WeWriWa—Luiza’s Halloween costume



Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m continuing this month’s Halloween theme with a snippet from a bit later in the first Halloween chapter of my fourth Russian historical. This part of the chapter is back in Manhattan, as Igor goes to pick up his cousin Luiza for an NYU Halloween party up in the Bronx.

Igor is dressed as a Renaissance artist, with a genuine antique shashka sword his great-uncle the prince loaned him for a prop. The sword came from his great-uncle’s paternal grandfather, who served in the Russian Caucasian Corps. While he’s in his stepaunt’s house to pick up Luiza, his younger brother Ilya (his Irish twin) and Ilya’s girlfriend Milada, both dressed as pirates, are cuddling in the car.

Before Luiza heads out to the car, her mother tells her she’s not going to use the party as an excuse to meet men. Luiza nods but doesn’t say anything.


As soon as she heads out the door with Igor, she pulls off her golden sweater and stuffs it into the golden purse attached to her waist.

“I’m not covering my arms up to the elbow just because my parents think it’s indecent to wear shoulder straps at a mixed party.  There’s no point in dressing like an Ancient Egyptian woman if I’m just going to wear some stupid sweater hiding the top part of my gown.”

Igor averts his eyes when he catches Ilya and Milada kissing in the backseat, pressed up against one another for dear life and running their hands through one another’s hair.  Luiza ignores them and gets into the passenger seat, where she pulls off her golden flats and exchanges them for a pair of golden sandals in her purse.

“I hope you’re not too cold,” Igor says. “Even a nice Halloween costume shouldn’t come before dressing warmly.”

“I’ll be fine.  A little chill is my price to pay for fashion.”


The great Theda Bara as Cleopatra


18 comments on “WeWriWa—Luiza’s Halloween costume

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I love this line: “A little chill is my price to pay for fashion.” That kind of sums up this whole passage, doesn’t it?


  2. nancygideon says:

    Oh, how we suffer to be stylish. I like her spunk, Carrie Ann. Hope it doesn’t lead to trouble . . .


  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Well, no one can convince her to dress any other way. I like her attitude. I hope the party goes well for her. 🙂


  4. Kim Magennis says:

    I love her resolution to endure all for her appearance. Love the photos, Carrie-Anne


  5. That photo is just wonderful and the passage reminds me of my younger days when misery was an acceptable price to pay for looking good!


  6. Frank Fisher says:

    I don’t think cold feet will kill her. I think those golden sandals will look stylish! Good snippet!


  7. I love the last line and her attitude–great snippet!


  8. Fun excerpt, very timely for October and I always enjoy your vintage illustrations. Really puts us in the proper mood!


  9. Love it! I actually gave a lot of thought to going as Cleopatra myself this Halloween, as I’ve never done so before and quite enjoy the look. In the end, I opted for something else great instead, but will definitely be looking to Cleo again in the future.

    Many hugs,
    ♥ Jessica


  10. Oh, she does intend to pick up a man in spite of her mother.


  11. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Love how she’s changing in the car to make the costume what she intended it to look like. lol


  12. I am reminded of my own teenage years as the gals change once they leave the house into their “real” outfits… Great snippet.


  13. Great snippet, and I love the images you used! 😀


  14. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I loved dressing up for Halloween and I agree with Luiza, what’s a little chill in order to make your costume perfect? 🙂


  15. I’d wear the sweater–but I’m not very fashionable! Of course, where I live, it’s often still pretty hot on Halloween.


  16. P.T. Wyant says:

    Just how big is that purse?!

    I love the rebellion — and that she trusts the others not to squeal.


  17. chellecordero says:

    no sweater, no closed shoes – simply authentic! Fun snippet.


  18. Love that last line! That’s my thinking about Halloween. Or, well, not the fashion, but what’s a little chill to pay for dressing however you wish to show off your evil side on Halloween? 😉 I love her rebel attitude. Seriously though, how big IS that purse?


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