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 right after last week’s, when Violetta asked Igor if he’d like to catch a subway with her. Igor was very confused to learn someone from Greenwich Village takes the subway when NYU is right there in the neighborhood, and Violetta meanwhile assumed Igor walks all that way home to the Lower East Side.
This has been edited somewhat to fit 10 lines.
“I actually drove my great-aunt’s new car,” Igor says, indicating the burgundy vehicle in the distance. “It’s a Ford Super Deluxe 8 Coupe. Ilyushka gets to borrow her older car, a Buick Limited, and her first American car, a Rochet-Schneider, is now owned by my cousin Vasya and his wife.”
“Yes, I know Vasya and Dusya; they were counselors at my old summer camp, and such nice friends. We still visit regularly. Maybe you can work at my dedushka’s camp next year, or teach part-time at the church school. I bet the kids would love such a nice art teacher, since you could do all sorts of art projects, beyond the boring stuff they usually do. My littlest sister Flora and my brother Fernand will be campers next summer. It’ll be Flora’s last summer there, before she’s too old. She missed one summer due to a long illness, and it made her so sad.”
The long illness suffered by Violetta’s youngest sister was polio too. They caught it from a swimming pool in 1942, together with two of Igor’s cousins (who got off with non-paralytic polio which resolved in about a week). Camp was closed that summer, due to so many children in the church community being sickened. Flora blames herself for Violetta’s illness, since she asked her big sister to take her into water above her head.
The middle sister, Ariadna, was spared because she was away at a sleepover that weekend. Fernand, the family baby, was born when Violetta and Flora were in hospital.
Igor’s great-aunt and great-uncle have been able to buy all these nice cars because his great-uncle is a prince from the House of Golitsyn.