Note: This story is based in the Sorceress' garden universe of Naga's Den.
The red-haired young man took hold of the rope and repelled his way down the high brick wall. The task did not take much effort, but heat mixed with humidity stained his tight camouflaged t-shirt and jeans with sweat. When he reached the bottom, he peered into the wood in front of him. Convinced no one was around to challenge his intrusion, he waved to the two women who were watching him from the top of the wall. One was a pony-tailed blonde, around the man's age, dressed in an olive tank-top and long khaki shorts; the other was tall and slim, in her middle years, with long flowing black hair, wearing a black shirt and jeans. They slid down the rope to join him.
The older woman addressed the other two. "Ok, let's get in, get what we came for and get out. No dawdling and no heroics. The first sign of trouble we run for it. In and out, understand?"
"Sure thing, doc!" The blonde said with a smile.
The man looked concerned. "You sure we should be doing this, Dr. Taylor?"
The older woman nodded. "Pete, three top organismic biologists say this place has the most exotic fungi yet undiscovered by science."
Pete frowned. "Yeah, and those three top organismic scientists have also disappeared without a trace."
Dr. Taylor shook her head. "It's dangerous work to hunt for rare mushrooms these days. Their work--our work--takes us to places that have become dangerous. You've got rebels in South America, kidnappers in the Central America, hell, drug cartels are growing pot in our own national forests and they won't think twice about murdering you if discover their operation. Whose to say what happened to those scientists and where it happened? We just have to be careful. That's all."
The blonde turned up her nose. "If you're so afraid Pete, you can always wait here. Just don't expect to be named in any of the research from the fungi we collect."
Pete's frown descended into a deep scowl. "I'm not afraid, Anne, I'm just saying burglary is not in my job description of research assistant." Anne was a research assistant too. They both knew Dr. Taylor would only be able to keep one of them at the end of the year. Their competition to be that one was fierce. The tension between them brought a smile to Dr. Taylor's sensual lips. She believed competition insured good research from her assistants, which ultimately redounded to her own reputation. She also took a perverse pleasure from seeing how far her assistants would go to stay in her good favor.
"We're not burglars, we're trespassers." The doctor replied casually. "Come on, let's go. Remember, in and out."
The trio jogged into the forest, finding their way between a dense growth of oaks and laurels, the branches and leaves of which blotted out the sun, preserving the dampness from a recent shower. The group scanned the trees around them for any signs of guards or guardians.
Pete halted abruptly. "Wait!" He barked, holding up his hand to stop the others. "There is someone in that clearing up ahead."
Dr. Taylor peered at Pete's discovery. "There is something there, it looks like a person but it's not moving. Lets take a closer look."
The three crept forward, keeping the figure in view, ready to bolt if it so much as lifted a finger. As they got closer, they could hear the gurgling of falling water.
When they reached the clearing, Dr. Taylor sighed in relief. "It's a fountain statue!" She declared.
The statue they found was a nude woman, curvaceous and busty in the extreme. Her pose had her looking behind her, an expression of surprise fixed on her face, with an arm raised as if something had startled her. A white liquid spurted out of her nipples, falling into a circular pool in which the statue stood.
"A milk fountain?" Pete said surprised.
"The owner of this place has some weird taste in art." Anne added.
"All we know is that the owner is a 'her' and she is so reclusive that no one has ever seen her--or least no one has seen her and lived to tell about it." Dr. Taylor said, putting theatrical emphasis on her last sentence.
"Oh great!" Pete complained, slapping a hand against his forehead in disbelief, a vision of the newspaper headline "Three Scientists Mysteriously Disappear. Foul Play Suspected!" floated through his nervous mind.
"Losing your nerve?" Anne teased.
"No!" Pete growled. "I just like my field research to be a little less strange."
"We're not here to admire the the lawn ornaments, you two" Dr. Taylor told Anne and Pete. "Remember, in and out. Lets go!"
The three moved deeper into the estate, where the woods became even thicker and darker. Mud tried to capture their shoes and drops fell upon them like tears from wet, wind-trembled leaves.
About ten minutes past the statute, something on the ground caught Pete's attention. He sank two his knees and lowered his face close to the muddy earth. "Holy shit!" He cried. "This is a species of mushroom I've never seen before."
Dr. Taylor knelt down beside him, inspecting the find. "You're right!" She exclaimed with excitement. "And look over there, there is a new shroom too!"
Pete and Dr. Taylor set down their packs, removed their tools and set about gathering samples of the strange fungi.
"That's about it." Dr. Taylor said after they had collected their finds. "In and out. Let's get out."
Pete looked around. "Hey, where's Anne?" He asked.
Dr. Taylor shrugged. "Damn, I was so focused on collecting samples, I lost track of her. Look, there are her footprints. She must have gone ahead."
Pete stepped forward but Dr. Taylor grabbed his shirt. "Where are you going?" She demanded.
"To look for her, of course." Pete replied, surprised that she was holding him back. "She may be a total bitch but we can't just leave her here."
"Remember what I said. In and out. If she can't follow instructions, she deserves to get left behind. We can't jeopardize all the samples we've taken by getting caught!"
Pete shrugged off her hand. "Take your samples and go if you want to. I am going to find her and let her know we are leaving."
Dr. Taylor paused. Her instinct was to leave but there was also safety in numbers.
"Okay, have it your way. But we are only going to spend five minutes tops looking for her and then we go. Understood!?"
Pete did not agree but he nodded to shut the doctor up. He was creeped out by the place and also didn't relish being alone here.
Unbeknownst to Pete and Dr. Taylor, Anne had walked ahead but not by accident. Any research on the samples they collected would have to be shared, with 99% of any prestige from the work going to Dr. Taylor as principal investigator. Anne wanted to sneak some samples for her research alone. They would be her ticket to a tenure track position and her own lab.
After shuffling along a short distance, Anne found what she was looking for--a patch of mushrooms unlike any she had never seen in nature. They were about a foot tall with wide and fat caps, each a hue of cartoonish color dappled with white polka-dots. They reminded Anne of an obstacle from a video game she had played as a kid. This fit the bill for the kind of sample she was looking for, in spades!
A light childlike giggle interrupted Anne's excitement. She stood up and looked around pensively, "Who's there!" She hissed.
"It's just a shroomgirl, have no fear. Take a look, right down here." A high pitched voice beckoned to her.
Anne looked down at the mushroom patch. A purple-capped mushroom tilted back to reveal a human face.
"Holy crap!" Anne cried in surprise. She fell on her butt and scrambled backwards.
"I did not mean to give you a fright. You'll find that shroomgirls are quite alright." The mushroom laughed.
Anne regained her composure and crawled toward the mushroom for a closer look, eyes wild with disbelief as they ranged from cap to stem and back to cap again. The face was that of a pretty Asian woman, perhaps about Anne's age. Inexplicably, she had hair, which matched the purple color of her cap, which was tied into a pony tail. The human features continued into a long gorgeous, deep breasted, feminine body. A lack of any arms accented her snaking curves, adding more definition to the already deep sweep down her waist and ascent over the hips, making it a cross between a shroom and a busty Venus de Milo. A thick crevice of cunt ostentatiously added to her femaleness but farther below her waist the body resumed its fungi-like appearance. Legs were molded together forming a long stalk that descended into a ball like vulva. Her "skin" was a blank white dotted with purple polka-dots, the same color as her hair and cap, a hue shared by her nipples as well.
The creature's voice was high-pitched and clear, what you would expect from a cutesy animated anthropomorphic critter.
"What the hell are you!" Anne gasped when her voice finally returned to her.
"I'm a shroomgirl, that is so. Shroomgirls are the best, you know."
Anne shook her head quickly to clear it. "I'm hallucinating! I have to be!" She told herself.
The shroomgirl chuckled, "Oh shroomgirls are very real. Part shroom and part girl, that's the deal."
Anne concluded after enough shaking her had and pinching her skin that she was not dreaming and the shroomgirl was not a figment of her imagination.
"Do you, like, have a name or something?" Anne asked with a stutter.
"I have three names that others call me. Shroomgirl, Harumi or shroomgirl-harumi."
"Harumi..." Anne murmered aloud. That name was familiar. Didn't Dr. Leslie Frank at Emory--the Dr Frank who had told Anne's boss about this place, the Dr. Frank who had disappeared-- have a grad student named Harumi Ichada? She thought to herself. They had never met, of course, but wasn't it odd for her and a human-mushroom to have the same name? Stranger things had happened she decided, like actually being face to face with a human mushroom. Anyway, this creature was the discovery of a lifetime. It would make and seal her career. She would take a place in scientific history like Mendel or Linnaeus.
Kneeling down, Anne took the Shroomgirl's stem between her forefinger and thumb. "Okay, my little friend. You're coming with me." She told it.
As Anne touched the shroomgirl, the creature's eyes narrowed and her voice turned malicious, "Oh you won't take me anywhere, because you'll soon be a shroomgirl without a care."
In an instant after touching the shroomgirl, Anne felt awash in a sickening feeling akin to being sucked down a drain. At the same time, everything around her surged up in size, trees stretching from tall to towering; small rocks around her expanding to the size of boulders; patches of grass growing to the size of bushes.
Anne swooned and moaned until the falling feeling stopped and things around her stopped growing, allowing her to regain some composure. As her disorientation eased, the first thing she realized was she felt like she was wearing some kind of hat. It looked like she was wearing a hat too. She could see what looked like a wide brim, sweeping out above her eyes. She tried to yank it off but found herself merely shrugging instead. Were her arms asleep? She could not feel them.
Anne turned to her left to examine that arm only to find there was nothing below her shoulder. Alarmed, she jerked to her right, so fast she flipped her pony tail like whip, where she found her other arm missing too! On both sides her shoulders smoothly sloped slong the side of her chest with no sign or mark to show that she had ever had arms at all.
"Holy shit!" Anne cried as she looked down her body.
Since she was flat chested, it was a great surprise to find a huge pair of breasts bobbling before her eyes. Her paunchy tummy was now flat and smooth, encompassed by a new slight waist and broader hips. Below her crotch's thick cunt lips, her thighs had been fused together. All trace of her humanity ended where her knees should have been. There, her thigh trunk was attached to a sac-like mushroom volva fixed to the ground. Her body had lost all of her natural flesh tones. Her flesh was cast in blank whiteness with red polk-dots. The only outlier from this pattern were her nipples, thick and erect and colored with the same red hue of her polka-dots. Since her body had undergone all these changes she was sure she that she was not wearing a hat, but had a toadstool cap on her head, no doubt red with white dots. Anne had been turned into a shroomgirl!
"Oh my gosh, she told no lie!" Anne blurted. "I'm part girl and part fungi!"
If she had arms and hands she would have used them to cover her mouth. Her voice--it was high and shrill as if she had been sucking up helium. Could she only speak in silly rhymes now?
"Change me back, change me back!" She shouted frantically to no one in particular. "Before I have a heart attack!"
Anne sealed her lips again and gulped. Apparently, she had that annoying rhyming habit of a shroomgirl as well. Then she realized something going on in her mind, it was slowly losing most of it's complexity, regressing to a simpler state. Her thoughts had been scattered by her transformation and were falling back into place in a strange way. Her perspective was rapidly becoming simpler, as if huge hunks of her past and her knowledge were falling away from her like fall leaves-the duties of her job, facts from her education, words and concepts seemed suddenly hard to reach. She felt a giddy silliness creeping upon her, like any little thing would make her laugh, and it was harder to remember the past or even think about the future. She knew the eventual destination, a shroomgirl in mind as well as body, a mischievous girl-child like the one she had met, playing games and tricks, maybe even transforming others unfortunate to come her way. She had to fight it but how?
Anne's apprehension was interrupted by the shroomgirl's giggle. She looked before her to find the original shroomgirl now stood at eye level. She was Anne's size now, or more accurately, Anne was her size.
"A shroomgirl forever you too shall be. As a pet of the sorceress, you'll be so happy." The shroomgirl told Anne and then moved toward her, passing over the ground as if she were gliding through water. Anne tried to move herself but she was too new the shroomgirl form and could not budge from where she was planted.
"No ... stay away, shoo!" Anne pleaded, trying to choose words that would not end in rhyme as if that might dispel her transformation. It was a hopeless effort, her mind could only conjure silly poetry to voice her thoughts as if it had been rewired for that purpose. "I won't be a shroomgirl, I won't be like you!" She moaned.
The shroomgirl was close to her now and their caps were pressed together, turning up their rims where the touched. The shroomgirl's presence, her shiny purple hair and sparkling eyes of black onyx created a heave of arousal within Anne, a growing hum as if her pussy was secretly beckoning this creature. Anne found herself getting lost in the shroomgirl's eyes. Somehow they dulled her resistance and made her relaxed and apathetic. Her concentration was slipping away.
"You think you can choose what you can be?" The shroomgirl teased. "But you will always be like me. You're a shroomgirl through and through. You'll soon love being one too"
The shroomgirl swayed to kiss and lick Anne's new huge breasts. Anne tried to resist but without arms or legs and stuck planted to the ground she was helpless.
"No, no, no, say it isn't so." Anne wept as coils of pleasure wrapped around her brain and strangled her resistance.
The shroomgirl locked on to a nipple, sending arcing waves of pleasure through her new shroomgirl body, obviously designed to heighten any sensual stimulation. Even Anne's cap seemed to tingle from the shroomgirl's oral assault on her increasingly hungry tits. The waves of ecstasy surged throughout her with increasing intensity, their heat melting all the resistance Anne could muster. Her body writhed as the link between her tits and her swollen, juicing cunt pounded harder and harder. Her gasps grew deeper and deeper, puffing out gulps of air as felt herself nearing climax. "Oh you make my body hum. This shroomgirl is so gonna cuuuuuuuum!" Anne shuddered with orgasm which had the effect of shaking off all effort to stave off to becoming a shroomgirl in mind as well as body. She abandoned all thoughts unimportant to being a shroomgirl.
Anne leaned toward the other shroomgirl and licked and kissed her neck.
"Shroomgirl sex is oh so awsome!" Anne said with a laugh. "Lets get another shroomgirl and have a threesome."