What's in a Name?

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My name is Adam Pierce and I’ve been told a hundred times that it is a strong name.

They tell me at the Chicory County AA meetings after we disband. They tell me I’m the best counselor they have ever had.

They tell me at the Holy Spirit Church on Cornflower Road. They tell me that I’m the firmest pastor in the whole state.

They tell me to run for mayor. They tell me the town could use some tough love.

I don’t tell them where I live. They ask me often, the young unmarried women especially. They bat their eyelashes and tell me that I’m mysterious.

I don’t tell them about myself. They don’t hear about what’s in my cellar. They don’t hear about what’s stored in my attic.

I don’t tell them that I’ve written at least 20 articles published in esteemed scientific journals, mostly about evolution and ecology.

I don’t tell them that I once had a daughter. They will never know where I hid her.

For now I’ll just be Adam Pierce, and I’ll sit on my porch sipping my homemade moonshine. I’ll just be Adam Pierce now.

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  1. Avatar Escapist

    Thank you for the comments! I’m really glad you enjoy the character.

    The part about his daughter is meant to be rather jolting. It’s not necessarily pointing towards a murder, though it certainly could be! (It’s not in my mind.) To me it was supposed to be this thought that was out of the blue and perhaps alcohol induced, a thought that sort of occurs to you as if you’ve almost forgotten, yet it persistently festers its way to your conscious to make sure you remember.

    That said, it also is simply a list of things that Adam hasn’t told them. This daughter belongs on the list.

    Regardless if my execution didn’t display that, I will certainly work on it!

  2. Avatar remembrancer

    Well, that was quite a turn from what I expected. I can feel an alcoholic rambling sort of tone in this self reflection and I was impressed that I didn’t sense much judgement in this piece. Very well done.

  3. Avatar Escapist

    Thank you very much! I appreciate the feedback.

  4. Avatar Serena June

    An eerie story but one that isn’t easily forgotten! Usually I think repetition at the start of paragraphs can become robotic and uninteresting, but I think it really works for the character you’ve created.

  5. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Well, that turned dark. You’d think he’d invite some of those single ladies over some time…to kill or kidnap them. Lots of possibilities and lots of potential meanings to what is hidden and what happened to the daughter.

  6. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I, too, didn’t necessarily get the sense that hiding his daughter has anything to do with murder — or death, for that matter. I do like the juxtaposition of AA and moonshine in the piece, though. People are frequently surprising by those kinda of dichotomies they maintain in their lives.

  7. Avatar Escapist

    Thank you for the feedback, all!

    I plan on continuing this work once my muse helps me out. :)