Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m currently sharing from Chapter 52, “Lyuba’s Golden Jubilee,” of my WIP, A Dream Deferred: Lyuba and Ivan at University. It’s December 1949, and newly-11-year-old Sonyechka has been knocked over and had her hand skated over at Rockefeller Rink.

This week’s snippet comes a bit after last week’s, when one of Sonyechka’s helpers, Poliksena, asked if her family are the Konevs from Minnesota. Sonyechka’s sister Irina nodded and asked if their families are acquainted, and Poliksena only said that’s a very long story.

“I like your skates, Sonya,” Adrian says as Poliksena skates off. “Your sister’s skates are nifty too. I thought only Polya dyed her skates fancy colors.”

“I love making my own fashions,” Irina says. “Who wants to have plain white skates like everyone else when we can have eye-catching colors like turquoise and royal blue? I’d rather be one in a million than one of a million.”

“That’s what my parents say too. It’s nice to blend into the crowd and be just like everyone else, but human beings aren’t supposed to be like coins who come out of the mold identical. I hope your hand heals quickly, Sonya.”

6 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Fancy skates

  1. I really like what their parents have taught them. I wonder why dying skates never caught on here. Hmmm…


  2. Love this! “I’d rather be one in a million than one of a million.”

    Good snippet.

    I would have dyed my skates. I sewed a lot of my own clothes when I was a teenager. I had managed to buy one pair of cork-soled wedges (1970s) on clearance. I used to take fabric that matched shirts that I made, and cover the cork soles with it. Changed it several times. I may not have had a lot of shoes, but I had the ONLY shoes like mine. 🙂

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