WeWriWa—Declaration of love

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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 sitting by the fireplace of the Gold Drawing Room of the Winter Palace following their wedding. Arkadiya is beyond shocked to hear her new husband telling her he loves her, since their original plan was to have a celibate marriage and adopt a boy as their heir.

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Grand Cathedral of the Winter Palace, site of all Imperial weddings, painted by Eduard Hau

“I never let myself fall in love with anyone before, to try to protect myself.  I wanted a wife and children so badly, to be like other people, but I had to be a martyr and put my feelings last.  The thought of leaving a widow and orphans still terrifies me, and there’s no telling if my sickness will manifest in another generation.  If I’m fated to die young, at least I want to know what it’s like to, you know, do certain things.”

Before Arkadiya could react, he leaned over and kissed her, softly and uncertainly.  Even as a thirty-two-year-old former spinster, she could sense he didn’t really know exactly what he was doing, but she also sensed a sweetness and sincerity in him.  Her skin tingled with electricity as he wrapped his arms around her, and she put her arms around him in return, being careful not to hold him too tightly.

“Will you please do me the honor of coming back to the Imperial bedroom with me to be my real wife, and not remaining in your own room?” he whispered. “I only have two conditions you need to agree to.”

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Next week I’ll be taking a brief detour to celebrate the posthumous 110th birthday of a legendary comedian.

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16 comments on “WeWriWa—Declaration of love

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    After all these sweet, rather naive utterances, he comes up with conditions? Shame on him.

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  2. P.T. Wyant says:

    I can’t wait to find out what the conditions are.

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  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    He is so very sweet and sincere, but I’m curious about these conditions. Great tease! 🙂

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  4. bonniegill says:

    Love the conditions teaser after the tender moment. I can’t wait to hear what they are.

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  5. Aw, I was really hoping for this. I hope his conditions aren’t too terrible and they can be happy together.

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  6. I was going along with this happily, thinking what a sweet scene and that you were really capturing the emotions for a pair of inexperienced people…and then he has conditions! Nice twist, can’t wait to find out what they’ll be. Excellent excerpt!

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  7. Oh, I’m so glad she didn’t get peevish after last week’s snippet! Love this story and look forward to the final snippet!

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  8. Kim Magennis says:

    No! You are going to leave us there! Wicked!

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  9. siobhanmuir says:

    I’m curious about the conditions, but this is sweet. Great snippet, Carrie-Anne. 🙂

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  10. Aw, so sweet. And you captured their awkwardness very well. But you leave us with conditions? Heartless author!

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  11. emmygatrell says:

    Conditions? And we have to wait to find out? No fair on all counts! Great snippet, enjoy the posthumous birthday party!

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  12. Beautiful scene, Carrie-Anne. And yep–like everyone else, I’m wondering about those conditions! 🙂

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  13. Oh, I hope these conditions aren’t too difficult–and that she says yes!

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  14. I wonder what those conditions are. They seem a little bit out of place said like that in the middle of a love declaration of sort.

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  15. What are the conditions!?! Cliffhanger! And a good one. I love how sincere he seems about all this, and I can sense the turmoil this must have on him knowing his disease.

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