His parents had christened him Broderick, but for as long as he could remember, he’d always been known as “Badger.” He spent his life feeling that Badger was a fatuous name, but he couldn’t stand Broderick either. To him, the word “Broderick” described a thing—a gardening implement or DIY tool—rather than a human being. Becoming an animal, he decided, was better than remaining a thing.
Now, because he was getting old, it worried Badger that the hours (which must have added up to years) he’d spent worrying about these two names could have been better spent worrying about something else.…
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