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WeWriWa—Smuggling instructions


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m now sharing from Chapter 45, “Imre’s Revenge,” of my hiatused WIP The Strongest Branches of Uprooted Trees. This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s.

It’s November 1945, and Imre chose to stay behind in Budapest when his girlfriend Csilla and their friends were smuggled into Italy. Hoping to prove himself a hero, he went to Csilla’s hometown Abony to recover important possessions she hid last year.

Imre broke his entire left hand after a violent fight with the gendarme who took over Csilla’s house, and is now meeting with a smuggler in his mother’s apartment. Mrs. Goldmark found someone from the Brihah (which means Escape or Flight in Hebrew), a group which successfully smuggled many Shoah survivors into safer countries and ultimately into Israel.

Nyugati Station, Copyright FOTO:Fortepan Uvaterv

“I’m taking you to Nyugati Station as soon as supper is over,” the Brihah man said. “I’ll put you aboard a coal car or cattlewagon, whichever we have easiest, safest access to. First thing in the morning, the train takes off, and you’ll stay as quiet as possible until the train reaches Firenze. If you must make any pain noises and you happen to be in a cattlewagon, kick the cows as hard as possible so their pain noises will muffle your own. You’ll be met by people who know you’re coming.”

“I’ll give you enough money to cover a nice hotel until you find your friends, plus plenty of money for normal living expenses,” Mrs. Goldmark promised. “Don’t risk writing to me. I’ll write to you first, if and only if I know no one’s looking for you.”

“I want to go too,” Júlia announced.


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

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