WeWriWa—Penpal specifics


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 right after last week’s, when 23-year-old Yuriy Yeltsin-Tsvetkov came to see his 18-year-old crush Inga Savvina before his furlough ends and he has to go back to Canada.

Inga was reticent about letting an unrelated man into the house without a chaperone, for fear of what people might assume, but Yuriy explained Greenwich Village is a very Bohemian neighborhood, where strict social conventions aren’t always observed.

She leaves the door open after she lets Yuriy in, and stays several feet away, just in case anyone who’s not Bohemian is watching from a window.  She also leaves her door open when Yuriy comes into her bedroom, grateful no one’s in the courtyard.

“Very nice.  Your father must really want a relationship with you, if he’d buy all these things and set this room up so nicely in under a week.  Will you send me letters with the fountain pen and stationary instead of the typewriter?  Even after you get good enough at English to use a typewriter, I’d like a traditional pen and paper letter.”

“You can read Russian?”

“My mother insisted, though I speak better than I read and write.”

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