Flash Fiction – My Michaela

“You said your name was Mike.”

She smiled, her eyes large and soft and beautiful. She pulled out her license and showed it to me.

“I don’t understand.”

“It’s Michaela.”

“What about everything else? How could you mislead me?” This is what heartbreak felt like. This tearing in the center of your body, like something enormous and very, very angry was trying to get out.

“Amy, I’m in love with you. Have been from the beginning. I’m sorry… everything I’ve ever said to you was truth. You’re the other half of my soul.”

 

December 15, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) explore the importance of a name within a story. It can be naming an experience, introducing an extraordinary name, or clarifying a name (who can forget Who’s on First). Go where the prompt leads.

F4TF – #18 Pet Names

 

Do you and your partner have pet names for each other? Do you use them in private or in public? How do you feel about cutesy names like babe, honey, sugar? Are you ok with being affectionately called slut or bitch? Spill the beans! Dare to tell us your pet name!

 

I’ve always been torn on this subject. As a born and raised Southern girl, there is the casual use of “hon,” “sweetie” and “dear”… casual meaning, we will address complete strangers this way! I’ve been known to start a conversation with a walmart checker with, “How are you today, hon?” And even more often am I referred to the same, “What can I help you with, sweetie?”

We’re a fakely warm culture, down here in Dixie. I will likely get into trouble for saying that, and perhaps fake isn’t the right word. I think if someone, even a stranger, uses those words, they are meant to be friendly and open and make you feel good; that is how I use them. I will often use a casual endearment if I can tell a stranger is having a bad day. It’s an instinct for me to reach out and see if I can offer a little kindness, let them know they’re not alone. But I’ve been told by my non-southern friends that we’re often seen as disingenuous. I suppose that’s something you just have to take on an individual basis. Get to know me, and you’ll know I’m anything but.

As far as using them in personal relationships, they are a sign of deeper affection for me. And sometimes I have a hard time finding the one that fits. My OH and I use mostly  ‘darlin’ and ‘hon.’

 

 

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