Happy heavenly 123rd birthday to my favorite actor, Rudolph Valentino!
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 Canadian Army medic Yuriy gave his 18-year-old crush Inga an elephant charm and invited her to get ice-cream before he has to go to the depot at the end of furlough.
Yuriy also said he’d like to inspect her injured knee one last time.
“Sure, I’ll get ice-cream with you, but you’ll have to look at my knee downstairs. My father left instructions about how to navigate the subway, so I won’t get lost.”
“I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not a big deal to look at your knee here. No one’s looking in the window, and there’s nothing scandalous about sitting on a bed alone, if that’s all you do. I’m nothing like my blood father. I hope he dies in Siberia, if he’s not dead already.”
Inga sits down and looks away as she pulls her skirt over her knee. Yuriy unwraps yesterday’s gauze, cleans out the healing wound, dusts it with a thin layer of ointment, and wraps it back up with fresh gauze. As soon as he’s done, he stands back up, wishing Inga weren’t almost five and a half years his junior. Were she only a few years older, he could ask for more, and keep that nice memory with him when he’s far from home.