--The Ring’s the Thing--
"Eureka!" Julie exclaimed! She looked at the alabaster colored beaker full of what was formerly liquid water. It, as well as the solution within had been transformed into smooth, yet solid-as-a rock, stone!
She fingered the rim of the beaker, amazed at the detail captured in its transformation from glass to stone. Absolutely amazing! She thought. Transformation on the molecular level! She looked at the emerald ring on her right hand’s ring finger. It was a rather plain gold band with a green stone set on a gilded base. Rather unspectacular in looks, but in ability something else entirely!
She had spent long months of research since college experimenting with the esoteric probabilities and applications of her idea and now it had come to fruition. The petrified liquid was an identically matching color and substance as the container. Only now it was as solid and hard as if it had been frozen into ice and melded into the same substance as the container it had been enclosed in. Julie lifted the beaker up. It was heavier than before, and seeing as how it taken on the properties of stone, that was expected. OK, it works one way, but how about the other? Julie pondered. This was the real test. She looked at the matching ring on her left hand, identical to the one on her right hand except in the crimson coloring of the centerpiece stone. She clenched her left fist and aimed the red bauble at the petrified beaker. A brief squeeze and a ruby beam bathed the stone beaker, restoring it to transparent glass and the liquid within to clear water! She put her finger into the water. It was wet and cold. Apparently all its normal properties had been restored with no problem whatsoever.
Julie aimed the green ring on her right hand at a piece of paper in her lab for a second test. She squeezed the miniscule trigger on the inside of the ringband and an emerald beam emerged and turned the paper to stone. Attempting to lift it up, Julie was surprised to have the fragile piece snap in two at her fingertips. It was as brittle as if it had been dipped into liquid nitrogen. She made a mental note to be much more careful when dealing with future petrified matter. What else to test it on? A pen? Solid rock! A metal test tube rack? Equally petrifiable! Even the tabletop was not immune, it just needed an extended wave from the petrifying green ray to calcify it totally.
"Omigosh, the applications of this invention," Julie said aloud as she brushed some of her blonde hair away from her lab goggles. She was so engrossed in her new discovery that she practically leapt out of her skin when the lab door flung open.
"Hello auntie!" said a cheerful young brunette dressed in shorts and a tank top as she opened the door to Julie’s lab. It was Julie’s niece, Petra, all of nineteen years old, the eldest daughter of Julie’s older sibling Jackie. Petra was the firstborn of the oldest of Julie’s brothers and sisters, which led to the two being only a mere eight years apart in age. Though technically Julie’s niece, the two had actually grown up quite a bit together and were more like close sisters than aunt and niece. That didn’t, however, stop Petra from ribbing Julie at the University. Petra was a freshman student, while Julie had used a combination of her brains and family fortune influence to gain a rather secure, if not spectacular, position as one of the University’s independent science advisors and museum trustees. And as long as the family continued to fund the University with grants and endowments, she was pretty much free to continue her research without outside interference. "What are you cooking up this time, Madame Frankenstein, hmmm?" Petra greeted Mr. Fuzzy, Julie’s pet calico cat. The friendly feline jumped in her arms and purred contently.
Julie was slightly annoyed at the ‘auntie’ line as always, but waved her hand to Petra to come over anyway. "Look at this!" she pointed at the stone table.
"New marble countertop?" Petra said, unimpressed when she glanced over Julie’s shoulder.
"No, no, no! Look again!" Julie said excitedly as she pointed at the drawers, the handles, the test tube holder and all the other petrified paraphernalia on the desk.
Petra leaned closer and looked more carefully. "Wow, the whole desk is made of stone! Is this a custom piece you bought with Grandfather’s allowance?" She put Mr. Fuzzy down on the marble tabletop and ran her fingertips across the pure snow-white marble.
"No, no, no!" Julie said, eager to show off her latest discovery. "I turned this table and everything on it to stone with this!" She held up the green ring on her right hand.
"That little ring turned this whole table into stone?" Petra said disbelievingly. "How?"
"Like this!" Julie boasted as she turned around and grabbed a microscope off the table behind her. She set it on top of the table next to Mr. Fuzzy. "Watch!" she said as she pointed her right fist at the microscope.
The green beam bathed the black microscope, altering its molecules and transforming it into a whitened, marble-like stone. "That’s incredible, Julie!" Petra leaned closer and stroked Mr. Fuzzy’s back. The cat stretched out, sticking its tail into the green beam. The cat yelped as its tail was turned into a petrified stick. "Omigosh Julie! Mr. Fuzzy!"
"Oh no!" Julie unsqueezed her hand as Petra picked up the cat with the stoney tail. The frightened feline waved it’s stone tail back and forth in front of Petra’s face like a baton. She had to flinch and move her face as the hardened tail waved around like a spiked club.
"Poor Mr. Fuzzy!" Petra tried to soothe the frightened kitty. "Change it back!" she pleaded.
"Okay, okay," Julie said nervously. "I-I haven’t tested it out on a living organism yet, but hold him steady…" She aimed her left fist at the petrified tail and squeezed her fist. The red light restored the kitty’s frozen extremity into its formerly furry state. Mr. Fuzzy leapt out of Petra’s grasp and cowered in the corner. "Okay, see, he’s perfectly fine! I think…"
"How did you do that?" queried the fascinated Petra.
"You see the green ring on my right hand? It can turn anything it’s aimed at into stone, like this microscope," Julie pointed at the petrified instrument. "Every detail, every part of this has been changed from its base metal and plastic and glass components into one unified substance, stone." She aimed the red ring at the microscope as she continued. "And with this ring on my left hand, I can restore whatever I have petrified back to its original state!" The stone device was magically transmuted back into its previous appearance upon Julie’s demonstration.
"And why did you create this?" Petra asked.
"Well, it’s a long story. Suffice it to say I’ve always been intrigued by alchemy and I’ve studied a lot of ancient theories and lore about alchemists and I’ve used modern science, chemistry, etc to apply the root concepts of transmuting molecules. With some recent scientific breakthroughs and added some research on my part with the discovery of the…" One glance at Petra and Julie could already tell she had lost her niece’s attention. "Uhm, anyway, it was a fantastic breakthrough…"
Petra had stooped down and looked across the tabletop so that it was at her eye level. "And those rings can turn anything to stone and back? Even a person?"
"Well I haven’t tested it on a person yet. I wasn’t even ready to try it out on a living creature until Mr. Fuzzy got into the act." Julie responded with a raised eyebrow. "He seems no worse for wear though, come here Fuzzy…" Julie held her hands out for the cat to come to her. Mr. Fuzzy stayed in the corner.
"Why don’t you try it out on these!" Petra pointed at the lab mice in the wire cage.
"I was going to get around to it after I took down some notes," Julie said.
"Notes, schmotes!" Petra countered. "You’ve tested it both ways and it works! Not only on tables and stuff but on your cat’s tail. Now’s your chance to see if it works on mice too!"
"I’m sure it works on mice," Julie said drily.
"Prove it auntie!" Petra placed the emphasis on the last word.
"Okay, okay," Julie gave in. "Bring the cage over here…"
Petra lifted the cage up and placed it on the marbelized counter.
"Okay, lift one of the mice out…" Julie said.
"Ewww!" Petra squeeked. "Do I have to?"
"Look, you’re the one who wanted to see a petrified mouse, right? Take one out. They’re not going to bite you! Chicken!" Julie teased as she turned the tables on Petra.
"Fine!" Petra opened the door on the top of the cage, hesitated a moment and plunged her hand in. She grabbed one of the tiny white mice and lifted it up by its tail, holding it away from her like it was a pair of dirty diapers. The mouse twisted around as it dangled from Petra’s grasp.
"Okay, now hold it steady," Julie crouched down so that she was at eye level to the mouse. She raised the green ring and pointed it at the mouse. "Wait a minute, you’d better hold onto him," she realized.
"What? Why?" Petra asked.
"Trust me," Julie said, remembering her shattered stone paper exercise earlier. It just wouldn’t do to have a petrified tail snap off. "Now hold him in your palm, yes that’s it…hold onto his tail so he doesn’t move…" She aimed the ring and squeezed.
The mouse turned to solid rock. "Wow!" Petra yelped as she wiggled the petrified paperweight in her palm. "Change him back!" Julie complied and bathed the stoney critter in the red beam. The mouse was restored to life and moved around in Petra’s palm. "Again!" Petra giggled, like a little child amazed by a new toy or a magic trick.
Julie smiled and aimed the ring at the mouse again. The little creature stopped moving under the green beam and stiffened into a statue. Julie and Petra were so transfixed by the change that they didn’t notice that Petra’s fingers had been in the beam. "Whoa!" Julie stopped squeezing the trigger as she realized she had petrified Petra’s entire hand through prolonged exposure.
"OH," Petra held her frozen appendage up to her face. It was marble white now, flawless in color and had immortalized all the details of her hand as if it were a life-cast sculpture. "This is so cool!" She touched her petrified hand with her normal limb. It felt cool and hard like the stone it had become.
"What do you feel like?" Julie asked, equally interested in the petrifying effect. "What does it feel like? What did it feel like?" Her questions started to come fast and furious as if shot from a machine gun.
"I-I didn’t even feel it changing…" Petra said as she admired her frozen hand. "It’s like my hand has gone entirely numb, I can’t even feel it!" Petra looked at the worried expression on Julie’s face. "I’m fine, really! I just have a stone hand!"
"That’s interesting…" Julie was wondering what kept the blood circulating in Petra’s veins when it reached the petrified matter on the end of her wrist. Apparently she didn’t know everything there was to know about this creation yet. "Hold still, I’m going to change it back. Ready?" She waited for the girl’s nod and then proceeded to bathe Petra’s hand, the petrified mouse and all, with the red beam. A few seconds later it had restored them to flesh.
Petra put the mouse back into the cage and flexed her fingers.
"How does it feel?" Julie asked again.
"I feel fine, everything's working," Petra wiggled her fingers. "Can you do it again?"
"Oh I don’t know," Julie said. "I’ve got to test this further…"
"Test it on me!" Petra held out her arm. "Come on, it’s as safe as it could be!"
"Well…" Julie couldn’t resist the willingness of a potential test subject, and thus far all the transformations had been achieved with no visible ill effects. "Okay, but let’s be careful…"
"I’m always careful!" Petra slipped her backpack off and leapt onto the stool. She crossed her bare legs and held out her arm. "Okay, let’s go!"
'Ah, the enthusiasm of youth,' Julie thought. Suddenly feeling decades older than her niece. "Okay here we go…" She aimed the green ring at Petra’s arm and turned it to immovable stone. "How’s that feel?"
"Whoah…" Petra touched the smooth outstretched arm and turned it as best as she could. Her arm was white from the elbow to her fingertips. "Can you do more?" she pointed at her legs with the cast-like appendage.
Julie aimed the ring at Petra’s tennis shoes and slowly brought the ray up the girl’s sock-clad ankles, her calves, knees and finally mid thigh. Every part of the seated girl turned to pure stone. Her shoes, laces and all, drooping socks and bare legs all recreated in marble. Julie couldn’t resist touching her petrified subject’s knee. "Geez…That’s amazing… and you feel nothing out of the usual?"
Petra was holding her marble arm out to her side as she touched her crossed marble legs with her only mobile limb. "No, I feel fine…" she said as she touched the almost silky-smooth marble skin she now possessed and admired the marble sheen her legs now posessed. "Go a little higher…"
"Oh I don’t…" Julie protested.
"Come-on…" Petra whined. "I’m okay, really! I want to see how far you can go…dare you!"
Julie turned the green beam onto Petra’s lap, moving it up her whitened thighs and turned the blue cutoff shorts and Petra’s hips into rock hard stone.
"Whooo," Petra said, twisting at the waist as best she could as she felt the lower body become numb.
"What?" Julie stopped progressing. "Is anything wrong?"
"NO, keep going!" Petra prodded as Julie continued up Petra’s pink tank top clad midriff to her firm bosom. The pink fabric transformed as it lost its hue and became pristine white. Two small indentations beneath Petra’s petrified bra poked through the stoned garment slightly. "Higher… higher…" Petra prodded as Julie stopped at Petra’s shoulderblades. "Do all of me!" Petra sneaked a glance and looked down at her marble body. It was so much like an artist’s sculpture now.
Julie hesitated only a moment and brought the beam to bear on Petra’s shoulder, moving down her remaining fleshy arm. It too turned to stone as Julie brought the beam back to just below Petra’s neck. "Are you sure you’re feeling okay?"
"Just keep going," Petra held her neck up as best she could. Like she was holding her head above rising water as Julie moved the beam up her neck. "I feel-" her voice stopped as Julie petrified her lips, moved up her cheeks and swept the beam across her eyes and forehead. The last thing Petra saw was the green glow of the ring in her face as everything went black. Her brown hair stiffened into a mass of brittle marble threads.
"Petra? Petra can you hear me?" Julie asked. She was staring straight into the face of what appeared to be a statue of a young ponytailed girl wearing shorts and a sleeveless top. Julie was dumbstruck at the details preserved in Petra’s state of petrification. Every hair, every minute aspect of Petra’s body had been turned to stone. She touched the stone cheek of the statue before her. Petra’s bright and cheery face was now a cold and hardened mask with no warmth whatsoever. She touched the strap of the tank top Petra was wearing. It was equally hard and stoney and looked almost fused to the girl’s body as if was a part of her. A few minutes of examination of Petra’s marbelized body passed before Julie got a little nervous. She aimed the red beam at Petra’s face and bathed the statue entirely with the ruby beam, moving down the motionless figure’s torso and legs.
"Whoooooaah!" Petra said as she regained the ability to think and speak. She moved around on the stool and took a tentative step down onto the ground. Standing up on both legs, a little woozy and disoriented, she looked down at her fleshy legs and asked Julie "H-how long was I turned to stone?"
"About twenty minutes total, give or take a few minutes, " Julie said, rolling up the sleeve of her lab coat and making notations on her clipboard.
"Wow I didn’t even feel any time passing at all after you stoned my face," Petra gushed. "What did I look like, all stoney and all? Was I pretty?"
"You looked just like a statue," Julie said. "In fact you WERE a statue. A fantastically life-like sculpture. It was incredible. I’m going to run a few more tests on…"
"Hate to interrupt your research, but have you forgotten about dinner tonight?" Petra asked.
"Oh, that’s right!" Julie smacked her forehead as she noticed it was near five o’clock.. "Okay, let me wrap things up here and then we’ll be off." She aimed the red ring at her petrified lab table and restored it and everything else to its normal state. She grabbed a handful of folders stuffed with research papers and took off her safety goggles. She gestured to Mr. Fuzzy to come along, but the spooked feline stayed stuck in his corner.
Julie and Petra left the lab. Julie locked the door and walked with Petra across the campus’ cobblestoned path, passing numerous University buildings on their way to Julie’s office. It was located in the University Museum. As a member of the University Museum Trustees, as well as being from an important donor family, Julie had not only a private lab and personal office.
As she approached the parking lot she noticed a couple coming towards them. A tall husky young man, student no doubt, and a striking redhead dressed in a breezy dress. Oh no, thought Julie. It’s Daphne…her longtime rival since as long as she could remember.
"Why hello, Juliette," Daphne greeted them coldly. She was clinging to the arm of a well over six foot tall, thick necked, husky athletic type of guy. She spoke to the two women in a haughty, snippish manner. "And…Patricia, isn’t it?"
"Petra," Julie’s niece answered, almost as icily.
They made catty small talk over the course of the next minute or so. It was pretty obvious to Petra that Daphne clearly thought of herself as superior to Julie in every way. She was from an equally (if not more) well-to-do family which had also become a major (almost rival) donor to the University. Daphne was on one of the more visible University Boards, a nepotistic appointment for the most part as she rarely attended any meetings and more or less hung onto the title for its prestige as well as being able to look down on Julie.
Daphne took a look at Julie’s labcoat and simple hairstyle. "Why Juliette, you must simply do something about your looks, otherwise you’ll never get a man like, Butch?" Daphne cooed as she stroked the muscled bicep of her beau.
"Brad," the man responded in a deep tone which made it seem like he wasn’t entirely sure as well.
"Well Brad here is on the football team, he could go pro any time now…" Daphne bragged.
"He’s a little…young for you isn’t he?" Julie interrupted.
"Brad is twenty six years old," Daphne sneered.
"He must have been held back a couple of grades," Petra peeped. Daphne’s face turned almost as red as her hair.
"Hmmph, Brad get the car," Daphne stamped her foot impatiently as her boyfriend left the three girls. "You know Patricia," Daphne put an emphasis on the name. "You’ll do well to take notice that following poor Juliette around all the time won’t endear you to any of the male population on campus. I’m afraid you’ll get the same dull bookworm image she’s carried with her ever since grade school." Daphne continued with her disparaging remarks over the course of the next couple of minutes or so as she continuously put down Julie’s accomplishments and social placement.
"You know Daphne," Julie steamed, trying not to let her snobby rival get to her (and what supreme discipline it took) as she clenched her right fist and unwittingly triggered her petrifying green ring. She unconsciously curled her fist towards Daphne, bathing the woman in the green glow. "Sometimes I wish you would just shut…"
"And another thing, Juli-" Daphne began before being abruptly cut off. She had been turned entirely into stone by Julie’s green ray!
"Geez Julie! You turned her to stone!" Petra realized, as she was only half-paying attention to Daphne before turning back in confustion at the cessation of insults spouting from Daphne.
"O-omigosh, I didn’t mean to," Julie looked flustered as she unclenched her fist. "I-I’ll turn her back," she started to say as she began to raise her left hand.
"Hold it!" Petra shoved Julie’s hand down as Brad pulled up in a fiery red convertible. How a student could afford a machine like that was anyone’s guess. Petra suspected some under-the-table money changing hands. The two women straighted up and tried to look natural. As natural as it could look standing next to an extremely realistic statue standing in a parking lot.
Brad got out of the car and walked over to Julie and Petra. "Where’d Daphne go?" he asked. Though it sounded more like a demand the way he said it.
"Uhm," Julie stammered. She was standing right next to the marble white statue of Daphne, frozen in her clingy spring dress, head slightly cocked to one side with hands on her hips. Her mouth was slightly open, paralyzed in midspeech. Daphne’s luxurious curly red hair was now represented only in snow white marble. Her dress was now made of what must have been the thinnest marble garment ever worn by a sculpture, frozen in delicate folds plastered against Daphne’s firm and large bosomed body. Daphne’s kneecaps peeked out from under the windblown dress and her whitened legs flowed down into marbled three inch pumps. She was quite a vision. Truly defining the word statuesque.
"She went that a way," Petra offered, pointing towards the buildings she and Julie had come from.
"Well what the hell did she do that for if she asked me to bring the car around?" Brad fumed as he stalked off in pursuit of her.
Julie and Petra waited till he was out of sight. "Did I say only a couple of grades?" Petra asked incredulously. "What a mental midget!! She’s standing right here! I can’t believe he didn’t recognize her!" She poked at the motionless statue’s shoulder with her curled knuckles and was rewarded with a stoney tone.
Julie aimed the red ring at Daphne and activated the de-petrifying ring. Daphne’s marble white skin retained its tanned former state as did her flowery blue dress which fluttered in the breeze once again.
"-e, you’ll never get to…" Daphne continued, oblivious to the fact that she had been turned to stone for the past couple of minutes.
"Uh, I really have to go now," Julie said as she cut her rival off in mid-sentence and dragged Petra by the arm to the Museum.
"Wow! She didn’t even know you turned her to stone!" Petra said gleefully.
"It must have been so rapid that she didn’t even notice it…" Julie surmised. "I didn’t even notice that I was squeezing the trigger. I’ll have to make it less sensitive."
"Or avoid Daphne more!" Petra giggled as they entered the Museum, a high-ceilinged building with all sorts of antiquities scattered among the layout. It had hardwood floors, stained dark brown and had a rather well worn aura. Julie went to her office, one of many scattered throughout the building among the displays. Petra waited on a marble bench outside the office door as Julie looked for the necessary papers she needed. Julie’s office was more like a large closet, considering how many research papers, books and miscellania she had crammed inside. After a few minutes of digging through the clutter Julie was ready to go. They walked to the parking lot and noticed Daphne still waiting for her boyfriend. Discreetly avoiding her line of sight, they slipped into Julie’s car and drove back to the family mansion.
About twenty minutes later, Julie and Petra arrived at the Covington mansion, located just a few miles from the University. Fifi, the young French maid employed by the Covingtons greeted the two women when they entered the foyer.
"’Allo, Miss Julie, Miss Petra," Fifi said, as she dusted the expensive vases on the foyer table. She was wearing a stereotypical French Maid outfit, namely a black mini dress with white lace trim and fishnet stockings. One of her father’s eccentricities, Julie had long observed, though Fifi carried it off spectacularly. Over five foot ten in height, she had the long legs which made the skirt seem even shorter than it really was. "Dinner ees about to be zerved."
"Thank you, Fifi," Julie replied. "Who’s home right now?"
"Only your father, Mister Covington," Fifi answered.
"Come on, Petra," Julie walked to the dining room with Petra.
The entire table was set with the family china and silverware. A little overkill, since it was rare that more than a few members of the extended Covington family ever dined together at once. But Julie’s father insisted on the tradition. It was a reminder to enjoy the deserved benefits of a long hard working life. Namely his.
Julie showed off her new invention during dinner. Petra continued to get excited at each demonstration of the petrifying ring, whether it be on some appetizing roast or the vased roses decorating the table. Julie’s rather senile father, however, didn’t think there was much application for such a device.
"Just what exactly can you do with a machine which turns things to stone?" he asked directly. "What’s the market for this…ring thing?"
"W-well," Julie began before she realized that while it was a great breakthrough, there were apparantly very few practical applications for such a petrification machine. She had been so engrossed in creating such a device that she had given very little thought to any practical uses. "J-just look what it can do to people!" She aimed the ring at her left elbow and turned it to stone. Petra offered up her hands for petrification too. Instant marble gloves. "It-it can even petrify an entire person!" Julie said excitedly as she saw Fifi coming into the dining room with her feather duster.
"Fifi, come over here!" Petra said excitedly, waving her stone hands like she was directing traffic. Fifi stared at the strange sight of Petra’s marble white hands.
"Yes Miss Petra?" the maid said quizzically.
"Fifi, stand right here, hands at your sides. No you don’t have to put down the duster," Julie directed. "Don’t worry, this is perfectly safe…" She aimed the petrifying ring at Fifi, squeezed the trigger and quickly turned the pretty French maid, all decked out in the short black and white uniform and fishnet stockings into stone instantly.
Instantly rooted to the spot as a statue, Fifi looked like she had been dipped into pure white plaster. She had one hand bent forward slightly, holding her trusty feather duster and was looking straight ahead when she was fully petrified. Fifi’s slim yet curvy body looked like an elegant work of art. Delicate lace carvings accented the sculptured hem of her skirt and cleavage. Fifi’s face had a slight expression of surprise right before she was rendered in marble and her delicate lips were pursed in a futile attempt to protest. She looked fabulous as a living statue.
Julie carefully broke off one of the petrified feathers off the similarly petrified duster handle and showed it around the table. "And every square inch of her is now solid stone just like this piece of feather." It was extremely brittle as she held out the fragment and crushed a few delicate folicles. "Look at the way her stockings blend into her leg in form, but the textures of the pantyhose are all still there," she said as she ran her fingers along the petrified maid’s thigh. The marbled hosiery criss-crossed across Fifi’s marble thighs like a waffle pattern. "Even her hair is preserved," Julie sounded desperate as she pointed to the delicate curled marble strands on Fifi’s frozen head. "Just look at her, Father! She’s beautiful! An elegant work of art!"
"So it’s a great timesaver in making sculpture," her father grunted. He was impressed with the statued maid as a piece of sculpture, but continued to downplay the potential benefits of having such a device in the first place. Petra was supportive throughout the whole ‘selling’ process as usual. Julie had more than a few off the wall inventions, but this one certainly took the cake. Even when Julie turned Fifi the maid back to a complete living, breathing person he was nonplussed. Frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm, Julie changed Petra’s hands back to normal and stormed out of the room almost in tears.
Finally after some private pouting about the lack of respect her inventions, Julie decided to return to the campus. Petra tagged along, now dressed in a purple athletic support bra top and black tight fitting biking shorts and sneakers. On their way back, Julie and Petra discussed the applications of the petrifying ring. After some thought, Julie was under the impression that it could be used as a way to suspend terminally ill patients until a cure could be found if the petrification effect could be focused more specifically on organic beings. Petra was thinking it had more show-biz applications. Or art school modeling potential. At the University, Petra jogged off to the campus gymnasium while Julie returned to her private lab for more research. Hours later, Julie was startled at Petra’s arrival.
"Hiya, Julie, ready to go home?" Petra asked, brushing some of her hair, which had popped out of her headband.
"Is it almost eight already?" Julie was amazed at how fast the time flew when she was in the lab. "Okay, let me gather some stuff up and drop it off at the office and then we’ll go."
They entered the museum and Julie said hi to one of the security guards as they walked down the halls. The museum was due to close to the public at eight, so Julie hurried down the exhibits of armor suits, ancient pottery and hanging tapestries. Petra waited as Julie searched around in her tiny office. "Oh no!" Julie exclaimed as she pushed aside some papers to reveal her daily calendar.
"What’s wrong?" Petra asked.
"With all the excitement of the rings I totally forgot about the Museum Trustees meeting tonight!" Julie answered from inside. It’s in the meeting hall here at eight thirty and I absolutely have to attend! Can you catch the bus or get a ride from someone on campus?"
"Sure, no problem," Petra answered at first before she was struck with a wild idea. She looked around down the rather dimly lit halls to her left and right. No sign of anyone at all. She pulled the white headband off her head and shook her brown ponytailed locks. Go for it she decided, as she peeled off her athletic top, revealing a pair of perky shaped breasts. Petra, giddy with adrenaline at stripping inside a public place, untied her shoes as quick as she could, slid off her socks and rolled her biker shorts down her legs as she disrobed.
"I’m almost ready," Julie said from within her office, oblivious to what Petra was doing. "Just one more thing…"
Petra stuck her thumbs under the hipband on her panties and took a quick look around before sliding off her underwear. Dropping it in the pile of clothing on the ground, she leaped up onto the marble bench she was formerly sitting on and struck a pose. Facing Julie’s office, Petra put her right hand on her stomach and her left hand behind her neck.
"Okay, Let’s g-PETRA!" Julie turned and looked up to see Petra standing stark naked on the marble bench outside her office. "What are you doing?! Someone’s going to see you!" she gasped.
"Turn me to stone Julie!" Petra said with a wide smile. "Make me into a museum piece till you get back from the meeting!"
"I will not!" Julie shook her head, completely flustered at what Petra was doing. "Now put your clothes back on be-" she heard footsteps clicking on the polished wood floor. "Someone’s coming!" she said in an urgent whisper. "Get your clothes on now!"
"I’m not moving…" Petra upped the ante. The footsteps sounded closer.
Julie fumbled with the folders in her hands as she looked around wildly. The clicking sound of heels sounded like the person was just around the corner. Julie stared at the naked girl before her. "Petra!" she said wide-eyed and trying to keep her voice down.
Petra grinned and closed her eyes, tilting her head down and waited.
Julie turned Petra to stone.
The footsteps came around the corner. Julie jumped, startled by the arrival of the person behind her. "Miss Wintergreen!" she yelped, dropping her folders at the sight of the Head of the Museum Trustees and Head Curator.
"Miss Covington, the meeting is in fifteen minutes," the older woman said rather sternly. She looked at the pile of clothes on the floor.
"I-ah, I was at the gym and I was trying to lock my office door, it sticks a little you know," Julie rambled as she tried to explain. "And I just dropped everything on the floor and that’s when you…"
"Just don’t be late Miss Covington," Wintergreen said as she stepped around the pile of papers and clothing on the floor. She noticed the marble statue of Petra, in all her naked stoney glory. There was a thin stripe of petrified pubic hair near Petra’s right hand, nicely trimmed and preserved in its petrified state. "Tsk, shameful…" she declared, mouth aghast as she walked off to the meeting hall.
Julie gathered up her folders and was about to turn Petra back to normal when a voice startled her from behind. "Hi Julie," Will Barrows was one of the assistant curators at the museum.
"Will!" Julie yelped as she dropped her folders. The papers scattered again. "I didn’t hear you-"
"I’m sorry I startled you," Will smiled as he kneeled and helped Julie gather her papers. "Are these yours?" he asked as he held up Petra’s top, shorts and…panties.
"Um, I ah, I was at the gym," Julie tried to explain as she snatched the garments from Will and threw them into her open office door.
"Well we’d better hurry. We don’t want Wintergreen ticked off at us," Will smiled as he stood up and noticed the nude statue of Petra. "New piece?" he inquired.
"Uhm, yeah…" Julie responded. Petra was sure attracting a lot of attention as a statue. TOO much attention.
"It’s nice," Will opined as he studied Petra’s marble form from head to toe. Her curves and sinuous lines. Her spectacular nude body preserved in stone. "Very nice…"
"Let’s go, Will," Julie tried to take his attention off of Petra’s immobile figure. She shot a glare at Petra and mentally cursed her for making her life more difficult.
Petra merely stood motionless, as any other statue would as the two walked away. Her slight smile seemed to acknowledge the hassle was well worth it.
Bob the security guard patrolled the halls of the museum. It was well after 9:00 now and all the doors were locked. The only other people in the building were the Museum Trustees, sequestered away in their meeting room. He walked slowly, flashlight in hand, down the silent, darkened halls. Stuffed Grizzly Bears on one side, ancient warrior helmets on the other. The University Museum was pretty much a mish-mash of different collections under one roof. Despite being on the job for over five years, Bob was always amazed at finding something new on his patrols. Like this statue of a young naked woman, exquisitely carved to be sure, that he had noticed tonight.
She was a lovely beauty, life-sized, about five foot six inches, and standing on a marble base which curiously resembled some of the benches throughout the museum. Bob stared at the work of art for more than a few minutes and wolf-whistled as he looked up and down the figure twice and then once more again. He shined his flashlight beam onto the statue’s pretty marble face. It seemed to be smiling, a somewhat unusual feature compared to the other statues in the museum. She was a cutie to be sure. And something else Bob noticed was that this particular sculpture had an unusually high amount of detail, especially around her crotch as Bob shone his flashlight into the crevice between the statue’s legs and saw fully sculpted genitalia. "Damn…" he muttered. It was clearly unlike any other Greek or Roman statue he had ever seen here before, not that he was a great expert on sculpture to begin with. This one was just…different. Like no nameplate or anything titling the work on the base. Bob wondered what the name of the piece was. Something like "The Marble Nymph" or "Beauty in Stone" or something.
He touched the marble surface, intrigued by its smoothness, like silk, and resisted the urge to cop a feel of the marble breasts, just a little out of his reach. Tempting but not worth the trouble if he got up on the bench and ended up toppling the statue and smashing it into a billion little fragments. There’s no way my salary can pay off a piece like this, he figured. Bob settled for having his fingers linger on the statue’s thigh as he delicately stroked the motionless work and accidentally touched a piece of pubic hair. He caught himself before he actually fondled the statue’s vagina. "Been too long…back to work," he said to himself as he continued his rounds. He looked back at the statue and forced himself to finish his rounds. He would stop by three more times during the night to ogle the exquisite piece. Each time lingering longer and longer to touch the statue’s curvy ass or firm stomach. The piece kept invading his thoughts throughout the night and he found it difficult to concentrate on his job. At least wait till the Trustees are done and out of the building he kept telling himself as he felt the swelling in his pants grow.
The Museum Trustees meeting ran late. Finally breaking up at a little past eleven o’clock, Julie exhaled a sigh of relief at the termination of the tedious affair. For some reason Miss Wintergreen continually hounded Julie on all the decisions she had made over the past couple of weeks. Criticizing every little detail of what I had done for the museum, Julie thought to herself. She wondered if Daphne’s influence was being felt here. Maybe she was a little paranoid, but she always thought Daphne and Wintergreen had been in cahoots with each other to make her life more difficult. On the other hand, Will constantly backed up everything that Julie had done. It felt good to have someone, a gallant white knight, defend her honor.
"Walk you to your car?" Will asked as he and Julie exited the meeting room.
"Oh, I really have to get back to my office…to ah, pick up my gym clothes," Julie tried to come up with an excuse to get back to Petra but was intrigued by this sudden attention she was getting from Will as well.
"It can wait till tomorrow morning, can’t it?" Will asked with those piercing blue eyes of his.
Julie mulled over her options: Petra wasn’t going anywhere, and the museum was now closed…so if I get back here first thing in the morning I can restore her and no one will know. "All right," Julie finally decided. She walked to the parking lot with Will. Petra wanted to be a statue? Let her be a statue for the entire night! That will teach her to put me on the spot!
Julie slept late. She had a long discussion with Will the night before. Nothing too personal, but more in-depth than any other discussion they had ever had before not regarding work. They actually ended up going to a little late night coffee shop instead of straight to the parking lot after the meeting broke up and talked for a couple of hours. Now Julie was paying the price as she rolled over in her bed and looked at the alarm clock. "Eek!" she screamed. It was eleven o’clock already?
She jumped out of bed and showered. Throwing on the first set of clothes she could find Julie tore off in her car to the University…oboyoboyoboy…she kept mumbling to herself. She had intended to get there at seven before any other sane people did, de-petrify Petra and give her a mild scolding to boot. Now she would have to deal with people being up and around. It won’t be too bad, she thought. My office is in a pretty isolated section of the museum and I can change Petra back and get her into the office so that she can put on some clothes in a couple of seconds and no one will ever notice…no one will ever know…
Julie pulled into her reserved parking space and half-ran to the Museum. She smiled and waved at the employees manning the front desk. She strode at a brisk pace to her office, checking behind her to see if anyone was following and turned the corner to see the empty marble bench outside her office door.
Petra was gone!
"What the-?" Julie said in amazement. A life-sized statue of a nude girl does not just up and walk away, even if she was formerly a living, breathing young woman just last night! She looked around her, no sign of Petra. Did the ray wear off? Did Petra awaken completely nude during the middle of the night? Did she get arrested? Julie spun around and started for the front desk again, wondering how to delicately phrase her inquiry about a statue-a naked girl-a statue being found inside the museum. She couldn’t decide what she was going to say when a voice called out behind her.
"Julie! Hey! Wait!" Will’s voice echoed in the museums cavern-like structure.
Julie turned around. "Good morning Will, I was just about to…"
"I really want to say I appreciate the little discussion we had last night," Will said. "I really hope that we can do it again sometime."
"Sure, sometime…" Julie said distractedly. "Say, Will…" How to phrase this nonchalantly? "Do you remember last night, the statue that was right here?"
"Oh I sure do," Will smiled. "Fantastically sculpted piece of work. I took a good hard look at it this morning when I came in."
"You did?!" Julie exclaimed and then suddenly realized she was going to look very silly being that excited over a simple statue. She tempered her tone a little. "Er, what happened to it? I kinda liked it…"
"Oh, so did I, in fact I thought it was such a beautiful piece of work that I had it moved to the main rotunda," Will replied. "It is completely unreal, the details captured…"
"You moved her to the main rotunda?" Julie said, somewhat alarmed.
"Sure, a piece like that deserves to be seen in a prominent setting," Will offered. "I probably should have asked Wintergreen before I moved it, knowing how she is," he rolled his eyes. "But I think the new location will be a much better one."
--Petra On Display--
Julie thanked Will for the information and hurried off to the main rotunda. She hoped he didn’t think she was dismissing him too abruptly as she turned a few corners and came to the circular dome in the center of the museum. There, behind velvet ropes, standing on a square marble base was Petra. Still in her marble statue form. Unchanged since last Julie saw her. Same pose, her fingers apparantly reaching across her thigh to her crotch, and head turned down as if looking over her petrified body. Julie stopped short and realized there were a lot of people here. Dozens of individuals and tour groups came through the rotunda at various intervals. It would be difficult to restore Petra here and get her nakedness out of sight easily. Julie sighed as she considered options…
Later tonight, when the crowds had slimmed and the museum was closed, she could change the foolhardy young statue back and then sneak Petra back to her office and get her dressed. It was just too risky to do it during daylight. The sunlight cast a warm glow to the entire setting. Petra was very well lit, the virtual centerpiece of this section of the museum. And apparantly attracting a lot of attention as well, as numerous visitors lingered in front of and behind her pale well-sculpted form. Julie walked up to the velvet ropes keeping the visitors away and stared at her impetuous niece. You just didn’t know what you were getting yourself into, did you? And what about all the stress on my shoulders? Julie thought as she looked at the flawless white marble statue that seemed to knowingly smile back at her. Well, get used to being on display. You’re going to be here for awhile.
"Man look at her!" said an awestruck male museum patron. "I’ve never seen anything like her before! She’s hot!"
"Hotter than me?" said his dismayed female date. She thrust out her chest, stretching the fabric of her tube top. "Just remember that these are a whole lot softer than hers…"
Julie rolled her eyes. Petra was certainly the topic of discussion amongst the people here. Definitely the scene stealer. Like she always was. Julie cast a last look at the petrified girl before leaving for her lab. On the way out she passed a female docent leading a tour group.
"And here we have a new addition to the museum," the young docent explained. "A new find from the museum’s archives. We don’t even know what the name of this piece is, so we’ve been calling it ‘Young Marble Nude Girl’ for now." She pointed at the statue; "The elaborate sculpting of this particular piece has never been matched in any of the ancient Greek or Roman art styles before. If you look carefully, you can almost make out individual hairs sculpted on her head. A true masterpiece of the University’s collection." A group of visitors snapped some pictures of Petra’s stone body. "We think this particular piece dates back to somewhere around the height of the Roman…" the docent continued, bullshitting her way with the facts as she often did when confronted with a piece she knew nothing about.
"Scandalous!" Miss Wintergreen gasped at the sight of the naked statue of Petra on full display in the rotunda. "This will simply not do!" she exclaimed as she ranted about the graphic sexual nature of Petra’s petrified body. "She simply cannot be placed in an open setting like this in front of impressionable eyes!" There were a group of schoolchildren present in the rotunda when she had walked in and found the statue of Petra had been moved into a position of prominence. Miss Wintergreen had a somewhat puritanical attitude concerning nudity in the museum. Though she acknowledged the historical aspect of it, it seemed she picked the least attractive, most covered examples of nude artwork to be on display.
"Will, who is responsible for this?" Wintergreen fumed as she stormed the front desk where Will was talking to one of the docents.
"Responsible for what?" Will asked innocently, knowing pretty much what the old bat was ranting about.
"The piece of…pornography that is in the main rotunda! That nude female statue which I saw outside of Miss Covington’s office last night! Who had it moved to the rotunda?"
"Well, I have to take the blame for that," Will apologized. "I took a close look at it last…" he started.
"I just bet you did!" Wintergreen countered. "I want it moved out of sight right now!"
"But it took us a couple of hours just to get it th-" Will tried to explain.
"NOW, Mister Barrows." Wintergreen said in the tone Will recognized as ‘Don’t mess with me or you’ll regret it’.
"Okay, I’ll have it moved." He capitulated. It was worth it anyway, both to get that lovely statue out where people could enjoy it and to see the red-faced reaction of Evelyn Wintergreen.
Will gathered up some of the museum staff as they gently lifted the statue of Petra off the marble stand she was upon. "Easy, easy…" Will directed as he and a couple other men held the statue’s body straight and slid her onto a padded hydraulic lift on wheels. Lowering the statue gently so that it was now only a few inches off the floor level, they escorted the frozen Petra downstairs.
"It’s a shame this piece can’t be on display," one of the workers commented. "She looks so realistic. Almost like one of the students I’ve seen around here."
"Yeah, but you know how Wintergreen is," Will replied as he noticed the firm marble breasts and how the detailing of the erect nipples, the aureoles was unlike any other sculpture he had ever studied before. "Maybe we can attach a fig leaf or something and get her back on display sometime." Not the best solution to the problem, but such a stunning example of sculpture deserved to be seen by as many people as possible.
"Aw that would be a cryin’ shame," commented another worker pushing the lift from behind. "She’s got the finest little ass I’ve ever seen," he said as he leered at the marble tush.
"Her tits ain’t bad either!" said the first worker as he rubbed his gloved palm against Petra’s bosom.
"Hey stop it you sickos!" Will argued before finally admitting, "She is a piece of work, isn’t she?"
"You said it Mr. Barrows," the worker agreed. "A real piece of work…"
Julie looked at the clock on her lab. It was five o’clock. She had been looking at the clock for pretty much every half-hour, worrying about her petrified niece. All I need is to have her damaged somehow she thought, before dismissing the image from her mind. She packed up her notes and slipped the two rings back onto her fingers. It had been a productive day, distractions about the petrified Petra notwithstanding. Julie had decreased the sensitivity of the trigger, thus negating any accidental petrification like what happened to Daphne the day before. And she had tinkered with the petrifying beam projector a little so that it now only petrified living matter. She figured it would be much simpler to operate it as such.
Julie arrived at the museum and waved to Bob the security guard. She walked directly to the rotunda, keeping an eye out for any people straggling around. It was near to closing time for the general public, so odds were the rotunda would be pretty deserted. She entered the rotunda and did a double take.
Petra was gone again!
--Hide and Seek--
"I don’t believe it," Julie stood slack jawed with her arms at her sides. Where this morning a spectacular nude statue stood there was now a simple bronze helmet. She backtracked back to the front desk. Surely someone would know what had happened to the statue. An image of a shattered marble Petra entered Julie’s mind briefly before she shook her head and ignored the possibility. "Bob," she asked. "The statue that was in the main rotunda this morning. Do you know where it is now?"
"That pretty naked girl statue?" Bob sure didn’t mince words. "I heard from Sally and the rest that Miss Wintergreen went ballistic when she saw it on display there. They moved it off into storage somewhere…"
"Thanks Bob," Julie headed downstairs for the museum storage room. She unlocked the room in the basement with one of her keys (possessing a set of keys was a lucky circumstance, otherwise she would have to explain why she was looking for this particular piece to begin with). Flicking on the lightswitch, she was greeted by a view of metal shelves and dusty tarps covering various pieces the museum either had no intention of showing or no room to show. Julie looked under a tarp, and was rewarded with some pottery and plates. She looked behind some cabinets, and found more ancient relics. Where on earth could she be? She almost called out Petra’s name, before stopping short and realizing what an idiot she was. Petra couldn’t respond. She was nothing other than a stone statue now. Completely unthinking and unable to do anything like a real statue. Julie looked around the large room for a clue. Petra’s pose, it was with one hand behind her head…she spied a vertically covered shape. It was just about the right height…Julie lifted the tarp off and was rewarded with a view of a nude statue. Not Petra, but an incredible simulation. Julie put the tarp back over the marble masterpiece. How difficult could it be to find a young petrified lady? After a few more minutes of searching under tarps and coverings Julie found another covered shape that was just about the right size as her statued quarry. Julie pulled off the tarp carefully, revealing a set of marble legs and a slim naked body.
"Bingo! Hi Petra!" Julie exclaimed until she saw the statue’s face which was decidedly NOT Petra’s. It was well sculpted, but it definitely didn’t have the level of detail that Petra’s statue had. Damn, how many statues does Wintergreen have stashed away in here anyway?
Another frantic twenty minutes of searching revealed another concealed statue. Delicately removing the protective tarp Julie was rewarded with the image of Petra in all her naked petrified glory. Julie checked out the petrified girl by running her hands across the statue. No damage could be seen, no chips or anything like that. Good…It looks like they took extra special care not to damage this piece of work that Petra had become. A good sign of luck. Aiming her red ring at Petra’s face, Julie squeezed and mentally crossed her fingers. What if she didn’t change back? What if there’s some sort of time limit for restoring things turned to stone that I haven’t discovered yet? What if? Her fears abated as the colorful flesh tones returned to the marble statue. Petra twitched, stretched her arms, turned her neck and smiled at Julie.
"Hi Julie," she offered before taking a look at the dusty items surrounding her. "Uh, how did I get here?"
"It’s a long story," Julie tried to explain. "Suffice it to say you’ve been a statue longer than either of us intended. Now I have to get you back upstairs and get some clothes on you…"
"Oh, yeah," Petra suddenly remembered she was naked and sort of crossed her arms in front of her breasts.
They sneaked back upstairs to the main floor. Julie scouting ahead, with Petra wearing one of the museum tarps wrapped around her torso. "Okay, coast is clear…" Julie motioned for Petra to follow. "It’s not too far now…just a little fur-" she was interrupted by the sound of heavy footsteps coming towards them. "Omigosh! Hide!" Julie whispered.
"Where?" Petra threw out her hands in a upraised ‘what, me worry?’ type of pose. She was standing between two display cases and there were no hiding places in the narrow hallway.
Julie spun around and zapped Petra with the green ray. Petra didn’t even have a chance to say a word as she was turned to stone again. The tarp wrapped around Petra remained cloth and dropped to her ankles in a heap. Julie gathered it up as quickly as she could under her arm. Looks like the little modification I made to the ring this afternoon works perfectly, the harried woman thought.
"Evening Miss Julie," Bob said as he walked around the corner. "Getting ready to call it a night?"
"I, ah, sure am Bob," Julie answered breathlessly. She glanced towards the marble Petra. It was so much easier to explain a new statue than a naked girl running around inside a museum, but she knew she was pushing her luck. "I just need to get something out of my office and I’ll take off."
"Then goodnight Miss Julie," Bob walked past her and Julie started walking towards her office VERY slowly.
Julie snuck a glance behind her when she noticed Bob’s footsteps had stopped. He was looking at the statue Petra had become!
Bob admired the trim athletic form. The marble breasts. The almost bemused, surprised look on the statue’s face. Damn, he thought as he stared at the pretty stone girl. She looks almost exactly like that statue that was on display in the rotunda. Only the pose wasn’t the same…Bob almost reached out to touch the superbly sculpted breasts when he turned, saw Julie glancing at him and smiled. Better get back to work. There will be plenty of time to examine this piece later on, he decided as he began walking away from the instant statue. Julie continued shuffling further down the hall till she was sure Bob had turned the corner and dashed back to the stone girl. Bathing her in the restoration ray again, Julie turned the statue back into Petra.
"What was that about, not that I’m complaining…" Petra complained as she was yanked along by Julie. After a frantic minute of fumbling with her keys, Julie unlocked her office and ushered Petra inside. Dressing quickly, her heart pounding with excitement, Petra emerged, dressed again in her purple top and black shorts. "Okay, now let’s get out of here!" Julie and Petra headed for the exit as fast as possible. They left somewhat relieved that they hadn’t run into Bob again. Explaining how Petra had gotten into the museum after closing without Bob seeing her was something Julie just didn’t want to even try to explain.
During the drive back home, Julie filled in Petra with all the new modifications she had made to the rings as well as what had happened to Petra while she was a statue. Petra, giddy from being a statue, was somewhat amazed that all that could have happened to her in the span of just under a day. Julie reiterated how lucky Petra was that they didn’t drill mounting posts into her feet or something even worse while she was petrified. Petra was a little quieter and subdued after that, but by the time they got back home both were feeling relief that a close call had been averted.
Saturday morning, Julie awoke and showered. She arrived downstairs to see that Fifi had already set out breakfast for her on the patio. Petra came down a few minutes later, yawning. The two women ate breakfast before heading to the exclusive health spa that Julie belonged to. Out of habit, Julie had slipped on the twin rings she had invented. Not just for safekeeping, but also out of the fact they were aesthetically pleasing the way she designed them to be.
Julie pulled into the parking lot and walked into the spa with Petra in tow. Emerging from the locker room, Julie was dressed in a red scoop front leotard and white shoes and socks. Her blonde hair was pulled back and secured by a hairband. Petra was dressed in a shocking pink leotard with a bright blue g-string bottom over it. She also wore white socks and shoes, securing her brown hair in a ponytail and sweatband. After working out together in the aerobics room a bit, the two split up. Julie hit the pool and Petra volunteered to hold onto the twin rings while Julie did some laps. She wandered out of the weight room and saw a muscular jock with sculpted abs dressed in black weightlifting shorts. He was talking to a longhaired blonde bombshell, who was clad in a midriff baring top and tights under an outer g-string bottom. Boy those two sure look, statuesque…Petra thought as she realized she had the power in her hands to make them so. She glanced around and aimed the ring at the two hardbodies who became…hardbodies.
"My, my, my…" Petra saddled up to the hunk and touched his marble skin. Cold as stone but so well sculpted. She ran her fingers along his chest and washboard stomach and was amazed at how well his details were preserved in stone. Was I like this? She imagined herself turned to stone as she directed her attention to the buxom female statue. Fingering the two raised bumps on the statue’s chest, Petra curiously lifted the top enough so that she could peek at the petrified nipples. She looked down the statue’s tights and saw the plastered petrified pubic hairs. She felt up the stone crotch of the male statue and stuck her fingers down his trunks; impressed with the hardened penis she was groping. Petra stopped her fondling with some effort and retreated to a safe distance. After checking around, she restored the two to normal. Neither seemed to notice at all that they were briefly as immortal as the Greek gods they resembled. It really was a good idea of Julie’s to alter the ring so that it only affected flesh…
Julie finally caught up to Petra and they headed to the locker room. Petra returned the two rings to Julie’s custody but didn’t tell her about the little statue-making experience she had. Julie and Petra undressed and were both clad only in panties when a dour sight greeted them. Daphne DeNavereau had plopped her gym bag on the bench next to Julie. "Why hello, Juliette, Patricia," she said in that all too unfriendly way. "Working out? Yes I imagine it would be work for both of you to keep in shape," she said as she peeled away her blouse to reveal her fantastic bosom. Virtually waving the breasts in Julie’s face, Daphne continued to belittle Julie’s less endowed nature as she undid her bra.
Julie tried to ignore Daphne’s taunts and continued dressing as fast as she could. She couldn’t help but notice that Daphne was much curvier than she was, and was always in great shape. And she felt a little jealous at that fact. Not that she was a flat-chested plank of wood. It was that Daphne was just so much more (or at least believed she was) in every regard.
Daphne slipped out of her skirt and continued pooh-poohing Julie and Petra until Julie finally snapped and turned Daphne to stone. She was frozen stiff, one leg up on the bench, leaning over so that her breasts hung like perfectly marble knockers. Her red hair fused into a marble sheath cascading down her back. Daphne’s hands were reaching for her unpetrified shoe. Her face was immobilized, mouth open in mid sentence. "Just give it a rest," Julie said wearily as she clasped her bra and began slipping on her top.
Petra stood next to the marble Daphne, amazed again at the details one possessed when turned into as statue. She touched the delicate marble hairs on Daphne’s head. "Wow, she looks really cool as a statue."
"Just get dressed and let’s get out of here before I change her bac-Petra!" Julie was surprised to see the young woman sliding the panties down the marble woman’s waist. "What are you doing?"
"Take a look at this," Petra pointed to the petrified crotch of Daphne. She was crouching next to the raised leg of the statue and looking right between the immobile woman’s legs.
"I don’t want to se-okay," Julie reconsidered as she slid over on the bench to see what Petra was ogling.
Embedded in the marble folds of Daphne’s vagina was a little metallic clip with a dangling string of what looked like small jewels. Probably real, considering the wealth Daphne came from. "How kinky! She has clit jewelry!" Petra giggled as she stroked the hanging beads, causing them to clatter quietly against the marble genitals.
"Okay, okay," Julie smiled. She never knew Daphne was into that kind of stuff. Maybe it was something she could hint at next time Daphne’s verbal attacks struck home. "Get dressed and let’s change her back."
"Do we have to? I kinda like her this way…" Petra pleaded her case. "So beautiful and…silent."
"I wouldn’t mind it myself if we left her like this, but don’t you think it would be a little conspicuous to have a statue just pop up in the middle of a locker room?" Julie resisted as she grabbed her gym bag and waited for Petra to finish getting dressed. Upon her niece’s completion of said task, Julie aimed the red ring at Daphne.
"-and if you didn’t…" Daphne continued upon being changed back to flesh. She slipped off her pump and glanced at Petra and Julie, now both completely dressed and gathering up their gym bags.
"Gotta go," Julie said.
"Let’s do this again sometime," Petra added as the two departing women shared a laugh.
Did I miss something? Daphne wondered as she peeled off her panties.
Julie slipped off the two rings and put them in a velvet-lined case on her dresser. She dreamed, of all things, the petrified Daphne statue she had created that afternoon during that night. Dozens of thoughts flooded her subconscious as she slept. What I wouldn’t give to petrify her to get her out of my hair forever…
Petra creeped around the dark hallway. Everyone was asleep. Or at least everyone was supposed to be asleep. She opened the door to Julie’s room slowly so as to not disturb the sleeping woman. Petra tried to quietly search the dresser top, knocking over a bottle of perfume or something or other. It didn’t wake up Julie at any rate. She swiped the case containing the two rings and backtracked out of Julie’s room. Closing the door, Petra dashed back to her room and locked the door behind her. She slipped on the green ring, then the red one. She was amazed at how such tiny, miniaturized gizmos could be able to work such magic as she stood in front of her full length mirror dressed in her loose fitting top and underwear.
"Oh boy, here we go…" Petra exhilarated. Aiming the green ring at her feet, Petra slowly brought up the petrifying ray so that her legs and hips were turned to solid stone. Stopping at her waist, Petra stuck her right hand down her undies and felt her delicate stone pubic bush. She slipped the panties off and let them fall down her rigid legs. Lifting her top over her breasts she aimed the ring at her chest, and, using the mirror as a guide, brought the petrifying effect up her middle and over her tits. Gotta be careful not to petrify my arms or I won’t be able to aim the rings anymore… She stopped again and stroked her sculptured nipples, bringing her hands down her stone side and back to her cunt. It was so intoxicating to be turned to stone, as she activated the red ray and restored her private parts to flesh again.
"MMmmm…" Petra gently massaged her fleshy vaginal folds and proceeded to restore her entire body to flesh again. Kneeling on the floor, she spread her legs and fingered her pussy, probing with her fingers and unleashed the effects of the green ring again directly between her outstretched legs. Her vagina turned to stone. "Ohhhh…" she moaned in pleasure as if her ecstasy had been suspended at the moment her crotch had been petrified and continued to masturbate to her stoned snatch. It was so strange to feel these most familiar (yet now strangely unfamiliar) parts of her body. Every detail of her crotch was now cold and immovable. Petra admired the view she had in the mirror as she ran her fingertips over the petrified folds of her vaginal lips. She eventually turned the red ring onto her stoney pussy and restored it to its flexible moist former state.
"Mmmm…" Petra deliriously rolled over on her stomach and aimed the green ray across her hanging breasts. They were transformed into perfectly hanging globes like Daphne’s were earlier in the day. Petra playfully pushed one so that it knocked against the other with a clacking sound not unlike those little suspended gravity ball gadgets she had seen in novelty stores. Supporting herself with her right hand, Petra explored the cold hardened breasts. Running her fingers over and over the textured nipples.
After a few hours of self-petrification, Petra lay on her bed, exhausted at all the experiments she had put herself through. And just think of all the fun I can have tomorrow! She thought as she drifted off to sleep.
--Hit and Run Petrifier--
The next morning Petra was up early and out of the house before Julie woke. For a frustrating twenty minutes Julie searched her room for the jewelry case in which she had put the twin rings. Finally, she burst into Petra’s room only to find her niece gone. A quick trip downstairs and a consultation with Fifi confirmed that Petra had left early that morning. With the rings, no doubt, Julie thought. Who knows what kind of chaos she could create?
Petra arrived on campus bright and early, eager to try out the petrifying ring on an unsuspecting victim. She headed for the gym, where scantily clad (and buffed bodies no doubt) awaited. She peeked around the corner to the weight room and saw a group of athletes working out. She waited for one guy to come around the corner and zapped him with the petrifying ring. He turned into a statue and she pulled up his workout shirt and literally drooled over the sculpted musculature as his shorts were dropped to his knees. Fingering his stoned chest she quickly glanced around in time to see some Track & Field girls arriving and petrified them in their shorts and tank tops. Like a giddy schoolgirl (which she actually was) Petra pulled down the shorts on all three of the statued girls and thought the moment should be properly immortalized. Pulling her camera out of the purse she was carrying, Petra snapped a couple pictures of them from different angles. She then quickly cropped their tops up over their pert breasts and quickly clicked off another bunch of snapshots. Feeling the need for cutting the experience short, Petra retreated and aimed the restoration ring at the triplet statues and changed them back to normal. The three girls continued taking the steps they had been taking before being petrified before stumbling with their shorts and panties around their ankles. Quickly covering themselves they squealed and tried to cover their exposed parts. The semi nude athlete pivoted as he pulled up his shorts and underwear.
Petra laughed as the half undressed college coeds tried to get out of view of the athlete with his drawers down. This is rich! She was going to have a lot of fun today.
Julie pulled into her parking spot and virtually leapt out of the car. Petra has an 8:30 class in the Life Sciences so that was the first spot Julie headed. A quick view through the glass window of the classroom door confirmed the worst fears. Petra was cutting class. She could be anywhere!
Petra spent the next couple of hours petrifying virtually every person she could get away with. She was careful to petrify people in places where she was not likely to be discovered. She even petrified one poor girl in the ladies room. Petra pulled the statue into one of the stalls for privacy and even shared the stall with her petrified companion when someone else walked into the restroom. Good thing people don’t look under the doors, or they would have seen an incongruous pair of stoney legs! Another roll of film shot…
On the grassy lawn near the bubbling brook which ran through the campus Petra succeeded in stripping one of her instant statues of her clothing by carefully working the dress the sculpture was wearing down petrified shoulders and under her stoney behind. Looks almost like she belongs here as a work of art, Petra admired as she looked at the statued girl sitting near the brook reading a book. She makes a pretty statue…I wonder what would happen if I left her here for a couple of days…
"Hi Petra," a voice came behind her.
Petra jumped and hid the petrifying ring behind her back. It was Toby Wilkins, one of her classmates in Biology! "Er, Hi!" Petra wondered how much did he see? Did he know the statue was a real girl turned to stone? Did he see her change the girl? Should she petrify him too?
"Whatcha doing? I missed you in class this morning," Toby asked.
"I ah," Petra considered petrifying him right there but a bunch of students was walking up the path. "I was taking pictures!" Petra held up her camera. "That’s all I was doing, taking pictures! Of this statue here!" Petra hoped Toby didn’t notice the pink dress lying next to the backpack on the grass. That would take some amount of explaining.
"Wow, it’s pretty neat. I don’t think I ever noticed it before," Toby admitted as he began talk as if he was beating around the bush. "You know Petra, I need to ask you something…"
"Ask me?!? Ask me what?" Petra was positively paranoid now that Toby had seen something. Maybe she could get away with petrifying him too in plain view of the students walking to class?
"Ah, I wanted to ask if you would go out with me tonight? To a movie, or something?" Toby finally managed to spurt out.
"You want to go out on a date? Is that all?" Petra sounded relieved. "Oh I didn’t mean it that way!" She saw the dejected reaction on Toby’s face. "Sure I’ll go out with you," Petra gave him her phone number.
Toby walked off with a smile like he had won a million dollars.
Petra took a long look at him walking off and thought to herself, he wouldn’t make a bad statue…
"PETRA!" Julie screamed.
"Julie!" Petra almost jumped out of her skin.
"What are you doing?" Julie demanded as she pointed to the newly arrived nude lawn sculpture at her feet.
"I was going to change her back…in a while…" Petra admitted. It was the truth, so to speak.
"Right now!" Julie grabbed Petra’s left hand and beamed the statue in the restoration beam. The marble tones of the statue grew warm and fleshy.
"EEEK!" the statue-come-to life screamed as she realized she was completely naked. She looked around her and grabbed her pink dress and backpack, covering herself as best she could in search of cover.
Petra giggled and Julie’s mouth was agape. "Give me the rings Petra," she demanded. Julie held her hand out.
"All right," Petra slipped the two rings off and put them in Julie’s hand. "I’m sorry Julie but I-"
"Not another word out of you," Julie scolded as she stormed off.
Petra decided it would be a good idea to stay clear of Julie for the time being, so she avoided visiting Julie’s office. Spending the rest of the day in classes, and lunch with Toby really put her in the mood for going out that night. She couldn’t, however, resist developing her film and dropped the rolls off in one of the quickie-development outlets near campus. She didn’t really worry about anyone in the lab seeing the pictures. After all, they were just pictures of statues…
Petra got a ride home from Toby, who was starting to put the moves on her already. Time enough for that later on, Petra decided as she played coy and hard-to-get. Petra arrived home and dashed upstairs to her room. Picking out a flirty loose t-shirt and tight jeans outfit (no need to send any messages yet…) Petra then turned her attention to her brand new photo album, in which she placed the pictures of her petrified subjects.
"Mmmm," Petra ogled the snapshots of the petrified athlete that morning. Petra gazed at the lines of his petrified chest and she remembered fondly the hard feeling of his petrified penis and balls. The pics of the three coeds went on the next couple of pages. Petra was amused by their frozen bodies, immobilized right as they turned the corner and caught glimpse of the petrified hunk’s rear end. Their expressions were priceless! More pages filled with the statued girl in the restroom, a woman in the library, a couple of guys in the hall. All undressed to varying degrees and showing off their petrified anatomy. The last pictures were of the sitting statue by the creek. Just before Julie discovered her.
Petra spent a good couple of hours looking through the pictures, remembering each experience with great fondness. She went downstairs and asked Fifi if Julie had come home yet. She hadn’t. Probably still steamed, Petra thought as she grabbed a quick bite to eat. It’s a good thing I’m going out tonight, it’ll take my mind off things…She heard the phone ring and rushed over. Petra picked up the receiver. "Hi Toby! Sure I’m ready to go! Give me a couple of minutes to get dressed!" Returning to her room with great haste, Petra slipped into her jeans (a difficult maneuver given the tightness) and tucked in her t-shirt. She was going down the stairs when she heard Julie’s voice. I’d better apologize for taking the rings or Julie will never let touch them again, Petra decided as she tucked the scrapbook under her arm.
"Julie?" Petra peeked around the open door of the kitchen. Julie sat on one of the island stools eating a sandwich. "Julie, I’m sooo sorry I took the rings without asking you. REALLY sorry."
"You know you shouldn’t have taken them. Do you know what kind of problems there will be if anyone finds out you’ve been petrifying innocent people?" Julie responded.
"I changed them all back!" Petra tried to do some spin-doctoring. "And, and I was real careful that no one saw me…it was all in fun, you know. I even took pictures and everything to document what I was doing. See?" Petra held out the scrapbook she had assembled. "Scientific documentation?"
Julie paged through the book. Petra thought she caught a brief smile of amusement at the three coed statues pictures. "See? Totally innocent fun!" Petra pleaded, her nipples hardening as she remembered the erotic feel of being turned to stone herself.
"You should have been a lot more careful," Julie seemed to be softening her stance. "Something like this needs to be tested under laboratory conditions and not out in the public."
"Like when you did it to Daphne? Twice?" Petra parryed.
"That was different," Julie pointed her finger in emphasis as Fifi came into the kitchen.
"Miss Petra, there is a young man here to see you. A Toby Wilkins?" Fifi asked.
"Oh tell him I’ll be right out!" Petra exclaimed as Fifi left the kitchen. "So everything is okay, right? I’ll never, ever take the rings again without your permission, okay?" Petra pleaded. "Please say you forgive me?" Julie sighed and closed the scrapbook. There didn’t seem to be any harm done. And Petra’s hit-and-run photography of her stoney subjects was intriguing. And every one of the statues had been restored to normal. "All right, I forgive you."
"Oh thank you! Thank you!" Petra kissed Julie on the cheek. "I have to go now but I’ll tell you all about today when I get back!" Petra made a beeline for the door.
"Wait a minute Petra," Julie said. "I still think you need to be punished for stealing the rings."
"Punished?" Petra spun around on her heel in disbelief to see Julie leveling the petrification ring at her. "Wha?" she managed to gasp as she saw Julie bathe her chest in the green beam. "What have you done?" Petra lifted her shirt and looked at her petrified breasts. Her tits had been perfectly immortalized as twin white marble cups with prominently erect nipples pointing out. "I-I can’t go out like this! What if Toby and I…"
"You’re just going to have to be careful," Julie smiled as she slid off the stool and grabbed her sandwich.
"Aw come on Julie! Change them back now!" Petra pulled her shirt down over her stone cleavage and followed Julie out to the foyer where she saw Toby waiting for her. "Change them ba-TOBY!"
"Hi Petra," Toby said. He smiled at the first sight of Petra in her skin tight blue jeans and maroon top but his wide eyes were locked on Petra’s chest, specifically the protruding nipples.
"Have fun tonight kids," Julie smiled. "But not TOO much fun."
"No chance of that," Petra said under her breath as Toby escorted her out the front door. His gaze still riveted to her bosom.