Alice Prichard stood on the dock and scanned the dozens of dissimilar boats as they approached. The sea was filled with craft! Soldiers half her age disembarked, giddy with the prospect of being back in England—of being alive—after their Expeditionary Force was overwhelmed in France. The British government had issued an emergency decree that any able boat—and this meant private boats, pleasure craft and fishing rigs—should make their way to the French coast to pick up stranded soldiers before the Germans had them encircled. The Royal Navy was to pilot them, but with the manpower shortage the military men had ceded to a strong-willed private captain who understood that moments meant lives. Alice looked past the cheery faces of the rescued men and kept her eyes fixed to the sea. Her fisherman husband had no business taking up the call to cross the Channel—their son had been sacrifice enough.
ABOUT THE ARTIST- Ara Hagopian’s debut book “What Happened to Vicky Lee? A Collection of Stories” is out now: http://vickyleethebook.com/