DEFINE THIS WORD
by Tari Gwaemir
"What's the meaning of 'correlation'?"
"The degree to which two or more attributes or measurements show a tendency to vary together."
"You memorized that, didn't you?"
"Of course. What's the meaning of 'contingent'?"
"Dependence on chance or on certain conditions." Arima paused. "What's the meaning of 'complement'?"
"Something that completes or makes perfect," Miyazawa recited glibly. She smiled down at her textbook. "In other words, you. For me."
He laughed and pretended to throw his book at her. "Do you really, truly believe that?"
She didn't even duck. "Of course. Really, truly."
They both blushed and pretended to study their books. The silence felt comfortable, like a shared blanket.
"So...what's the meaning of 'cognizance'?"