WeWriWa—Offered a ride

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 immediately follows last week’s, as dinner has ended and Arkadiya Gagarina prepares to go back to her hotel. The day’s events get more and more incredulous when she’s offered a ride back.


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“Would you prefer to be taken back to your hotel by car or carriage?” Aleksey asked after several servants had cleared the table.

“Oh, no, it’s only about twenty minutes to the nearest tram station,” Arkadiya protested. “I rode the tram here by myself just fine.”

“That was during daylight.  A woman shouldn’t travel after dark alone, particularly not a princess.  It’s nothing doing, just another of my duties.”

“Well, if you absolutely insist, I don’t mind a car.  I’ve never ridden in a car before.”

“Have you a preference?  I’ve got a Rochet-Schneider, a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a Duesenberg, a Chrysler Imperial Touring, and a Bentley.”


My dream hobby is collecting, repairing, driving, and showing antique cars, particularly Brass Age. I love working my favorite models into my books, particularly my dream car, the Duesenberg. Contrary to stereotypes, this isn’t a hobby or interest only for men!

I recently made the decision to stop using accent marks in Russian words and names. After 19 years, it was surprisingly easy to give it up cold turkey. It feels pretty liberating to no longer feel bound to this nitpicky habit I’d had since age 16, probably as a way to overcompensate for how badly I transliterated when I first learnt the Russian alphabet at 13.


12 comments on “WeWriWa—Offered a ride

  1. Sarah W says:

    Oh, he’s not showing off at all. 😀

    She’s extremely down to earth, isn’t she. So sweet.


  2. Wow, she’s never even been in a car and he’s offering her the cream of the crop! Terrific details!


  3. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Love the snippet, the flirting and the sweet attraction. Well done. Love that he’s going to be the first…the first to take her for a car ride. 🙂

    So we know a little more about you too and one of your hobbies. 🙂


  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    She’s never ridden in an auto and he has a fleet. Quite a contrast!


  5. I like the inclusion of the cars! And I think your dream hobby is awesome! I hope you get to do that someday. 🙂


  6. Something tells me her life is about to change very dramatically!


  7. I’ll take the Rolls!!! Love how you included your love in with your passion 🙂 The mark of a wonderful writer, and that you are! I love your historical snippets! 🙂


  8. elainecsc2013 says:

    Wow, that’s an impressive list of cars! nicely done


  9. Alexis Duran says:

    Rolls, please. I like the reminder that although he seems very down to earth, he lives in an entirely different world than she does.


  10. Lynn Forrest says:

    I like her already! I love these dialogue-heavy snippets.


  11. Those are some options, there! I wonder what she’ll pick?


  12. Eden says:

    Carrie-Anne… we must talk cars some day. My father instilled me with a passion for cars early on (he liked to collect orphans and try to fix them up… though the DKW he bought never got fixed). I once shared a similar dream hobby (along with buying old mansions and fixing them up just to create bookstores, libraries, museums, and retreats… if I had unlimited money, I’d be having a lot of fun).

    I love how Aleksey is trying to impress her.


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