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 picks up where last week’s left off, after Violetta told Igor he must be of Russian descent with a name like that. As they begin talking a bit about their family histories, Violetta suddenly realizes their potential family connection.
“Guilty as charged. I was born in America, but my parents, grandparents, and oldest sister immigrated from Russia after the Revolution.”
“I’m Russian–American too. My mother’s family came here just before the First World War, and my father’s family arrived a bit before that. Are you a native New Yorker, or just here for school?”
“I was born in New York, but I moved to Minnesota with my mother when I was six weeks old.” Igor clenches his teeth when he thinks about the circumstances of their leaving New York and arriving in Minnesota. “We still come back regularly to see family and friends. My brother Ilya and I are living with our great-aunt and great-uncle.”
Violetta’s eyes widen, and she sits back slightly.