Deadname

By J. F. David All Rights Reserved ©

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Blurb

To River Kai. Getting used to a completely new self is never easy, not even when it was your life's dream to become who you are now. The disphoria sticks around, people look at you in an unusual way... not to mention starting using your real name. This story follows the life of a young man and his dealing with so many new experiences as his true self.

Chapter 1

Kael Dalton. It’s the first time he signs his name like this. His new name, his chosen name, his real name. He’d been waiting for this experience for oh, so many years! Yet he feels nothing; he thought he’d feel excitement, joy, satisfaction.

An inner conflict rises in Kael, self-doubt emerges and overwhelms the boy. Suffocating pain bursts from within his chest and he freezes, distorted smile still on his face, his hand coated with sweat, he drops the pen he’s been holding.

'…okay? …you okay? Hey, are you okay?!' A voice fades into his hearing.

Oh, shit!

He just signed his contract to the first job in his life and he got carried away and gave into his insecurities.

'Yes, sorry, I just still can’t believe I can work for my favourite online magazine.'

'Don’t put the steak so high, we don’t want to let a young man down.' Smiles the editor in chief of the department.

She has nice greenish blue eyes, the same colour as Kael’s, only lighter; her hair is short and dyed black, and even in platform boots she’s the same height as Kael.

The general editor’s name is Blanca Jones and the online magazine now both of them work for is called From Around the World; Kael’s been running a blog for some years now, and when he saw that his favourite magazine is hiring journalists, he tried his luck, used his blog as reference and here he is now.

He’s writing for the ‘mixed salad’ department, which’s boss is Blanca; they publish articles that no other department could cover: pseudo-science, questionable facts, borderline paranormal with scientific viewpoints.

'Anyway, welcome to our bunch.' Adds Blanca. 'As you know, you’re free to work from home, but we have a meeting every Monday morning you must attend. Or, if you feel like it, you can come in to write any time, we provide a room for you.'

'Thank you very much, I’m looking forward to working with you.' Kael extends his hand and the girl shakes it.

'Likewise! Oh, and I like your hair.' She gestures to Kael’s turquoise blue, wavy hair that’s cut short on the right side of his head.

They say their goodbyes and Kael goes home.

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