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WeWriWa—Imminent diagnosis


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 now sharing from Chapter 45, “Imre’s Revenge,” of my hiatused WIP The Strongest Branches of Uprooted Trees. This week’s snippet comes a few lines after last week’s.

It’s November 1945, and Imre chose to stay behind in Budapest when his girlfriend Csilla and their friends were smuggled into Italy. Hoping to prove himself a hero, he went to Csilla’s hometown Abony to recover important possessions she hid last year.

Imre got into a violent fight with the gendarme who took over Csilla’s house, Mr. Mészáros, which may have ended in murder and a broken hand. He fled back in Budapest, and now is at a nearby hospital with his mother.

Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Hospital, Copyright Czimmy at Hungarian Wikipedia

The doctor pressed on the hand in various spots, resulting in even more agonized screams. Imre was practically in tears when the doctor finally injected some kind of numbing agent after cleansing the wounds and putting ointment on them.

“I’m going to send you for an X-ray to see which bones exactly you broke. When the numbing agent has taken full effect, maybe you can tell us just how you hurt your hand.”

Imre got into a wheelchair, holding his injured hand across his lap, and closed his eyes. When he reached the X-ray room, he mutely obeyed all the instructions given. He was barely aware of the X-raying process, too focused on getting rid of the pain.

Back in the examining room, the doctor looked at the developed X-ray and said something in medical-speak. Mrs. Goldmark asked for a layperson’s version, and the doctor pointed to the broken finger, knuckle, and metacarpal bones. There were also several fractures in the wrist.


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

8 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Imminent diagnosis

  1. Well, you had made it clear what a fight he’d been in…I hope he’s thinking about what he’s going to tell the doctor about how it all happened! I have alarm bells going off as I read this snippet, because he could be in a lot of trouble. Excellent excerpt as always!


  2. Yes, I hope he has a good cover story ready. This diagnosis doesn’t sound like the hand will mend quickly. And I worry that someone will come looking for him and he won’t be able to run. Very suspenseful.


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