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.


17 comments on “WeWriWa—Cutting the fortune cake

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    I will be back to read the rest Carrie-anne. Thank you and happy Halloween!


  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

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


  3. nancygideon says:

    Nothing like a good tradition to spark romance! Well done, Carrie-Anne!


  4. That was wonderful. Full of emotion and sweet, but not swoony-moony, overly sweet 😉



  5. Sweet and real! I like your Halloween custom!


  6. Love the desription of her “artist’s hand,” and the connection he feels. And I like the idea of the fortune cake.


  7. 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?


  8. naomi shaw says:

    I think Gorik is holding back some of his charm for another time. Great snippet


  9. He can hold her hand as long as she’s fine with it, but she’s more focused on the cake, it seems. The ribbon is a good idea, so no one accidentally eats a charm!


  10. LOVED this snippet and I really enjoyed the way he thinks about the charms and the fortune telling. And as always your vintage illustrations are gorgeous. Happy Halloween!


  11. chellecordero says:

    A very interesting tradition, I like the idea of the charms in the cake.


  12. Cool tradition! Can’t wait to hear about the results!


  13. […] breaks!). The settings are NYC and the Twin Cities area, 1948. (If you want something much shorter, this is yesterday’s post. Or you could just scroll through my vintage […]


  14. How sweet! He’s definitely falling for her quickly. I wonder what his charm will read for him.


  15. Diane Burton says:

    Love the antique images. What a connection between them. Does she feel it, too? I wonder. Nice snippet.


  16. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I love his reaction to their first touch. He’s so aware of her. I hope she’s as aware of him! Great antique Halloween cards as usual, Carrie-Anne!


  17. P.T. Wyant says:

    Sweet scene (I can’t imagine using a sword to cut a cake, though. I’d end up with a huge mess!)


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