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. This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s, as the newlywed Imperial couple are in the Gold Drawing Room of the Winter Palace following their wedding and the banquet. Arkadiya is stunned when her new husband tells her he loves her, particularly since the plan was for them to have a celibate marriage and adopt an heir to avoid potentially having a sick child.

What people in 1929 didn’t know was that it’s genetically impossible for a hemophiliac father to have a son with the disease, unless the mother were herself a carrier. All boys born to a hemophiliac father and normal mother will be healthy, but all the girls will automatically be carriers themselves.


Grand Cathedral of the Winter Palace, where all Imperial weddings were performed, painted by Eduard Hau

“I love you, Arya.  Would I have chosen you for my Tsaritsa if I didn’t love you?  I wanted you to be mine from the first time I saw you.  You’re the perfect match God intended for me, and I never could’ve found you or gotten the chance to marry you without so many little events leading into one another.  The more time has gone by, the less reconciled I feel to having some celibate marriage.  Just because I might not live a long life doesn’t mean I shouldn’t enjoy myself with my beautiful bride with the time I’ve got left.  Please tell me you want to be my real wife, not just a friend I’m married to?”

Arkadiya sat frozen. “You felt this way since you met me, and just let me believe I was a good match for all those other reasons?”


15 comments on “WeWriWa—Declaration of love

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    I like that she’s not afraid to speak her mind.


  2. Well, I’m not sure if a love declaration would have work sooner. It would probably made her think that love wasn’t a reason good enough to rule a country.


  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, how sweet he is. It is too bad they don’t have a lot of time together. Great snippet! 🙂


  4. Aww, they’re a wonderful couple and it’s kind of sad to see them disagreeing like this, but I’m betting their true feelings for each other will come out and they’ll patch things up.


  5. I can’t wait to read more of this conversation! I love that he can express his true feelings to her this way. Excellent excerpt – I like them both so much, it’s hard and sad to remember this is all an alternate history. I never knew that little detail about hemophilia – thanks for the enightenment!


  6. Bonnie Gill says:

    I can’t wait to hear what happens next. Does she feel the same way? Love the snippet.
    The picture is beautiful.


  7. siobhanmuir says:

    Oops. She doesn’t sound very pleased he wasn’t more forthcoming. Great snippet, Carrie-Anne. 🙂


  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    He’s been showing in so many non-verbal ways that he cares for her. I wonder if she isn’t being a little dense?


  9. Yeah, he should have brought up how he felt sooner. But maybe she’ll be fine with it.


  10. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    I so glad he told her the truth. I do hope she won’t be angry he didn’t tell her sooner. Such a sweet romance.


  11. Jenna Jaxon says:

    The truth will out. And it’s best to be candid–even better before the marriage–however, at least they can go forward. If she loves him as well, she should be thrilled. Lovely snippet.


  12. I’m with Ed here, and after that sweet declaration of love, how could anyone not forgive him for hiding the truth until now? I hope she won’t be selfish and hold a grudge.


  13. Jennifer Reynolds says:

    Men…. Great snippet.


  14. I can’t tell if she’s pissed off over that declaration of his, or if she’s speechless and wooed. Hopefully not the former. Nice snippet.


  15. Love the picture for this snippet. I love how abrupt she is. I cant wait to read more.


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