The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 24

She turned the book over and read the blurb, “A universe where things are less as they are and more like people imagine them to be.” She sighed. “It sounds wonderful!”

The words were out before he could stop them: “As long as you don’t think about it too much,” he said.

Her eyes narrowed. “What do you mean?”

“Well…” He cleared his throat. “It’s just that, you know, people- some people have a way of imagining things that aren’t altogether wonderful. Don’t they?”

He laughed experimentally. He swallowed.

The narrowness advanced from her eyes to her lips, but then she brightened and turned back to the book. “In that case we should only let the wonderful people imagine things.” She smiled and bounced toward the register.

He followed, smiling and nodding and thinking to himself that wonderful had never sounded so frightening.