WeWriWa—Subway invitation

Happy Shavuot to all those who celebrate!


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.


23 comments on “WeWriWa—Subway invitation

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Ah, opportunity for gallantry knocks. I trust our Igor convinces Violetta that he is a competent chauffer, too.


  2. Great excerpt. Fifteen cents? Times have changed. When I go to New York, I put quite a bit on my subway card.


  3. Eden says:

    I’ve done that “trying to walk to save the fare” in NYC thing more than once (my husband finds it infuriating). Sometimes it works, but too often it doesn’t. Though in hot weather… I’m not sure which is worse, the tunnels or the sidewalks!


  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, sounds like he wants an excuse to spend some extra time with her. Great excerpt!


  5. I really like how you’re setting up one of the differences between them. I wonder how she’ll react when she finds out he can drive?



  6. Kris says:

    Great dialogue and excerpt, looking forward to how she will react when she finds he doesn’t need to take the subway.


  7. Fun, nostalgic snippet! I hope he takes her up on her offer.


  8. Nice interaction between the characters. Well done!


  9. Don’t try to talk her out of using the subway, Igor, go with her! Enjoyed the excerpt as always…I feel like I’m there with them.


  10. P.T. Wyant says:

    I’m wondering if she prefers the subway because of her legs.


  11. Ed Hoornaert says:

    He DRIVES around Manhattan? Clearly this is indeed an historical story, rather than a contemporary.


    • Carrie-Anne says:

      Igor and his brother do, however, have to take the subway up to the main NYU campus in the Bronx (except for special occasions like dances). Their great-aunt doesn’t want to risk the cars getting stolen, since she doesn’t like the direction that part of the Bronx has been heading.


  12. Nice snippet. It reminds me of when my parents and I went to New York in the 70s and my dad was afraid to take the subway.


  13. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I am not familiar with the layout of New York City at all, so I’m not sure of the nuances of the locations, but I do know I don’t like to take the subway and so see Violetta as brave to do so. I do hope Igor sees her home.


  14. Giving her a ride would have more privacy, but the subway would probably give them more time together…


  15. An opportunity to spend more time getting to know her!


  16. Nice snippet. I enjoyed the subway system when I visited NYC recently. The 15 cents comment made me smile. It’s sure not that anymore! 🙂


  17. Good snippet, enjoyed the dialogue between characters.


  18. I’m willing to bet she would rather use the subway because of her limp. I also wonder why he assumed she lived in Greenwich Village. What’s the significance to that place? At least she’s not mad he was following either! And he got a free invitation for it!


  19. Well, seeing that she has problem walking I can see why she would use the subway.


  20. chellecordero says:

    Admittedly in a different time, growing up in NYC I really depended on mass transit, I feel for her.


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