Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This snippet comes a few pages after last week’s, after Arkadiya Gagarina, a morganatic princess, received a letter from the Emperor and “humble” gifts of a sapphire necklace, an amethyst bracelet, emerald hairpins, and ruby earrings.
A call recently went out for morganatic princesses to report for an audition for empress-consort, though Arkadiya didn’t appear. However, that just means a more assertive approach is needed.
Arkadiya slowly ambulated to her door at the sound of insistent knocking. Through her swimming senses, she managed to unlock and open the door. As disoriented and hollow as she felt, she immediately noticed her visitors wore some sort of Imperial uniform.
“Have I done something wrong? I haven’t left my room for the last few days since I’m not feeling well, but I didn’t think I’d done anything to offend His Majesty when I was at the palace.”
“You’ve done nothing wrong; on the contrary, His Majesty is very eager to see you again. There was a notice recently, calling for all morganatic princesses of the appropriate age to appear at the palace to be considered for position of Tsaritsa, and you didn’t respond to the invitation. His Majesty was quite sorely disappointed you didn’t appear.”