WeWriWa—Unprecedented invitation

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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 right after last week’s, as several important-looking visitors from the palace have come to Arkadiya Gagarina’s hotel room to tell her she didn’t show up at a recent gathering of morganatic princesses invited to audition for empress-consort. Arkadiya has already explained she’s been feeling sick, and now offers additional reasons.

The servants, like their master, aren’t taking no for an answer.

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“His Majesty must’ve forgotten I’m older than he is, and a confirmed old maid.  What does a simple girl from Yekaterinburg need with the title of Tsaritsa?  Now, I’d like to please go back to bed so I can get my strength back.” She stood back and began a croupy cough. “I really hope this isn’t the one disease I’m afraid it is.”

The visitors disappeared, and she gratefully returned to bed.  Her peace was short-lived, however, as twenty minutes later another knock sounded on her door.

“His Majesty really wants you to come to the palace.  He said you’re to stay in one of the spare rooms until such time as you’ve recovered, and then you’ll be interviewed for the position of Tsaritsa.  It can’t hurt to humor him, can it?”

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11 comments on “WeWriWa—Unprecedented invitation

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    I more than half expected the knock on the door to be from a doctor sent to tend to her.

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  2. Wow, they are just going to wear her down, aren’t they? Hope she isn’t seriously ill, though that would certainly add an additional complication!

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  3. Kim Magennis says:

    Our Tsar can’t lose her to illness! That would never do!

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  4. I think she’d better just give up and go off to the palace! Then perhaps she can get some rest…loving the story! Great snippet!

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  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    The poor girl STILL can’t believe the czar likes her and finds her attractive!

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  6. I’d find it hard to believe the czar loved me too.

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  7. On the one hand, he’s kinda pushy. On the other, he seems sweet. Still, I think she’s not going to get away with a ‘no,’ no matter what!

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  8. I like how she’s holding her ground with him.

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  9. I’m sure he also want to make sure she is well taken care of by a doctor.

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  10. Oh well he’s a persistent bugger, isn’t he? I get the feeling the stress of pushing her isn’t going to help her illness.

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