Well Suited

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer

Jake rides the lift to the eleventh floor, walks to the corner of the hall and lets himself into his apartment.

The lights automatically bathe the room in a warm afternoon glow, the delicious sounds of Charles Mingus coming from everywhere and nowhere, Pithecanthropus Erectus filling the space, and before Jake has made it to the bedroom Monterose and McLean’s dueling saxophones have him well abstracted from the stresses of the office, Waldron fingering the ivories, Willie Jones punctuating the remains of the day with staccato strikes, and Mingus himself holding down the bottom end, Jake unconsciously keeping time with each step.

In the bedroom he stops facing a floor to ceiling mirrored wall where he absently admires the well-suited man before him, his attention divided now between his reflection and his musical reverie.

The nine to five suit, the office suit, the ‘bringing home the Soylent’ suit.

With a thought he calls up a carousel of images in the mirror, cycling through the available meat-suits for after work.

The gym suit, the swim suit, the dinner and a show suit.

He settles on the dance hall suit, tighter and leaner than the current meat-suit, more graceful, the musculature dialed in and conditioned for an evening at the club on the dance floor. It had been upgraded since the last time he’d worn it out to include swing dancing and salsa, and he hoped the evening would give him the opportunity to try those out.

Standing on the loading pad facing the mirror, he pushes the palm of his hand flush to the glass, the dance suit mirroring his movement. There’s a rush of consciousness while he transfers, and when the fuzziness of migration is complete, Jake in the dance suit stands in the bedroom, the nine to five suit having rotated away into storage, the reflection now vacant.

Stepping back, he dismisses the carousel and regards his new self, now lean in the version of his body ready for an evening of frenetic exertion.

The audio suite has shelved Mingus and now pipes an upbeat M83 track into the apartment, his body reacting appropriately as he makes his way back through to the door, where he checks himself in the hall mirror to be sure he’s absolutely perfect.

The dance suit pauses the nine to five persona, calling up a carousel of Jake versions in the hall mirror.

Swiping left on nine to five Jake presents dinner Jake, then meet the parents Jake, emotionally available Jake, then killer date machine Jake.

Dance suit smiles, and pushing the palm of his hand against the glass of the mirror, he waits for the fuzzy transfer of personas to complete, nine to five Jake safely stored for work in the morning, and killer date machine Jake loaded for the evening’s entertainment.

Nine to five Jake is a good provider, but KDM Jake is where the action‘s at, and dance hall meat-suit isn’t going to waste its new talents.

Jake positively vibrates in the lift with anticipation, summoning a car to take him downtown.

He knows exactly what he’s suited for.

3 Comments

  1. rjerbacher

    If my wife ever gets hold of this mirror it will take her 24 hours of angst to get ready for any event. Let’s keep it on the page, please. Nice job boss.

  2. SimonJM

    Nice job setting my teeth on edge …! 🙂 Will the ‘real’ Jake please stand up

  3. Jae

    A future too alien for some, I suspect.

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