Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This scene continues right after last week’s, as Arkadiya Gagarina is interviewed for the position of empress-consort. She thinks it’s a waste of time, since she’s already 32 and is only a morganatic princess by chance, but feels bound to sitting for the interview after how kind His Majesty has been to her.
Arkadiya has come to the interview in a long-sleeved gown, though all the dresses she’s been gifted have shorter sleeves. There’s a reason Arkadiya always wears long sleeves, but she hasn’t revealed it to anyone yet. At the end of this scene, she’s invited to use ty, the familiar form of you.
One of the gowns worn by Aleksey’s paternal grandmother, the Dowager Empress Mariya Fyodorovna (née Princess Dagmar of Denmark)
“How come you’re not wearing any of the nice new clothes I got you?”
“I very much appreciate your generous gifts, Your Majesty, but I have no need for such finery. I’m happy with just my normal, simple clothes, and a few more formal pieces. Where would I ever wear such finery, and what would I do with it in the meantime?”
“If you accept the position of Tsaritsa, you’ll have occasion to wear formal clothes a lot, even if I’m not keen on regular court functions. And please, you don’t need to call me Majesty. I’m just a normal person who happened to have been born into this role. Just call me Alyosha like everyone else. In fact, you can use ty with me too.”
The gown worn by Aleksey’s mother, Empress Aleksandra, at her coronation in May 1896
Next week I’ll be taking a brief detour to mark George Harrison’s 14th Jahrzeit (death anniversary).