Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 143- Teodora

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Elektra and General Mattila are making a deal to free Teodora. One condition Mattila presents is that Teodora abdicate in favor of Elektra. Teodora can’t figure out how this benefits Mattila, until she hears that Elektra has married Mattila’s son Jozef.  Teodora is speaking:

“Elektra may not be everything I’ve hoped for in an heir, but she’s not stupid enough to want to marry your son. I’ll have the marriage annulled at the first opportunity.”

Elektra opened her mouth, frowned, then shut it again. Teodora really didn’t know what was wrong with the girl.

“She won’t,” Mattila said, smiling, “the archduchess is expecting, so the marriage has clearly been consummated. In fact, I think Elektra is rather taken with her husband; aren’t you?” she turned to Elektra, still smiling.

“I’d like to talk to my mother alone,” Elektra said, though Teodora couldn’t think why. That her daughter was married and pregnant was beyond imagining. And by Jozef Mattila, of all stupid idiots. Teodora would have to worry about feeble-minded grandchildren on top of everything else.


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13 comments on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 143- Teodora
  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Teodora’s thoughts at the very end make her seem more human than I’m used to thinking of her. She’s still nasty, though.

  2. Fallon says:

    Oh, I see Teodora is as wonderful as always. Great snippet.

  3. Oh my, mothers and daughters. It’s always something. I know for sure.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I wonder if Elektra will be strong enough to stand up to her mother, or if Teodora will ever change her mind. Great snippet! 🙂

  5. daryldevore says:

    You have to love the arrogance of the aristocracy. Tweeted.

  6. Alexis Duran says:

    Oh. man, can you imagine having Teodora as a mother-in-law? My heart goes out to Jozef and I haven’t even met him yet.

  7. Oh Teodora, probably not what you should be thinking about right now. But I loved the excerpt!

  8. Oh – nasty! But, what else lies under the pregnancy?

  9. Pretty soon, Teodora’s going to learn she can’t boss Elektra around anymore. 😉

  10. calensariel says:

    Can’t wait to finish reading THAT conversation! LOL I almost feel sorry for the old girl.

  11. Theodora comes on strong, doesn’t she?

  12. Hywela Lyn says:

    Oh dear, family machinations! I don’t know if I feel more sorry for Elektra, having such an overbearing mother, of Teodora, who does seem to be in a difficult position!

  13. Diane Burton says:

    Teodora is a hoot. And not in a good way. The upcoming conversation should be very interesting.

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