WeWriWa—A Friend Is a Friend


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m now sharing from Chapter 81, “A Friend Is a Friend,” of my WIP, Journey Through a Dark Forest. Lifelong best friends Patya Siyanchuk and Rodya Duranichev joined the Marines in April 1942, and are now in their third battle of the war at Saipan, in mid-June 1944.

Patya has just come to Rodya’s rescue after a Japanese soldier stabbed his shoulder, and has reassured Rodya that he’s not a coward or bad Marine for having gotten scared. However, their ordeal on this the second day of the battle is far from over.

This has been slightly edited to fit eight sentences.


“Is it unmanly to say I love you?  You’re the best friend I could’ve asked for.”

“I love you too, Ródyechka, and I’d do anything for you.” Pátya kneels and extricates Ródya’s boots, one by one, from the vines. “With any luck, that guy didn’t hurt your shoulder so bad you’ll have to lose the whole arm.  Try not to move that arm at all till I get you to the medic.”

Ródya peers over Pátya’s shoulder. “There are a couple more coming.”


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