Where there is a will, there’s a way
What did Rolf mean, “I didn’t mean to pull the trigger.” ? He didn’t pull the trigger of the Luger that night in the Abbey cemetery or had he? I felt my chest as if to reassure myself that I had not been mortally wounded that night long ago. I continued to read the letter, not believing that Rolf had made it through the war. “Captain, that night in the Abbey, I knew you were probably going to be there. Leisl had contacted me earlier that evening when you performed at the concert hall in Salzberg. I also knew that there was a pretty good chance that they would catch you, you see Herr Zeller had all of your movements followed the minute you returned from your honeymoon. I told Leisl that if I were the one that found you during your attempted escape, I would do my best to put on a show almost as good as you and the children did. I replaced the bullets in my gun with blanks so that if I found you and were being watched, it would look as though I was attempting to shoot you when you tried to escape. I was so nervous that night. I quickly realized at what lengths the Nazi commanders were going to go to assure your return to naval service.
You were either going to serve or die trying to escape. When I heard Leisl gasp behind the tombstone in the cemetery, I knew that you and the family were hiding there. It was better for me to find you than for my superiors. When I told you to come out, and I drew my gun, my hands were sweaty and shaking so bad. I didn’t mean to pull the trigger. I just wanted to put on a good show and let you run off with the children. I guess that my hand slipped and the gun went off. I remember the look in your eyes. You couldn’t believe that I would do such a thing. I don’t know if you didn’t realize that you had not been shot, but you took off and escaped as I hoped you would. It’s been many years. I heard about Leisl’s passing. I haven’t been able to get that night out of my mind for years. Leisl never forgave me for shooting you. She didn’t know that the gun didn’t have real bullets in it. She thought that I just missed. ”
How many years had it been? It had been 50 years since I left my home and my beloved Austria with my family in tow. We left everything behind. There were so many good memories, yet short-lived when had to leave that fateful night. Our home was taken over by the Nazis. Our friends had been dispersed throughout Europe trying to evade the evil that had come upon our little country. I turned the letter over, seeing that there was another paragraph.
“Captain von Trapp, if you can see in your heart to forgive me, I wanted to let you know that your home in Austria has fallen into disrepair. After the Nazi’s lost the war and left Austria, they left your home in a hurry. Your home was taken over by the state and sold to a Viennese family that owned it for many years. They just recently passed and they had no extended family. In their will, they stated that when their time had come, they wished to convey the property back to you and your family.”
I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Was this true or was this just some hoax and why would Rolf keep tabs on our old home? I had vowed never again to think of that boy, even though that night was etched in my memory. I almost closed the envelope when I realized that there was something else in the envelope. Included with the letter was a copy of the will. It had the section highlighted in regards to the home and the wishes of the owners. Even if this was true, we had a new life here in Vermont. We had a successful lodge, and the grandchildren were touring the states singing like their parents used to do. I grabbed my phone and fumbled with it until I could find Maria’s number. After a few rings, Maria answered, “Hello, Georg, I’m on my way back…..” Before she could finish, I interrupted her. “Maria, you’re never going to believe this. I want to show you something I just received in the mail today. It’s from a ghost of the past.”
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27 thoughts on “Chapter 2”
What’s the musical sound like “dunt dunt daaaaaaa “…what happens next?”
……..Can’t wait to hear what happens next!! 🙂
Oh wow, having not read the previous chapter, it is pretty impressive that you had my COMPLETE attention all the way through! I like the way you’ve left it at a crossroads of possibilities.
When is chapter 3 coming, feel like you have left us wanting so much more x
Ooh what was in the envelope?? You can’t end it there! can’t wait to read more.
I can’t wait to read the next chapter. I haven’t read the the first chapter right up today so it is even more painful for me to wait
I really like to read these kind of stories and now I am curious to know about next chapter.
Really great writing. Although I’ve not read chapter 1 so I think I need to go back and read that one x
Such an interesting story to read and can’t wait to see what happen next. This kind of story line that will make us addicted to it’s flow and never want to miss something.
This is such an interesting alternative perspective! I hadn’t thought of Sound of Music in a long time, but this is so cool.
Intriguing chapter indeed. Looking forward to the reveal it’s in the following one!
I loved chapter one and it seems like is getting better and better ! I am very excited to find out more !
I am excited to read the next chapter! OMG what’s inside the envelope ?!
i’m excited on the next chapter…
ohhhh I cant wait for the next chapter…..
I would love to read the next chapter. Can’t wait to hear what happens next.
Sounds intriguing, wonder who is the ghost from the past, can’t wait for next!!
You have me hooked.
I miss seeing the movie! Man, it feels like going back in time seeing your post. Well.. in a good way. #Thosewerethedays
Glad you are enjoying it!
I’m going to have to go back and read chapter 1. And now I want to know what happens in chapter 3. What a great read and I love your writing skills, which I lack.
I don’t think my writing skills are that good, but I do enjoy a good story!
Very intriguing! Looking forward to the next part of the story.
Enjoyed this little read for sure and cannot wait to continue on the journey. Thank you as I am always in need of a new good read 🙂
Just published chapter 10. Enjoy!
You have not only left me intrigued…but wanting more!
That’s a good thing right?