Wednesday, September 18, 2013


We have 21 words this week whaaaaat Dr. Preston why would you do that????

(uneccessarily overreacting FTW)

[also tautology FTW]

{see I'm using vocab words even before the jump break 'cause I'm just cool like that}

!@#$I'm really out of symbols to use as parentheses%^&*

(The words that I already knew I marked with asterisks and guessed at the definitions. The definitions I guessed right are in italics, and the ones I got wrong are crossed out. All other definitions are either copied or paraphrased from, except for protégé, which is from that Google dictionary thing which gets its definitions from Oxford Dictionaries.)

01) beatitude supreme blessedness or exalted happiness
02) bete noire* ("something black" in French ...actually "black beast") a person or thing that one particularly dislikes or dreads
03) bode to be an omen of
04) dank* creepily moist; damp and chilly
05) ecumenical pertaining to (the unity of) the whole Christian Church; general or universal
06) fervid* enthusiastic; heated or vehement in spirit; burning, glowing, or intensely hot
07) fetid stinking
08) gargantuan* very very very large
09) heyday* peak of popularity, success, or strength
10) incubus an otherworldly nightmare; something that oppresses one like a nightmare
11) infrastructure* underlying support for society, like phone lines, waterways, etc.
12) inveigle to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk (followed by into); to acquire or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (followed by from or away)
13) kudos* congratulations; honor, glory, or acclaim
14) lagniappe free-with-purchase gift; gratuity or tip; unexpected or indirect benefit
15) obsequious kiss-uppy; see SYCOPHANT
16) prolix long and wordy; prone to speaking/writing wordily
17) protégé* a student or mini-me; a person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced person
18) prototype* original draft or model; something analogous to another thing of a later period; predecessor
19) sycophant kisser-upper; see OBSEQUIOUS
20) tautology redundancy
21) truckle to submit or yield OBSEQUIOUSLY or tamely (usually followed by to)

(continued from last week)

The room was dank, and sourly fetid. Like rotten lemons. The Earl must not have bothered with infrastructure like air circulation.

Despite the surroundings, Flame Princess blazed fervidly. The end of Lemongrab's heyday would be the beginning of her own. She'd make the Lemons truckle to her demands, and reduce them to obsequious sycophants. She'd lie, steal, fight, cheat, and inveigle all the kings out of their kingdoms, starting with her bete noire Lemongrab, until her rule was ecumenical. The Fire Kingdom would be gargantuan! Her vision raised her to a sort of beatitude.

"Listen Lemongrab! Your Earldom is mine, and there's nothing you can--"

Before she could finish her sentence, Lemongrab had turned on her with his Sound Sword. "Who dares intrude on the Lemongrounds? Unacceptabllllllllle!!"

Hit with the full force of the Sound Sword, Flame Princess was blasted against the wall of the room. Her crown slipped off her head as she slumped into a puddle and turned blue. The situation did not bode well for her. Her vision was filled with the apparition of a watery incubus until--

"Flame Princess?!" Finn had burst through the doorway into the room.

"Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!" screamed Lemongrab, enraged at the sight of his earlier conqueror's appearance. Finn ducked to avoid the Sound Sword beam, which instead hit the mirror shield that Cinnamon Bun, Flame Princess's protégé, was carrying. The beam was reflected back at Lemongrab, who screeched and stumbled backwards towards the window.

"Kudos for having such a strong weapon, but how do you like it when it's used against you?" demanded Finn. With that, he kicked Lemongrab out of the window, yelling after him, "And that's for lagniappe!"

He rushed to Flame Princess, who was beginning to recover. "Flame Princess! Are you okay?"

She sat up and rubbed her eyes. "Yeah, I'm fine. I don't know what came over me, I just suddenly felt like I needed to take over everything, ever since..."

She trailed off, thinking. Gradually, something dawned on her as her eyes settled on her crown, still lying on the floor where it had fallen.

Finn picked it up for her. "Don't worry about it, Flame Princess. C'mon, let's get out of here."

"Okay." Flame Princess smiled. "Thanks, Finn."


Unfortunately, I couldn't quite use all the words in the story, without going totally out of my way into prolix rambling, so I have to do another one of these cheaty afterwords (you can see the prototype from Week Three here).

Even when I was writing my original story arc about the Lemongrabs, I knew I wanted to write something about Flame Princess, 'cause in case you haven't noticed I totally ship Finn and FP. However, I didn't want to write anything too shippy, considering the recent episode Earth & Water (besides the fact that this is a school assignment and it would just be totes awk) and so far I've been reset-buttoning-it so as not to stray too far from canon. However, depending on the interpretation of the ending to this story, I may or may not have actually hit the reset button this time! You'll just have to keep reading my vocab fanfics to find out :)

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