written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
Nothing is lacking: official reports,
affidavits of well-known people, of
surgeons, of priests, of magistrates; the judicial proof is most complete.
a compact fine-textured, usually white gypsum used for carving
That displeased him; his
alabaster brow furrowed.
highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
I tried to make my smile
alluring, wondering if I was laying it on too thick.
expel, as if by official decree
banished that thought before his quick eyes read it on my face.
light teasing repartee
The green light of the forest was strangely at odds with the adolescent laughter, too murky and ominous to be in harmony with the light
banter around me.
summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
He held up one hand and
beckoned me to come to him.
full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
I listened intently to their quiet footsteps, which were much too quiet when compared to the
boisterous noise they’d been making earlier, and it didn’t sound like they were speeding up, or getting any closer to me.
the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
“Well,” Mike paused, carefully reassessing the situation as he watched our
openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
I didn’t know if we were still being as
a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
Ordinary people seem to make it through the day without so many
laugh quietly or with restraint
chuckled at my puzzled tone.
suffering from claustrophobia; abnormally afraid of closed-in places
We’d rolled the windows down — the Suburban was a bit
claustrophobic with nine people in it — and I tried to absorb as much sunlight as possible.
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
It was a
colossal tribute to his face that it kept my eyes away from his body.
contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions
“Don’t let that make you
complacent, though,” he warned me.
be false to; be dishonest with
“It’s your fault that he’s
deluded himself into thinking I’m going to prom with him.”
sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
Desolation hit me with crippling strength.
state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
It was a
most frequent or common
It seemed to me that irritation was winning out over amusement as the
dominant emotion in his face.
in a doubtful manner
dubiously as we walked through the front doors of the store.
become smaller or lose substance
Most of the young romantic he’d been in those days had faded before I’d known him, as the curly brown hair — the same color, if not the same texture, as mine — had
dwindled, slowly revealing more and more of the shiny skin of his forehead.
not clear to the understanding
He looked at me, his eyes
increase in extent or intensity
Angela just stared out the window at the
escalating storm, and Lauren twisted around in the middle seat to occupy Tyler’s attention, so I could simply lay my head back on the seat and close my eyes and try very hard not to think.
exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation
But that wasn’t completely responsible for the
euphoric mood I was in, not even close.
hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison
The wolf faced away from me, pointing toward the shore, the hair on the back of his shoulders bristling, low growls issuing from between his exposed
characterized by intense emotion
My voice was
fervent with gratitude.
intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
I was afraid he would turn on me with disgust and accuse me of my
fraud, but he still seemed flattered.
state of violent mental agitation
I was far too lost in my own
frenzy of antici¬pation to notice much of what she said.
I listed again in my head the things I’d observed myself: the impossible speed and strength, the eye color shifting from black to gold and back again, the inhuman beauty, the pale,
look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
I could see Jessica
glowering at us now.
characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque
When the results came up, there was a lot to sift through — everything from movies and TV shows to role-playing games, underground metal, and
gothic cosmetic companies.
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
I asked, surprised at how
hoarse my voice sounded.
not subject to death
Speed, strength, beauty, pale skin, eyes that shift color; and then Jacob’s criteria: blood drinkers, enemies of the werewolf, cold-skinned, and
a positive motivational influence
“To give me some small
incentive to bring you back.”
without logical or meaningful connection
I sat quietly, dazed, my thoughts
generally incompetent and ineffectual
He smiled, elated by my
the quality of being unfaithful
It seemed that most vampire myths centered around beauti¬ful women as demons and children as victims; they also seemed like constructs created to explain away the high mortality rates for young children, and to give men an excuse for
marked by casual disrespect
Lauren asked — in what I imagined was an
insolent tone — from across the fire.
imparting strength and vitality
It had been a while since I’d had a girls’ night out, and the estrogen rush was
impossible to resist; overpowering
“Would it be all right if I joined you?” he asked in his silken,
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
We listened to whiny rock songs while Jessica
jabbered on about the boys we hung out with.
the quality of threatening evil
I’d never noticed what an unpleasant, nasal voice she had, and I was surprised by the
malice in it.
ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water
I ate breakfast cheerily, watching the dust
moats stirring in the sunlight that streamed in the back window.
be apathetic, gloomy, or dazed
I was glad to leave campus, so I would be free to pout and
mope before I went out tonight with Jessica and company.
suggesting the horror of death and decay
It was silly and
morbid to entertain such ridicu¬lous notions.
reflect deeply on a subject
“I think I’ll get them — though they’ll never match anything but the one dress,” she
talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
I heard her
muttering to Mike.
marked by blithe unconcern
I failed miserably in my attempt to sound
failing to keep in mind
tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
He walked to the door of the restaurant and held it open with an
come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
The fog had almost dissolved by the end of the second hour, but the day was still dark with low,
intended to attract notice and impress others
“Like I said, it’s
an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
There were many I didn’t know, and others I couldn’t be sure about because they were so covered in green
a person who travels by foot
I could see in the distance, two inter¬sections down, streetlamps, cars, and more
pedestrians, but they were all too far away.
suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture
But Jessica and Angela knew it well, so they didn’t plan to waste time on the
picturesque boardwalk by the bay.
penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
Now that there was no longer the sound of my soggy footsteps, the silence was
any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
I was painfully eager to see not just him but all the Cullens — to compare them with the new suspicions that
plagued my mind.
a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
I turned onto my side and ripped the rubber band out, quickly combing through the
plaits with my fingers.
apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful
I read carefully through the descriptions, looking for anything that sounded familiar, let alone
having or wielding force or authority
Second, there was part of him — and I didn’t know how
potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood.
any animal that lives by preying on other animals
We try to focus on areas with an overpopulation of
predators — ranging as far away as we need.
animal hunted or caught for food
They supposedly were somehow able to
prey on animals instead.”
situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed
I stared at his face in
profound relief, relief that went beyond my sudden de¬liverance.
attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
Port Angeles was a beautiful little tourist trap, much
more polished and
quaint than Forks.
unpleasantly loud and harsh
“Don’t be like that, sugar,” he called, and the
raucous laughter started again behind me.
spring back; spring away from an impact
His words hinted at an end, and I
recoiled from the idea.
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance
Most of the young
romantic he’d been in those days had faded before I’d known him, as the curly brown hair — the same color, if not the same texture, as mine — had dwindled, slowly revealing more and more of the shiny skin of his forehead.
fill to satisfaction
It doesn’t completely
satiate the hunger — or rather thirst.
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
A few minutes after Angela left with the hikers, Jacob
sauntered over to take her place by my side.
a person who rescues you from harm or danger
I wanted nothing more than to be alone with my perpetual
frown with displeasure
scowled, but nodded.
examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
“Honestly, I’m not hungry,” I insisted, looking up to
scrutinize his face.
to move about or proceed hurriedly
The bouquets of brilliant anemones undulated ceaselessly in the invisible current, twisted shells
scurried about the edges, obscuring the crabs within them, starfish stuck motionless to the rocks and each other, while one small black eel with white racing stripes wove through the bright green weeds, waiting for the sea to return.
not agitated; without losing self-possession
I settled into outlining a rough draft con¬tentedly, more
serene than I’d felt since . . . well, since Thursday afternoon, if I was being honest.
showing signs of wear and tear
I had a small collection of books that came with me to Forks, the
shabbiest volume being a compilation of the works of Jane Austen.
stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
After all, if he was something . . .
sinister, he’d done nothing to hurt me so far.
to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
As I crossed the threshold of the cafeteria, I felt the first true tingle of fear
slither down my spine and settle in my stomach.
marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction
I didn’t add that I was finished with it — no need to sound
reflect deeply on a subject
speculated, distracting myself.
not based on fact or investigation
He led the way into the line, still not speaking, though his eyes returned to my face every few seconds, their expression
held in check with difficulty
stifled a yawn.
I walked up the stairs slowly, a heavy
stupor clouding my mind.
just below the level of consciousness
subconscious had dredged up exactly the images I’d been trying so desper¬ately to avoid.
showing ignorance of the laws of nature and faith in magic or chance
“So do you think we’re a bunch of
superstitious natives or what?” he asked in a playful tone, but with a hint of worry.
to put down by force or authority
I awakened with renewed hope that I grimly tried to
a display of bad temper
Of course, I’d kicked up enough
tantrums to end the fishing trips by the time I was eleven.
harass with persistent criticism or carping
“It was nice to see you again," Jacob said, and I could tell he was
taunting Mike just a bit.
abundantly filled with especially living things
Along its pebbled banks, shallow pools that never completely drained were
teeming with life.
a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
But this pack that came to our
territory during my great-grandfather’s time was differ¬ent.
the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
As I crossed the
threshold of the cafeteria, I felt the first true tingle of fear slither down my spine and settle in my stomach.
the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
The thick bands of muscle that wrapped his arms and
torso were somehow even more menacing now.
a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms
So my great-grandfather made a
truce with them.
the time of day immediately following sunset
Not while the rain made it dim as
twilight under the canopy and pattered like footsteps across the matted earthen floor.
And after what happened tonight, I’m surprised that you did make it through a whole weekend
completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
But I felt
utterly safe and, for the moment, totally unconcerned about where we were going.
without an occupant or incumbent
But when I got to them, they were just a repair shop and a
a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart
My blood was electric in my
in a wary manner
The thickset man shrugged away from the wall as I
warily came to a stop, and walked slowly into the street.
marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
wary, as he always did when I asked an open- ended question.
showing pensive sadness
He turned to look at me with a