Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s, as Arkadiya Gagarina, a morganatic princess, quite by accident stumbles into the role of a lifetime. She’s arrived at the Aleksandr Palace soon after a delegation of princesses from non-ruling houses left, and has no idea she’s been mistaken for an unexpected latecomer trying to become empress-consort.
At 32, Arkadiya is seven years older than Aleksey, has been raised like a commoner in spite of having a prince for a father, walks with a limp, feels herself a confirmed spinster, and has burn scars on her arms and stomach. But in spite of her supposed imperfections and disqualifications, she steals Aleksey’s heart with her kind heart, genuine personality, and sincere nature.
“May I have a private audience with His Majesty? I’d prefer to speak without extra people hovering around. He always says in his radio addresses that he wants us to be able to meet with him one-on-one, like we’re each important, special people.”
“If you’re anything like the princesses who just left, this’ll be a very short meeting,” the head bodyguard said. “Your Majesty, do you wish to speak with her personally?”
“This one seems different,” Alekséy said. “It can’t hurt to speak with her in private. Please sit down, Princess Gagarina.”