This is the one I probably had the most fun writing. I love word play, and when I chose the word 'ubiquitous' as my inspiration, this story sprung naturally from it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, though I honestly don't know if that's possible.
“What’s the next word?” Bobby asked.
Marcus glanced down at the paper. “Ubiquitous.”
Bobby wrinkled his nose. “Is it just me, or does that word sound a bit pretentious?”
This earned him a raised eyebrow. “I think the word ‘pretentious’ sounds just as pretentious as ‘ubiquitous’. Besides, words themselves aren’t pretentious. Just the people using them.”
With a shrug, Bobby conceded the point. “I guess it’s to be expected. We’re practicing for a spelling bee. Words that make us sound pretentious are bound to be ubiquitous.”
Now Marcus smiled. “You clearly know what ‘ubiquitous’ means, but can you spell it?”