. I must have dozed off too because before I knew it, I woke to the sound of Willow trying to find something to eat. When she finally found a bag of breakfast cereal I helped her to dish it out to everyone. Edward was still fast asleep. I saw no reason to wake him up yet so we left him. I told Willow about last night and she looked understanding. Thomas ate the cereal we found like he had not eaten in days. He looked the most like my father. His big brown eyes showed his courage. His short brown hair was scuffed up, his big pink lips busy eating. By the time we got Thomas dressed for the trip, as well as myself, Edward was up. He quickly had his breakfast then got changed. Edward looked more like my mother. He has big blue eyes with his short blonde hair all neatly shaped around his face. His pale red lips showed fright. I grabbed the note with the address on it and the money and made sure everyone else was ready for the journey
I snuck outside to look around, when I saw that it looked calm and safe I signalled the others to come. Our house was no longer standing and the street I had grown up in seemed to be nothing but rubble. Willow was carrying Thomas and holding Edwards hand. I took Thomas off Willow and guided them to the train lines cautiously. Trains were not going to arrive anytime soon but we could at least follow the train tracks. I knew that they would cross the border sooner or later into Switzerland. After a few miles we chanced upon a handcar. It looked old and rarely used. I quickly got everyone on it and pumped the handle as fast as I could. I did not want anyone to find us, especially anyone on the Axis side. We had already been through so much. I knew that if we were caught, we wouldn't survive. I desperately wanted to have searched for my parents but I knew if I found them while I was with Thomas and Edward, the result may not be displeasing to the eye and would further traumatise them. Willow had a blanket that she brought with her from the bomb shelter and was wrapping the boys up with it, it was cold but I could deal with it. I knew that this was going to be a long journey and it was going to get tiring but the whole way I would have my own voice in my head.
“I won’t fail you father, I will look after Willow and the boys. I will take them to Switzerland where they will be safe and go live with our Aunty.”
We were about twenty-five miles away when I heard a gun fire. I turn to look towards Thomas and Edward who looked terrified but knew to be quiet. I pumped the handle as fast as I could while Willow calmly reassured the boys. All that I wanted was to keep my brothers and Willow safe. My goal was to get to Switzerland safe and sound. Willow came up beside me, she was shivering. I gave her my jumper, she refused it at first until I refused to get it back. She put it on and watched the boys who appeared to be dozing. It was still early and the sun was still just a rosy promise on the horizon.
“Do you know how to get to Switzerland, Hamish?” Willow asked me.
I thought for a moment. I have never been to Switzerland but I remember my father giving me directions
“One day you may need to go to Switzerland, son and you won't have your mother or myself with you. You might need to know where you're going my boy. Follow the railway lines until you get to an intersection, when you get there turn to the left and keep travelling. You while reach a river. That is the border of Switzerland.” I remembered him explaining to me. His words, on reflection, made me think he knew something was up. Something was going to happen that would drag us apart. But how?
“I remember Father telling me the directions,” I answered.
Willow nodded and sat there quietly.