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Azure Sea Gold

Ross Richdale

Family Saga

© 2010 Ross Richdale

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The officer ignored the air raid siren as he stumbled through the darkened streets of rubble. Searchlights swung across the sky and the throb of Lancaster bombers was everywhere. He grunted, pulled a tatty map from his pocket and tried to find a street sign. The splendid middle class boulevard that he remembered on his last visit had gone. Nothing remained, just bricks and holes in the ground. The whole city was gone, obliterated in the relentless attacks by American bombers in the day and British at night.

April 1945 was not a good time to be a German.

"Aye you!" shouted a voice.

Falk stopped and looked up.

An air raid warden was waving at him. "Get to the shelter, you fool. They're hitting the docks again."

Falk cut across the road towards the man who lost his anger when he saw the officer's navy uniform and sigma. "You're be lucky to have a U-boat to return to Kapitanleutnant," he said. "I'd say the mid-Atlantic is safer than here at the moment."

Falk pulled a photograph from his pocket and shoved it under the warden's nose. "This girl used to live within two blocks of here. Name's Kristin Dassmer. Do you know if she's still around?"

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