Nov. 7 wordcount: 10,749Merriam Webster
word of the day: auriferous
He took his leave of us that morning, dog tucked into the front of his ragged jacket, and the sun playing in his hair, gilding the strands until they shone auriferous. I wondered if we'd ever see him again.
Nov. 8 wordcount: 12,010Merriam Webster
word of the day: bully pulpit
"Welcome to my house," said Uncle Alaric. He dismounted and handed the reins to a waiting groom. He indicated that Karl and I should do the same. Grandfather had always insisted that we care for our own mounts, but this was Delchin and we were now in Uncle Alaric's house.
"What was that, out there?" asked Karl. "All I saw was a guy on a balcony giving a speech—not everybody could hear him, either!"
"But the people come to listen," said Uncle Alaric. "As if one man and a bully pulpit could change things."
Nov. 9 wordcount: 13,434Merriam Webster
word of the day: triptych
I find paint in a storeroom, and acquire colors. When I paint the shutters in my room to a rough approximation of the rosebud triptych Grandmother designed for the kitchen back home, it looks so bright and cheery I almost paint over it again for fear it is too out of place in the sober upper levels of the house.
But no one says anything except Karl, who wants me to help him do his room too. He doesn't want flowers, and our designs turn out lopsided, but he seems pleased with the effort.
Nov. 10 wordcount: 14,625Merriam Webster
word of the day: elicit
I held my head high when the bells rang and I descended the stairs toward the dining room. Karl, already abandoning his crutches and going about with scarcely a limp, met me halfway. He too had been scrubbed, but instead of a new outfit, his jacket had a new shine to the threads. I wrinkled my nose at him. He winked at me. "I doubt that's the reaction Uncle wants me to elicit when he introduces us."
"To whom?" I asked. "The king? The ruling council? Does he want to marry us off and secure an alliance?"
Karl shrugged, supremely indifferent to the possibilities. "We'll smile and then eat. It's not like we'll have to say anything."
Nov. 11 wordcount: 15,007Merriam Webster
word of the day: ukase
I didn't understand what all was going on around me, but I knew enough to know I didn't like it. If the king issued a ukase pressing all the flying horses into his service, they would have to go. I thought of how rare it seemed for anyone to see one of them anymore, how the flying horse was moving from a symbol of freedom to one of bad news... or a mark that someone important in the government was there and everyone had to move out of the way. It was sad, I decided. Terribly sad.
Nov. 12 wordcount: 15,395Merriam Webster
word of the day: facetious
"The old man had a lot of dreams,' said Uncle Alaric.He left it as an observation, nothing in the inflection suggesting mockery or a desire to be facetious.
Klara frowned. She'd thought her uncle was proud of the horse in front of them, and she'd offered the comment as a way to show they had an interest in common. But it was very hard to get a read on her father's brother. He wore Grandfather's hat now; whether it was a symbol of his position or a connection to the relative they'd both lost... Klara couldn't say. Maybe she was just over-thinking the statement.