Encroach –  to enter by gradual steps into the possessions or rights of another

She was waiting for him to get ready, lingering her eyes on some knickknacks around – porcelain elephants, old grocery tickets, pens from work.

By the time he came back with a different shirt on, he noticed the shelves being much tidier.

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Two-bit – cheap, trivial, or petty

They were sitting next to each other and both staring the screen of her phone: and now that he got closer to her, he noticed clumps of a yellowish glue at the base of her eyelashes.

Abecedarian -of or relating to the alphabet; alphabetically arranged

Her tiny fingertip painted in glossy nail polish, scratched at the top after having pushed his cousin Kevin on the seesaw for the whole afternoon.

“Sit down, have some juice”

The satin shirt of her mother rolled up to the elbows when cutting turkey breast, revealing a modern watch and a tiny butterfly inked on her wrist, dating back to when she was old enough to get drunk, but not enough to get a tattooist working on her without her parents’ consent.

She was struggling to grasp the straw with her mouth only, without making use of her hands.

“A…C…Ace” repeated the kid.

“What’s cool, dear?” joked her mum.

The kid ignored that word she didn’t know, focusing on the sequence of letters she was following with her index on the bottle of juice.

“A…b…c…d…e…”

Every other letter. Her face wrinkled in a smile of pride.

That was it!

She could not wait to share that exciting discovery with her mum and her cousin Kevin.

 

Billion – A very large number

She placed her purse on the hook under the bar; it was her first time in that club and yet she knew where to find it, how to wait for the bartender’s attention, and what to order: a gin tonic – you can never go wrong with that.

She relaxed now that she knew alcohol would not long arrive. She looked around the place: blonde men showing muscles behind tight shirts, ladies suffering the cold in sleeve-less dresses, young kids disguising themselves as adults.

She tried to get that thought back, but it was all too much of something she’d already seen a thousands of times.