make a groove in
I'm a mere moment away from
gouging the creep in the eye sockets with my two stiff fingers when it registers in my brain who it is.
distinctive and stylish elegance
"I took tae kwon do for a few years, you know...Just for kicks." I kick my foot up for
flair. It feels like something Kay would do.
a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death
"Pshh. I wasn't scared." I shrug teasingly. "You're the one who screamed like a
In a deep voice, he says, "I can shatter objects, level skyscrapers, and
incapacitate my enemies using the power of my supersonic scream."
with strained or eager attention
I inhale deeply as I stare
intently at the mirror again.
summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
"Yeah, c'mon, Kay,” she says,
beckoning me with both arms.
marked by eager anticipation
She looks up
expectantly. "Now, who wants to start?"
a nervous restrained laugh
tittering of laughter comes from the audience.
having gained complete status
If I don't say something now, I'm going to have a
full-fledged panic attack in front of everyone.
Sienna's slapping her thigh. "That was..." She wipes the corner of her eye with one finger. "Peak
angered at something unjust or wrong
indignant. "Uh. Why are you selling them short? They're the masterminds behind the entire Dark Squad franchise!"
hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
As we're exchanging numbers, the challenge
looms heavy on my mind. It's going to be hard to convince my parents. Nearly impossible, even.
a sudden sharp feeling
Pangs of paranoia surge through me.
an initial attempt
There's no way he could possibly know about my
forays to the Haha Club, is there?
exceptionally bad or displeasing
abysmal." She closes the financial report. "Enough about that."
characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
No matter how beat Mom is after a
grueling day at the restaurant, if she hears us utter the word hungry, the stove will be fired up in ten seconds flat.
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
I take a second glance at her. My sister's always been on the petite side, but my mom's right. She looks a little
gaunt, and her collarbones are extra pointy through her silk tank top.
not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
"What are you talking about?" Yuri says,
I can't tell if my sister is playing dumb or if she's really clueless that we're onto her. We've been onto her.
fill as much as possible
brim with hope as he looks over at the dark corner of the restaurant where dusty calligraphy scrolls and bamboo fans hang on the walls alongside stacked boxes of soy sauce and cooking oil.
"Yumi, please. This is adult talk." Mom
chastises me as she reaches to point at the middle section of the restaurant.
the dead body of a human being
Yuri exhales long and slow. "No, no. It's not that. My grades are perfect. I'm—I'm not happy. I just don't want to be there. I hate the blood. The
cadavers. The guts. The organs."
My parents have been
relentless trying to get her to reconsider.
a person who does not eat any animal products
"I'm getting the mango. It's dairy-free.” Ginny sifts through her zebra-print backpack for her wallet. "You know, because I'm
vegan now," she reminds me.
cause to act in a specified manner
I remember her telling me how they had her drinking this expensive mystery tea from a Chinese medicine herbalist—until she found out it was made from ground deer antlers—to
stimulate her growth plates or something like that.
argue over petty things
squabbling with them about it nonstop ever since.
"My mom said if I bring up veganism one more time, I'm grounded."
a name that has been assumed temporarily
“Kay?" I chuckle nervously. I go with the first thing that pops into my head. “Oh, that? Kay is, uh...It's my English name."
I'm hot under my skin.
"You mean, like an
alias? Like Clark Kent?” Felipe suggests.
send on a course different from the planned or intended one
So much for my attempt to
divert the conversation. At this rate, Ginny's going to make me blow my cover in front of Felipe before my boba is done. I need to get out of here.
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief
“See, when you share something
authentic about yourself, people connect to you. And chances are, you're not the only person who has felt the way you're feeling."
shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way
I'd tell some killer jokes, and they'd be so funny my parents wouldn't be able to hold it in. Mom would try to be
demure by holding her hand over her mouth, and Dad would let his laugh-bark rip.