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WeWriWa—More details provided


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 bit 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 fled back to Budapest after a violent fight with the gendarme who took over Csilla’s house, Mr. Mészáros. He’s now at a nearby hospital with his mother, and has gotten the news he broke his entire left hand, his dominant hand. His mother is horrified to learn he may have killed someone, but the doctor applauds him for fighting for his woman’s honor.

Copyright Nevit Dilmen

The doctor looked at Imre a little more closely. “I’d never expect a fellow who looks like you to get into a violent fight that possibly ends in murder. You look like a soft intellectual or poet, not a man’s man who fights for his woman.”

“I punched the wall by mistake after he’d passed out,” Imre went on, ignoring the slight to his masculinity. “I was so angry, I didn’t realize he’d fallen. Then I kicked him over and over, and finished him off with a shovel to the head. I wasted no time in getting the hell out of there with my girlfriend’s valuables on her old sled. Boy, I can’t wait to start giving her back all these things. I’m going to surprise her in Italy with her old stuffed bat and scarf, and then gradually give her the rest for Chanukah and her birthday. She’ll be eighteen next month, and I can’t wait to give her the nicest presents she could hope for.”


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.

7 thoughts on “WeWriWa—More details provided

  1. Hoping Imre and Csilla get their moment soon.

    And what nice presents for an 18-year-old.

    Imre really is thinking long-term isn’t he?

    PS: Thank you for retweeting the antifa issues in Portland, Oregon [especially Andy Ngo and the concrete milkshakes] over the weekend. I trust your characters – especially the Resistance characters – would not fight so dirtily. If this is aesthetic/stylish concern …

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  2. He speaks so nonchalantly about the murder. I wonder if what happened will hit him harder later, or if it was just a result of the time period.


  3. Not sure if this confession is protected under doctor-patient confidentiality, but I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt him. I do hope he gets this reunion with his girlfriend.


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