The Stranger’s Name
As Science woke up, she yawned. Stretching, her arm hit a vase and it fell, smashing on the ground. She swore under her breath as she stared at the ashes. Hearing the sound, her mother came into the room.
"Is everything all right?" she asked.
"I accidentally knocked over one of my vases. Now this poor person is all over my floor," Science explained, "It's all your fault. You had to name me Science and doom me to a life of getting dead body donations."
This was an argument they had often and her mother didn't feel like having it again, so she silently left the room. Science sighed and looked around at all her vases. She didn't even know where she would have space to put the next one that arrived. Too young (and grossed out) to know how to productively study a body, Science always sent them to get cremated. Not knowing how else to honor them, they were in vases in her room. After cleaning up, Science did what she did every day -studied the human body with countless books and internet searches. She was determined to one day make good use of the bodies.
Eventually a break was needed, so Science took a walk to the park. She sat on a bench and felt sorry for herself. She still felt bad about the broken vase from that morning. Somebody came and sat next to her. A stranger approached her. He seemed around her age, so she wasn't frightened.
"What's wrong?" he asked.
Something about the boy made her want to tell all her secrets. Being named Science, the body donations, the vase breaking this morning -she told him everything. Then she made a few more complaints about her name before quieting down.
"You think your name is weird?" the boy asked, "My parents named me GOD."
"They did not!"
"Oh yes they did," he said, pulling out his driver's license, "They're atheists and thought it would be funny."
"Oh my God!"
"Yes my child?" he said and they both laughed.
"I guess that name would suck too," Science admitted.
"No, it's fun. You just have to take advantage of it. I'm sure you could have a lot of fun with the name Science too. For example, if that was my name, I would never do my science homework. You ARE science -isn't that enough? And those bodies you get -sell them to real scientists. You could make a nice profit."
She laughed, "I never thought of doing those things."
Science's friend Amanda walked over.
"Hey, Amanda, I want you to meet my new friend, God."
"Getting religious these days? Is somebody named Science even allowed to believe in God?"
"Not like that. This is God," she turned her head, "Show her your driver's-"
Science cut herself off. She didn't see God anywhere anymore.
"He was right here," Science told her.
"Are you sure you didn't just make him up to comfort yourself?"
God silently chuckled to himself behind some bushes. Hiding suddenly was one of his favorite ways to mess with people. He loved his name. In life, you have to take advantage of the things granted to you. In death, you might as well donate your body to Science.