After the War
Liesel's Point of View
The day was a nice, breezy day. I could see seagulls of in the distance flying over the water. The dock was full of boats, and fisherman were going out to sea. It was peaceful. "Liesel, come on. We promised to meet Alex at the café at 12 o'clock, remember." A voice called out. "Coming, Max!" I yelled, running towards him. The now identified Max gave her a smile. A lot had changed since the war. I still remember when I was reunited with Max. It was a tearful reunion. "I was in the back of the store, helping Alex Steiner with his work. I was putting some things on the shelf when I heard a voice talking to Alex. "Is there someone here by the name of Liesel Meminger?" The voice asked. I became hopeful. I remember that voice from a basement, where we would talk. I remember seeing him be taken away. "Yes, she's in the back," said Alex. "May I ask who is calling on her?" I had to know if it was him, if it was Max. I came out. It was him. We hugged and cried and fell to the floor." I had lost Mama, Papa, and Rudy. I was happy I had not lost Max as well. "What are you thinking about," Max said, breaking my thoughts. I looked up at him and smiled. "I was thinking about how we arrived here in Florida," I answered. I remember that day clearly. It was a clear, and windy day, in Molching. I had been four years since losing Papa, Mama, and Rudy. It had also been around the time I also reunited with Max. I had just recently turned 18 and Max had bought me a new book. Max had been working at a small store in the middle of Molching. Although the war had ended, some German folks kept harassing Max, luckily most Germans didn't harass him. I had been visiting Alex Steiner's tailor shop that day before heading to the Mayor's home to rest, since I had been living there since the bombing on Himmel Street, when Max came in. "I want to leave Germany," Max had said," I have to many bad memories here." Alex and I looked up at Max. We both had also had a hard time living in Germany with all the memories of the war. "I've been saving up money to leave the country," Max said. "I have enough to buy a ticket and find have an apartment for three month while I find a job." "I would like to join you Max," I said quietly. "I don't know, Liesel." Max had said. "Maybe when I get there I can save enough money for a ticket for you." "I figured you'd be leaving someday, "Alex spoke," and I had known Liesel would like to join you, so I had been saving up money for a ticket for Liesel." "I'm just glad I was able to find a job so quickly after we got here," Max said. "Yeah, and you finally managed to get promoted manager last month," I replied. "Yeah… I wonder how Alex is," Max mused. "It has been a long time since we last saw him." "Max! Liesel! Over here!" A voice was heard. When we looked in the direction we saw our old friend. "Alex! How have you been?" I said, rushing over to Alex. Max and I had decided to wait another year to raise enough money to bring Alex with us when we left Germany. "I've been doing well," chuckled the man. "So come and sit down, how has both of your lives been since we last saw each other." "Well, I've been promoted and…" Max said. Yes, a lot had changed since we left Germany. We're all happier than before. We will always remember our families and friends, who had died during the war and the bombing. Yet, we must move on and live our lives to the fullest for our loved ones. Don't you think so … Papa.