~What's in a Name?~

She was wary of him.

For all intensive purposes, she had no reason to be. The light blue unicorn that had decided to set up camp on her island meant no harm and was clearly enjoying himself in every way possible. Plus she loved unicorns.

But she was still wary of him.

All because of his name.

She knew it was stupid to judge an animal simply based on their name, but his name left a sour taste in her mouth, for it was the name of someone who hadn't been the kindest to her. She just couldn't unassociate the name with those feelings.

And she felt so bad because of it.

Normally when an animal visited her island she'd talk with them for hours, learning about their life elsewhere and being fascinated with the stories they'd tell her. In this case though, the unicorn had warmly greeted her with his name, offered her tea and she'd stuttered a weak excuse about needing to go water her flowers before promptly bolting. What a warm welcome from the island representative, huh?

It was a little past seven now, and stars were beginning to dot the night sky. Celeste strolled through the farm gazing up at the sky with awe. In the plaza, Reneigh and Bluebear took to yoga while Bea sang along with the music on the radio.

And the island representative was beating herself up over their visitor. She sat on one of the benches in the park, listening to the waterfall crash next to her and the hum of cicadas in the air. She fidgeted with the sleeve of her hoodie before taking a deep breath and rising. She needed to make things right. After all, he'd done nothing wrong.

She slowly ascended the brick steps that led to the campground and was surprised to find him sitting at the table outside his tent, listening to the radio and playing the card game she left there. He glanced up at her approach and gave her a warm smile.

"I do thank you for leaving games out for your visitors, glitter. And these flowers you've planted here are so beautiful!"

She weakly smiled before sitting in the chair across from him. "I owe you an apology."

The unicorn looked shocked. "Whatever for, glitter? This island is lovely."

She shook her head. "I need to apologize for my behaviour. See, your name is the same as someone who wasn't nice to me. So when you told me, I panicked. There's just a lot of bad feelings associated with that name for me at the moment. I didn't know what to do, so I ran." she kept her eyes on the tablecloth, ashamed. "I'm really sorry."

The unicorn was quiet for a moment, taking in the new information. After a moment he spoke.

"There's no need to apologize, glitter. And I'm terribly sorry someone with my name has caused you harm. I would probably do the same thing if I were in your shoes."

She glanced up, doubtful, but remained quiet.

"This horn isn't just for show, glitter. If you want to point him out?"

She managed to crack a small smile and giggle at the statement. "That's not necessary, but thank you for the offer."

"Oh don't mention it glitter! I feel like I need to defend the honour of all those who have my name now." he paused for a moment. "Keep your chin up glitter. Things will get better soon, trust me on that. There's always a light at the end of the tunnel. And the kind animals on this island seem to care a great deal for you. I assume you weren't named as the island representative for nothing."

Her smile was slightly wider now, her cheeks a faint tint of pink. She'd never been good with compliments. "Thank you. And once again, I'm sorry my behaviour cut our visit short. I truly would like to get to know you better."

"Even though I'm heading out in the morning I'll be sure to visit again. And I already told you there was no need for an apology, glitter. I understand completely."

Feeling the weight lifted off her shoulders, she stood. "Next time you come visit, I'll make sure to have that cup of tea. And I want you to meet Bluebear."

"That sounds perfect, glitter. Take care of yourself!"

Her face was beaming now, for the first time in awhile feeling like herself again. "I will."


AN: Take care of yourself everyone :)

~Steel