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).