WeWriWa—Dinner is served

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Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes a bit after last week’s, when 18-year-old Emánuel begged Dr. Svoboda to remove the number on his arm. Dr. Svoboda said he’d be glad to do it later, but that Emánuel had more pressing heath concerns, and might come to see it as a mark of pride someday.

Seventeen-year-old Adrián has just asked for food, and mentioned it was a semi-fast day, with the caveat that it wasn’t much different from any other day. They haven’t had much food since they started out from Mauthausen a few weeks ago.

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Jaroslav pulled a potato out of the stove, cut it in half, and put each piece on a plate.  Adrián leapt on his like a famished wolf, while Emánuel had to wait until Dr. Svoboda was done taking his vitals.  After they’d eaten and Dr. Svoboda had taken Adrián’s vitals, Ondřej brought them each a large mug of ginger peach tea.

“Ginger soothes the stomach, and peaches symbolize long life in Chinese folklore,” Ondřej said. “We’ll bring you chicken broth next.  We’ve got some in our icebox, and it won’t take long to reheat.”

“Děkuji mnohokrát,” Emánuel said, using one of the Czech phrases he’d picked up from fellow prisoners. “God should bless all of you for your righteousness and altruism.”

“It’s nothing doing, just what any good partisan and human being would do,” Jaroslav said. “May I ask what the semi-fast day was for?”

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11 comments on “WeWriWa—Dinner is served

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    The civility of these scenes is a marvelous contrast to the barbarity that preceded them. It reminds me the visceral moment in Gustave Holst’s The Planets when the wild savagery of the Mars movement is followed by the incredible sweetness of Venus.

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  2. jakerose says:

    Tea and chicken broth, my favorite haha. Nice snippet!

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  3. A nice moment in a terrible part of history. I could practically feel their hunger being appeased. Terrific details – an excellent snippet as always.

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  4. nancygideon says:

    What a powerful scene, Carrie-Anne, quiet and filled with humanity,

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  5. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Potatoes are such comfort food. An excellent choice. And the promise of chicken broth is comfort personified. Not to mention how nourishing it is. They certainly have found a haven in the midst of horrors.

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  6. Ed said exactly what I was thinking, The calm and the kindness being shown these two juxtaposed against what they’ve been through.

    I am worried about them being discovered and recaptured, though.

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  7. I can almost taste that tea. yum.

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  8. It *is* what any good person would do, but there’s a lot of less than good people out there. What a lovely scene!

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  9. Diane Burton says:

    Lovely snippet. So poignant that they’ve had little food up to this point. Love the tea cup picture. So delicate.

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  10. Hywela Lyn says:

    Fascinating excerpt. (Love the picture too.) I’d like to know what the semi-fast was for too!

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  11. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    What any good human being would do, yes. I’m glad they experience this after seeing the horrible things humans can do to each other as well.

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