Fictober, Prompt 17 – “There’s just something about them.”, Original Fiction.
Warnings: none. Urban fantasy.
It turned out that this was a continuation of Prompt 13, which I was not expecting. I really like this world though!
With that specific group of United Wizards Legion members thoroughly removed, thanks to the help of my new…friend from elsewhere, the next few days were calmer than I had anticipated. There were more of them out there in the world, but this loss would be a blow to their group, and this had been the most immediate threat.
We were lying low at my small house in Oak Hill outside the city, which mostly consisted of trying all the different foods we could find take-out for, and me buying new subscriptions to both the electronic and magical entertainment services so that we had something to fill our time other than the internet. The former was more than I anticipated, and the latter was probably a bad idea, since it wasn’t going to give my friend the most realistic view of things. Still, he seemed almost as interested in how the technology and magic worked (sometimes separately, sometimes together) as in the content of the shows and movies we watched.
On the second day, I made the mistake of saying, “Um, is there something I can call you? A name, or title, or anything?”
He blinked those human-but-not eyes at me, then smiled. (Like his laughter, it made my spine crawl, but…not in a bad way? Or maybe I was just getting used to the feeling.) “My native tongue is not one that humans find easy.”
I almost said, “Try me,” but managed to hold my tongue. For now. I was pretty good with languages.
“But,” he went on, looking thoughtful, “I would be happy to pick a human moniker, if that would suit.”
“Sure,” I agreed, and then promptly made my second mistake by introducing him to a few baby name sites on the internet.
“Are you sure that I cannot use Enguerrand?” he said after I had fervently vetoed his first half-dozen choices. “It has such a nice resonance to it.”
“What does that even mean? Never mind,” I shook my head when he opened his mouth to explain. “You’re trying to blend in a bit, right? If I’m going to call you by this name in public, then it can’t be too unusual.”
“I suppose you are right,” he sighed, and eventually settled on Alexander, to my relief. I was never going to be able to think of him as an “Alex” or otherwise shorten the name, but at least it wouldn’t sound weird.
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