I was working on a shortlist of names for my kitten. I was quite partial to Eris, because the kitten was a chaotic menace.

That night, Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, came to my dreams. She looked weakened, ephemeral, drawn. She pleaded, “Every time my name is reused, some of my power is taken away with it.”

The next morning, I named my kitten Eris.

A/B testing this microfiction in a parallel universe where I change just the punchline to say the god of war Ares instead.

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