Etiquette – the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life

He was struggling to get his ticket out. The creased hands shaking, although this had nothing to do with the queue of people that formed behind him.

She tapped the floor impatiently – it was 8:17 and she already was not aware of the amount of caffeine now spinning in her veins. Nonetheless, when he turned behind him with an astonished expression on his tired face, she did but smiled politely.

Hamartia – tragic flaw

She grabbed the end of the skirt and exclaimed “This is really pretty indeed”, whispering as she folded the hem and noticing the loose stitches in the inside.

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.