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. “Maggie,” she whispered, “call them to order.”

“I’m trying,” Maggie hissed. “Nobody’s listening.”

Kate rolled her eyes and whistled. “Everybody! Shut up. We’ve got to get started!”

The room immediately settled down. Maggie shot Kate a dirty look while twisting a smile on her face. “Welcome to our orientation!


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A.N. Okay, so I had no idea that ostensible meant something superficially real but maybe not on closer examination. You learn something new everyday.

*goes back to bezidening my new skirt*

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day


adjective | ah-STEN-suh-bul

1 : intended for display : open to view

2 : being such in appearance : plausible rather than demonstrably true or real.

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