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The Naming

by Shaindel Beers

She wondered if he had believed her when she’d said that the New Age Baby Names book’s purpose was to help with the naming of characters. She’d made up similar lies before - the last time she’d thought she was pregnant - when she was fifteen. So far she’d settled upon Fay, but she didn’t know if she meant it in the Irish or the French. French: Fairy. Also a variant of Faith, meaning: confidence; trust; belief. Irish: Raven, bird of bad omen, harbinger of death.

6S

Shaindel Beers, author of Long Way Home, is a Professor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, and has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois and Florida. So far, three current or former students have had work accepted for publication here at Six Sentences. She is extremely proud of them!

9 comments:

B said...

Loved thses six, Shaindel. Very moving. You've said so much in such a small space. B.

davis said...

Thought-provoking. Inventive.

Jenn said...

I really like this one too. I'm not sure what my Baby-Name book is for, but I don't keep it out on the bookshelf with the rest of my books.

Elizabeth Joyner said...

Good excuse to have a baby name book!

Good 6S :D

Alana said...

All of your writings I have read lately hold the same theme, strange isn't it?!? Is that a ticking I hear?? Hmm... :-)

I enjoyed your 6. I love the double meaning for Fay.

Shaindel said...

Oh, Alana, there are far more dead babies and children in my literature than live ones. They're much more quiet that way :-)

Best,
S

jeff alan said...

Wow. So many layers of meaning captured in so few words. Loved it.

Anonymous said...

Very cool.

Alana said...

Sounds like a viable solution to a problem I have, except there are probably far worse sounds than "Mommy, I love you!" and the occassional 'knock-down, drag-out cage matches' between the kids to be heard in the state penitentiary.



But, oh, silence would be nice...

:-) Alana