Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

Cicatrix and names

I was kept awake this afternoon by a rampaging story. Cicatrix unfolds and unfolds.

One thing I was telling Gwyn about Saturday was names in this. Names are important in my writing; sit down with me for a few hours sometime and ask me about names in Shayara! So it was fascinating to me that my protagonist in Cicatrix was not telling me her name; she has a rotating list of names that she uses, but is clear that none of those are actually her name. This didn't much surprise me, as she's quite dissociative; she literally does not think about herself as herself.

It took another character to give me her name - when the antagonist smiles and says "I remember you. You're what's left when the fire's gone."

Her name is Ash. That antagonist is Kai. One of the other characters has been very definite about his name being Aaron.

I realize this is of interest to maybe three of you, but there you have it.

(I need a Cicatrix icon.)

(Also, Cicatrix =
1 : a scar resulting from formation and contraction of fibrous tissue in a wound
2 : a mark resembling a scar especially when caused by the previous attachment of an organ or part (as a leaf))
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