What’s in a Name?

Mimi’s mum named her something, “fun, cheery; a bit totty.” To say Mimi’s actual personality fell short of that was a wee understatement. Had she been allowed an opinion, Mimi would’ve chosen a sensible moniker like Mildred.

“Mildred? Whoever’d want to be Mildred unless she thought to run a convent?” Mum would’ve said, had she still been around and not jumped before the pilot gave the all-clear at the Seniors’ Skydiving Surprise.

The Surprise was how little liability the company claimed.

What had gone through Mum’s head before passing, Mimi wondered, apart from that church spire? She’d never know.

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©2020 Chelsea Owens

Don’t ask where this came from, in response to Carrot Ranch‘s prompt this week:

May 14, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that answers the question, What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you are in absolute danger? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by May 19, 2020. Use the comment section …to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.


Photo Credit: Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

50 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

  1. Tom Darby May 17, 2020 / 9:35 pm

    If she’d press her legs together, move her left arm forward and her right further behind her, she’d roll onto he stomach. Then she have to act quickly by spreading he arms and legs out to flatten out her free fall.

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      • Tom Darby May 17, 2020 / 9:48 pm

        No. Once he flattens out, her chute is in a better position for deploying.

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  2. mymindlessdrivel May 17, 2020 / 11:12 pm

    Okay, well, that’s a different take. I’m guessing Mimi really will want to change her name to something sensible now, and keep her feet firmly planted on the ground.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 17, 2020 / 11:31 pm

      Sensible is her middle name! -well, not yet it isn’t.


  3. petespringerauthor May 17, 2020 / 11:45 pm

    What a way to go!

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      • Norah May 19, 2020 / 4:27 am

        Well it worked – though a trifle unpleasant for the character, methinks. 🙂

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  4. TanGental May 18, 2020 / 6:33 am

    You really need to get out more. Does “totty” have the same connotations as here? Vacuous young female as in ‘ that’s a nice piece of posh totty’

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    • Chelsea Owens May 18, 2020 / 9:15 am

      😀 😀 I intentionally tried for British. We don’t say ‘Mum’ here, either.


  5. Lisa Bradshaw May 19, 2020 / 1:46 am

    Love it.. written so well there is hardly no sadness in the death.. It was incidental.. 😉

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  6. Charli Mills May 20, 2020 / 6:30 pm

    Oh, no — you made me snort-laugh! The church spire! A deliciously humorous flash that dangerously walks on the dark side. I love the fun in this one from the names to the edgy story about mum’s last jump.

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  7. johnlmalone May 21, 2020 / 12:40 am

    love it: short, brutal and surprising: a brilliant piece of flash fiction !!!

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  8. Jules May 21, 2020 / 9:31 am

    Every day is a risk with a writer’s imagination! Doesn’t matter where it came from – Perhaps though Mimi will change her name. We have a relative whose first name was very common – legally changed to their middle name because that’s what was wanted.

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