Posted in 1940s, Couples, Fourth Russian novel, Historical fiction, holidays, Igor Konev the younger, Violetta, Writing

WeWriWa—Cutting the fortune cake



Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. Continuing with this month’s Halloween theme, this is another holiday-themed snippet, slightly after last week’s. Igor has been offered a slice of fortune cake, and he asks if he can use his sword to cut it.

After getting permission to use the antique sword on loan from his great-uncle, Igor cuts a slice of cake containing only one ribbon (attached to the charm baked inside). He then asks Violetta if he can cut her a slice, and she asks if she can use the sword too. Igor agrees, if she’ll let him help her.


Igor puts the sword over his arm and lets Violetta take it.  After she clasps her hand around the handle, Igor places his hand over hers.  An electrical jolt goes through his entire being as he has physical contact with her for the very first time.  She has such soft skin, an artist’s hand just like Igor expected.  He’s enjoying the sensation so much, he almost forgets he has to remove his hand from hers after the cake is cut and on Violetta’s plate.

Since there are so many people at this party, about five different sets of charms have been baked into the cake.  Igor feels slightly jilted knowing repeats are guaranteed.  He’s well aware of how most fortune-telling is rather unscientific and prone to wishful thinking and outright errors, but if there were only one set of charms, he could at least pretend the fortune were unique to himself.  After all, Darya, Andrey, Dmitriy, and Katya had their romantic fortunes successfully told through this Halloween tradition.

“Aren’t you going to pull out your charm, Gorik?” Ilya asks.


This Halloween chapter will be posted in its entirety tomorrow, as per my annual Halloween custom of sharing a full chapter or part of a chapter set on Halloween.


Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

17 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Cutting the fortune cake

  1. Oh, I love that connection, and how it lasted a little longer than was required. I definitely want to read more. 🙂


  2. I LOVE the Halloween greeting images!

    I enjoyed the insight into his longing to have a romantic fortune–and to have reason to believe it in spite of his doubt about fortunes. Who hasn’t felt that way at some in his or her life?


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