WeWriWa—Sexy feet

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Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m changing to my unfinished fourth volume about my Russian characters, which I began for NaNo but haven’t touched since December. I now realize I should’ve begun it during the summer, when I was bursting with motivation and excitement, instead of waiting a few months. I’m hoping to get back to it by the summer.

This passage comes shortly after the beginning of Chapter 8, “Igor’s Infatuation,” set in October 1948. (FYI: Igor is pronounced EE-gahr, with a very soft R.) Lyuba and Ivan’s fifth and sixth children, Irish twins Igor and Ilya, are studying art at NYU, and are living with Ivan’s aunt and stepuncle (a former prince). Ilya has already found a girlfriend, but Igor hasn’t found anyone special until now.

I’ve broken the passage into two paragraphs so it doesn’t look too big on the screen.

NYU’s Elmer Bobst Library, Copyright Beyond My Ken

As he walks through the esteemed Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Igor notices a pair of dark violet peep-toe flats embellished with a large silk rose on each shoe.  From what he can see of her toes, she’s painted them a gorgeous shade of ultramarine.  The bearer of these shoes doesn’t have her feet crossed at the ankle, as many women do.  From this side of her carrel, Igor sees a cerulean hemline almost as long as something Anastasiya would wear, but not long enough to conceal the beautiful golden anklet on her left foot, with several teardrop-shaped onyxes, and the equally beautiful silver anklet on her right foot, with several oval-shaped jades.  Whomever this woman is, she certainly takes great pride in her feet’s appearance. 

Igor has never considered himself particularly a foot fellow, but when that’s all he can see of a woman, it’s terribly exciting.  Imagining the rest of this woman gives him a little thrill, just as he’s always preferred girls who wear slightly longer skirts and sleeves instead of showing off their knees and elbows.  Fantasizing about what he can’t see is a lot sexier than seeing everything at once and having nothing left to the imagination, nothing to potentially look forward to seeing.  He just hopes the woman on the other side of the carrel has an attractive face to go along with the pretty feet.

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I got the idea to introduce Violetta through her feet after attending a Cecil B. DeMille film festival in November and discovering Mr. DeMille had a foot fetish. That sure explains why he featured feet so prominently in a lot of his films! It also makes sense for Violetta to gussy up her feet so much because she’s a polio survivor, and lucky she was able to relearn how to walk.

Igor and Violetta met a few times as children, but this is their first real meeting. Igor has no idea she had polio, is hiding a caliper under her long skirts, used crutches until June, and sleeps in an iron lung. Violetta guards this secret tightly from all her new friends. At most, she blames her limp on a leg injury, and tells Igor she’s not a born lefty like he is due to a severe injury to her right arm.

Since NYU wasn’t co-ed in this era, Violetta is at the Washington Square auxiliary campus.

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18 comments on “WeWriWa—Sexy feet

  1. Hm, Igor certainly has a point there about the fantasizing. At least for his time era he certainly has a point. Interesting snippet and introduction to the girl.

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  2. Someone sounds like he has a bit of a feet fetish.

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  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Why does these pictures remind me of a closet scene from Sex and City or In Her Shoes?

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  4. Kim Magennis says:

    I have to say, this snippet has prompted me to go and find out more about the history of the painted finger and toe nail 😉 Nicely done.

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  5. T. M. Hunter says:

    Interesting take on a foot fetish…enjoyed the snippet.

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  6. siobhanmuir says:

    Ah, a budding foot fetishist. Great snippet, Carrie-Anne. 🙂

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  7. Great way to introduce a character and let us into Igor’s mindset.

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  8. I agree with Madeline. The description is vivid, and his reaction makes sense. I bet this was a lot of fun to write.

    Marcia

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  9. I’m craving the shoes, craving the jewelry….obviously I enjoyed the excerpt!

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  10. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I want those shoes! LOL Great way to introduce Igor’s soon-to-be lady friend!

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  11. P.T. Wyant says:

    A little mystery (in the way you dress) is always a good thing. (And those anklets sounds gorgeous!)

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  12. Oh ho ho! Speaking as someone with “model feet,” I really identify with this snippet. He’s a goner! 😉

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  13. Great attention to detail. The visual aids are always awesome. 🙂

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  14. Marvelous. Food for thou8ght…that he prefers to leave more to the imagination. Haven’t there been studies done about nude beaches? They are safer because the imagination never has to get fired up and then lead the person beyond where they should be thinking?

    Excellent writing, as usual, Carrie-Anne!

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  15. That is some effort indeed to put into your feet! Sounds like the work has caught at least his eye, though. 🙂

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  16. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Igor is so right. It’s much better not to have all revealed. 🙂 Intriguing snippet.

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  17. This made go to Google to look up nail polish colors of the 1940’s. I did see an ad with blue nail polish. Sometimes I don’t see someone’s face, but I notice what’s on their feet. It’s interesting to see the shoes. polish, toe rings, and whatnot.

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  18. jtsuruoka says:

    Nice scene. There’s lots to like about it for a variety of reasons, some of which don’t need to be discussed here 😉

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