An hour before The Fury was due to arrive Gretel and Bruno where brought downstairs, where they received a rare invitation into father's office. Their fine clothes seemed a little extravagant because they were not even invited to dinner; they had eaten an hour earlier.
Father being a big believer in ground rules explained all the ground rules to Bruno and Gretel. Both of them were told to speak clearly and cause no chaos.
Then there are a number of ground rules which need to be set down before we begin.
And that is very important for my career that tonight goes well.
Now, children... You know that there is a very special evening ahead of us, don't you?
Three Quarters of an Hour later... The doorbell rang, Bruno and Gretel took their places near the staircase and Mother stood beside them. Father opened the door and a rather small man and a taller woman entered. Father saluted them and ushered them inside were Maria took their coats.
After sometime the introductions were made.
And who is who?
When The Fury said so Everyone started laughing except of Bruno.
These are my children, Gretel and Bruno.
After a little talk Fury went directly into the dinning room. Mother and Father followed him and gave instructions to Lars the Butler while the beautiful lady was talking to Gretel and Bruno.
The lady came.
Bruno and Gretel went back to their rooms. Fury and Eva stayed for the best part of two hours and neither Gretel nor Bruno were invited downstairs to say goodbye to them. Bruno watched them leave from his bedroom window.
Later that night Bruno overheard snippets of Mother and Father's conversation.
...as if it's the most natural thing in the world it's not, it,s just not...
...except them to grow in a place like this...
...to leave Berlin. And for such a place...
After somedays, Bruno came home to find Maria packing his things and all of this began.
...no choice, at least not if we want to continue...
...what would happen is I would be taken away and treated like a...
...and that's an end to the matter. I don't want to hear another word on the subject...