WeWriWa—Joyless Christmas

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Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m skipping ahead a little bit from last week, as Grand Duke Mikhail unsuccessfully implores 14-year-old Aleksey to get out of his melancholic state. He’s told his nephew how much everyone loves him and wants him to get better, that there are special presents under the tree for him, and that they were given a second chance for a reason. Mikhail was a prisoner too, but he recovered his nerves and started a new leaf after his rescue.

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Grand Duke Mikhail with his wife Natalya (created Countess Brasova) and their only child, Georgiy (created Count Brasov), named after Mikhail’s brother who died in 1899 of tuberculosis combined with a motorcycle accident

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Alekséy looked away from Natálya and Geórgiy walking in the hall outside. “You were luckier than I was.  You got to be reunited with your wife and son.  I’ll never see my parents again, and I’ll have to live the rest of my life with the memory of that night in the cellar.”

“Your parents would want you to be brave and strong when they’re gone.  You’ve already been so brave and courageous since becoming orphaned.  I’m really proud of how you’re growing up, becoming a more mature young man instead of some pampered little tsesarévich.  Just look at how much healthier you look now than you did just a few years ago.”

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Tsesarevich, as I only found out fairly recently, is the proper word for a Tsar’s firstborn son and heir, even though Tsarevich is more commonly used in the English-speaking world. Tsarevich isn’t technically incorrect, but from 1797 on, Tsesarevich became the proper legal title, and Tsarevich just referred to any son of a Tsar.

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10 comments on “WeWriWa—Joyless Christmas

  1. It sounds like he’s a bit bitter as time goes by.

    Love the new word, Carrie-Anne. I always learn something here!

    Chag Sameach/Happy Easter. I hope you’re having a beautiful holiday. 🙂

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  2. Aleksey has a point. It’s going to take some doing to cheer this kid up. But bless Mikhail for not giving up.

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  3. Poor young man. But tragedy will probably make him stronger in the end. Happy holiday, Carrie-Anne. 🙂

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  4. I think it’s entirely reasonable for Aleksey to be brooding over what’s happened to him and hi family. Well done!

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  5. jazzfeathers says:

    Hey, I liked the excerpt.
    I love this idea of the Weekend Writing Warriors. I’ve been trying to do something the like with a focus on dieselpunk. It has worked to a point 😉

    This is the first time I read anything of yours, so I’m a bit lost. But I like the ‘hints’ coming from this dialogue.

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  6. Jenna Jaxon says:

    His bitterness is justified, but I hope he doesn’t let it define him. He’s got to get past it somehow. But he is strong. That’s going to help him come to terms with his loss. Moving 8.

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  7. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    I think Aleksey has every right to be sad, but I’m glad they are not giving up on him. Enjoyed the scene.

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  8. elainecsc2013 says:

    Poor boy. What a tragedy.

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  9. caitlinstern says:

    Why does everyone have to be brave and strong all the time? He should get to be sad some of the time, at least.

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  10. Alexis Duran says:

    I’m with Caitlin. I wish they could give him time to grieve. You’ve done a great job of making Aleksey very believable and deserving of compassion.

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