Posted in 1920s, Aleksey Romanov, Arkadiya Gagarina, Writing

WeWriWa—A ride back in style

Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This scene comes a few lines after last week’s, as Arkadiya Gagarina has accepted a ride back to her hotel at night. Aleksey has offered her a Rochet-Schneider, a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a Duesenberg, a Chrysler Imperial Touring, and a Bentley, but Arkadiya says she knows absolutely nothing about cars and just wants whichever car can be called quickest.

This is Arkadiya’s very first time riding in a car.


Arkadiya walked to the palace gates and waited for the mystery automobile to be brought around.  The vehicle which materialized was a large, bright blue machine which definitely looked much more upscale than the typical Fords she was used to seeing in Yekaterinburg.  People with money didn’t live there, and the only people with enough money for cars bought the inexpensive, budget cars.

“It’s a Duesenberg, the car of the rich and famous.  My sister Olga and her husband Konstantin gave it to me as an eighteenth birthday present.  I don’t know how to drive, but it’s nice to be driven places.”

“Not know how to drive?” Arkadiya asked as she climbed inside. “Is this a security issue?”

“In a way.  I’d love to be able to drive, but we can’t get everything we wish for in this lifetime.”


Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

13 thoughts on “WeWriWa—A ride back in style

  1. Considering the things he’s lost and endured, you’d think he’d be allowed to learn to drive! But probably very realistic that he wasn’t (in this alternate history). I do like the two of them together…excellent excerpt, captures a moment well.


  2. Growing up as he did, I expect he’s philosophical about a lot of things. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m really enjoying this, Carrie-Anne. 🙂


  3. “…but we can’t get everything we wish for in this lifetime.” I love that line. It’s especially bittersweet at how just how true it is–knowing the end the Romanovs met. You’re writing such a great character in Aleksey. 🙂


  4. Hard to believe, but still true of most royalty. They don’t always get everything they want. Nice for him to acknowledge that to her. They do make a very nice couple. Good snippet.


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