Penny Lambert sat wallowing in misery after a serious road accident. If only it hadn't happened...…

Penny Lambert sat in the darkest corner of the bar, nursing a glass of Orange juice. She checked her watch... again! Still only ten o'clock. She had never felt so lonely and miserable.In fact, the whole week had been miserable. Only one week before, …

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The Long road Home. Chapter 39.

"With my sister gone, and my father too...”…

Munich, Pasing. November 10th 1989.For Kate Madison-Becker, the day was turning out to be something special. Not that it wasn't anyway, especially since today was her Eighteenth birthday.Over in the corner of the living room, where the radiogram had …

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The Long Road Home, Chapter 38.

Maria still held her breath as she reached up and turned the door handle.…

Munich, February 21st 1945Driving slowly along narrow country roads, Maria considered what Stefan had said about finding more fuel. She estimated that the twenty litres he had put in from the can would be enough for one hundred and fifty kilometres a…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 37

“Ausweiß!” he demanded. Maria handed him her papers.…

Geiselwind, February 21st 1945When Maria and Katarina arrived at the scene of the disaster, they found chaos. A railway bridge that had been damaged in a previous raid had collapsed onto the road below. Unfortunately, just at that moment, a tram had …

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A Matter of Time

"This mess is down to me. I caused that accident, and if we don't sort it out, and quickly, we are both in big trouble!”…

“Hi, Mum!” “Jeannie! How lovely to hear from you. Where are you?” “I am on the motorway. I'm finally coming down to see you at last! I hope it's alright at such short notice.” Jeannie Powell had not seen her mother for nearly two years, not since be…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 36

Lotte sighed and looked thoroughly miserable. "No, I didn't grow up in Berlin."…

Zwickau, February 19th 1945 When Maria opened her eyes again, the room was in total darkness. The only light emanated from a thin gap under the door. From the other side, she became aware of the sounds of someone moving about. Beside her, Katarina s…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 35.

“Charlotte Beckmann was the daughter of a Nazi General, Klaus Beckmann!"…

Berlin, February 16th, 1945 Katarina lay motionless on the damp, cold pavement, almost hidden by the masonry that surrounded her. Her grey-coloured greatcoat blended in with the ruins. Not only did it help protect her from the elements, but it also …

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Not once did she look at any of the other customers as she sat down and opened her laptop.…

To everyone in the room, she seemed like just a normal girl wearing Vans, bluejeans, and a red hoodie.Nobody looked. No one cared. She was just another customer with a laptop, like so many others in the coffee shop.She ordered a drink, waited patient…

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The Long road Home. Chapter 34

“Don't play the innocent with me. I was here, I saw what happened."…

Berlin, February 16th 1945 As Maria turned the handle of the apartment door, she pushed and stepped forward, only to find that there was nothing but empty air in front of her! She screamed as she fell forwards but kept a tight grip on the handle. Alm…

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Over The Top

To my amazement, I didn't die!…

“Goodnight, Miss. Go safely, now.” I closed the door behind me, leaving the warm fireplace and friendly chatter behind, and stepped out into the cool night air.It had been a wonderful evening.I had only moved into the village the week before, exactly…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 33.

“I know you!” she hissed. “You killed the Metzlers! Where is my Father?"…

Katarina didn't sleep at all. After being arrested the previous day, she had been thrown into a cell in the basement of the Gestapo headquarters on Prinz Albrecht Strasse. The only food she was given was a bowl of thin soup and a small chunk of stale…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 32.

“I... I'm sorry, I thought you said that Matron Langsdorff was your sister?”…

Berlin, February 15th, 1945 Maria woke suddenly. The room she occupied was filled with the eerie wailing of an air-raid siren. She had been in a deep sleep, bourne from exhaustion, and the sound echoed and screeched in her ears.The room was no larger…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 31.

What she saw shocked her. The once busy streets were strewn with rubble.…

Berlin, February 14th 1945 It was a tired and very nervous young woman who walked away from the supplies truck. Katarina felt that it was better not to be associated with the young man who had stolen it. She had enough trouble before she left, almost…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 30

“Shut your mouth!” he snarled. “Open it again and it'll be the last thing you do!”…

Chemnitz, February 14th, 1945 Maria lay on her back, the weight of her assailant pushing her against the stack of rolled canvases. From the vicious slap he had delivered, her cheek stung. A small drop of blood dripped from his lip and splashed onto h…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 29.

The ruined buildings like jagged teeth in the mouth of a slain monster...…

Berlin, February 14th 1945 The convoy moved slowly through the oppressive darkness. The presence of the Allied bombers precluded that the vehicles could not use their lights. Since the bombers were protected by fighters, the line of trucks and cars w…

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Death on the Lyle

A tale of carnage and destruction!…

As soon as he entered the kitchen, Detective Inspector Tate knew that this had to be the same perp.Cupboards were thrown open and their contents scattered mercilessly about. His feet crunched on Cornflakes and Rice Crispies as he walked. A box, its i…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 28

Men were shouting, others groaning and, beyond it all, the perpetual drone of the bombers.…

Chemnitz, February 14th 1945 Katarina was sitting in the cab of the third lorry of the convoy. A few minutes after the air raid sirens began, they tailed off into silence. She couldn't be sure whether it was because they had sounded the warning for l…

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Leave Me Alone

“Howdy!” the grey-haired man behind the counter smiled. “That'll be five dollars, please."…

Don't ask me why. I probably couldn't tell you if I wanted to.I had been given an opportunity in New Orleans. It wasn't a tough assignment, and would only take a couple of days to complete, so I decided to drive there. Okay, now, that doesn't sound l…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 27

“Where are you going?” he asked abruptly. “Berlin,” Katarina replied.…

Dresden, February 13th 1945 Katarina and Maria seemed to be waiting for a long time for a tram that they were beginning to think, wasn't coming. Furthermore, they seemed to be the only ones waiting.The sky was devoid of clouds, and the stars twinkled…

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 26.

Katarina hugged her sister. “I'm sorry, Maria. I didn't mean to upset you. I...”…

Neither Maria nor Katarina had any time to react before the office phone began to ring. Immediately, Katarina lifted the receiver.“Matron Langsdorff.”“Ah, Matron Langsdorff. This is Herr Frank's secretary. Please evacuate the hospital immediately. Al…

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