100 words a day for the rest of Nanowhatevero

“Here is an exercise for you. Go to page twelve of the book you are reading, pick out random words and write a piece around them.” Thanks Lorraine! Here goes the first attempt at writing 100 words a day for the rest of November. Expect English and Gaolainn!

Don’t look now but they’re opening. At last. Let’s galvanize our efforts! Your tone was off so I took a furtive look, to calculate the distance. No. The barn was closed, sealed. Without a key we could do no more. The heads of gas-blue flames rose up behind the gates, a vacuum sucking out the life. Let them burn.

(From p.12 of Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín)
Galvanize
Tone
Furtive
Calculate
Sealed
Negotiate
Barn
Key
Gates