Nov. 13 wordcount: 17,262Merriam Webster
word of the day: sabot
Rain drizzled down the window panes, fat drops coagulating and then bursting, leaving tears though which the pines could be glimpsed, sodden and gray. Klara added wood to the fire in the stove. Grandfather looked half-asleep at his desk, his white head nodding. Karl was muttering under his breath while concentrating on a recipie from Grandmother's book. Klara lowered the damper, trying not to disturb either of them. They'd be fine if she went out for a while, and it wasn't like it was raining hard. She grabbed a shawl and put on a pair of sabots. The yard had a slick sheen of mud, and she didn't want to clean her boots again.
Nov. 14 wordcount: 18,628Merriam Webster
word of the day: hoke
Momentary doubt took Klara instead. Maybe slippers of fuzzy wool weren't fine enough for the visitor. But, hoked up city manners or no, he slid them on without comment.
Nov. 15 wordcount: 20,735Merriam Webster
word of the day: quid pro quo
Sunlight spilled into the courtyard, illuminating the white stones and the arched colonnade. As Klara drew closer, she heard the details of the argument. The king wanted the flying horses and their riders. Uncle Alaric protested on every ground Klara had ever heard. The horses were Auberg property. He would be reimbursed; quid pro quo. The horses were too young. Even a blind man could see that they were capable of moving messages between the encampments. It was dangerous. Life is dangerous. The king had already detailed these horses to another job. The king could overrule his own orders.
Already soldiers were marching into the stables.
Nov. 16 wordcount: 22,997Merriam Webster
word of the day: jejune
But the king's soldiers had begun to take 'gifts' for the treasury from the wealthier 'friends' they visited. The Auberg foyer was set up to give a gentle impression of wealth. Klara hated the thought of family heirlooms being melted down or destroyed. She had to find a way to give the room a more jejune aspect. The trinkets and silver would have to be replaced.
Nov. 17 wordcount: 23,900Merriam Webster
word of the day: obfuscate
What she wanted to do was kick something and terrify people, not obfuscate her feelings.
Nov. 18 wordcount: 26,464Merriam Webster
word of the day: lambent
He wore a plain uniform, and had probably only been granted the chance as positive publicity for the king and his family, but to Klara, who had ample time to study the soldier while they were on the boat together, there was something new in his lambent expression. He'd found something worth fighting for. Klara hoped the princess liked funny-looking dogs.