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, as it dawned on Violetta that she and Igor have a family connection.
“Are you by any chance Fedya Konev’s younger brother?”
“Yes, if my brother’s the same fellow you’re thinking of. I take it you know each other?”
“Fedya’s family lived across the hall from mine for the last two and a half years. He said his younger brothers Igor and Ilya were coming to New York to study art at NYU, and suggested we might run into each other.” Violetta slides her right leg back and sits up a little straighter. “How much exactly did Fedya tell you about me?”
“Nothing, really. I don’t know anything about your family, except that your dedushka’s a priest, your mother used to be a religious fanatic, and you’re the first surviving child. I’m really sorry about your oldest siblings.”
Violetta’s dedushka (grandfather), Father Spiridon, has been one of my favorite secondary characters ever since I created him when I was about eighteen (back on my ’93 Mac). I love the character development Father Spiridon and his daughter Granyechka (Violetta’s mother) have gone through over the years, particularly as regards their relationship with antagonist Boris.
Granyechka will be the first to admit she used to be an insufferable religious fanatic who didn’t quite live in the real world. She made a big break with her former lifestyle after the loss of her oldest two children, a miscarriage, and a premature stillbirth, feeling that perhaps she’d have better luck and more happiness if she were more modern. Part of that transformation was giving her surviving children modern, non-religious names.