Excerpt from the novel, "Lake of Fire," by David White

I thought back to the time when I was a young and rising officer in the German Intelligence. My young wife hugged me as we stood by our new car overlooking wild grass-lands kissed by the new spring sun. We were so happy. We were so in love. I couldn't wait to see her at the end of each day. I was lucky to have her. She even liked my orange hair, the bright orange hair me and my kind were supposed to wear to strike fear into the hearts of our enemies.

"This is where we are going to stay. They are going to build a whole new town right here and we'll raise our children here." I turned and looked into her dark eyes. The new sun sprinkled lights in her dark brown straight hair. She smelled good too. I could smell her soap, her shampoo and her young vibrant skin, the fresh oils of the essence of her coming out and shining on the pores of her skin. I leaned in to kiss her neck and smell her. She was smiling and brimming with happiness. She looked into my eyes with soft vulnerability and it was then I knew to bend my head down and kiss her, grasping her body in my arms to give her a strong but affectionate squeeze . . .

"Oh but there is some talk. Our unit gets this land, but it may be used for something else . . . The German people need a settlement here but there are other needs too."

"It is so pretty here and the hills just over there. We can hike up to the hills on Sundays and pic-nic!"

"Yes sweetness. Our life is going to be full of happiness."

"I can't wait for your next promotion." Here I suddenly froze. I wasn't exactly sure why.

"Would you be unhappy if I stayed where I am?"

"Oh but you are the 'star.' If anyone is going on then it's you!"

"Well, yes . . . But don't we have enough? Isn't what we have enough?"

"What do you mean?"

"Oh, let's not quibble. With added promotion there is added stress."

"I think my husband is the greatest man in the world. Germany is on top again and there's no stopping us! There's no stopping you and you are with me!" She said this so brightly, so full of confidence and I did not want to throw a shadow over any of that . . . her picnics, the children playing in the yard, the green grass, the bright and shining future of Germany, the rich soil. Oh certainly god has blessed us.

"It's just that . . . there are some things they are asking me to do."

"Well do them! What order are you not capable of carrying out? There is nothing my husband cannot do." I didn't want to continue. I just wanted to hold her here like this . . . I wanted to feel the new silk of her dress, smell her hair. I liked the stiffness of my new uniform though I feared my hat was a size too small. It was sitting on the front seat of our new car, upside-down . . ."

© David White