Chapters 46–61

Willow Chance is an offbeat genius whose life is thrown off course when her adoptive parents die in a tragic accident.

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  1. jut
    extend out or project in space
    I would plant timber bamboo along the north side to jut up into the open space and shade the roof.
  2. pungent
    strong and sharp to the sense of taste or smell
    I suddenly see vines and lush plants clumped together, and the air is pungent with the smell of life.
  3. initiative
    the first of a series of actions
    "I'll take the initiative. I can get approval from the bank."
  4. stimulate
    stir feelings in
    As a rule, I find public architecture stimulating.
  5. quest
    the act of searching for something
    She finally hangs up, and I begin my quest
  6. bureaucracy
    unnecessary procedures that obstruct action
    I want to add that I'm obviously getting an education in bureaucracy every time she moves her mouth
  7. beckon
    appear inviting
    "A world lost, a world unsuspected beckons to new places and no whiteness (lost) is so white as the memory of whiteness."
  8. amass
    collect or gather
    But I can't stop myself from amassing more and more material.
  9. visceral
    obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning
    The idea of something for nothing is appealing in some visceral way.
  10. palindrome
    a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward
    A guy named Otto Sayas—I would give anything to have a name that was a palindrome—knocks on the door.
  11. pulverize
    make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust
    But the good news is that the solid ground really gets pulverized.
  12. propel
    cause to move forward with force
    Certain conditions propel a stream of dry air from the mountains to the shoreline.
  13. skeptical
    marked by or given to doubt
    Since I've never seen him do any kind of sport, and I'm skeptical about his bowling, I'm surprised.
  14. stamina
    enduring strength and energy
    Physical stamina is a component in leadership, even in the modern world, where it isn't necessary to be able to harness an ox.
  15. constellation
    a configuration of stars as seen from the earth
    More stars than I ever remember seeing, and I've spent a lot of time at night with my head tilted back analyzing the constellations.
  16. contagious
    easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
    I didn't understand until recently that emotions could be so contagious.
  17. unfurl
    unroll, unfold, or spread out
    About a month later, after they've gained up to eight feet in height, the large, flat disk that is the flower will unfurl.
  18. formerly
    at a previous time
    And that's when he got a close-up look at the creature formerly known as Cheddar.
  19. frantic
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
    But the animal was more than scarred and dirty; he was frantic and desperate.
  20. fend
    try to manage without help
    He had adopted Cheddar, and then he'd let the animal fend for himself in a parking lot.
  21. spectacle
    something or someone seen, especially a notable sight
    I think everyone in the building has really appreciated the spectacle.
  22. sever
    cut off from a whole
    If you slice off part of most established plants—this mature plant can be thought of as the parent—and you nurture this severed portion, it will grow.
  23. hormone
    the secretion of an endocrine gland transmitted by the blood
    Dell drives me to the Southside plant nursery on Saturday and we buy rooting hormone and three large bags of potting soil.
  24. infestation
    the state of being invaded or overrun by parasites
    I've looked at fungus and insect infestation for him in the past.
  25. convertible
    a car that has a top that can be folded or removed
    Quang-ha is on the couch watching a TV show about a guy who drives around the country in a convertible eating bacon cheeseburgers.
  26. trespass
    enter unlawfully on someone's property
    If we were on someone's private property, we would be trespassing.
  27. sequence
    a following of one thing after another in time
    I have to piece together the sequence of events, and when I get to the bottom of it, I believe that the plant loss is not just a defeat; it's a sign.
  28. diverse
    distinctly dissimilar or unlike
    A diverse selection of flowering vines (to climb up the metal poles to the second story).
  29. foliage
    the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants
    As another surprise, Lorenzo from Bakersfield Electric brings a set of solar-powered lights, which at night will send shafts up through the foliage into the starry sky.
  30. default
    an option that is selected automatically
    So is Cheddar, I think, but snoozing is his default setting, so I can't be sure.
  31. hibernation
    the act of retiring into inactivity
    Nights were now suddenly cool, and fans and air conditioners had finally been put away for their four-month-long electronic hibernation.
  32. wither
    lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
    I know from experience that some things will thrive and others will wither.
  33. anticipation
    something expected, as on the basis of a norm
    It doesn't hurt as much because a large component in pain has to do with anticipation.
  34. eternity
    time without end
    It takes a moment (which feels like eternity but is in reality less than a second) to process that I'm in the bathroom, and that I won't live at the Gardens of Glenwood after today.
  35. fume
    a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
    I know for a fact that those fumes from the nail polish are bad for her.
  36. hacker
    a programmer who breaks into computer systems
    I'm thinking that not many hacker kids end up here.
  37. futile
    producing no result or effect
    Or is life so filled with random action that the very notion of caution is futile?
  38. convey
    make known; pass on, of information
    When I see the judge I will try to convey a positive attitude, while at the same time monitoring my blood pressure and other vital signs.
  39. mitosis
    the process by which a cell divides into two smaller cells
    The next thing she knew, she had a permission slip to get Quang-ha out of biology (where he was actually paying attention to a short film on mitosis).
  40. evict
    expel from one's property or force to move out
    I'm thinking that he's thinking that he won't get evicted if she owns the place.
Created on August 21, 2014 (updated September 4, 2018)

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