WeWriWa—Special birthday present

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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 immediately follows last week’s, when Igor and the guests at his 19th birthday party enjoyed a lavish feast.

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After the table is cleared, Igor and his guests go into the living room to play board games.  Though most of the guests sit on the floor, Violetta has a seat on the davenport, with Luiza and Zoya.  There’s no way anyone could see up such a long skirt anyway, but perhaps this is yet another modesty rule Igor doesn’t know about.  For the sake of appearances, Igor doesn’t invite Violetta to be on any of his teams, and instead lets her play with the other co-eds.  Towards the end of the evening, when it comes time to open presents, Igor likewise saves Violetta’s present towards last.

He breaks into a big smile when he finds a gold-framed miniature of Vasiliy Kondratyevich Sazonov’s famous oil painting The First Meeting of Prince Igor with Olga.  It might be a painting she chose just because it features the original bearer of his name, but perhaps she’s also trying to send him some sort of secret romantic message.  Whyever she chose it, this painting will sure be going on his wall tonight, in a special place of honor right above his bed.

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Prince Igor and Princess (later Regent) Olga were the first rulers of the Ryurikovich Dynasty after only Prince Ryurik himself, and Olga was the first of six women to rule Russia to date. Many people only count the four ruling empresses of the Romanov Dynasty, though I also count Regents Olga and Sofya. A Regent is still a ruler, even if she isn’t formally crowned.

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22 comments on “WeWriWa—Special birthday present

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    Aw, sweet snippet. Great present — and I wonder if there’s a hidden meaning too. (Igor really has it bad, doesn’t he?)

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  2. I’m a bit confused…which part is the snippet?

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  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    His awareness of everything she does is very sweet. I look forward to seeing how their relationship develops. 🙂

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  4. I like the gift she gave him. Surely there has to be some deep meaning intended?! Really enoyed the snippet.

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  5. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Igor is absolutely smitten. I can so believe he hopes there is a romantic message in her gift. For his sake, I hope there is!

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  6. Daryl Devore says:

    A gorgeous painting to be put in a place of honour.
    Tweeted.

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  7. What a great gift for him! I love how he’s so considerate of her too. Great snippet!

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  8. Rin-Rin says:

    I wonder if she did intend it romantically? I hope we will get to see that later! Cute snippet. 🙂

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  9. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Igor is so sweet. Love the painting.

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  10. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Hmm. This makes me wonder if I ought to buy a copy of this picture for my wife’s birthday. What do you think?

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  11. Yay board games, and that sounds like a great gift!

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  12. Did I misread–or does he hope to see up her long skirt? What a bugger. 🙂

    As always, Carrie-Anne–I so enjoy the history you so seamlessly infuse in your storytelling. Simply wonderful! 🙂

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    • Duh. After rereading, I now understand his internal musing on being able (or not) to see up her long skirt. Please ignore that part of the first comment–or see the humor in my late evening reading abilities. I obviously have none! 🙂

      It is a wonderful snippet!

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  13. He keeps noticing the way she acts is different. Eventually he’s going to stop dismissing it–or ask her!

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  14. Diane Burton says:

    Poor kid has it bad. LOL Enjoyed the snippet.

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  15. Igor’s in love! Great snippet and loved the present!

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  16. Whitney says:

    A painting with levels of meaning and symbolism? Sounds intriguing! I’m also dropping a link to my snippet; apparently the form didn’t submit my link! http://witandtravesty.com/weekend-writing-warriors-snippet-63/

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  17. This painting is a sweet attention. She really has an eye for details.

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  18. Wow, that is a nice BD present! Great snippet!

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  19. I wonder if there is a secret message to her gift, or if it was just mere coincidence. I hope we get to find out.

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