The Joys and Perils of Having a Nickname

Legally, I’m Nicole — but everyone knows me as Nikki. Who am I, really?

Nicole Peeler
Human Parts

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Illustration: Lennard Kok

I’m visiting my dear friend Julie in California, and she’s introducing me to someone.

“I’m Nicole,” I say, extending my hand just as Julie says, “This is Nikki.”

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