WeWriWa—Velira’s Birthday Wish

Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m currently sharing from my current WIP, Journey Through a Dark Forest, Chapter 39, “Velira’s Birthday Wish.” It’s September 1937 in Isfahan, Iran, and the orphanage co-director’s niece is turning three years old. One-third of her birthday wish came true when she found the father she hasn’t seen in four months.

Back at the orphanage, Velira’s father and his former prince friend were greeted suspiciously by Manzura, a young Tajik girl appointed as interpreter because of the similarity between Persian and Tajik. The prince has tried to put her mind at ease and called her out for being so suspicious.


Manzura runs into the courtyard to get Ínna and Mrs. Brézhneva.  Ínna comes out half-expecting Velira to have randomly seen some man who didn’t look Persian and decided he was her father.  It’s just the type of thing children of that age are prone to do.  At least he had the decency and common sense to have returned her.

“Vítya?” she gasps. “Is that really you?”

“Who else could it be?” He sets Velira down and rushes to hug his sister.


11 comments on “WeWriWa—Velira’s Birthday Wish

  1. burnsmillie says:

    Who else could it be? How cute. I love the picture this brings up in my mind : )


  2. A happy scene! Always enjoy your excerpts 🙂


  3. Wonderful ebd to a child’s adventure.


  4. Sarah W says:

    The possibility that she was mistaken was my worry, too—I’m so glad it all worked out! You might put your characters through a lot of terrible stuff (to your credit, because that makes good stories), but you don’t stint on the happy endings! 🙂


  5. Sweet snippet! Loved the 8.


  6. Lovely. Thanks for the introduction and then the sweet satisfying scene.


  7. What a sweet reunion moment! Nicely done. I like how Inna thinks it’s a random man, and that Valeria has mistaken her for her father. Very nice! 🙂


  8. I’ve never heard of WeWriWa – very cool! Thanks for sharing this!


  9. caitlinstern says:

    Little kids do have an imagination–but this time it’s a happy ending!


  10. Lynn Crain says:

    Nice snippet. It’s true about kids and their imagination though it was wonderful to know her wish had come true. Thanks for sharing your 8.


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