Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s, from Chapter 55, “The Streets of the Future,” of my WIP A Dream Deferred: Lyuba and Ivan at University. This chapter, which closes Part I (to be published as Volume I), is mostly set over Orthodox Christmas 1950.
Twenty-year-old Bogdana Sheltsova, who survived two horrific, life-altering events six weeks apart, is now living with her aunt Fyodora in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. She didn’t expect her friend Achilles to visit with roses and a gift bag after their awkward last encounter in the underground clinic where Achilles assists.
After they went to another room to discuss personal matters, Achilles stunned Bogdana by asking her to be his girlfriend. Though Bogdana has had feelings for him almost from the start, she can’t believe Achilles reciprocates or would want someone like her.
“What in the world are you saying! How long have you had these feelings for me? You made believe you saw me as your patient, nothing else! And I’m too young for you! You said that yourself several times!”
“I asked your parents for their blessing and permission yesterday, and they granted it. If you’ll have me, I’ll treat you like the world’s greatest treasure. I see you as my Bogusya, who just happens to be eight years younger. By the time you’re my age, we’ll be equals.”