(Mundane AU, children’s librarian!Steve/Peggy, ~1300 words)
The library is cool and quiet, a respite from the hot stickiness of the DC summer. Before Peggy can take a moment to enjoy the contrast in temperature and humidity, Sharon runs over to the children’s section. It’s laid out invitingly, squashy beanbag pillows heaped below a tree with all sorts of woodland creatures in it.
There doesn’t appear to be much Sharon can get herself into trouble with, and Peggy takes a tissue out of her purse, dabbing at the sweat that’s formed on her brow and lip. It’s only been a few days since her brother Michael and his wife went on vacation, but Peggy is starting to understand why they need the break. Sharon is lovely and wonderful, but she is still a five year old, and full of more energy and mischief than Peggy knows what to do with.
A flash of movement catches Peggy’s eye, and she looks over just in time to see Sharon pull something out from the base of an elaborate-looking building.
“Oh Sharon, darling, please don’t–” she says, just in time to be drowned out in a collapse of falling wooden blocks. Sharon looks around at the destruction she has wrought, and starts wailing.