"I'm sorry, Terri," she sighed. "If Mindy were awake... maybe she could explain what is happening..." It was at about that point that Mindy's body decided to take a deep, rattling breath. Rianna and Terri jumped up, anger and grief forgotten, and watched the little body take another deep breath, chest moving out and in, lungs wheezing as the air left them again. For a long, long moment, the body lay as still as before. And then it _happened._ The hypodermic syringe flew out of Mindy's arm, ripping away from the feeding tube, spanging against a large cabinet at the far end of the examination area. Skin rippled, smoothed, seemed to stretch without straining. Hair sprouted on Mindy's scalp like some berserk stop-motion film, going from bristles to long, chaotically flowing tresses in moments. Mindy's face and body filled out like a sponge exposed to water, cartilage and flesh building itself, skin continuing to smooth until the childish body became quite teen-like. Laces snapped and her shoes exploded open one by one. Her belt gave way. Ripping pants exposed clearly the fuzz appearing on her groin. The changes didn't stop. Mindy's body filled out even more, growing taller as her undershirt, shirt, and pullover ripped and tore off, fuller and more feminine. The childish facial features flowed into adulthood, from her old pixie cuteness into statuesque beauty. Her legs grew long, slender yet shapely, and her subtle curves became... unsubtle. The changes finally stopped, leaving Mindy almost as tall as Kris himself, very definitely an adult, very definitely a woman, and very well-developed. Mindy... and yet not Mindy. Terri found her voice first: "Holy shit." "So that's what adult Mindy looks like," Rianna said quietly. Somehow, this older body didn't surprise her in the least. Mindy twitched at the sound, then rolled over onto her side to sleep; as her hand brushed against Kris' head, her eyes snapped open. Sitting up, she surveyed the room, spotting Kris, Rianna, Mindy, the leaking IV streamer still taped to one arm, everything. Finally, she looked directly at Rianna and Terri and asked, in a voice deeper and richer than the one they were familiar with, "What happened?" Terri blurted out, "`What happened?' What happened to you??" She stared gape-jawed at the newly adult Mindy, who hadn't bothered drawing up the sheet and whose massive chest was probably giving Terri a major inferiority complex. "This is her chosen age, Terri," Rianna said matter-of-factly. Turning to Mindy she went on, "As for what happened... you just happen to have been born with a gene that allows you to change your age to become any age you want, whenever you want." Mindy yawned, exposing the thick hair that had sprouted in her armpit. She looked at herself, sighed regretfully, and said, "The two of you are the first to see me look this old." Looking at them all in turn- Rianna, then Terri, she said, "I... I don't like revealing myself if I can help it. It's a habit..." Then, suddenly, Mindy's body shrank as quickly as it had grown, and the child they were so familiar with smiled at Terri, still naked of course, speaking in her old piping voice, "So, how do we go from here, hm?"