Each Sunday, Weekend Writing Warriors offers a selection of eight-sentence excerpts from writers in multiple genres and forms. Check out the full roster here.
VERA. Do you have stormy fights and passionate reconciliations?
LOPHUKHOV. No, we try to work things out rationally as far as possible. Of course, opinions differ as to what’s the correct course, but we try to be respectful of the other’s opinion.
VERA. You wouldn’t insist on your opinion simply because of your position in the household?
LOPUKHOV. No, whatever for?
VERA. (kisses him on the cheek) Thank you.
LOPUKHOV. For what?
VERA. For telling me how we’re going to arrange our married life.
Vera asks her fiancee about his relationship with his roommate and best friend.
For a little change of pace, an excerpt from What is to be Done and What They Did: A Revolutionary Comedy in Five Acts. This adaptation of N. G. Chernyshevsky’s What is to Be Done? is a play-within-a-play enacted by an ensemble of six young people whose lives were changed by the novel and its template for new social arrangements.
Chernyshevsky’s romantic comedy spawned scores of real-life fanfics, including the Russian Revolution and the American free speech movement. Score another one for Team Romance and file it under Science Fiction, as a high-tech near-future utopia.