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 a few paragraphs ahead of last week’s, as Grand Duke Mikhail has tried to encourage 14-year-old Aleksey by telling him how much stronger and healthier he is than when he was a small boy, offered to create a new exercise room with a therapeutic pool, and suggested they go sledding, provided precautions are taken. Finally, the boy Tsar is prevailed upon to open a few presents early.

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Alekséy made his way towards the Christmas tree and looked over the stack of presents.  Last year at this time, his eyes would’ve sparkled at the bright wrapping paper and ribbons, and at the shiny lights and beautiful baubles on the tree, but now it all seemed a cruel mockery of Christmas.  A holiday was nothing without family to celebrate with, and his family would never be whole again.

“How about that one?” Mikhaíl tried to coax him. “I got that one for you in a brand-new store, with you in mind.  It’s not one of the boring gifts like books and clothes I’m sure your sisters and grandmother got for you.”

Alekséy reluctantly picked up a very large box wrapped in cranberry-colored wrapping paper, bound with an evergreen-colored bow, and walked back to the davenport where he’d been sitting.  He pulled off the paper and ribbon as slowly as possible.

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9 comments on “WeWriWa—Joyless Christmas

  1. Oh, I hope the present can put a smile on his face for at least a moment. The wrapping sounds beautiful.

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  2. Ohhhh I can’t wait to see what happens next. Such good writing!!

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  3. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    You have me curious what he bought him.

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  4. I like that he’s trying to draw it out by unwrapping it slowly. That’s a nice touch, Carrie-Anne.

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  5. Alexis Duran says:

    Lovely details. A very poignant scene.

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  6. Sarah W says:

    I keep saying this, but poor, poor boy!

    You’re breaking my heart in the best way, Carrie-Anne. 🙂

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  7. And now I can’t wait to find out what the present might be! Very well done, a sad scene but so believable, and then the small cliffhanger 🙂

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  8. caitlinstern says:

    A holiday isn’t the same without family, especially after such a recent loss.

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  9. Your topics are quite interesting. This was an enticing read.

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