Aug 052013
 

Title: Pricks & Thumbs-14
Fandom: Fear Mythos
Characters: Rich Providence
Rating: G (L0 N0 S0 V0 D0)
Warnings: None
Notes: Fish is trying to name the city, in the hopes it will take him back, if he does. Too many nights with no dreams of the black glass hotel and the road that only goes one place.


I’m not sure what’s wrong. And that’s a weird sentence. Suddenly, I don’t dream of the city for a few days, and something’s wrong, instead of the city being wrong. Maybe it’s because I don’t know what to call it. It needs a name.

I don’t know what to call it, though. It’s a city, so it’s not like you can just call it ‘Fred’ or ‘Ariadne’ or something. City with a—, city by the—, city in the—, they all just sound kind of dumb, even if they are descriptive. I mean, I’ve seen names of the old cities, but I don’t really want to take one, because I don’t think this is one of the old cities, and that would cause all kinds of confusion. It’s not Chicago or Hiroshima or Manchester. I can’t even name it after my town, because then it would be New New Stanton, which is just ridiculous.

I’ve been looking through some books, trying to get an idea of how cities used to be named. Lots of ‘New Thingy’, ‘Thingy City’, ‘Thingyton’, ‘Thingypolis’, ‘Thingychester’, ‘Thingyburg’, ‘Thingyford’. Some ‘Los/Las Thingy’. A few ‘Santo Thingy’s, but I think those are people’s names. A couple ‘Thingy-on-Other Thingy’, but the Other Thingys look like river names. Our river is just The River, because that’s what it calls itself.

Laia said she came because the writing in the street said to seek the provident fish. I mean, I guess I could name it ‘Fishburg’, but that’d be like naming it after myself, and that’s kind of arrogant, I think. Or, I guess I could name it ‘Providencechester’, but that’s kind of a mouthful.

I wonder if I could find a book about old beliefs, in the library. I wonder if the Librarians know if there’s a name for a fish that’s a good luck charm, or something. Maybe I could call it after that? But, then it’s going to be like ‘Salmonton’ or something. Maybe if there’s a fish that’s good luck, it’ll have a cool name.

If it doesn’t, I think I’m going to have to go with ‘Nancyford’. I think she’d like having a city named after her.