Guilt forced me to clue Nev in to this contest, so I confessed and decided he should be the one to pick a winner. Here's the transcript of how that went.
Nev sits across from me, slouched in his chair. He looks slightly puzzled, a little curious, but mostly wary. Wary Guardians are not great company. I try to focus on not dropping my coffee cup as I explain the contest.
Me: *clears throat* So...uh..will you do it?
Nev: Let me get this straight. You want the band to have a name?
Me: No, no, no. I just thought it would be fun to have a contest to think up names.
Nev: *eyes run over the list I've given him* This isn't a trick? When I pick one you aren't going to make me keep it?
Nev: 'Cause I don't do band names.
Me: I know.
Nev: And the other guys would be pissed if they thought I'd signed on for some name without asking them.
Me: I know none of you guys are "name" people, but it's just for fun.
Nev: *watches me for a minute*
Me: *beginning to sweat* I promise.
Nev: *leans back in chair, flips guitar pick along the backs of his fingers* Okay, then.
Me: *tries to keep relieved breath quiet* *watches as Nev reads, tries to gauge some reaction* *curses self for writing a character so good at cloaking his emotions*
Nev: *smiles...maybe?* I like this one. Fighting Nuns.
Me: I thought you might.
Nev: It's a good image. I'm sure nuns have a lot of pent up rage. In a fight, my money would be on the nun.
Nev: Feral Daze is good too. Like if Hendrix had a wolf band.
Nev: *gives me a stony gaze*
Me: *swallows all future laughs*
Nev: I could also go for Echo in the Blood. *hands list back to me*
Me: So those are your picks? Fighting Nuns, Feral Daze, and Echo in the Blood?
Nev: Yep. Can I go now? I'm late.
Me: *raises brow* Late for what?
Nev: *half smile, sits silently*
Me: *realizes after 30 seconds that I will never win a staring contest with Nev* Okay then, thanks for stopping by.
Nev: *already out of his chair* See ya, writer lady.
Me: *cannot decide if it's good or not that Nev has nicknamed me 'writer lady.'
Now for the drawing:
The three contenders are:
Jami - Fighting Nuns
Lindsay - Echo in the Blood
Jemmafey - Feral Daze
And the Randomizer picks:
Congrats, Jemma :) Send your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll mail you The REPLACEMENT!!
Thanks so much for all the great entries!!!