a course of events that will inevitably happen in the future
Considering how many young Spokanes have died in car wrecks, I’m pretty sure it’s my
destiny to die in a wreck, too.
be worthy or deserving
I couldn’t think of anything I’d done that would
intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one
grief didn’t hit me right away.
give advice to
counseled a student whose sibling had just died.
a person's brother or sister
She’d never counseled a student whose
sibling had just died.
imparting a divine influence on the mind and soul
The guidance office was filled with self-help books and
inspirational posters and SAT test books and college brochures and scholarship applications, and I knew that none of that, absolutely none of it, meant shit.
emphasizing style at the expense of thought
It was a
rhetorical question, meaning there wasn’t supposed to be an answer, right?
capable of being wounded or hurt
vulnerable right now.”
be in motion due to some air or water current
And a curtain
drifted in on the wind and caught the hot plate, and the trailer burned down quick.”
run away quickly
fled my house and went to school.
openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
And I’d been so
suspicious of them.
a concentration camp where prisoners are likely to die
But somehow or another, Indians have forgotten that reservations were meant to be
overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner
I was the only one with enough
And the tribe of
a large diurnal bird of prey feeding chiefly on carrion
Vultures flying circles in the sky hot.
inactive but capable of becoming active
So the scientists said it was probably an ancient and
dormant volcano crater.
I kept expecting one of them to snap and send me
plummeting to my death.
hold on tightly or tenaciously
clung tightly to the tree as it swung in the breeze.
place or situation affording some benefit
vantage point, we could see for miles.
allowing light to pass through diffusely
I missed my white friends and white teachers and my
We’d always been such
constituting a copy or imitation of something
I said, mock-surprised.
the act of feeding as in a meadow or pasture
“So I looked up nomadic in the dictionary, and it means people who move around, who keep moving, in search of food and water and
a member of a people who have no permanent home
“You’re an old-time
nomad,” Rowdy said.