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 23-year-old departing soldier Yuriy suggested to his 18-year-old crush Inga that she might be a real American girl and have a returning soldier for a boyfriend by the time they meet again.
Inga said she only wanted her old family, and Yuriy tried to cheer her up by saying the pain of longing isn’t so bad as more time passes, and that after the war she could create her own family who’ll never leave her. He then holds out his hand for a farewell handshake.
“Can’t I hug you goodbye? You deserve more than a handshake after you’ve been so nice to me.”
Yuriy smiles as he hugs her. “You’re such a sweet girl. Just make sure not to be too sweet with the wrong kinds of people. You have to be strong to survive in a new country.”
Inga stands at the door and watches him walking up the street, until she can’t see him anymore. She was given a very nice friend, what some would call a guardian angel, bearing the same name as her belovèd dedushka, to get her started in America. But he could only do so much, just as eventually a mother bird pushes a baby from the nest so it can fly. Now it’s up to her to make good in America.