Johnny Cash’s song “A Boy Named Sue” could’ve been Chastity Kick’s personal theme song. Chastity Kick hated her name even before she became aware of all the connotations inherent in it so she had everyone call her “Chazz”.
When she was little adults used to break out in laughter when they heard her name, and their children would ask them what the joke was. The day inevitably came when a kid looked up “chastity” online to figure out why their mother was laughing, and Chastity never got a moment’s rest at that school.
She wondered if Mom was aware of what the word “Chastity” meant when she gave her the name, or if someone had suggested it to her as a joke? Chastity would’ve been bad enough by itself, but pairing it with their surname made it even worse!
Gram always said, “I told her she should give you better name but she said she wanted something that people could remember.”
“I wish she’d listened to you!” Chazz said.
Yet Chazz there were certain situations where Chazz loved her birth name. When she found suggestive texts on her first boyfriend’s smart-phone from another girl she wouldn’t even listen to his excuses, “C’mon, Chazz!”
“From now on you will call me ‘Chastity Kick’ if you ever want to speak to me at all!” Chazz said.
He never bothered her again, and she used that trick whenever she broke up with a guy or some creepy guy asked her for her name from then on. They never bothered her again either once they heard what her full name was.
Notes on “A Girl Named Chastity Kick”
My people often come up with evocative names for their children. Most times in our original languages but sometimes in English. I imagined “Chastity Kick” as having a mother who choose an unwise name. There’s no one I know unfortunate enough to have the name “Chastity Kick”. She’s the star of a ghost story I’m trying to place in an anthology. I will know if it placed early in the coming New Year, and report on it then.
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living, or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
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