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WeWriWa—Uncovered hair

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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. This week’s snippet comes a bit 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 necklace after their awkward last encounter in the underground clinic where Achilles assists.

They’re now in another room speaking privately, and though Bogdana has agreed to be his girlfriend, she’s still not entirely convinced Achilles could really want someone as supposedly damaged as herself.

Achilles gently strokes her face. “The only disgusting people are the ones who robbed you of your sense of safety and normalcy. Whether you believe it or not, I’ve chosen you above all others to love and cherish. You’ll be so pampered, loved, and protected for the rest of your life.” He touches her wig again. “May I please see your real hair? I only saw it the night we met, before you shaved it.”

Bogdana closes her eyes as she removes her wig. She bursts into tears when she feels Achilles tenderly stroking her very short natural hair.

Author:

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.

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