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.
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.