WeWriWa—Plunged into darkness

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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 decided to leave Hungary too.

They’ve just climbed into a cattlewagon of an unguarded train with assistance from their smuggler.

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They were plunged into darkness after the door slid shut and the locking mechanism closed. Júlia eased herself onto the straw on the floor, and Imre followed her lead after removing the heavy sack.

“So this is how Csicsi travelled,” he whispered. “Now I know a little bit how she felt. If this feels degrading, I can only imagine how much worse it must’ve been to be packed in with eighty other people in the heat of summer, and with a hostile gendarme hanging onto the outside of the car.”

“You really like her, don’t you?”

“I think I love her. She’s not the type of woman I would’ve considered myself interested in, but we seem well-matched so far. I wouldn’t have killed a man for any of my other ladies.”

7 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Plunged into darkness

  1. He has other ladies? Wow. Quite the bombshell! But at least he seems to have chosen one, so that’s a step in the right direction. And from his devotion to her, apparently the right one. Great snippet!

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    • Imre has had five previous girlfriends, but he was single when he met Csilla. He got two of his girlfriends in trouble during the war, when they were in the large international ghetto, but found a doctor to perform abortions. All three of the girls he dated during the war ended up killed by the fascist Arrow Cross, and his first lover was also killed during the war. Imre’s most recent girlfriend was a month before he met Csilla. They were all a few years older than he is. Csilla, at a year younger, is the first younger girlfriend he’s ever had.

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