WeWriWa—Not participating in the party

If you celebrate Sh’mini Atzeret, may you have a lovely holiday!



Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes some pages after last week’s, and opens the chapter’s fourth section. Previously, Violetta begged off of joining Igor for any party games, and said she only came to the Halloween party because her friends forced her. She also told him not to let her stop him from having a good time, since a nice, good-looking guy like himself could easily find some other women to play party games with.

Through the entire party so far, Violetta has continued sitting in the background. She’s trying to guard against developing feelings for any man or getting asked on a date, since she’s convinced herself no one would want to marry a woman with a caliper. She also sleeps in her iron lung every night, and is terrified at the thought of leaving her longtime security blanket.


Igor has spent the night making the rounds of the various Halloween games and amusements—bobbing for apples, the Ouija board, a miniature haunted house, walnut boats, five different types of fortune-telling, dart-throwing, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, musical chairs, a cakewalk, ghost stories, and Twenty Questions.  Violetta has continued sitting in her chair, not participating in any of the games or even coming to listen to some ghost stories and get her fortune told.  She almost appears like part of the furniture, but for the fact that she moves every so often.

Throughout the party, some of her friends, and some unknowns, have come over to talk to her and bring her snacks, but she always begs off actively participating in the party.  Igor has been watching her out of the corner of his eye, and almost thinks he sees a wistful look in her deep brown eyes.  If only he knew just why her mind has convinced her she can’t have normal co-ed fun.

“Care for a slice of fortune cake?” A chemistry major in a toreador costume extends a large platter to Igor. “There’s a ribbon attached to each charm, so you’ll know how big to make your slice.”



16 comments on “WeWriWa—Not participating in the party

  1. chellecordero says:

    Sounds like a fun party, it would be hard to sit on the sidelines. Dos she need to sleep in the iron lung or is it just for the security? That oculd certainly put a crimp in any potential dalliances


  2. I love this post! The old images, and the trove of information about period games was so interesting! Good snippet, Anna!


  3. Methinks he needs to go over and start talking to her if he wants to find out those answers. It sounds like a cool party though.


  4. Kim Magennis says:

    How easy it is for us to “not live” in fear of loss. Hopefully Igor can teach her how to start living. Always love the extra bits you share, Carrie-Anne. Thank you


  5. I hope Igor is going to convince her that she needs some fun in her life instead of just looking at others having it.


  6. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    That definitely sounds like a fun party. Even though Violetta tries hard not to attract anyone’s attention, it seems she is, especially Igor. I hope he can convince her off that chair before the party ends. 🙂


  7. Poor Violetta. I hope Igor wakes her up.


  8. historysleuth1 says:

    Quite the interesting story premise. I hope someone gets her to come out of her iron shell.

    History Sleuth’s Mysteries


  9. Sounds like a party, but there’s no amount of money in the world that will make me play a Ouija board. Hopefully Igor will talk to her! Great snippet!


  10. P.T. Wyant says:

    Sounds like a fun party. I understand why she’s not participating in some of the games, but surely some of them would be ones she could do, so I’m not sure why she’s staying on the sidelines so much.


  11. Those graphics are just so delightful! It really is difficult to find time to participate in all the blog events around the web. Alas, most are more time consuming than I can handle.


  12. As always, wonderful illustrations for us and I enjoyed the description of the party, sounds fun. I’m still waiting for Igor to go talk to Violetta of course!


  13. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’m really looking forward to the scene where he finds out about her polio.

    BTW, Effing forgot to link my blog post to my WeWriWa (watch out, cat, or you’ll be replaced by Twiggles the dog!) but here it is.


  14. It’s tough to take a risk and face rejection, but people can be very kind, as well as very cruel. If you don’t give them a chance, you’ll never know!


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