Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet, creatively edited to fit into 8 lines, comes right after last week’s. The shy, humble Prince Konstantin has assured Grand Duchess Olga he doesn’t care about the very real chance their potential marriage might produce hemophiliac sons. People didn’t know everything about genetic inheritance in 1918, but they were smart enough to figure out hemophilia is only passed along by women.
Olga has praised his beautiful, sincere heart and spirit, and lamented how nothing was done about her marriage prospects after the failed 1914 meeting with Prince Carol of Romania. Kostya then feels obliged to tell her, in the interest of honesty, that he also had a crush on another woman.
“I also had another woman in mind I was interested in marrying, if we’re both being honest. There should be no secrets between us. I was so sad and frightened when my request to meet Princess Elisabeta of Romania was denied on political grounds after the war started, and I thought I’d never have a chance to meet her. But now I’m glad I was denied the chance to meet her and fall in love with her, since she obviously wasn’t the woman God meant for me if our meeting wasn’t approved.” Konstantín blushed and looked at the floor. “Please don’t take this the wrong way, Your Highness; I’m not trying to say you’re definitely the woman God really intended for me after just this brief meeting. I’m very interested in the possibility, but if you’re not equally interested in marriage, I’d never force your hand. You have free agency.”
Princess Elisabeta of Romania, Kostya’s other unrequited love