WeWriWa—Declaration of love

Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. To avoid giving away too much of my alternative history, I’m skipping to the wedding chapter.

Because Aleksey is so worried about his disease manifesting in another generation or inadvertently injuring himself from the marriage act, he wanted to adopt a child, legally make that boy his heir, and have a celibate marriage. However, you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men.


The Gold Drawing Room of the Winter Palace (after its reconstruction in the wake of an 1837 fire), painted by Aleksandr K. Kolb, public domain.

Arkadiya had a seat on the fancy red velvet davenport by the jasper and marble fireplace, though she already felt toasty enough from all the other heating the palace already had in place.  Sitting right next to her new husband made her feel even toastier.

“Are you happy being Tsaritsa so far?  As long as I’m clinging to life, I want to make sure you’re happy.  If anything ever disagrees with you, just let me know, and I’ll immediately find a way to remedy it.  I know I never told you this before, but I love you, Arya, and I really hope you love me too, or at least grow to love me.”

Her blood ran cold. “What did you just say, Your Majesty?”


17 comments on “WeWriWa—Declaration of love

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    Curious to know why him saying he loved her made her blood run cold.


  2. Extra beautiful description, Anna. 🙂 You really painted a lovely scene.

    DId you see this article? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/world/europe/russian-orthodox-church-blocks-funeral-for-last-of-romanov-remains.html


  3. Kim Magennis says:

    Blood running cold? I trust it is at his assessment of his inescapably early demise? 😁


  4. Her reaction seems odd, given the circumstances but I’m eager to hear the explanation. Loving the story, wish Aleksey had been given a chance to live and experience happiness.


  5. I’m interested to see how this unusual marriage plays out. Hopefully with happiness for both of them.


  6. siobhanmuir says:

    Wait, what? She didn’t know? Oh my. Great snippet, Carrie-Anne. 🙂


  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Her blood running cold at a declaration of love is NOT a good sign. I forgot to sign up this week, but my snippet is here.


  8. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Why does his declaring his love make her blood run cold? I’m curious to know the answer. 🙂


  9. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I too am puzzled at her reaction. Is it his declaration of love? Does she not want to love him back (hard to imagine)? Very curious about next week’s snippet.


  10. Whoa… Which part made her blood run cold? Him admitting he loves her, or him hoping one day she’ll grow to love him? Odd reaction, but I sense a story behind that one.

    And this is a random comment, but how do you pronounce Tsaritsa? I know I’m saying it wrong in my head.


  11. Way to just spring that on her! I wonder if she’s reacting to the ‘clinging to life’ bit, instead of the declaration of love…


  12. I’m wondering all the same things as everyone else. Looking forward to next week!


  13. Beautiful declaration of love. 🙂


  14. emmygatrell says:

    Beautiful declaration! But what’s up with her reaction?


  15. I think she is going to get more and more surprises but this one is probably the hugest. I also think her reaction a bit strange, she should have seen that one coming.


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