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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 excerpt immediately follows last week’s, as Igor followed Violetta out of the library without being too obvious or close. At the corner, she stopped, turned around, and called to him.
Entrance to NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Copyright Beyond My Ken
“Would you like to catch the subway with me? My parents aren’t very keen on my travelling by myself, and they’d be thrilled to know I had a respectable male escort home. They might even invite you inside to chat, since we were friends with your older brother.”
“The subway?” Igor scratches his head. “Don’t you live in Greenwich Village? That’s a waste of fifteen good cents if I ever heard one.”
“I live more than just a few blocks away. If you live in the Lower East Side, you should take the subway too. Can you really bear to walk all that way?”
Igor and his younger brother Ilya (his Irish twin) live with their great-aunt and great-uncle in the northern part of the Lower East Side. Almost 20 years later, this gentrifying portion of the neighborhood broke away into the so-called East Village. Violetta doesn’t yet know Igor is allowed to drive around Manhattan with one of his great-aunt’s cars, and doesn’t take the subway like she does.