Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This week I’m returning to the engagement photography session from my alternative history. Arkadiya has very reluctantly shown up in the short-sleeved yellow gown she was asked to wear, but her arms are behind her back. Even when pressed about why she’s doing that, she’s extremely hesitant to reveal her secret.
A similar, somewhat darker gown worn by Aleksey’s mother, Empress Aleksandra
“Why are your arms behind your back?” Aleksey asked.
Arkadiya pulled them even more tightly behind her back. “This isn’t exactly the style of gown I’m used to wearing. I haven’t worn short sleeves or shown my bare arms in public for many, many years.”
“Are you that modest and old-fashioned? I thought the lady-in-waiting explained to you how I wanted a modern engagement photograph. You don’t strike me at all as someone clinging to fashions from the last generation, and I don’t think you’re trying to hide flabby arms. Please, I want you to show your arms in this picture.”
“Are you absolutely sure of that? Some things can’t be forgotten once you’ve seen them.”