Saturday, February 13, 2016

Week in Seven Words #278

First impression of the school corridors: bulletin boards, artwork, and the reek of disinfectants.

I pace in the rectangle of light from the doorway.

"I'll stick around for an hour" becomes "I'll stay all night."

They tried to console him in his grief by telling him that other people have suffered too. But when does that approach work? Did they think other people's pain would ease his own, or that it would be a good idea to somehow shame him out of his sorrow?

A powerful mental rush where I feel focused and thirsty for knowledge.

The kids have been coached to repeat lines, hop on cue and wiggle around dancing when the teacher tells them to. They're old enough to start feeling embarrassed by the silliness, especially because it's orchestrated by adults and not spontaneous.

She says, "I'm worried." What she doesn't say is, "I need to control you." But those other words are there, whether she realizes it or not. I'm not going to pretend they aren't.


Brian Joseph said...

I am thinking about the word "aseptically'. I am reading Jeff Vandemeer's Souther Reach series. The use and smell of disinfectant in a government building is playing an interesting role in the story, at least symbolically.

Such smells can really influence the atmosphere of a place.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

Aseptic immediately brings to mind the god-awful smell which attacks me every time I visit a hospital. I always have to come home and change immediately after having visited.

I'm with you about the visitors who never know when to go home ... even when we drop some quite heavy hints. I know they would be mortified if we ever actually said anything, however it can become quite frustrating and even tiring ... especially if, like myself, you are quite an introvert and find mindless conversation making difficult.

Thanks for sahring your words this week and I hope that the weekend was good :)


HKatz said...

@ Brian Joseph - I agree (and I plan to look up the series you mentioned)

@ Yvonne - Thanks! And yeah, that smell has a depressing effect.

The Bookworm said...

Duration is always the way though and subtext reminds of of how I am with my kids sometimes.

HKatz said...

It isn't necessarily a bad thing to stick around; depends on your welcome and how worthwhile the opportunity is.