Joe McCoubrey has nominated me for the 777 Challenge.
Before getting to my seven sentences, one explanation: this excerpt probably won’t end up on page 7. I’ve written about three-quarters of the book, but because the plot isn’t linear, I haven’t finished with Chapter 1, yet.
The WIP is tentatively titled Walking from the Soviet Union. It's the story of my father-in-law, who was drafted into the Red Army in 1941, between the Molotov-von Ribbentrop Pact’s dismemberment of Poland and the invasion of the USSR by Nazi Germany. The story combines my memories of Maurice and his stories of his wartime experience.
“Good lord,” said Maurice, in Ukrainian.
“You—you look exactly like me!” said the other.Okay, here’s a little more, just to tell you what was going on:
The two men stared at each other, then stood back to look each other up and down. Other cadets looked at them curiously, and soon started to laugh. “Hey, look at the twins!” said one.
“Who are you?” Maurice asked, almost afraid to hear the answer.
“Hrech Kowalchuk,” the other answered.
Maurice was relieved to hear that the man’s voice was distinct from his own. “From Kharkiv. Not too far from here. Who are you?”
“Maurice Bury. Ternopyl.” He looked for a long time at the other man, still barely able to believe his eyes. From the look on Kowalchuk’s face, he felt the same.Now, for the seven authors whose blogs I want to encourage you all to visit — and who I hope will carry the 777 Challenge further:
- Rob Guthrie
- Scott Morgan
- Gary Henry
- Alan McDermott
- Will Granger
- Roger Eschbacher
- Benjamin X. Wretlind
Readers, encourage them to pick up the challenge!