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 is scheduled to be released on 17 July, if all goes according to plan. I’ve been so one-tracked over the past few months, finishing up final edits, and know I haven’t been as prompt as I used to be about reciprocating blog visits!
This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s, when soon-to-be-Empress Arkadiya went to talk about the wedding dress with her future sister-in-law Tatyana after luncheon. Tatyana complained about being featured so often in the fashion books and magazines in front of them, and Arkadiya objected to this deprecating comment by saying Tatyana is so beautiful and always well-dressed.
Tatyana, left, with her youngest sister Anastasiya in 1915, at the infirmary in Tsarskoye Selo
“Photographs don’t do your beauty justice. I already thought you were beautiful before meeting you in person, but now it’s obvious you’re even more beautiful than I thought. You have the natural look of a princess, someone who’s very special.”
“Thank you very much for thinking so highly of me, but I’d rather be recognized for my nursing and charity work, not any physical beauty or how finely I dress. God also deserves all the credit for how I look. All I did was be born.”
Arkadiya looked through the pictures, featuring both Russian women and famous women from other European countries. Some of the photographs also featured women from North America. They were all dressed in the kinds of clothes she’d never imagined she’d someday have the option to wear, both on account of their level of finery and because of the world-famous designers.