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.


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.”

15 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Unexpected friends

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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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