Nov. 1 wordcount: 1702Merriam Webster
word of the day: gravid
"Are you the doctor?" I blurted, and then continued. "It's my brother. He's broken his leg, and I don't know how to set it straight."
"Let me fetch my bag," he said. "Can you saddle my horse?"
There was a piebald standing in the paddock, but it had no wings. "We can take mine," I said. "She'll be faster—we live far up Kalivi, you know."
Doctor Arrens blinked at me, taking in the leather jacket I wore despite the warmth of the day, and the cap with its rabbit fur that I'd shoved down to dangle from my neck. It occurred to me that he might refuse to come, and the air was suddenly gravid with anticipation. I moistened my lips to try and explain that it would be perfectly safe, but the doctor suddenly nodded. "All right."
Nov. 2 wordcount: 2832Merriam Webster
word of the day: temerarious
"What happened?" I asked. What temerarious activity had my brother been engaged in before his accident? Was it a simple slip of the foot? Had some well-known path given way? I wanted to know if I should scold or comfort, and now that he was awake again I was leaning towards scolding Karl for the fright I'd received.
Nov. 3 wordcount: 5152Merriam Webster
word of the day: echelon
No—not a stranger, then, I thought as I saw the man's face. He reminded me of my own father, gone these several years, and I pulled out a name: Uncle Alaric Auberg. I had a dim notion that Uncle Alaric lived in Delchin, moving in the upper echelon of society. Looking at the fine cloth and cut of Uncle Alaric's jacket, I had no doubt that he was a person of some importance.
Nov. 4 wordcount: 6239Merriam Webster
word of the day: dicker
A newlywed couple took our goats, and I supposed the coins the young man pressed into my hand were as fair a price as I could ask. I didn't have the heart to dicker with him, not when he was bursting with enthusiasm for fresh milk and cheese of their own and eager to show his bride their new livestock.
Nov. 5 wordcount: 7716Merriam Webster
word of the day: cavalcade
Flying horses are renowned for their speed. They need no roads, and are not constrained by geography. However, the wings of the yearlings and foals would not support them for more than short bursts, so we were all earthbound. With Karl and Sunrider in the lead, Uncle Alaric on Snowmane to watch for stragglers, and I on the lead mare in the middle the three of us and the herd made a mixed cavalcade down Kalivi's southern side.
Nov. 6 wordcount: 9752Merriam Webster
word of the day: mollify
"I edged closer," said the soldier. "I'd only a bit of bread left--barely enough to be a morsel in the dog's mouth--but I offered it. The snarl continued, but the dog lowered its head and I could feel its hot breath on my hand. But the food was enough to mollify it, and I was able to pass in safety. Beyond the dog was the room."