WeWriWa—Meet Jitterbug


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 bit after last week’s. Igor has pulled his chair up close to Violetta, but not too close to seem presumptuous and untoward, and begun making smalltalk with 11-year-old littlest sister Flora. He’s agreed to meet their geriatric guinea pig, who at eleven years old is extremely old for a cavy.

Flora behaves somewhat strangely when going into her room because there’s an iron lung inside. Though Violetta doesn’t need it anymore, she insists on sleeping in it every single night just in case.


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Flora pushes back her chair and skips off to her room.  She opens the door just enough to slip inside, then shuts the door quickly.  When she returns, she repeats this business with the door.  Igor wonders if perhaps she doesn’t want company to see a mess on the floor or unmade beds.

Flora sets a black, white, and orange guinea pig in Igor’s hands. “This is Jitterbug.  We’ve had her since I was just a baby.  I don’t want to lose her, but she’s a lot older than most guinea pigs ever get.  Guinea pigs are even cuter than cats or dogs.  I’d love to have a pet rabbit too, but my parents say we should only have one pet at a time.”


The longest-lived guinea pig on record was named Snowball, and lived to 14 years and 10.5 months. Snowball passed away in February 1979. That record is now contested (but not officially confirmed) by the owner of Sweetie, who was supposedly born in October 1996 and passed away 10 July 2014, at the ripe old age of seventeen.


14 comments on “WeWriWa—Meet Jitterbug

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    Aww, how cute. I’ve had guinea pigs and they are fun pets. I love his assumption about a messy floor or unmade beds.)


  2. Kim Magennis says:

    It is interesting how we try to explain the unusual in terms of our own experience.
    I kept guinea pigs whilst my child was small… To teach her respect and gentleness… We had way more than one


  3. Oh my stars, it’s all I can do not to squeal in a similar high pitched tone to a guinea pig itself over this darling post. Guineas are one of my favourite animals of all times, hands (err, tiny paws?) down. They’re sweet, spirited and adorable. I’ve not yet had the pleasure of owning any, but very much dream of being able to do so one day (most likely when we have a larger home).

    Thank you for this super fun entry, dear Carrie-Anne.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica


  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, I used to have guinea pigs. Rabbits, too. What a fun snippet!


  5. Fun excerpt! We used to have Peruvian guinea pigs, with the very long hair, such a hassle to keep them groomed, but sweet little creatures. And the piercing whistle – OMG.


  6. Oh guinea pigs, adorable! I’ve had rabbits for several years, have one now. Small pets are just wonderful to have around. Love how you work Jitterbug into the story!



  7. Love the pictures and Flora’s affection for Jitterbug. Nice snippet!


  8. How adorable. A rabbit can wait. 🙂


  9. Ed Hoornaert says:

    His assumption about unmade beds or messes is much more logical than assuming there’s an iron lung in the bedroom!


  10. I had a few pet rabbits. They’re so soft and warm, and fun to cuddle. 🙂


  11. D’awh! It’s so cute. Guinea pigs are adorable little things. I love the name Jitterbug, too. (I do have a question though: what is an iron lung?)


  12. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I never had a Guinea pig, but I have had hamsters and rabbits. Fun pets! I think it’s fun Violetta’s family has one. And loved Igor’s assumption about a messy floor!


  13. Such a sweet snippet. My daughter had these singing little cuties for years.


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