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.”