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 little bit after last week’s, when 20-year-old Darya, who just returned to America after the end of the war in Europe, said there must’ve been a lot of civilian casualties when Hiroshima was bombed.
The soda jerk and a girl nursing a banana split responded with some very ugly, racist comments about the Japanese, such as calling them sub-humans without feelings. The first one in Darya’s party emboldened to voice an extremely unpopular opinion is 20-year-old Mireena.
Out of all five of the Kalvik sisters, Mireena is the one most created in the image of their radical mother Katrin. Even Mireena’s identical twin Milena isn’t so bold.
Darya tugs on Dmitriy’s arm. “Can we please go right to the zoo? I’ve lost my appetite.”
“It’ll make us look odd if we leave so suddenly,” he whispers back. “Don’t tell anyone what you might really be thinking. They might spit in your food.”
“You shouldn’t be rejoicing over the deaths of God knows how many innocent people who just happened to live in Japan,” Mireena says loudly. “Civilians aren’t military or government. They had nothing to do with this war, and if they supported it, it just means they were misled by lots of propaganda. Don’t you think the Japanese are sub-humans simply because so many cartoons, movies, newsreels, posters, and news stories have told you to feel that way, over and over again, for so many years?”
Things start going from bad to worse for Darya’s party after this comment.