WeWriWa— “This one seems different”

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.”




18 comments on “WeWriWa— “This one seems different”

  1. I adore this snippet. As soon as he thinks she’s different, we know it’s over. She’s the one. 🙂 Nicely done, Carrie-Anne!


    • Carrie-Anne says:

      Thanks! I’m really glad I radically altered the storyline about the unlikely Tsaritsa. The way it was originally written (in 1996 and 2001) was just too implausible and stupid.


  2. pmillhouse says:

    She’s testing his public policy. Shows her spunk. I liked the guard’s remark – instant conflict.


  3. Marcia says:

    Lovely succinct excerpt. Did they really troop in potential consorts by groups? What a way to meet somebody to marry! I like that she’s not intimidated and asks to speak to Aleksey alone.


    • Carrie-Anne says:

      In this case, they’re bringing in the non-ruling and morganatic princesses by groups instead of individually, as kind of an open, preliminary inspection and interview.


  4. Somehow, an older woman just seems right for your Aleksey. Can’t wait for them to hit it off, though I’m sure it will upset a lot of important people!


  5. Sarah W says:

    So she isn’t there for the wife hunt . . . I want to know why she needs to speak to him! 🙂

    So. Hooked! 😀


  6. Alexis Duran says:

    Great glimpse into the life of the court. I already like Gagarina. She must have been pretty tough considering her challenges.


  7. Oh good, I’m glad he’s giving her a private moment. She seems very intriguing to ME. Great excerpt!


  8. ralfast says:

    True compassion in the young man’s heart. But will it help him or hurt him?


  9. I wonder what she’s really there for, if it’s not as a prospective bride? And how weird this conversation will be, until they discover they’re at cross purposes?


    • Carrie-Anne says:

      She’s going to be so embarrassed and stunned when she discovers this is a case of mistaken identity, though very apologetic if she’s interrupted the Emperor in his screening of potential brides.


  10. Wonderful, snippet. This sounds like an intriguing story, Carrie-Anne.
    Thank you so much for the warm welcome for my first week with WeWriWa.
    Cheers! 🙂


  11. Eden says:

    Like some others, I’m curious to know why Arkadiya is here. It’s interesting to see her manner in the face of the guard’s attitude. “This one seems different” though… such a hard tone. It’s clear that Aleksey is at the end of his rope as well.


    • Carrie-Anne says:

      She’s definitely a very strong-minded person, and far from the only petitioner who’s come to the palace. However, she’s the first petitioner so far to come from so far outside the immediate environs of St. Petersburg, and she travelled all that way by herself.

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