Chapter Twenty: The Day After
When dawn broke over New Berlin and a bright day loomed ahead, the chaos had ceased. The citizens where in their homes in the state of terror and shock. The streets where full of bodies, both of citizens and the Death's Head after their suicide countermeasures had been activated. The cities fire department had begun to put out the fires which raged all over New Berlin as Reich laborers begun the grim process of removing the bodies and cleaning of the rubble. Before the prior night's events, the citizens had begun to cling to the unlikely hope that the Reich's end was on the horizon. Now they feared the Reich more then ever, and had started to hate the resistance for bringing this down on them all. It would later be learned that more then ten thousand citizens had been lost.
It would be a day of loss and grief for the citizens of New Berlin.
Farther down the river from the bridge, Wolf sat on the riverbank beside the unconscious Lilia as he looked at her and hoped she would awake. He had dragged her out from the river later in night but was horrified to find that she was of breathing. He then gave her CPR and was relieved when she spat out some water from her mouth and started breathing again. He had been at her side ever since.
Wolf looked at the rising sun and sighed deeply. Then Lilia began to mumble.
"Wolf, Wolf, where are you."
He looked at her and said, "right here Fox."
She opened her eyes then slowly sat up. She was shaking so Wolf put his arms around her and she began to sob. She rested her head against him and seemed unable to speak.
Wolf softly said, "everything is alright."
She was on the verge of tears and began to blurt things out. "This is all our fault. Cobra is dead. Probably everyone else in the resistance as well as Star. The Reich murdered thousands of their own citizens because of us. We are responsible for all of it."
Wolf tried to sound consoling. He told her, "Fox, it was not your fault."
She sobbed harder. "I should have just accepted how the world is. We can't change it, maybe it is wrong to even try."
Wolf said, "you don't mean that Fox."
She began shaking her head. "We've lost."
Wolf asked her, "what do you want to do?"
She pulled away from him and looked into his eyes. She said between tears, "let's go away, far away."
"Where," Wolf asked, "where can we go?"
She replied, "maybe South America. With no travel permits it will be hard, but we can try."
Wolf then brushed the tears away from her cheek and said, "and what will we do if we get there?"
Lilia told him, "just spend the rest of our lives together. Hide and grow old."
Wolf looked into her eyes and seemed very serious. "Fox, I'm not giving up yet."
Lilia seemed shocked by his words. She said, "there are only two of us left. Us alone can't defeat the entire Reich and all of Axis."
Wolf's embrace grew tighter. "We still have to try."
Lilia said, "you only joined us to protect me, if we run then we can live as man and wife. I know you really don't care about my failed revolution, I think you would want to get far away."
Wolf replied, "I want that more then anything. But I care about you, and I know by now you will never be happy while Axis has the entire world in its clutches. We may not stand a chance, but we'll try."
Lilia asked, "what can you and me do Wolf? We are probably the only ones left."
Wolf told her, "Royce could help us. We'll do what ever it takes. We'll do it together."
Lilia then smiled. "Thank you Wolf."
Wolf looked towards New Berlin in the distance as black plumes of smoke ascended over the city. He then said, "we'll go back to the city and find somewhere we can hide. Hide until we figure out what to do."
Lilia's crying began to stop and she asked, "are you sure you don't want to give up?"
Wolf nodded. "If we run, no matter where we go, Axis will still have their boot to not just our throats but all the people of this world. Maybe we can't win, but sometimes you still have to wage a fight even though you don't stand a chance."
Lilia then said, "Wolf, I want to tell you something."
"In school," she said, "I knew you used to look at me in class. To be honest, I was doing the same thing. I would look at you sometimes."
"Why did you never tell me?"
She confessed, "because I knew that if you got into a relationship with a Soviet girl, it would have cost you everything. I wanted to spare you that. But now, I wish I had told you long ago."
Wolf then said, "so Fox, are you still going to surrender?"
She then rested her head against his shoulder. "No, not now or ever."
Wolf smiled and said, "well Fox, I guess it is just you and me against the entire world now."
She told him, "maybe that will be enough."
Wolf then got to his feet pulling Lilia up with him and they both looked towards in the distance. They just watched New Berlin for awhile until they started to walk towards the capital of the Reich. Both where unsure what the future held for them, but no matter what was to come, they would go through it together.