become superficially burned
The image has already
seared itself into my memory, but I need to pull myself back together.
a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
“Pffft. Last I checked, you’re in my domain,
a form of social organization in which men hold power
“Oh, well, excuse me for feeling any opposition to you waltzing into my room without knocking and suggesting that I adapt to your uninvited presence.” She sets her phone down—thank God—faces her computer, and mutters, “Friggin’
patriarchy, I swear.”
a source of materials to nourish the body
And there she is: Jupiter Charity-Sanchez at her computer, with her grass-green fingernails, three studs in each ear, and a hoop through her right nostril, likely organizing some community event to bring “
sustenance and smiles” to the local homeless or a boycott of some major retailer in protest of sweatshop conditions in Sri Lanka.
someone who deliberately foments trouble
Jupe—my very, very best friend in the universe. Force,
firebrand, future leader of America, I’m sure.
ludicrous.” She sits back at her laptop.
repeating the same sense in different words
“Normative. I know,” because she says that all the time even though it’s
a general feeling of discomfort, uneasiness, or depression
...I asked if she needed a cuddle because, duh, cuddles
are! the supreme cure for all forms of
a supernatural being worshipped as controlling the world
“Right!” Britain says, moving to the squat rack. “You’re like a
existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
“Neither of you have any appreciation for the
inherent value of women as human beings.”
someone who is considered for something
“Coop, once you got your Team Jupe playbook together, you can consult it when you encounter a legitimate
prospect. You can’t just pick whatever cute girl is available and try to force the feelings, dawg.”
practice play between two teams
I slipped up and told them of me and Jupe’s fairly frequent sleeping arrangements when I had a stiff shoulder from her lying on my arm all night and kept missing jump shots in a
scrimmage last season.
someone who offers opposition
One cannot best an
adversary without full awareness of said
pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
For one thing, I really haven’t slept since
implementing the Game Plan.
consider or render as the best or most appropriate type
When I showed Brit and Golly the list two days ago, Golly shook his head and said I was
idealizing her too much: “acting like she has no flaws so you can hold on to the idea that she’s perfect for you.”
easily disturbed or disgusted by unpleasant things
...brace yourself if you’re
squeamish about biology stuff...
provide a service or favor for someone
“Sit up.” She pats me on the thigh.
With a nice fake groan, I
Now she wants to look all taken
a large hairy creature said to live in the Himalayas
“Like I was saying before the
yeti interrupted”—Brit glares at Golly—“y’all should join me. Hella new girls to peruse.”
examine or consider with attention and in detail
“Like I was saying before the yeti interrupted”—Brit glares at Golly—“y’all should join me. Hella new girls to
(of reputation) free from blemishes
“Coop, this could be a brand-new prospect,
untainted by Decatur High politics.”
favoring or promoting modern or innovative ideas
We live in a pretty "
progressive” area, as Mama likes to put it, and barring one incident in ninth grade involving some bigots picketing at one of my basketball games in deeeeeeeeeeep South Georgia, the two-dad life has never really been a big deal.
take part in a strike or protest
We live in a pretty "progressive” area, as Mama likes to put it, and barring one incident in ninth grade involving some bigots
picketing at one of my basketball games in deeeeeeeeeeep South Georgia, the two-dad life has never really been a big deal.
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
Do they see each other outside of school? Did they hang out at all during my Game Plan
the act of making something evident
disclosure: I’m not used to girls not paying me any attention, and it’s bothering me a lot that Rae’s into Jupe instead of me.
vulgar or irreverent speech or action
It stops me in my tracks because I never hear her use
marked by a lack of interest
When they finally break apart, Jupe tells Rae she’ll be over tomorrow, and Rae tosses an
indifferent half-wave in my general direction before heading to her dad’s car.
lacking cordiality; unfriendly
It’d be one thing if she were weird/
standoffish with everyone but Jupe.
devolves into depraved imaginings involving Jupe’s brown skin and Rae’s freckles pretty quickly.
deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper
...it devolves into
depraved imaginings involving Jupe’s brown skin and Rae’s freckles pretty quickly.
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
After our warm-up laps, we all gather on the blue mats and find Rae standing next to Coach Q in standard cheer-practice
garb—sports bra, tank top, and cotton shorts that reveal just how long and toned her legs are.
hold someone's attention
Highly doubt I need to mention that the rest of us are
brief and to the point
She doesn’t even glance my way. Just a
curt “Thanks, Courtney” in passing.
the state of being exposed
“Ugh.” She puts her head in her hands. “You know
vulnerability is not my strong suit!” And yet another deep breath.
the post or function properly occupied or served by another
lieu of a response—because I’m a little choked up—I kiss her forehead, and she squeezes me tighter.