I'm also doing quite well in the Iron Writer Autumn Open Prelims, 5 days to go...
And I did Weekend Quickie 136, a good one :-)
...but here it is, anyway :-) Hope you like it!
136 – image of Chinese baby in tub, Precocious, Nonplussed
When she opened the door, I was taken aback.
"Hua?" Her face was pale, her eyes like two black pools. She said nothing, only gesturing me inside. "Not getting enough sleep with the new one?" I hadn't been around since the birth of their daughter.
"You could say that," replied Hua, shuffling in her slippers. I followed her into the kitchen.
"Sorry, I couldn't come around earlier. How's the...?" I stopped in my tracks, and Hua moved past, towards the cooker. In the middle of the floor was a baby, resting in a small tub of water, with a towel over its head. It looked so... confident. Strange. I bent down to greet the girl. "Well, hello there..."
"Bow when you address me!"
I fell backwards in surprise, nonplussed. "Wha...?"
"I said bow when you address nobility!" The baby pointed her finger down forcefully.
"I am Empress Jia, reincarnated! Bow, peasant!"
I looked over at Hua and she was already on the floor, bowing away. Empress Jia? I'd done my history, I knew who that was, but the baby? Incredible. The baby was speaking.
"Now, get me a towel! I believe I have bathed enough for now!" The baby stood up and turned around, her arms held horizontally, readying herself. Hua passed me a towel and I put it around the baby's shoulders.
"She's a bit... precocious, isn't she?" I whispered to Hua.
"Silence! Otherwise I will call the executioner!" Chang, Hua's husband, walked in holding a sword...