Oleg’s frozen hands fumbled in his pack. “I’ve got Crime and Punishment, first edition, Leaves of Grass, first edition with commentary and For Whom The Bell Tolls, Second Edition but signed by Hemingway.”
The guard checked his clipboard before answering, “No poetry. So, unless you got something else, that’s space for two.”
With a look of deep sadness, he pushed his wife and son forward, “No, that is all I have. Passage for two it is, then.”
Watching them sail away to refuge beyond the bitter cold, he sat down to read his book and wait for the end.
This story was written for BlogFlash2012 Day 15: Books