The Nevsky Wall
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Chapter 13   -  Karelia

“There is a way.” Viktor turned his body, so his back was to Vasha. He lowered his voice to almost a whisper. “There’s a new road across the lake. The ice is thick enough for trucks, and they’ve started to bring in supplies. But they need drivers. They need men with experience.”

“Where did you hear this, Vitya?”

“I talked to a man at the Admiralty today. Imagine it. Trucks, hundreds of trucks, hauling food from the far side of the lake. On the way back, there will be room for evacuees. And the families of drivers will be first in line. The man gave me his word, Mama.” Viktor spoke with growing excitement. “Once you’re across, you can take the train to our cousins in Chelyabinsk. Do you understand – this is your way out! You and Vasha.” At the sound of his father’s rising voice, Vasha stopped what he was doing. “It’s all right, son,” Viktor said. “Everything’s going to be all right.”

“What about you?” Elena asked. “You’ll go with us, won’t you?”

“In time, yes. At the end of my assignment, I can join you. That’s what they told me. We’ll all be together again, I promise.”

In truth, the commissar with whom he had spoken at the Admiralty was vague about the length of the assignment. The men who came to sign up weren’t the type to ask questions. Most of them came simply for the promise of a larger ration. But there were other men in line – hard men, like those in the gangs that dogged Viktor’s brigade, who saw an opportunity for profit in the movement of goods. Desperate men, in many ways more dangerous than the enemy. Viktor knew this, but he told himself that he would accept anything, do anything, for the chance to get his family to safety.

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