WeWriWa—Unexpected present

Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This is the opening of Chapter 32 of my WIP, “The Emperor in Love.” Arkadiya Gagarina, a morganatic princess who feels herself a confirmed old maid, has had the most extraordinary day, but she thinks her normal life has resumed and that yesterday was just a one-time fluke.

She couldn’t be more wrong.

Aleksey’s Imperial monograph, Copyright Glasshouse

The morning after her meeting with the Tsar, Arkadiya went to answer a knock on her door.  She was about to start exploring St. Petersburg by herself, and wasn’t expecting room service at this hour, let alone while she was still in the room.

“Princess Arkadiya Mikhaylovna Gagarina?” the delivery boy asked.

“I’m not a real princess, for the last time, but that is my name otherwise.”

“This package was delivered for you at the front desk.  What an honor, to receive a gift from the Tsar.”

Arkadiya grabbed the package and retreated back into her room.  Once she was at her desk, she gently pulled off the dark blue tissue paper and found a medium-sized matching velvet box.  On top of the box, a letter with official Imperial stationary was tied with a carmine-colored ribbon.


Next week, I’ll have a brief detour in honor of my favorite actor’s 89th Jahrzeit (death anniversary).


16 comments on “WeWriWa—Unexpected present

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    Sounds like a beautiful presentation.. can’t wait to find out what’s in the box — and the note.


  2. Surprise, surprise. I wonder how long she will be able to insist that she is not a real princess.


  3. Kim Magennis says:

    Ah, the hunt is on! I am looking forward to watching how this progresses.


  4. pmillhouse says:

    Oh, my! What’s in the box?
    I love the image of the royal seal.


  5. Considering how Aleksey has “spoiled” her so far, I’m sure it’s an awesome gift. Can’t wait to find out what it is!


  6. Sarah W says:

    Don’t stop there! What’s in the box?! We won’t find out for two weeks? Arrrgghh!

    On a calmer note, she deserves a little spoiling, I think. 🙂


  7. I love surprises. I wonder what the letter says. 🙂


  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I wonder when she’ll realize he has feelings for her.


  9. She’s going to have to give up on that “not a real princess” one of these days. I wonder how long it will take her?


  10. Alexis Duran says:

    Lovely description of the box- hardly matters what’s inside! Just kidding about that- I’m dying to know.


  11. Can’t wait to see what he sent! Really an excellent snippet, terrific buildup…


  12. siobhanmuir says:

    Intriguing snippet, Carrie Anne. 🙂


  13. chellecordero says:

    she may say she’s not a real princess, but it’s obvious he will continue to treat her as one. Wonder what’s in the box?


  14. Is this going to be a good surprise? Or a bad surprise? Can’t wait to find out! Love her modesty about the princess title, too. And honestly, I totally just butchered how to say that name in my head. Don’t ask me to try, it will sound like gibberish.


  15. shanjeniah says:

    If I had read this before last night’s write-in, I would have plied you for information (OK, maybe not; but I would’ve WANTED to!).

    I’m guessing whatever it is is going to send a clear message that life will never quite be the same again. =)


  16. Karysa Faire says:

    Cool! Love it so far. I have to come back next week to find out what’s in the box. 🙂


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