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altar

n. a table or place used as a center of a ceremony

stern

adj. strict or harsh looking

latched

v. held together

teetered

v. moved unsteadily

scouted

v. looked for

hovered

v. moved back and forth over; hung above

vacant

adj. empty

abandoned

adj. deserted; empty

suspiciously

adv. causing doubt

parole

n. a conditioned release of a prisoner before the sentence is over

spade

n. 1. a tool for digging 2. a suit in playing cards that resemble a black, upside-down heart with a short stem.

plot

n. a small area of land

simile

a comparison of two things using like or as

metaphor

a comparison of two things that doesn't use like or as

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