WeWriWa—Penpal invitation


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, I’m skipping a bit ahead to the last section of the chapter I’ve been sharing from.

Eighteen-year-old Inga Savvina has just settled into her father’s Greenwich Village townhouse, after spending a week in the boarding house run by her 23-year-old admirer Yuriy Yeltsin-Tsvetkov’s grandmother and spinster aunt Zina. Now Yuriy comes to say goodbye, with a plan to stay in touch with Inga without confessing his true feelings.

Monday morning, while Ginny meets with the couple he’s selling a house to, Yuriy drops by.  Inga sets down her English textbook and goes to answer the door, smiling when she sees him in his uniform.  He looks so much more distinguished and intelligent, though the drab olive-green doesn’t set off his red hair enough.  He looked better when he wore colors like blue, darker green, and yellow.

“I have to go to the depot so I’ll be back in Toronto in time, but I wanted to say goodbye to you before I left.  I can’t tell you any military secrets, but I think it’ll be awhile before my division ships out.  Would you like to be my penpal?  I already know this address, and you can see where I’m stationed from the envelopes.  You can practice your English with me, and it’s always nice to have a friend to write to when you feel alone.”

10 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Penpal invitation

  1. I like his lowkey approach to them keeping in touch. And of course he can say a lot more over time in those penpal letters! Another very pleasing excerpt 🙂 Made me happy for them…


  2. A man with a plan! And a good one. Everyone likes to get mail and he has good points about practicing her English. He’s thought about this! Can’t wait to hear her response!


  3. Such a sweet visit. And yes, of course–he has a great cover for staying in touch–that she can practice her English.

    Wonderful snippet.

    I always enjoy the illustrations you include with your Sunday posts!


  4. What a gentle, thoughtful person he sounds – great idea for them to be ‘penpals’ – and over time he might be able to say things in a letter he couldn’t quite summon up the courage to say to her face to face.


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