Fractus Europa – short stories set across EUROPE
Mrs Tuesday’s Departure
Location(s): Budapest, Hungary
When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis, their deception resurrects the scars of a star-crossed love triangle that threats their safety and tests the bonds of their loyalty.
Hungary’s fragile alliance with Germany insured that Natalie, a renowned children’s book author, and her family would be safe as the war raged through Europe. But, as the Führer’s desperation grows in the waning years of the conflict, neighbors now become traitors.
Beautiful but troubled Anna, poet and university professor, is losing her tenuous hold on reality, re-igniting a sibling rivalry that began with a poetry contest in childhood. It boils over when Deszo, Anna’s unrequited love, re-enters their lives with a promise of safety.
As the streets of Budapest thrum with
the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers, danger creeps to the doorstep and the
sisters’ disintegrating relationship threatens to expose the child they are
trying to protect. In one night, Anna’s rash
behavior destroys their carefully made plans of escape, and Natalie is
presented with a desperate decision.
Interwoven with Natalie and Anna’s story, is Mila’s. The abandoned child whose future Natalie lovingly imagines in a story called Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure.
A story that takes on a life of its own fifty years later.
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