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.”


9 comments on “WeWriWa—A Friend Is a Friend

  1. If it’s a couple more Japanese soldiers coming, I have a feeling he’s not going to have any choice about moving that arm.


  2. Elsa Holland says:

    I like that they expressed how they felt about each other. I would have liked a bigger piece to read of course 🙂


  3. Juneta says:

    Nice 8, and leaves us hanging. Good job.
    Juneta at Writer’s Gambit


  4. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I think we’re about to see why their day is far from over. Really nice moment between them; men should express their emotions more openly. Nice 8!


  5. burnsmillie says:

    Yikes, sounds like it’s going to be a rough morning!


  6. Uh oh, they better get a move on! Very tense scene, getting more tense but a lovely little moment of friendship in the midst of war as well.


  7. Sarah W says:

    Out of the frying pan . . . 🙂


  8. caitlinstern says:

    Aww, friendship is sweet! Such a man issue to have to quality it, though. Now seems like a good time to wake up the other soldiers.


  9. I like the candid moment. They’d better hurry! Good 8, Carrie-Anne 🙂 !


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