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Leonard Redfield

"It'll all be worth it."

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a character in “Goodbye Cruel Life...”, as played by TheNovelust

Description

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Leonard is a twelve year old boy with light brown hair and piercing blue eyes. His teeth are perfectly aligned and bright white. His smile tends to be charming and inviting.

Personality

Leonard is the "typical boy": happy, outgoing, rambunctious, active, and curious. The world is one great, big adventure for him. He believes that every challenge can be overcome and has a bright, positive outlook on his new life.

Equipment

Leonard always wears a couple of macramé bracelets on his right hand. He often, but not always, wears his glasses, which are thick and large-framed.

History

Leonard Redfield was originally a seventy-two year old woman by the name of Hannah James. Since she was a child, Hannah has desperately wanted to be a boy, but the opportunity just never seemed to present itself. As an old woman, she feared that she had lost her chance. She heard about the Phoenix Corporation, but upon researching further into their procedures, she realized that she did not have the finances for such a thing. Downhearted, she truly believed she would never be the boy she so desperately wished to be.

That is until he showed up in her life. George Redfield is a rich, older fellow with a very peculiar interest. He offers to pay for Hannah's procedure under one condition: she comes to live with him as his son. Hannah agrees. After all, George seems like a nice person. Perhaps he is just lonely...

So begins...

Leonard Redfield's Story

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Patricia looked up from her desk to see an old, frail woman wonder in. "Hello!" She smiled at her brightly. "I'm Patricia, and I'll be your... ... Hm. I'm your brilliant person. Hah! That makes sense! .. Kind of!" Realising she was babbling - and the woman was giving her a strange look - she continued onto the more official business. "I apologise, Miss. Now, tell me who you want to be." She slid a form over the desk to the woman with a pen and smiled - almost creepily - at her, waiting for her to fill out the form.

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Hannah takes the form that has been pushed in front of her, scanning over the information she has to fill in. She swallows nervously, licking her lips before she speaks. "I-I want to be a boy." The words she's wanted to say for so long finally spill forth from her tongue, and it's as if a great weight has been lifted from her chest. "I want to be a boy," she says again, this time with more conviction as she begins to fill out the paperwork.

Name? That's easy. She'd always loved the name Leonard, like the little boy who lived down the street she desired to emulate. Age? She doesn't want to be too young, to the point where she loses some of her independence, but she still wants to be able to enjoy her boyhood as well. She decides twelve is as good an age as any to start. The other things were more difficult. She still wanted to be herself, so she didn't input anything besides "typical boy" in the personality department. But the looks...

She could look however she wanted. Blonde hair? She's always wanted to have golden, shimmering locks. But something drew her to write "light brown" in the box instead. Blue eyes. That was a given. She'd always loved the way blue eyes could mimic the sea and be a gateway to an ocean of emotion. She draws a picture of what she wants to look like, spending great time on the details. She'd always been an artist, if not professionally then in spirit. With a smile, she hands the clipboard and pen back to the lady across the counter.

"I still want to be myself, just please, make me a boy."

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Patricia lifted the form and quietly scanned over it, then looked at the woman with a smile. It was pretty detailed - enough for her to get a good, clear picture of what the woman's life was like and what she herself was like, never mind Leonard. She had always been good at reading between the lines. Examining the sketch of Leonard, her smile grew. "You are a talented artist, Miss." She looked up at her, smiling. "Come, sweetie." Moving from behind the desk, she put her arm around the woman and guided her to the door next to the desk - the 'Dream Room' she called it.

The wires attached to the cylindrical machine glowed with a faint, metallic blue. The walls and floor were a shinning white which reflected the blue lights, giving the whole room a light blue tint. She left the woman in the middle of the room and headed to the desk behind the glass panel. She flicked a switch on a computer keyboard and power began to ebb from what seemed like every single area of the room, even the air.

Patricia hesitated and then looked up at the woman. "Miss, are completely set on seeing this through? There can be severe side effects and... well, changing gender can usually have.. unforeseen complications... Are you 100% certain you want to become Leonard?"

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"Thank you," Hannah says with a shy smile. She hasn't received a compliment on her artwork in many, many years. But when asked if she would truly like to become Leonard, the smile runs away from her face, replaced by a look of pure determination. "Yes," she punctuates her word with a firm nod, "I'm completely certain I would like to become Leonard. I don't care about the side effects. I've been waiting for this... Well, I've been waiting for this all my life."

She almost hasn't noticed the room when they first entered. She was so excited to finally have her dream come true, and it was all so close she could almost taste it. Hannah walks over to the large cylinder in the middle of the room, wanting to touch it but at the same time afraid to mess with anything in the room. She needs this to go right, or as right as possible given that there are always certain complications in any procedure.

"What am I supposed to do?" She asks as she looks back at the woman behind the desk.

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Patricia glanced at the woman with a smile, then turned her attention to the computer keyboard and pressed a few more keys with a quick and elegant flourish of her hand. The metal cylinder turned on it's spot to face the woman properly. It hadn't been used for a while now, so Patricia had turned it off. There was a blue, glowing outline of a door and a window with a blinding light inside. Pressing a few more keys, the door slid open, the light hiding the boundaries of the machine.

"What are you supposed to do?" Patricia laughed, almost mockingly as she joined the woman. "Step inside, and your life will be changed forever."

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Hannah forces herself to swallow the nervous lump stuck in her throat. She has been waiting too long for this; she can't back out now. Instead, she takes a confident step into the chamber, letting out a breath she didn't even realize she was holding. The door swings closed behind her, causing her to jump as it makes a slight "pop" sound when it seals shut.

She looks out the tiny window. Everything is tinged in blue and she can see the woman behind the desk fiddling at a few more buttons, knobs, and switches. It must all be very complicated, Hannah thinks to herself as tiny, blue droplets begin to ooze out of the machine like drool from a sleeping toddler, only to turn into bright, lively sparks where they touch her skin. She feels herself changing, becoming smaller, different. She can't pinpoint all of the changes, but it doesn't hurt; everything seems like more of a tingling sensation although her senses are on fire.

It doesn't last very long, at least it doesn't seem to. It could have been a couple of minutes, or maybe a couple of hours. She can't tell. All she knows is that when the whole thing started, she was able to see out the window, and now there is only cold, hard steel in front of her.

Hannah presses a hand to her chest. No more breast. A smile tugs at her lips, which feel different than what they used to.

"I'm a boy," She whispers, just to herself, then she says it louder, for the entire world to hear: "I'm a boy!" She lets out a quick, loud laugh.

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Leonard Redfield steps from the chamber, a goofy grin on his young, boyish face. It's finally done, and now it can all begin again, right this time. The clothes of the old woman he used to be just barely clings onto his smaller frame, threatening to fall off. And it's then that he can't help but look, like a child at Christmas time. He is a child after all, and this is the best present ever.

With one hand holding his shirt up, Leonard uses his other hand to pull at the band of his too-large pants, peeking inside.

There it is.

He's a boy, through and through.

The smile widens on his face as he walks over to Patricia, kicking off his shoes in order to walk more efficiently. "Thank ya, ma'am!" he says with another grin, sticking out his hand for the woman to shake. "Thank ya so much."

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Patricia grinned back at the smiling little boy, taking his hand and shaking it. "Well, Leonard, how do you feel?" She walked hastily over to her desk and pulled out a roll of bandages. She returned to Leonard and took his hand. Turning it over, she quickly covered his wrist with the bandage. "Don't take this off, okay? Ever." She smiled at the boy who never seemed to cease smiling. "If you need some clothes that... fit better, I probably have some in the back." Gesturing the boy back to the other room, she took a card and gave it to the boy. "Call me if you have any really serious side-affects, seeing as you're the only person to remember who you actually are. Or... were..." Her mind began to wonder off, but she pulled it back. "Anyway! Not to frighten you! That's very very unlikely!" Her lying skills had become more advanced, she noted.

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Leonard stares at the bandage Patrica has put around his left wrist, a true blue one that reminds him of sports wraps. He's not sure what the purpose of the bandage is, but he nods firmly to show he understands and won't take it off. The smile will not leave Leonard's face as he follows Patricia to the other room, holding his clothes tightly around him to make sure they do not slip off his small body. He takes the card offered to him looks it over before stuffing it into one of his pockets.

"Side effects?" he asks with a tilt of his head, his smile finally vanishing to be replaced by a perplexed frown. "I didn't check the little forget box because I want to remember all this!" He gestures grandly with a smile returning to his face, but his hands quickly return to the position of securing his clothes on himself. "And everything that came before. I want to be able to appreciate this." He makes a gesture that indicates himself, pressing the palm of his right hand to his chest. "Thank you." He says with a final smile before reaching into his pocket to produce a cell phone. He taps away at a few keys then holds the phone to his ear.

"Yes, hello. I'm ready. It's perfect." He seriously can't stop grinning; he's so ecstatic about all this. Leonard doesn't have long to wait before George Redfield enters the room. Leonard bounds up to him happily, taking the older man's hand. "What now, Daddy?

"Now," George says with a strange sort of smile that causes a knot to form in Leonard's stomach, "we go home. And tomorrow you go to school."

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"I didn't check the little forget box because I want to remember all this! And everything that came before. I want to be able to appreciate this."

"That's.. well, that's not what I mean. The procedure can have certain affects on people, even myself sometimes." She lifted her wrist and showed an old, white bandage wrapped loosely around her wrist. "If you do have some small side affects, I can probably fix them, so just head on back here, alright? Though most of them will just go in time."

She watches Leonard talk to the old man. It seems bizarre that the woman would be doing this for someone else, other than herself. But then again, accidents do happen, like earlier with Yoshiko.

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The words warning him of the side effects echo in his ears as Leonard climbs into the car besides George. Well, his father. He supposes he should get used to that now. Dad... And he's a son. That thought still fills him with little butterflies and he smiles happily.

"What are you so giggly about?" George asks as he pulls out of the parking lot and glances over at Leonard in the passenger seat.

"Nothing Dad, just happy is all." He smiles some more as he looks out the window watching the whirl of green and blue go by. That's the world, and he's seeing it through new eyes. This time, he gets to do it right. This time, he gets to be a boy. The minutes fly by, just like the scenery and soon they pull up to a large house. Leonard steps out of the car and looks up at the high roofs, the tall pillars. Everything. The house is absolutely stunning and Leonard can't believe that this is where he is going to be living from now on. He turns around to face his new father, same goofy grin as always on his face. "You have a fantastic house!"

His father simply smiles and leads him inside. "You're welcome to take any room that's not mine." Leonard nods to show he understands. "I have some basic necessities for you, but I'm afraid I don't have much in the way of clothes." He looks Leonard over, frowning disapprovingly at the too-large and worn clothes that he received from Patricia. "Why don't you go out? Get used to your new body and pick up some more... suitable clothing." He hands Leonard a small wad of cash. "It's not much, but I need to make sure you come back." He gives Leonard a wink.

Leonard wrinkles his nose. "Of course I'll come back Dad!" He giggles and pockets the cash, already completely emerged into his new role as son to this man.

His father nods with a soft smile. "Then off with you," he says as he pats Leonard on the lower back and pushes him out the door. Leonard just keeps smiling.




The bike ride to town wasn't as long or as tiring as he thought it would be. Leonard strolls into town, eager to get some new clothes for his new body. He's still not quite used to things yet, his new height and perception, and just everything. It's all so different, yet the same, and it definitely feels right. He's thinking about all this as he walks down the street when suddenly he runs into a girl getting off a bus, knocking himself over.

"I'm sorry!" He shouts, picking himself up and dusting off. "Are you alright? I'm so clumsy." A frown crosses his face, but only for an instant before he's smiling uncontrollably again as he looks the girl over. She's about his age, Asian, with long black hair and brown eyes. He finds her extremely pretty.