Virtue's Farewell - EpilogueEPILOGUE
The nearly four years since the end of the war had been kind to Anton Reicher. Though he did walk with a fine crafted peg leg on his left side, he was happy with his life. He and Marie were married after his annulment in 1920 and lived in a small house in Munich. He was once again employed by the railroad. His sons, Manfred and Tobias, now 16 and 14, were growing into fine young men. They loved their little sister, Reanne, and they both were learning French as well as English quickly. He was positive about the future. These were the sentiments he wrote in his correspondence with Rosalyn and Nathan Moreland in Chicago. They owned a shoe store and she taught piano while she worked on composing her own music. All of them hoped for some type of meeting either in the United States or in Germany in the next few years. Best of all, he hadn't had any
Virtue's Farewell, 50Chapter 50 (1918)
The shelling was loud and intense. They'd all been told that at 11:00 A.M. the hostilities would come to an end. One would never have guessed from the sound of the war that hostilities were scheduled to end in a couple of hours. Wounded were still coming in and Rosalyn did her best not to think about the clock. Besides, the end of the war was going to force her to look at her life and troubles and make some extremely hard choices.
"Why are they still shelling?" The patient was an American soldier. He had thick bandages over his face, including his eyes. "Why not just stop now?"
"Everything in drama has a schedule, don't we all know." Rosalyn dabbed the boy's head with a cool cloth.
"You're the good-looking redhead, aren't you?"
"Excuse me, soldier?"
"The good-looking redhead that Lieutenant Moreland is so taken with."
Rosalyn smiled and looked ov
Virtue's Farewell, 49Chapter 49 (1918)
There were about ten of them in the bombed out house. It had once been a nice place, thought Willie. The walls were stone and accented with finely carved wood framed the windows and doorways. The walls were destroyed and everything was covered with a layer of dust from the destruction. Two dead Germans were in the front parlor, along with one down in the well-stocked wine cellar.
"This place has been shelled by both sides I bet," Wilsip said as he carried a bottle of Bordeaux. "Yet most of the wine is intact. Be a fine spot to spend the night I'd say."
"Wilsip, take it easy on the hooch," Willie warned. "We could have to move out in a while."
Lieutenant Osbourne placed a hand on Willie's shoulder, motioning him out into the yard. The night was clear and chilly. The horizon flashed with the light of shelling, just as it had for four years.
"I think we'l
Virtue's Farewell, 48Chapter 48 (1918)
Keep your head low, Papa.
Reicher read the small postscript on Freddy's letter, which he signed Manfred. His son was growing up. Both he and Tobias were going to be fine men someday, though his younger one possessed a cynical intelligence that worried him. After the war he would work on that. He just hoped he could work out a way for his life to be spent with his sons along with Marie and Reanne. Keeping his head down, as his son had suggested, was the best way to ensure he would see the end of the war. Just some 70 meters ahead of him lay rows of dead Americans that had been attacking the lines in the Argonne forest. They had been cut down like cornstalks under the merciless ripping of machine guns. October had been a cruel, miserable month thus far. Despite the losses the Allies were suffering, he and his countrymen were in retreat. All they seemed able to do was make the inevita
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