Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Week in Seven Words #318

branding
She married someone who picks at her like tissue on the bottom of his shoe. With a determined smile, she spins his sullenness as shy charm, his malice as social awkwardness.

chlorosis
Under the fluorescent lights, the fake plants look anemic. So do the people - washed out, moving as if their feet were planted in deep, sucking mud.

diminishing
All the information we've found suggests there's no way the problem will disappear on its own. (Yes it will, he says.) Let's try a treatment. Giving it a try costs almost nothing. (It's unnecessary.) Why? (Because.)

methamphetamine
She gets a hit of anger from the TV news, her round-the-clock drug.

riddles
They're tech-savvy, but that doesn't mean they don't like offline games. Case in point - her scavenger hunt with clues planted among stuffed animals and kitchen appliances.

sequestered
Once people go into the little soundproof room in their mind, it doesn't matter how hard you pound on the door. I forget this, even though I've seen it often and done it myself.

sleeky
PowerPoint, pizza, multi-colored plastic chairs - it's like I'm back in grad school.

4 comments:

Brian Joseph said...

I think that what you wrote for "methamphetamine" is being experienced by a lot of people these days. I would add the internet as another drug in the angry cocktail.

HKatz said...

Definitely, the internet plays a huge role...

Lucy said...

Branding - shudder. I wonder if she believes it herself? I wonder if she's better off believing it?

With such an old head on your shoulders, I can't believe you're so young that there was Powerpoint when you were in grad school!

HKatz said...

I don't think she fully believes it. She's trying very hard to and gets super defensive about it, so there's no way at this point of talking to her about it frankly.

As for my old head... :) I've got an old head and a young heart.