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WeWriWa—Determined to leave


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 right after last week’s.

After a violent fight with a former gendarme, Imre Goldmark is being smuggled out of Budapest and into Italy to join his girlfriend Csilla and their friends. Imre is afraid he killed the gendarme, and his mother doesn’t want to take any chance.

Imre’s sister Júlia announced she wants to escape too, and explains she’s terrified of all the occupying Soviet soldiers and feels a world apart from her classmates due to their disparate wartime experiences. After the smuggler asks Mrs. Goldmark if she gives permission for Júlia to leave, Júlia adds to her earlier plea.

Fasori Gimnázium, one of Budapest’s finest secondary schools
Thaler Tamas

“I’ll attend a good lycée and keep out of trouble, though I’d prefer to go to a school with other survivors. No offense, Anyuka, but you seem to think the world is still mostly the same as it used to be. If there’d been no war and occupation, I would’ve been happy to attend a Hungarian gymnasium and get my matura, or to study abroad at a fancy Parisian lycée. We don’t live in that kind of world anymore. We belong with our own people, no matter how much more money we have than most other survivors. I’d probably be happiest in a city that wasn’t Paris.”

“If your mind is made up, I suppose I can’t deter you,” Mrs. Goldmark said. “You can pack after supper.”


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.

11 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Determined to leave

  1. I wonder what a school run for and by survivors would be like?

    And, no, we don’t live in that kind of world. Julia certainly doesn’t.

    Love that pic of the Fasori!


  2. Maybe her mother has a bit of wishfull thinking going on, that the world would just go back to how it used to be, but I think Julia’s got the right idea. Things have certainly changed. Enjoyed the snippet and their discussion.


  3. She’s very determined and knows exactly what she wants. I’m sure those qualities will help her throughout the rest of her life.


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