WeWriWa—Taxi ride

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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 Yuriy realized he knows Inga’s father’s family very well. He then told her a bit about how their two families met, and how Inga’s paternal grandmother helped to reunite him and his young mother when he was a baby.

Inga then discovered she knows Yuriy’s blood father as well, a right scoundrel serving a well-deserved 25-year sentence in Siberia. Among the many things he was put away for were raping and impregnating an 11-year-old (Yuriy’s mother). This unexpected information came out during his interrogation, and enraged all three of his interrogators.

Yuriy and his mother Lena, who was only twelve when he was born, don’t like to think about the circumstances of his creation.

Source; Copyright Adam Wilcock

Yuriy stands up and extends his hands. “If it hurts too much to walk, you can ride on your luggage, or I can carry you on my back, if you’re comfortable with that.”

The moment she’s standing again, waves of pain shoot through Inga’s right leg.  She hops along and lets Yuriy set her on top of her luggage.  As he pushes her along the streets, she feels like a small child riding in a pram.

Yuriy holds out his arm for the first approaching taxi.  After the taxi comes to a stop, Yuriy opens the back door for her and helps her inside, making sure not to move her injured leg too much.  Once he puts her luggage in the trunk, he joins her in the backseat and speaks to the chauffeur in English.  Inga hopes he really is on the level and isn’t taking her to some abandoned building to murder her.  So far he seems very nice and genuine, in addition to knowing her father’s family, but a young girl can never be too careful when alone in a big city.

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9 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Taxi ride

  1. A little late to be having second thoughts on her part. I’d think being in the taxi might be reassuring, with a neutral third party in the driver on the scene but…the big city must have been very overwhelming for her in general. I really like these characters, another excellent excerpt.

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  2. I believe her trust. When you are from a small town and you ‘bump’ into someone you know, or know their family, there’s an instant trust. Still… what are you doing getting into a cab with someone you just met!!! (I’ve lived in the city long enough now to raise the question) *snicker*

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  3. She should be cautious, esp. if she knows about his blood father. I sense, though that she’s safe with him. I hope so. good snippet.

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  4. Oh my, this story just took a turn. What shame the poor kid had to live with. His father is a right scoundrel!

    I think she’s safe with him. After all, he was raised by the mother, not the scoundrel. 🙂

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