WeWriWa—No secrets revealed

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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 a few lines after last week’s, after Igor told Violetta he was really sorry about the loss of her oldest siblings. Violetta thanked him, but said she wasn’t the one to offer sympathies to, since she never knew them and they were all dead before she was born. Her oldest two siblings died of diphtheria on the same day, and then she had a miscarried sibling and a brother who was stillborn at seven months.

Violetta is rather worried to learn Igor is the younger brother of her former neighbor Fedya, who also worked as a counselor at the church camp her mother and grandfather run. Right now, her biggest concern is being assured Fedya didn’t spill the beans about her being a polio survivor. Since starting NYU, she’s done her best to hide her past from her new friends.

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Violetta takes her powder blue pastel back out of its wooden case. “Promise Fedya really didn’t tell you any secrets about me?  He said he wouldn’t tell you and Ilya anything personal, but I just want to make absolutely sure.  Even a swell, trustworthy guy like Fedya could accidentally reveal the wrong thing.”

“Fedya never talked about his neighbors with us.  Don’t worry he squealled something silly like coming home late with a boyfriend or opening the door in pajamas.”

Violetta picks up her blender and begins working on a patch of sky in the upper right-hand corner. “Thank God.  I didn’t think he’d tell you my life story, but you can never be too sure of anything in this life.”

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14 comments on “WeWriWa—No secrets revealed

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    I always find it interesting comparing what otherds think my deepest darkest secrets are, to what they are to me. Violet is shamed by something she had no control over… How like a lot of us! Nicely done!

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  2. chellecordero says:

    I agree with Kim, her fear of folks finding out about her Polio is so innocent. And I like the reassurance from her neighbor of what wasn’t spilled.

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  3. “…but you can never be too sure of anything in this life.” That line speaks volumes, Carrie-Anne. 🙂

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  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I wonder what he’ll think she’s hiding.

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  5. I think he’s going to want to find out her secrets, now.

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  6. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I agree with Gayle. He’s definitely going to want to know now. But then again, he might already know and is aware about how sensitive she is regarding the situation.

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  7. P.T. Wyant says:

    I love his take on what the secrets might be. I wonder how he’ll react when he learns the truth?

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  8. I hope he doesn’t guess something worse!

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  9. I would think she’s making such a fuss about whether Fedya spilled anything that this will arouse suspicions there IS something to hide. Enjoyed the snippet and the vintage ad!

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  10. This is going to become a very large white elephant. I hope it doesn’t sit on her.

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  11. Poor girl, spending so much time worrying about her secret. Some day it will get out…

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  12. Even though her secret is nothing to be ashamed of, I think it will give her an air of mystery that he’ll find irresistible! Great snippet.

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  13. Quite true, you never really can be too sure or careful about anything in life anymore. I do wonder why she is so adamant about keeping that piece of her past secret though.

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  14. It’s good that Freya didn’t say anything but her insistence is rather suspicious, it would make me curious,

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