Chapter 6

Something doesn’t make sense

The news that I wanted to share seemed not worth sharing,
now that the bombshell had been dropped about Rolf and this new movement that was gaining ground in Germany. How could I take my family back to Austria when this type of evil was starting to rear its ugly head? How could I even bring it up?

“Father?” Briggita asked,  “What did you and mother want to share with us?” Maria glanced over at me with that “Now what are we going to do?” look. I looked back at her, not sure how to reply. “I received a letter the other day from none other than Rolf. As you know, I have not communicated with him since that last night in the Abbey. In the letter, he said that our old home had fallen into disrepair and that the owners wanted to leave it to us in their will. I also received a phone call from the U.S. Ambassador to Austria asking if I would be returning to Austria as the owners of our old home had willed the home to us after their passing. This confirmed what Rolf had written in his letter. Your mother and I wanted to come to meet with all of you to ask if you would be interested in returning, if not just to visit, our old home in Austria, but what Brigitta and Larz just shared puts a whole different tone on this opportunity. Something is not making sense. It seems too much of a coincidence that Rolf and Mr. Grunwald from the Embassy would contact me almost at the same time.”
Georg von Trapp thinking

Everyone looked at me in disbelief while I explained the events of the last couple of days. “Dad, that is fantastic. We have to go back!” Gretl exclaimed. “How many people just leave you a house? I would love to go back. The issues in Germany are not in Austria……” “Don’t ever say that!” I shouted, “Don’t even think that.” You know what that kind of thinking did to Austria. We never thought that it would come to us, then friends and neighbors jumped on the bandwagon thinking that Anschluss would be a good thing for Austria.
Austrian citizens saluting Hitler
The one thing that history teaches us is that man does not learn by his past mistakes.” Gretl looked back knowing that she had hit a nerve as Kristen shrank back in her seat, hating these conversations that she had hoped would never return. “I think that we should investigate why the U.S. Ambassador is involved as well as let me do some research when I return to work on Monday,” Larz said. “Sometimes when something seems too good to be true, many times it is. I’m hoping that these are just coincidences. I would also like to see what Rolf Gruber has been doing all of these years and why he felt the need to write to you knowing that you would have found out about our old home anyway through the normal channels.”

Maria spoke up, “I’m just glad that Liesl isn’t here to experience this, God rest her soul. She would have been heartbroken once again. I for one do not want to expose our children and families to any sort of danger again. Once was enough.”
“I agree Maria,” Georg said, “but something has been calling me back to that night in the Abbey and I can’t quite put my finger on why. In Rolf’s letter, he said that Leisl had contacted him right before we went on stage for the concert and that he wanted to help us escape and now you tell me that Rolf is one of the masterminds of this new movement. Something does not make sense Larz, something is missing.” “I agree with you, Georg. There are just too many coincidences. Does anyone else know about this?” Larz asked. “Only your mother and the rest of you here,” I replied. “Let’s keep this to ourselves while I do some investigating. In the meantime, let’s eat dinner. Brigitta has worked hard to fix us one of our favorite Austrian meals.” Larz said with pride. “Maria, let’s have some music. We don’t want your accordion to go to waste!” I said as the younger children came in from playing football in the yard. “Oh no, not accordion music!” one of the grandkids complained. Almost on cue, everyone let out a laugh just in time to break the tension in the room.

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23 thoughts on “Chapter 6”

  1. I had to back read again to follow the story. Thank you for sharing this very interesting read. Can’t wait for the next chapter.

  2. It’s fun to take a story and see where it might happen next. I am curious as to where this story is going and what mysteries there are to find.

  3. Love this for sure as this was a great read. Cannot wait for more! Thank you for sharing and nothing better than a great read!

  4. Mankind certainly does not learn from its mistakes…but I have hope. Very thoughtful writing

  5. I really enjoyed reading chapter 6. How artfully written, I must go back and read earlier chapters!

  6. I might read back to get back with the story lol. Will let you know once I get back to where we are now.

  7. I do love this piece and am interested to read so much more! Lovely writing style too and I am always in need of a good read 🙂

  8. I will have to read all the previous chapters. I like the line history teaches us that men don’t learn from mistakes. It is true about history and politics.

  9. Such a great story. This got me imagining how the next chapter would be. Can’t wait for more.

  10. This serialized story reminds me of the radio dramas I loved as a child and would rush home to listen to after school. The format is a surefire way to build suspense and anticipation for the next installment!

  11. Your writing skills are really good, I love the narration and will come back to read the other chapters.

  12. Nice story line it was an interesting read for me and mind blowning with food for thoughts, l love the line that said “The one thing that history teaches us is that man does not learn by his past mistakes.” this is nice stuff.

  13. THis is my first time on your page. I honestly did not read this chapter because it says chapter 6… I have to read chapter 1 first so I don’t miss anything.

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