WeWriWa—First gift

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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 right after last week’s, as 23-year-old Yuriy Yeltsin-Tsvetkov visits his 18-year-old crush Inga Savvina before his furlough ends. He’s just asked if she can write him letters with her fountain pen and stationary, instead of using a typewriter.

This has been slightly edited to fit 10 lines.

Yuriy opens his satchel and hands her a silver elephant charm. “I got this for you.  You can wear it on a chain for good luck.  Don’t feel bad you didn’t get me a going-away present, since I wasn’t expecting anything.”

Inga puts it on her pillow beside Dotnara. “That’s very nice of you.  I’ll take very good care of it.”

“Would you like to get some ice-cream before I go to the depot?  I hope you know how to get to my aunt’s store by two.  I’d also like to check on your knee one more time.”

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Inga now works at the Russian gifts boutique run by Yuriy’s aunt Valya, her husband, and their three children. One of her duties is painting Matryoshka dolls. Yuriy suggested this job to her so she can stay close with his family.

9 thoughts on “WeWriWa—First gift

  1. Another sweet moment for these two. Are elephants especially meaningful to her for some reason, I wonder? It’s such a terrific detail and of course the vintage photo fits the snippet perfectly.

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  2. I wonder if she’s going to miss him as much as I think he’ll miss her. She seems a little more stand-offish than he does. But maybe he’s just being an assertive man. 🙂

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  3. So sweet. I love Matryoshka dolls. I have several sets that I only put out at Christmas time.. My 3-yr-old granddaughter loves to play with my Star Wars sets (plastic) that I leave out all the time.

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