Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. I’ve been sharing from my alternative history, And Aleksey Lived, which released 17 July, on my primary protagonist’s real-life 100th death anniversary. Once I’ve earned enough money from sales, I’ll use some of it to make donations to the National Hemophilia Foundation and the National Hemophilia Federation, in memory of Aleksey.
I’m skipping ahead to Part IV, which is set during WWII, and focuses on Aleksey and his wife Arkadiya’s successful efforts to rescue almost the entire Jewish population of occupied Europe and bring them to safety in the Russian Empire. It’s now June 1944, and Aleksey’s second-cousin once-removed, the very young King Mihai of Romania, has come with his uncle Nicolae to discuss plans for Romania’s defection to the Allies. When Aleksey and Mihai are alone after dinner, Mihai asks if it’s okay to ask a somewhat personal question.
This has been slightly tweaked to fit 10 lines.
King Mihai, the last true surviving WWII head of state (25 October 1921–5 December 2017)
“No, it’s nothing prying. I wanted to know when I should start feeling like the real King, and not an overgrown little kid playing at being King. At my age, I don’t feel like I deserve to rule in my own right. Is there a certain age or point where you began feeling you were fully in charge and entitled to make important decisions?”
Aleksey put his hand on Mihai’s shoulder. “If you’re any sort of good monarch, you’ll never have that feeling. This is a role we were born into, not elected to; but for an accident of birth, we might’ve been much further down the line of succession, or peasants. You should never forget this is a precious trust you were chosen by God for, and do everything in your power to prove yourself worthy. Most people want to like, trust, and believe the best of their monarch, particularly at the start of his reign. Never give them a reason to believe their trust is mislaid, because therein lies the road to revolution.”