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Carnival in Sorgenbach

Carnival in Sorgenbach

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Carnival in Sorgenbach

Length:
31 pages
26 minutes
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Released:
Oct 30, 2014
ISBN:
9781310378843
Format:
Book

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Hans returned from the Great War, haunted. Not only by the horrors of the trenches, but haunted by visions of a more terrifying war to come. Would the parties and parades of Carnival 1919 offer him love and hope? Or doom him and his country to the devastation he foresaw?

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 30, 2014
ISBN:
9781310378843
Format:
Book

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Hans lifted the beer mug to his mouth when the vision hit.

The rabble-rouser, lank strand of hair falling down his apoplectic face. The hooked cross, black on white on red. The rumble of engines high above, from aircraft far larger than the Fokkers and Sopwiths of the war. A rubblescape stretching for miles, punctuated by skeletal walls and smothered with the stench of innumerable corpses.

Hans’ awareness returned to the beer hall. The glass mug lay sideways on the wooden table. Lager pooled on the tabletop and dripped down the edges. It soaked the thighs of his best pair of pants.

He stood up and brushed at the sodden line across his thighs. A fool’s task, it would not dry them in time. Why had a vision struck him now? He’d ordered a beer to keep the visions away during the job interview, not bring them on.

He caught his breath, then remembered the other people in the tavern.

The women and the old men looked wary. A few glanced searchingly around, hoping someone else would have an explanation. In a corner, Schmidt came closest to showing understanding, through eyes too old for his youthful face, and jacket cuff pinned to his shoulder. Yet even Schmidt wouldn’t know. He would assume Hans had been plunged into memories of the year before, not into premonitions of greater horrors in the years to come.

The bartender came out with a rag and a pail. Hans, let me help you. He sopped up beer along the table’s edge.

Hans stared glumly. Part of his dwindling money wasted, when he needed a job and every penny was precious. I hadn’t even taken a sip.

As I said, I’ll clean it. The bartender wrung beer into the pail. You fought hard for us. You deserved better than getting stabbed in the back.

A never-ending supply of fresh-faced doughboys, joining British and French soldiers reinvigorated with American munitions and tins of bully beef, had done a good job stabbing the army in the front. The emptiness of his pockets returned to Hans. I mean, all that beer, wasted.

The bartender paused his motion of the rag. "Times

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