marked by richness and fullness of flavor
He was convinced, despite all the articles I printed out for him—he refused to read web pages—that each and every tea should be steeped at a full boil, whether it was a
robust Yunnan or a fragile gyokuro.
a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid
I shoveled tea from the bright orange tin into the filter basket, topped it with two scoops of rock sugar, and tucked it under the
As a people group, Persians are genetically
predisposed to like tea.
not modified or restricted by reservations
categorically opposed to plastic sample cups. Everything tasted gross out of plastic, all chemical-y and bland.
That way, when I graduated, I could work at an artisanal tea store, instead of one that added the latest superfood extract to whatever
dismal fannings the corporate tea blenders could find at the steepest discount.
commodities offered for sale
The entire front of Tea Haven was composed of giant windows, which, though tinted to reduce sun exposure, still offered a full and enticing view of the
wares (and employees) inside.
a servile or fawning dependant
He grabbed the doorframe and swung himself into the store, followed by one of his Soulless
Minions of Orthodoxy, Chip Cusumano.
the quality of adhering to what is commonly accepted
He grabbed the doorframe and swung himself into the store, followed by one of his Soulless Minions of
Orthodoxy, Chip Cusumano.
tending to hint at something improper or indecent
Trent Bolger never called me Darius. Not if there was a
suggestive nickname he could use instead.
Chip had on his team sweatshirt too, but he wore it with his usual black joggers, the kind with stripes down the sides that
taper around the ankles.
a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
nuances of my interaction with Fatty Bolger, the World’s Most Boring Hobbit, were lost on Charles Apatan.
a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
“People hook them on the
hitch of their truck...”
close in time; about to occur
Thankfully, the Audi had all sorts of flashing lights and sensors, so it could sound Red Alert when a collision was
fried croquette of mashed chickpeas and spices
Despite what boring Hobbits like Fatty Bolger might have thought, I did not go home and have
falafel for dinner.
a pause during which things are calm
I used the
lull in conversation to reach across the table for more pasta, but Dad pressed the salad bowl into my hands instead.
a petty misdeed
There was no point arguing with Stephen Kellner about dietary
a supernatural being worshipped as controlling the world
Tonight, it was “Who Watches the Watchers?” which is an episode from the third season where a pre-warp culture starts to worship Captain Picard as a
deity called The Picard.
characterized by a loud deep sound
He was smart; he loved “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”; and he had the best voice ever: deep and
resonant and British.
designed to prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence
preemptively turned up the volume on the TV. Sure enough, after a second, Mom started yelling in Farsi at her computer.
a variable quantity that can be resolved into components
My knowledge of Farsi consisted of four primary
vectors: (1) familial relations; (2) food words, because Mom always called the Persian food she cooked by its proper name; (3) tea words, because, well, I’m me; and (4) politeness phrases, the sort you learn in middle school foreign language classes, though no middle school in Portland has ever offered Farsi as an option.
the articulation of a consonant with a flutter of the tongue
Unlike me, Laleh did speak Farsi, pretty much fluently. When she was a baby, Mom talked to her in Farsi, and had all her friends do the same. Laleh grew up with the ear for it—the uvular fricatives and alveolar
trills that I could never get quite right.
walk in an emphatic or exaggerated way
flounced onto the couch on Dad’s other side and tucked her feet underneath her butt, disturbing the gravitational fields on the couch so Dad leaned away from me and toward her.
the usage or vocabulary characteristic of a group of people
Mamou and babou mean mother and father in Dari, which is the
dialect my grandparents spoke growing up Zoroastrian in Yazd.
appear very large or occupy a commanding position
loomed large on the monitor, her head tiny and her torso enormous.
Mamou’s picture kept freezing and unfreezing, occasionally turning into chunky blocks as the bandwidth
lacking orderly continuity
It was like a
garbled transmission from a starship in distress.
a circular diagram representing the 12 constellations
Mom said it had something to do with the
zodiac and Pisces, but then she admitted that if it weren’t for Laleh, who loved taking care of the goldfish, she wouldn’t include them at all.
monstrous sea creature symbolizing evil in the Old Testament
The largest fish, a
leviathan nearly the size of Laleh’s hand, only had its right eye.
dignified and somber in manner or character
Since Laleh was in charge of feeding the fish, she had also taken upon herself the
solemn duty of naming them.
mental state characterized by a despondent lack of activity
Dad and I both took medication for
fuse or cause to come together
A Level Three Awkward Silence began to
coalesce around us, like interstellar hydrogen pulled together by gravity to form a new nebula.
between or among stars
A Level Three Awkward Silence began to coalesce around us, like
interstellar hydrogen pulled together by gravity to form a new nebula.
characterized by clear expressive language
He spoke English well enough, and what few words I could extract from him were accented but
To be honest, I wasn’t sure that was really a thing—being physiologically incapable of burping—but Javaneh was the closest thing I had to a friend at Chapel Hill High School, so I didn’t want to risk alienating her by
prying too deeply.
the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property
I’d been dealing with jokes like that my entire life—well, ever since I started school, anyway—so it was nothing new. But that time it set me off like a high-yield