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Aureate

Welcome to The Word! Either a story beginning, a story ending, a piece of flash fiction, a poem, painting, dance move—inspired by the word, aureate, where does it take me? Where does it take you?

[ OR-ee-eit ]

Adjective

  1. Denoting, made of, or having the color of gold.
  2. (of language) Highly ornamented or elaborate.

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Sunlight filled the room, bathing everything in its golden glow. The brightness forced him to open his eyes. He did so squinting, the light painful. His body felt heavy and sluggish, a typical occurrence in the morning; yet, after another few moments of adjusting to the sunlight, and being awake in general, he realized that the heaviness was more specific. 

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Stridor

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[ STRY-duhr ]

Noun

  1. A harsh, grating or creaking sound.

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The noise came from somewhere beneath her feet, vibrating the floorboards slightly, so she felt the sound as well. Lara turned to her boyfriend, and his face echoed the answer to the question in hers. He heard it too.

“What was that?” she asked.

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Eventide

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EE-vən-tahyd ]

Noun

  1. The end of the day.
  2. Evening.

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The feelings swirling through him were a mixture of that anger and defiance one gets when they’ve been wronged—that energy of a resistor—combined with a nauseating fear, unlike anything he’d experienced before. 

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Capricious

Welcome to The Word! Either a story beginning, a story ending, a piece of flash fiction, a poem, painting, dance move—inspired by the word, capricious, where does it take me? Where does it take you?

[ kə-PREE-shəs ]

Adjective

  1. Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.

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Sarah sat in the same black leather armchair that she’d come to know so well, her therapist sitting in a stiffer armchair across from her. She waited as he took a few notes—the usual start to one of their sessions. Date and time stuff, most likely, she thought. 

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Cavalcade

Welcome to The Word! Either a story beginning, a story ending, a piece of flash fiction, a poem, painting, dance move—inspired by the word, cavalcade, where does it take me? Where does it take you?

[ka-vəl-KAYD]

Noun

  1. A formal procession of people walking, on horseback, or riding in vehicles.

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Agabal was finally alone in the King’s quarters, and he was exhausted. Yet, despite his bodily weakness, which longed for sleep, his mind was active with excitement. The future was now open to him. Anything he wanted, dreamed about, or wanted to be removed, would be done with a simple declaration.