"You could go by 'May' you know," Beth was advising her friend. They were filling out college applications and Mabel was dying to start fresh in a new location.
"My mom would kill me. 'I gave you a perfectly good name that honors your grandmother,'" she ended in a high-pitched sarcastic voice. "Not even a middle name that I can go by." She flipped through the college catalog in front of her. Beth pulled it away.
"Why are you looking at those guys? Don't you want to go to college with me?" Beth was applying to her dad's alma mater, and shoved the brochure across to her friend. "I have an extra application form here if you decide you need it," and she waved a blank form that she pulled from underneath the one she had started writing on.
"I don't think my parents can afford this school." Mabel was turning pages but her mind was elsewhere.
"That's what scholarships are for. Besides, you'll never know if you don't apply."
"Okay, hand it over."
"Yay!" She held the form out of Mabel's reach as she added, "Now... we both have to fill them in perfectly because there are no extras." She smiled and released the paper. "Go for it, 'May'!"
Mabel smirked at that and picked up a pen. The room got quiet, but for the sound of pens scratching on paper. As she finished hers, Beth asked, "What did you use for your name?"
"I'm waiting. Left it blank for now." She was intent on what she was writing. Beth's mom came in at that moment.
"You need anything? I can get some sandwiches going in the kitchen." Both girls nodded and the parental unit was gone.
Finally Mabel's pen rested on the table and she dropped her voice. "Do you think I can list your address as mine?"
"Why?" Beth had dropped her voice to match Mabel's secrecy. Mabel raised the form so that Beth could see the top "personal information" section. Beth grinned. "I don't mind, but the school might. I approve your new pseudonym, May."
"May-Belle. I'm hoping my mom will understand."
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