The painting for this week’s challenge, entitled ‘Lovers’, is by Felix Nussbaum.
‘You know it’s for the best,’ he said, wrapping his arm around her shoulders, pulling her into the warmth of his body.
‘And you’re sure no-one will find out?’ she whispered.
‘No-one will ever know. Trust me.’
The girl shivered.
It was the chance of a lifetime, an opportunity for better things, a new beginning, but it came at a high price.
Together, they hurried towards the turret.
Two anxious faces peered at their approach from the other side.
Huddled in thick woollen coats, hats and mittens, they had been waiting over an hour for this rendezvous.
No money had changed hands, just a solemn promise between friends.
The precious bundle was passed tenderly from one pair of trembling arms to another.
The girl looked up through tear spiked lashes into the face of a stranger.
For a minute, she didn’t want to let go, but knew she faced certain death if she didn’t. These people would bring up her child as their own in surroundings far better than she could ever offer.
A brief smile, a tentative ‘Thank you’ and they were gone.