I pulled out
my credit card and held it before him. He just stood there.
"I'm just a figment of your imagination." I couldn't resist.
After another thirty seconds or so he pulled out the card machine, took the card and slid
the lever back and fourth and then I signed the slip.
I gave him a big tip.
Then, as he fled out the door, I carefully picked up the boxes, rotated around, and then
made my way back up the damn stairs - very carefully since I had no hands to grip the
railing - and squeezed through to the lunch room. It was still early, at least for this
place, so I had the kitchen to myself as I consumed six pizzas and half of a seventh,
along with another five cups of water. Finally the edge was off my hunger. I put the
remainder into the fridge.
I made my way back to my office and then puzzled over what had gone wrong. Four and a half
hours later I'd figured it out, had started reprocessing the branch that had the typing
error in the information that others had provided to me, when what I had dreaded all day
Something inside my lower chest gurgled and rumbled and then I knew I had to use the
Use it the OTHER way.
Swallowing, I made my way through doors and around the corners and through the hallways -
with less pain and difficulty - and into the washroom.
Which the cleaning woman was cleaning. It figured.
Apologizing, I started to back out, but she, also apologizing, scurried out the other
entrance to the shower.
The gurgling became much more insistent.
OK. First I looked in one of the mirrors where I could see my behind - yes the hole did
seem to be at my back just below my tail. Then I opened the door to one of the stalls, and
walked in and pulled the seat up.
My need was starting to become quite urgent. But, at least I DID have bowel control.
Then I backed out, rotated around 180 degrees and backed in. I could almost hear the idiot
alarm of a truck backing up beeping in my head. Looking over my shoulder I carefully paced
back until I could feel the bowel of the toilet on the insides of my hind legs. Then,
lifting my tail, I slowly bent my hind legs until I could feel the rim of the toilet
against my, you know. Finally I took a step forward to make sure I wouldn't overshoot and
let it go.
I squeezed and clenched and then heard it plop into the water.
There, done. That wasn't so bad.
Keeping my tail raised I stepped out of the stall and then rotated around to check my aim.
It actually hadn't been too bad. I stepped in and...
Ewww! Oh well, at least it was in the washroom.
Breathing in through my mouth I flushed the toilet, praying the quantity wouldn't clog it,
and then wiped the back where some crap had splashed onto. The toilet did flush and then I
dropped the paper in and grabbed some more to wipe my...
Oh oh. I twisted my waist as far as I could until it was painful, raised my tail, and
stretched my arms, but I couldn't reach.
The only solution that popped into my head was asking somebody to, well, you know. But no,
there was no way I would do that. Besides, if a centaur asked you, would you?
Why had nobody else ever thought of this? I'd read fiction on the internet by others who
had supposedly been changed into centaurs - or at least wrote the stories as though they
had - and none of them ever mentioned this. The one story that I'd written that might
involve this had a doctor caring for the invalid centaur while he learned muscle by muscle
how to move his body so that didn't help either.
What the hell was I going to do?!
I refused to go out like this - I could smell and feel remnants. And then when I lay down
in front of my computer the shit would...
Now normally when confronted by a problem I would pace around in a circle to help think,
but there wasn't room to do that here, or probably anywhere. Based on the relaxation I
felt as I trotted to work running might help but there was no way I was going out now.
Still, in an attempt to think, I started to slowly rotate in a circle with my hand on my
forehead. Could I wash it off? How...?
Then I remembered. There were showers through the door the cleaning woman had used. I had
no idea if they worked and as far as I knew they'd been installed in preparation for the
exercise room that hadn't been started upon yet. If the showers worked...
I almost galloped through the door and to the edge of the shower stall. Skidding to a
stopped I turned the water on. There was a gurgling sound, and then, water!
It worked, it worked!
And, of course, there wasn't room to turn around. Sighing I adjusted the shower and then
backed out into the actual washroom, rotated around, leaned and twisted and rotated until
I could get the door open, backed into the shower room, turned around the corner, and
backed into the shower, carefully keeping my tail raised and my head ducked the whole
I could feel the water washing the crap away - this was going to work! Unfortunately the
water still got my tail.
After letting the water run for about five minutes I stepped out of the shall, tried to
shake my rear dry as best I could (not very well), walked dripping back into the washroom,
rotated around, walked back into the shower area and turned the water off. Then I backed
out again, rotated around, wiggled and twisted and pulled the door open, backed in to the
stall, and shook some more whilst waving my tail as hard as I could until I finally
The, finally I went back to work. A little damp, but at least clean. I'd have to bring a
bunch of towels in or something. Maybe put them on a pole? Oh well.
I went back to work.
Fortunately, finally, the import batch run was complete and I printed out another overall
summary as a (hopefully) final check. Grabbing the reference sheet this time, I went to
the printer and...it matched!
Yes, yes, yes!
I would have galloped back if there'd been room, and once I arrived I almost slid to a
stop, then lay down and started printing the reports. The actual printing via software was
quick and took about half an hour, but I would have to wait another couple of hours for
the printer to catch up before I could sort the printouts, copy them, and sort them for
binding by somebody else tomorrow. I had to copy and sort etc. in case any other problems
cropped up so that I could quickly fix them.
It was now almost 6:00pm and most of the other's had gone home. Now I could check the
e-mail and the news and figure out what the hell was happening, and take care of other
Maybe this was going to work out after all.
Various programs copyright their owners, particularly Microsoft. No claim or
infringement is made on any copyrights or trademarks legally held.
There, that takes care of the legal stuff.