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Birthday surprise

By Tiffany wells

Well I guess we should start with a little background. My name is John Wells, I have a twin sister Jennifer Wells and we live with our Mom Jill. My mom was only 16 years old when she had my sister and I and I found out later we were actually triplets. Now at the time we were born being as my mom was so young my Grandma really raised us and her name was Janet, yes if you haven’t figured it out my family likes names that start with the letter J. Now being triplets we were born 5 weeks early so we all stayed in the hospital for a couple weeks which was very expensive. Now we had always thought our other twin had died but we found out later that Grandma had given her up, seems with all the teen pregnancies they had passed a law where you could take an unwanted baby to any fire or police station and drop them off no questions asked and that is what Grandma did. Her name was Julie and she had lots of health issues and Grandma and my mom knew they would never be able to take care of her especially with my sister and me so they gave her up.

Now my sister and I were both healthy happy kids growing up but as a result of our being born early I am assuming we both never got really big. My sister is 5’1 and I only got to 5’2 and we both weight right around 105 lbs. now for a girl this is not that bad but for a boy growing up it is terrible. Even today at 17 I look like I am a 6th grader which made it hard to fit in so I tried everything including growing my brown hair long and wearing it in a ponytail to try to be cool, well I actually had another reason also that I kept to myself. Growing up in a family with 3 women can be tough and as a result I found myself fascinated by the cute dresses and the makeup they wore.
As I said my grandma raised us till we were 10 when she died in a car wreck and my mom till this point was more like a big sister. Mom finished high school and then went to college seems after she had us and became a mom she really settled down and put effort into her studies and earned a batcher degree in business. Now mom was beautiful with long blonde hair and looked like a model and was also very smart. Mom got a really good job with a cosmetic company in New York and made good money and after Grandma died she stepped up and took over raising us. I think it was when we turned 12 my mom started letting my sister Jennifer use makeup and that is when I realized I was really different. Don’t get me wrong my mom loved me but she would do all the mother daughter things with Jennifer including getting their hair and nails done, Jennifer also now had blonde hair and her and mom looked more like sisters then mother daughter.
I was about 13 the first time I tried on one of my sister’s dresses and played with some of her makeup and found I really liked it. Now as I said being a small boy is hard but for a girl it is a good thing and with my long hair I could take it out of the ponytail and I actually made a fairly pretty girl. Now my school schedule was pretty good as on Tuesdays I would only do a half so I was done by 11 the other half was for study hall but we could leave and go home if we wanted which I did. Jenifer’s half day was Wednesday and what was even better is she was active in drama so on Tuesdays and Thursdays she would stay after school for rehearsal till 4 so it was about 4:30 or so when she got home and mom would get home a little after 5 so I had a few hours to myself so Tuesdays became my day to dress up and be a girl for a while. I did this all through the school year and loved it the only bad part was summer vacation as I would not get the chance to dress.
Now we lived in one of those high rise apartment building and we were on the 18th floor and had a nice big apartment so I had room to move around and have fun but as I dressed more I always wanted to go out although I was to scared even though I was completely passable because of my size. Now twice I did get up the courage to leave the apartment and go down to the coffee shop and get a drink and then right back up to the apartment. In our building as you left the apartment building on the right side going out was a small Starbucks and then a café just past it and on the left was a beauty salon. The door to the coffee shop was just 5 feet down from the apartment door so it was a limited exposer. The elevator came down right by the door so it was only about 15 feet to the outside and another 5 feet and into the coffee shop. I did this a few times always telling myself I was going to spend some time there but always chickened out and got my drink and back up to the apartment. The only real fear was running into one of the neighbors leaving or going back into our apartment, once out in the building I don’t think anyone would recognize me. I don’t know why I didn’t do this more often.

Now I just turned 17 on June 8th and that is when it all started. Mom had told us she needed to go to LA for the summer to help with opening an office there for the summer. We would fly out the morning of June 9th and stay there all summer and Jennifer was really excited about this. School was out and it was Jennifer and my birthday and as always Mom was taking Jennifer out for a girl’s day out at the salon. Jennifer had to run to the school for a couple hours that morning and then she and mom would meet at the salon. They said they would be home around 4:30 to 5 and the 3 of us would go out for dinner. Well I was going to have a little birthday fun also as I had the whole day and I knew that I would not get a chance to dress and be pretty till the fall when school started up again.

So as soon as Jennifer left at 8 am to go to school I started getting ready and today I was determined to go to the coffee shop again and sit there for a little while. I took a nice long bath and shampooed my hair with some of my sister’s shampoo and even used her curling iron to give it just a little curl. I took extra time doing my makeup which I had gotten pretty good at doing and then it was to find an outfit I could wear. I tried on a few of her skirts and tops always careful to put them back just right so she wouldn’t know. I finally settled on a short black skirt with a pink top and a pair of 3″ heels. I looked really good and I knew no one would recognize me or think I was anything other than a girl. I borrowed one of Jennifer’s purses and put the lipstick in it along with some money and of course my key. Now I just needed the courage to go.

I was just getting ready to leave when the phone rang so I walked into the kitchen and picked up the phone and answered it well it turned out to be a wrong number and as I was hanging the phone up I heard the front door open and in walked Jennifer. I panicked and stood flat against the wall hoping she wouldn’t see me. She called out to me as she walked into her bedroom. I was scared, what could I do. She left her door open so I could not get to my room and I couldn’t stay here in the kitchen. I thought quickly and decided I had to make a break for the door and get out of there which really was my plan all along. Boy was I lucky for the wrong number otherwise I would have been walking out of the apartment just as Jennifer came back. It was now or never so I moved across the living room and opened the door as quietly as I could and left.

Now I didn’t know why she was home or how long she would be there so I moved as quickly as I could in the high heels to the elevator and pushed the button just hoping the elevator would get there before Jennifer came out of the apartment. As the elevator door opened I saw Jennifer stepping out of the apartment and walking towards me but luckily the door shut so I was safe for now. I was so scared but also it was such an exciting feeling, my heart was pounding and I was actually enjoying it a little I think it was the fear of almost getting caught.

I got to the lobby and headed for the door, as I got there my heart almost stopped. My mom was out front on her phone standing just a little down from the coffee shop and looking this way. I would have to walk right towards her and get within about 5 feet of her to get in the door. As I turned to go back I saw the other elevator door open and Jennifer walked out and headed towards me. I panicked, what should I do. I walked out the door and turned left to get away from them. Now this is New York and the streets are always crowded and there were all kinds of people coming at me so I went into the first door I came to, to get off the street which was for ten beauty Salon. A young girl came over and asked if she could help me and I again panicked not knowing what to say. She looked at me and smiled and I wondered if she knew I was a boy. She again spoke, you are a new here aren’t you and I just nodded my head. She smiled again and spoke up well you are our 1,000 new customer this year so as a prize you get a complete free makeover. I was shocked and didn’t know what to do and was just about to say no thank you and leave when I heard the door open behind me and the lady again spoke up, Hi Jill and Jennifer it will be just a moment. I could feel my heart beating through my chest walls. My mom and sister were standing right behind me. I couldn’t turn around I could do anything, I worked up all the courage I could and in my best female voice thanked her and said I would love the free makeover, actually at this point anything would be great to get me away from there so she escorted me back to a chair in the back and I sat down and only then could I look back and I was right it was my sister and mom by the door. They were shown to chairs right by the door so I was safe for now but I was also trapped as I couldn’t leave without walking right by them.

The beautician came over and introduced herself as Sarah and told me to relax and enjoy the experience. Relaxing was not an option at this point as I was scared to death. What would mom or Jennifer do if they saw me, Jennifer would be mad at me for wearing her clothes. I would die if I got caught. At this point I swore I would never do this again if I could just get out of this without them finding out. Sarah washed and conditioned my hair several times and then put some curlers in it and wrapped it all up. When she had finished that she led me up towards the front to a manicure table and had me sit down. I was really scared now as I was closer to the front and my mom and Jennifer. Sarah told me Nicole would be right with me to do my nails bit while I waited she would give me my facial so I leaned back and she rubbed creams and oils into my face and messaged it and it was actually relaxing other than the total fear I had about being caught. I saw my mom and Jennifer get up and start to walk towards me and I knew it was just about over when Sarah told me to close my eyes so she could put the mud mask on and started to smear this thick green cream over my face so I now looked like I had a Halloween mask on I had to keep my eyes closed but felt better as I didn’t think mom or Jennifer would recognize me this way. Well I heard someone sit down next to me and I heard mom speaking to Jennifer who must have been right next to her. They both got the same a facial and were told the same to keep their eyes closed for the mask so I kind of relaxed. I heard a girl talking as she took my hand, she said she was Nicole and would be doing my nails. I tried to talk as little as I could being right next to my mom but it was hard as Nicole liked to chat, luckily soon my mom and Jennifer were getting their nails done and of course the ladies doing their nails were talking with them so I felt better.

I must have sat there for an hour while I got my nails done, my heart was still racing but I was feeling a little calmer now. Nicole finally said she was all done and helped me stand and led me over to another table where they leaned me back and started to wash the hardened mask off my face. I was still laid back over the sink hoping they were almost done so I could get out of here before my mom and Jennifer were done so I could get back home and change back. Sarah came back over and again more lotion on my face and a little more cream above my eyes. Then she put something above my eyes and pulled really hard and it really hurt. This was the first time so far that something didn’t feel nice. She then sat me up and started to take the curlers out of my hair and that is when I saw my hands. My nails were bright red and ½ inch long. I was in trouble as these would be hard to get off quick when I got home. I just sat there staring at my hands as Sarah brushed out my hair.

Sarah then said it was time for my makeup and she spun the chair around and for the first time I saw myself. My brown hair was now blonde and cut in a feminine style and worse than that it was the same style my sister had. My eyebrows were also different, they were very thin and had a high arch to them. I was way beyond being able to change what they had done to me when I got home. I was trapped and no place to hide. Sarah did my makeup and it was way better than I had ever done including red lipstick to match my nails. Sarah led me over to the chairs were you get the pedicures and sat me down and started to fill up the tub you soak your feet in.

I was trying to figure a way out of this and the only thing I could come up with was to run away. Suddenly I saw my mom sitting in the chair next to me so I tried not to look her way hoping she would not notice when Sarah spoke up and said, Jill you were right with the new hair style your two daughters almost look like identical twins. I looked at Sarah and for the first time I turned and looked at my mom and I was about to cry when she put her hand on mine and told me to calm down. She told me that she and Jennifer had known for a while about my secret and the only thing they were unhappy about was that I felt I had to hide it from them. She also told me they knew how left out I felt when they had their girl’s day out at the salon and wanted to include me today for our birthday. Jennifer came over and sat on the other side of me and gave me a smile. She said it would be fun to have a twin she could hang out with and do all the girl stuff with which made me feel better.

The ladies came over and did our pedicures and they felt so wonderful and for the first time all day I felt relaxed. They painted our toes the same red color so now all 3 of us had red toes, fingers and lips. In a way we even looked like mom but you could tell she was a little older and her hair just a little different style. Mom paid the bill and then said it was time for us to go out to dinner. I looked in the mirror and knew I would never be mistaken for anything other than a pretty young lady.

We got to the Restaurant and went in. I was a little nervous even though I knew no one could tell. Mom and Jennifer just kept telling me to calm down and it would be okay. Mom asked us what we wanted to eat and Jennifer said a salad and the baked chicken breast. I was going to get the BBQ ribs as that is my favorite food and mom just shook her head. She smiled and told me no I would have to pick something else as that would be too messy and mess up my face and lipstick not to mention getting under my nails. She suggested I have the same thing as Jennifer so I agreed. I guess I never thought about stuff like that before.

We had a great dinner and then it was time to leave and go home. On the way out to the car mom asked me if I had enjoyed my day and my present, I gave her a big hug and told her I did it was the best present ever and I was sad it was almost over.

We got in the car and mom asked me if I had my ID with me which I didn’t as I left that in my wallet at home so she passed back a card and to my surprise it had the name Julie Wells and it had my picture on it well if you looked real close you could see it was my sister but we looked so much alike now no one would know that. Julie was the name of then baby she had given up so her and Jennifer used that birth certificate and went down and got a drivers license in that name for me.

As I looked at it I asked what this was for and Jennifer spoke right up and said well it really doesn’t have to end that quick she said, you could be my sister for the summer in LA. I looked at her as if she had lost her mind but I will admit the thought of it was exciting. Mom looked at me in the mirror with that motherly love look. Sweetie she said I think you should spend the summer as a girl and see what you think about it and if it is something you really want or just a fascination you have with being a girl. I really wanted to but wasn’t sure if I should or if I could tell my mom I wanted to. It was almost like my mom was reading my mind as she knew what I was thinking because the next thing she said was that I had to trust her enough to tell her how I truly felt which I am not sure I really knew.

I was just getting ready to tell her I would try when she pointed out that my hair was now blonde and very feminine and the only way to change that would be to cut it off and there was nothing we could do about my eyebrows till they grew back in a few weeks and the nails were acrylic and would be really hard to get off and would damage my natural nails and people would be able to tell so basically I was trapped at least for a few weeks besides our flight out in the morning was for 7:30 and as it was after 8 pm now there was no place we could even go now to try to change any of the thing that had been done to me besides the tickets for the flight were in Jill, Jennifer & Julie’s name so I would have to travel as Julie.

In a way I was kind of excited about the idea plus I could say I had no choice in the matter. We got home and started packing and all we put were Jennifer’s clothes as we had to take enough for both of us. Mom asked for my male Driver’s License which I gave her and she put it in her dresser drawer and told me for the summer I was her daughter Julie and that I would have to answer to that name and act like a proper young lady. With that I was off to bed and looking forward to my summer as a girl in LA.

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  1. Wish i could be you

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