Ostensible

MAGGIE, THE OSTENSIBLE leader of the Compassion Heart sorority, clapped her hands in a futile attempt to quiet the room. "Ladies! Ladies... let's get started. Please? Ladies!" Her exhortations went ignored; if anything, the room grew louder. Kate frowned and glanced at her phone. If this meeting didn't get started soon, she'd lose her reservation. … Continue reading Ostensible

Bedizen

Veronica walked into the room carrying a stack of dresses. "What do you think? Anything worth bedizening?" Betty stared at her, then marched over to the bookcase and pulled down the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Unabridged English Dictionary. "Bedizening? Omigod. Who says bedizening? I can't... I can't even. Bedizening. Bed. I. Zen. Ing. Whatever. What... … Continue reading Bedizen

Kaput

EDDIE WATCHED HIS stepfather struggle with lighting the model rocket's ignition. "Come on... come on... stupid thing." His stepfather looked over at him, an embarrassed grin on his face. "Stupid wick, right?" Eddie refrained from rolling his eyes. This was supposed to be a bonding experience. His mother wanted them to get along. Besides, his … Continue reading Kaput

Voracity

THE TWO CABINET secretaries sat next to each other, waiting for the president to call them into the Oval Office. "Can you believe this shitshow?" the one on the left whispered, glancing at his phone and wincing. "The poll numbers are hitting an all time low." "Don't tell him," hissed his companion. "One of the … Continue reading Voracity

Balmy

LISA'S FEET HURT. She knew better than to wear new shoes on her shift, but her manager had been up her butt about her old, worn out Keds. The last time she'd worn them, he'd threatened to fire her. "Come on, Lees. How do you think those look with the uniform? Wear them again, and … Continue reading Balmy

Quail

Today's word is QUAIL. Not the noun. The verb. Quail verb | KWAIL 1 : to give way : falter 2 : to recoil in dread or terror : cower Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - June 19, 2018