highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
His mouth was dry and tasted
foul and sticky.
wither, as with a loss of moisture
His lips were cracked and felt as if they were bleeding and if he did not drink some water soon he felt that he would
wither up and die.
be violent; as of fires and storms
But the lake was blue, and wet-looking, and his mouth and throat
raged with the thirst and he did not know where there might be another form of water he could drink Besides, he had probably swallowed a ton of it while he was swimming out of the plane and getting to shore.
a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)
In the movies they always showed the hero finding a clear spring with pure sweet water to drink but in the movies they didn’t have plane
wrecks and swollen foreheads and aching bodies and thirst that tore at the hero until he couldn’t think.
(of liquids) clouded as with sediment
Along the edge there were thick grasses and the water looked a little
murky and there were small things swimming in the water, small bugs.
bend one's back forward from the waist on down
stooped and put his mouth to the lake and drank and drank, pulling it deep and swallowing great gulps of it.
put in motion or move to act
For the first time since the crash his mind started to work, his brain
triggered and he began thinking.
estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
It was hot now, but the sun was high and to his rear and he sat in the shade of the tree in
broad in scope or content
When a plane went down they mounted
extensive searches and almost always they found die plane within a day or two.
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
Brian had once had an English teacher, a guy named Perpich, who was always talking about being
positive, staying on top of things.
provided with a motive or given incentive for action
All Perpich would say is that I have to get
displaying numbers rather than scale positions
He had a
digital watch still on his wrist but it was broken from the crash—the litde screen blank—and he took it off and almost threw it away but stopped the hand motion and lay the watch on the grass with the rest of it.
a useful or valuable quality
Perpich used to drum that into them— “You are your most valuable
a steady sound without overtones
tones at first, then louder and louder until he was yelling it “I’m hungry, I’m hungry, I’m hungry.”
of or relating to the mind
mental picture of hamburger, the way they showed it in the television commercials, thundered into his thoughts.
push into action by pestering or annoying gently
Why did that keep coming into his thinking that way,
nudging and pushing?
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
Of course they figured they’d have all sorts of goodies like a gun and a knife and fishing
gear and matches so they could hunt and fish and have a fire.
decrease in size, extent, or range
He wanted to stay near the lake because he thought the plane, even deep in the water, might show up to somebody flying over and he didn’t want to
diminish any chance he might have of being found.
make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust
Some of the rock that had been scooped out had also been
pulverized by the glacial action, turned into sand, and now made a small sand beach that went down to the edge of the water in front and to the right of the overhang.
relating to or derived from a glacier
Some of the rock that had been scooped out had also been pulverized by the
glacial action, turned into sand, and now made a small sand beach that went down to the edge of the water in front and to the right of the overhang.
a grouping of a number of similar things
The slender branches went up about twenty feet and were heavy, drooping with
clusters of bright red berries.
be shiny, as if wet
They were half as big as grapes but hung in bunches much like grapes and when Brian saw them,
glistening red in the sunlight he almost yelled.
become faint or more distant
As soon as the cold water hit his stomach he felt the hunger sharpen, as it had before, and he stood and held his abdomen until the hunger cramps
They were still tart, but had a sweetness to them, although they seemed to make his lips a bit
not carefully or expertly made
He turned and looked at it, studied the
and nothing more
The branches were empty of birds but still had many berries, and some of those that had been
merely red yesterday were now a dark maroon to black.
overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
Soon, as before, his stomach was full, but now he had some sense and he did not
gorge or cram more down.
a small stream
Soon the sand outside was drenched and there were
rivulets running down to the lake.
covered with or smelling of mold
The smell was one of rot, some
musty rot that made him think only of graves with cobwebs and dust and old death.
to exert much effort or energy
Now he screamed, with the pain and fear, and skittered on his backside up into the comer of the shelter, breathing through his mouth,
straining to see, to hear.
the property of something that is great in magnitude
He felt he could see a low dark form, a
bulk in the darkness, a shadow that lived, but now it moved away, slithering and scraping it moved away and he saw or thought he saw it go out of the door opening.
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
When it was
apparent that the shadow wasn’t coming back he felt the calf of his leg, where the pain was centered and spreading to fill the whole leg.
with extreme care or delicacy
gingerly touched a group of needles that had been driven through his pants and into the fleshy part of his calf.
one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
In the initial
segment of the dream his father was standing at the side of a living room looking at him and it was clear from his expression that he was trying to tell Brian something.
full of light; shining intensely
The first faint light hit the silver of the hatchet and it flashed a
brilliant gold in the light Like fire.