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WeWriWa—Another new Thanksgiving guest


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. The rules have now been relaxed to allow a few more sentences if merited, so long as they’re clearly indicated, to avoid the creative punctuation many of us have used to stay within the limit.

This year, my Thanksgiving-themed excerpts come from Chapter 13, “Thanksgiving Break,” of A Dream Deferred: Lyuba and Ivan at University. It’s 1948, and one of the holiday celebrations is at the home of Lyuba’s mother and stepfather. Also in attendance are the family of Lyuba’s stepsister Dinara

Dinara’s oldest daughter Zhenya finally arrived with her new boyfriend Kuzma and a kind stranger who drove them there. While Zhenya and Kuzma were walking to the subway, Zhenya was knocked over by a car running a red light, and both of her legs were driven over. From the details provided, the other people in attendance figured out the guilty party is their family’s longtime antagonist Boris Malenkov.

“Thank you very much for bringing Zhenya here,” Dinara says. “It’s also nice to finally meet you, Kuzma. May I ask if you have a place for a Thanksgiving meal?”

Kuzma shakes his head. “My parents are traditional Russians, and don’t celebrate any American holidays. They only have some fireworks for the Fourth of July, nothing else.”

“Please join us. Marusya’s young man already agreed to join us, so you won’t be the only non-relative. It’ll be our treat.”

“We insist,” Mr. Lebedev says.

The ten lines end here. A few more follow to finish the scene (and the chapter).

“Does the other gentleman have a place?”

“Yes, Sir, I was on my way to my parents’ apartment after running a few errands,” Mr. Palomer says. “I hope you find the madman who did this and punish him.”

“Oh, we all wish Malenkov would stay out of decent society forever, but the next-best thing is avoiding contact with him. He’s unfortunately the blood father of one of my granddaughters, but he’s not welcome in this family. We have more than enough people to not miss his disgusting presence.” Mr. Lebedev looks hopefully at Kuzma and Yulian. “Sometimes we’re blessed enough to welcome new people to our family, and that’s something we can all be very thankful for.”


Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

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