WeWriWa—Mireena speaks up


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.


9 comments on “WeWriWa—Mireena speaks up

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Yes, if only everyone could think on their own like that instead of believing propaganda.


  2. You tell ’em, Mireena!


  3. Have to admire her courage for speaking up on her beliefs…but uh oh, I bet it isn’t going to go well from here. As always, you capture history for us with all its less-than-wonderful moments too.


  4. In light of Charlottesville, these pieces have extra punch. I admire her.


  5. Diane Burton says:

    She’s likely to start a riot with those comments. But maybe others feel the same way but are afraid to speak up. You really capture the spirit of the times. Not that I lived through that. I’m not that old. LOL


  6. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Good for you, Mireena! No one deserves to be judged for their location.


  7. nancygideon says:

    I admire her courage but also respect him for his caution. Things could get ugly.


  8. It’s so easy to go with the crowd, but Mireena is standing up for her beliefs. Good for her, though I doubt it’s going to go over well with this crowd!


  9. P.T. Wyant says:

    Seems to me we haven’t changed much since then. (Or else we’ve circled back to the same point.)


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