Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge refuses to return Theo Epstein's phone calls offering a contract to join the Boston Red Sox as a starting pitcher. This week's word is "imp", and my story, in a nod to the great Ambrose Bierce, is called "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bookstore".
"Dad-deeeeeee!" His voice was sharp, full of anger. His face was screwed up in puzzlement. "What's an imp?"
I scanned my mental dictionary. "It's a little devil, or it's a word for a naughty boy. Why?"
"That lady called me one." A dark haired woman was glaring at him from the science fiction section. I put down the Foster Wallace I was perusing.
"I just asked her when her baby was going to come!", he protested. "She has a big tummy just like Mommy does."
"That's not something we ask strangers, buddy," I told him as she stormed away.