WeWriWa—Exotic hair

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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. This week’s snippet comes one line after last week’s, when Igor was detained by his cousin Luiza on his way to meet the woman with sexy feet. Though Igor and Violetta met a few times as children, they don’t immediately remember who the other is. Igor grew up in Minnesota, while Violetta remained in New York, and Igor and his parents aren’t among the people in his family who’ve become good friends with her family. They’re more like casual acquaintances.

Seventeen April 1949

Igor’s head jerks up when he sees the woman with sexy feet bent over a medium-sized sketchbook, a powder blue soft pastel in her left hand.  He’s found not only a fellow artist, but a fellow levsha as well.  She has a head full of long dark curls, though Igor can’t decide if her hair is true black like his own, or so dark brown it could pass for black.  At any rate, it’s the darkest hair he’s seen on a woman on either of the NYU campuses.  All the other women have lighter hair, nothing so exotic and alluring.  It’s the kind of hair he imagines a Gypsy would have.  Even his sable-haired mother and sisters don’t have curls.

“Do you mind company?” he whispers.

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Three college students in a 1947 issue of Seventeen

When Violetta was introduced early in my third Russian historical, as a very young child, her hair was described as black like her mother Granyechka’s. I gradually forgot and began imagining her with dark brown hair. I figured this description of hair blurring the lines between black and very dark brown covered both bases.

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14 comments on “WeWriWa—Exotic hair

  1. Oh yes, he’s hooked! Enjoyed the snippet, terrific descriptions. And I always love the vintage illustrations you give us!

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  2. siobhanmuir says:

    He’s so in trouble. You know what they say about falling in love with a gypsy. 🙂 Good snippet, Carrie-Anne.

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  3. Yep, he’s got it bad! And I love your vintage photos too. Great snippet!

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  4. P.T. Wyant says:

    Sounds like he’s interested from head to toe! LOL Great description — you can feel how fascinated and excited he is by her hair.

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  5. It’s interesting what’s exotic–I’d say the brunettes outnumber the blondes in Texas, for sure! Hope she says yes to the company, because she seems interesting.

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  6. astonwest says:

    Well, by golly, what parts of her *aren’t* exotic? 😉 Good snippet…

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  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    As a guy, I can totally understand being attracted by a woman’s hair. Also, that “Three college students” picture shows that anorexia isn’t a recent invention!

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  8. Whitney says:

    Oooh! This was a terrific snippet. Glad I stumbled on your work today. ❤

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  9. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Great imagery. I don’t see a problem with blurring the hair color from somewhere between black and dark brown. I have dark brown hair, sometimes looks black in photos, but in the sun, my reddish highlights standout. So lighting can play a big part in hair color. Enjoyed the snippet. 🙂

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  10. Jenna Jaxon says:

    He seems to have met his match. She’s got all the attributes he’s attracted to, so I’m eager to see if she takes him up on his offer of company. Nice snippet.

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  11. It’s funny how far sexy feet can take him. It’s nice that they have something in comment and that not only her feet are to his taste.

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  12. People get black and dark brown confused a lot. I have dark brown hair and I called it black when I was a kid. Sexy feet and exotic hair seem like a great combination.

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  13. One look and he’s head over heels. LOL. Great descriptions.

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  14. emmygatrell says:

    Love the descriptions… love at first sight. Love it.

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