WeWriWa—Unexpected friends

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Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet starts the second scene in the fourth section of Chapter 18 of The Strongest Branches of Uprooted Trees. During the pandemonium which broke out during a fight at night, 18-year-old Emánuel Karfinkel and 17-year-old Adrián Fridman were able to escape.

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Boubínský Prales in the Bohemian Forest, Copyright Chmee2

Adrián collapsed in Boubínský Prales, several meters from three armed young men in dark brown clothes.  Emánuel stopped and put his hands up.

“Don’t shoot!  We’ll do whatever you demand, so long as you don’t shoot us for escaping!”

“We’re not Germans,” the tallest young man said. “We’re Czech partisans on night patrol in Šumava.  No one’s going to shoot you for escaping God knows what.  We’ll take you to a safe house.”

“Where are you fellows from?” the shortest partisan asked. “I can tell that’s not a Czech accent.”

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14 comments on “WeWriWa—Unexpected friends

  1. Great snippet–looks like they found some help.

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  2. Diane Burton says:

    Love the picture. Those woods are so dense it’s a wonder anyone could get through. Good place to hide. How wonderful that they met the partisans. Help, at last.

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  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, what a wonderful thing to hear after living in such a horrible nightmare. I’m glad they found help. Hopefully it leads to help for the others still imprisoned.

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  4. So many sides involved in this situation, hard to know who to trust, I imagine. I’m glad things seem to have improved for the two men though. Fascinating snippet as always…

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  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I assume finding Czech partisans is a good thing. Anything’s better than going back to the concentration camp.

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  6. siobhanmuir says:

    Oh, talk about relief. Good snippet, Carrie-Anne. 🙂

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  7. nancygideon says:

    Nice visual and tense scene, Carrie-Anne!

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  8. What a stroke of luck. Good job showing their desperation, their willingness to give up if it means not being shot. I can’t imagine the horror…

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  9. Hopefully they found some new friends… 😀

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  10. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Sounds like they may have some help. I’m interested in knowing who they are though.

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  11. P.T. Wyant says:

    Sounds like they may have found safety! Will they send help for the others?

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  12. One bright spot in all that sadness. Now I hope some of the others can be rescued, too!

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  13. Yay for a rescue. 🙂

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