A few days later the weather had decided to take a few days off and leave us with relatively unclouded skies and everybody was quickly gathered together for the naming ceremony at Elinor’s new home. Being the Christmas season most of the Twinns were away, but the Twinns that had to be renamed were all present. Skye had been pried away from the TV, Chandler, as new Twinn Council chief Poohbah would officiate, helped along by Caitlyn. Virginia was taking pics and there was a festive air about the occasion.
“Anastasia, why did you apply for a new name?” Elinor asked our oldest Caitie.
“I had no choice Elinor, people kept on asking me, “are you the long lost Duchess Anastasia from Russia? at one point I was so confused that I thought I was! For the sake of my sanity I decided that I needed a conventional name, a Mary or Sue style name, they are so much easier.”
“I think it’s because I was tired of the double barreled name Elinor. I wanted something exotic, but poetic at the same time.”
“That sounds like a good reason to me. Although its going to be hard adapting to new names.”
Also present at the ceremony was the new Igor Twinn as well as a newly arrived Lenora who would not be stopping at Tumbling Twinns but going straight to her new owner. Igor was a surprise, Caitlyn had heard about the mysterious stranger from the Continuum, but when he arrived it turned out that he was in reality a she. “Igor… er Igorina, I am glad that we were able to find out where you had disappeared to.” Caitlyn said.
“I am thorry I cauthed tho much bother back in Pennthylvania Caitlyn. Dithappearing thuddenly ith part of being an Igor.”
“Well, don’t you disappear suddenly from here, because C&D will track you down. Chandler, keep a good eye on Igor… er Igorina here.”
“I think Igor has a few spare eyes of his… er her own Cait. I saw the contents of those bottles he…. she has.”
Caitlyn consulted with Skye and then announced. “The sun is heading West very rapidly girls, let’s get the naming ceremony started. As outgoing Chief Poohbah of the Twinn Council I declare these proceedings open. You all know the drill, Chandler will be officiating, and Skye will be doing the renaming. And I will be scoffing biccies while nobody is looking”
Skye, Chandler and Elinor went over to the blue cushion and Skye stepped forward. “Thank you for coming everybody. As you all know, when a Twinn gets renamed it is entered into “The Book of The Twinn” where it is recorded for future generations of Twinns to read about. That’s why we have our formal ritual and that’s why it is so important that we do this properly. So, without further ado, lets make a start.” Skye took the Sword of The Twinn from Chandler.
“We are solemnly gathered here to bestow new names on some of our friends. Step forward and kneel on the cushion Elinor Valentine. Does anybody have any objections to this renaming? Come forward or forever hold your peace”.
Nobody did, and Skye gently rested the Sword of the Twinn on Elinor’s shoulder.
“By the power vested in me as naming authority for the South Africa region, I rename you Lanea Linnette as requested by your new owner. Go forth to your new owner and remember the legacy of The Twinn”.
“Thank you Princess Skye. I will endeavor to live up to my new name. Thank you everybody for bringing me this far and preparing me for this day.”
Next in line was the newly arrived Lenora.
Skye performed the ritual. “Step forward and kneel on the cushion Lenora. Does anybody have any objections to this naming? Come forward or forever hold your peace”.
Nobody did, and Skye gently rested the Sword of the Twinn on her shoulder.
“By the power vested in me as naming authority for the South Africa region, I name you Madison Mercedes as requested by your new owner . Go forth to your new owner and remember the legacy of The Twinn”.
“Thank you Princess Skye. I will bring honour to the legacy of The Twinn.”
Skye continued, “Step forward Anastasia and kneel on the cushion, what is the name you have chosen for yourself?”
“I would like to have my name changed to Jayne Patricia in honour of some of my friends back at the Twinn Continuum please”.
“So be it.” Skye laid the Sword of the Twinn on Anastasia’s shoulder. “Does anybody have any objections to this renaming? Come forward or forever hold your peace”.
“By the power vested in me as naming authority for South Africa, I rename you Jayne Patricia.”
“Thank you Princess Skye, I have a lot of role models to look up to, and I hope I can make them proud.”
Next on the list was Lily-Su. “Step forward Lily-Su and kneel on the cushion, what is the name you have chosen for yourself?”
“I have decided on Jasmine Amber”.
“So be it.” Skye laid the Sword of the Twinn on Lily-Su’s shoulder. “Does anybody have any objections to this renaming? Come forward or forever hold your peace”.
There were no objections and Skye intoned the words once again. “By the power vested in me as naming authority for South Africa, I rename you Jasmine Amber.”
“Thank you Princess Skye, I will do my best at all times.”
Now it was Igor’s turn and she limped forward in traditional Igor fashion and knelt on the cushion. There was a loud creaking of armatures and Virginia winced at the thought.
“What is the name you have chosen for yourself?” Skye asked.
“I would like my name to be Igorina Princeth Thkye as well ath Igor pleath”.
Skye looked puzzled. “So be it then.” She laid the Sword of the Twinn on Igorina/Igor’s shoulder and intoned the sacred words. “Doeth, I mean, does anybody have any objections to this naming? Come forward or forever hold your peathe.. er peace”. There were no objections.
“Then, by the power vested in me as naming authority for South Africa, I name you Igorina, or, when necessary, Igor. Go forward into the world, and remember the legacy of The Twinn and The Igor.”
“Thank you Printheth Thkye, thith ith very thatithfactory”.
Skye laid down the Sword of the Twinn. “That concludes our ceremony, congratulations to everybody involved. I brought along a Frankenstein DVD to watch for later. I believe Igor is in it”.
“Ith a dithtant couthin actually.” Igorina smiled.
“Great stuff.” Chandler said. “Thanks everybody, I hope I can live up to the legacy of the previous Twinn Council. If there is no further business I hereby declare these proceedings closed. Lets eat!”
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