‘I know. I asked Mum that as well as soon as I was old enough to know anything. Must have been ten or eleven and I was back in Primary school, the butt of all manner of jokes. So I asked Mum and she said “Daddy would be mad if I told you”, so I asked Dad and he said “Mummy would cry if I told you” (this was before “Catch 22” entered the dictionary so I did the circuit a few times before I grew some sense). I was fifteen before I figured it out myself: I had five brothers before me who died before their first birthday. Probably sickle cell anemia or something, but my parents figured I was the same old demon tormenting them with multiple reincarnations. So they taunted me with a sarcastic name. Except that I didn’t die after all.
‘What? Oh, my friends call me “Die” for short…’