stammered: "Willow h-has an appointment. That's not something th-that's optional."
pull back or move away or backward
Because as I watched the school district offices
recede into the distance, I was certain that the old dynamic between Dell and Mai and me was over.
mental deterioration of organic or functional origin
One of the kinfolk is in the Valiant Village, which is a care facility for patients suffering from
Should they take me into something called "protective
prove negative; show to be false
Dell Duke didn't
contradict her because Mai was so convincing that he now half believed her story.
the comfort you feel when soothed in times of disappointment
"It's not much
consolation, but you'll probably never have any loss this big again."
a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things
Pattie tried to sort it out but it wasn't long until both of the police officers were standing in front of her getting ready to launch an
avalanche of questions in her direction.
having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
Dell hung around the cash register trying to be
a film presenting the facts about a person or event
You don't have to watch many wildlife
documentaries to know that the herd doesn't accept the lone straggler.
the complete destruction of every trace of something
She saw more of me than any other student and we shared a love of germ
separate or cause to separate abruptly
I cannot put on paper the idea that I want to scream, as loud as I can, until my throat
contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
Introspection requires you to think and analyze.
the study of the structure of animals
And I would also like all of the blue notebooks, as well as my clothing, the metal box under my bed with my life's savings, the orange towel in the bathroom, my humidifier, and my copy of Atlas of Human
Anatomy by Frank H. Netter and Sharon Colacino.
used in the investigation of facts or evidence in court
I would like to formally request a
forensic autopsy be performed on both my mom and dad.
a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
I would like a
sedative prescribed to help me deal with anxiety.
make payment to
It is my hope that the Nguyen family will allow this, and be
compensated for taking care of me.
impossible or difficult to sense
And I don't move a muscle other than to take shallow, almost
express or state indirectly
Finally, when it is obvious that none of her talking is working, the woman
implies that force is an alternative.
of a major artery supplying blood to the head and neck
As we drive up to the building, I put my index and middle fingers on my
carotid artery just behind my ear to take my pulse.
Below the caption I see my dad's
demolished pickup, in pieces and burned black, conjoined with a mangled medical truck.
lasting a very short time
I hit my head on the elephant-shaped coffee table when I experienced syncope, or a
transient loss of consciousness, more commonly known as passing out.
a smooth prominence of the frontal bone above the eyebrows
And when I did, the sharp edge of the pachyderm's trunk sliced right into my
in an abundant manner
Blood suddenly is everywhere because blows to the head bleed
capable of life or normal growth and development
Willow Chance, according to the assembled authorities—was he part of them now? It looked like it!—had no
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
I find no literature or
empirical data directed to a middle schooler.
understanding and entering into another's feelings
I feel overwhelming
empathy for that group right now.
a process in which one substance permeates another
Mai appears to understand the principle of
refuse to let have
Mai is thin, but I'm starting to realize that she has a monster appetite, especially for things that she previously has been
a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea
I'm done with my job as consumer
injurious to physical or mental health
Now I take a deep breath and hold the
noxious fumes in my lungs.
a proud stiff pompous gait
One of his shoes is untied but, with his belly leading the way, he has a new
swagger in his step.
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
But I cannot find my voice to do anything about these future
calamities, because it is someone's idea of inspirational to release the bobbing weapons.
move or force in an effort to get something open
His parents finally manage to
pry the ribbon from his clenched fist.
intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
As the four-year-old sobs in
agony, I know that he is the only one here who understands.
expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
I know that I'm eating meat bits that escape this tragically simple procedure, but the principle of my decision is intact, even if the reality is
a shelter from danger or hardship
Maybe that was why so many apartment complexes around town were named for ferns and wet, wooded
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
It was "an expression of the
yearning of a moisture-challenged climate"
a state in which all hope is lost or absent
Dell tried, in
desperation, to add up the events of the long and challenging month.
the act of examining something closely, as for mistakes
He knew now that he was being observed. And if there was one thing Dell Duke understood, it was that he didn't do well under
worthy of being depended on
She found the new catalog from her most
reliable supplier and circled a shade that she thought Willow would approve of.