And here's the last snippet already. The way I'm stuck on the next one (and the next two), it's likely to be the last for a very long time... But I haven't lost hope :o) Since it's over 13,000 words long, it's too heavy for LJ, so I'm putting a link to the Dreamwidth post here. If you want to leave a comment (which I would cherish, since that's what I usually do anyway but this chapter is more sensitive than the others for a number of reasons), you can leave it here.
I had fun creating Peppone's little family, even if trying to stick to canon turned out to be something of a headache. None of the kids are named in the books, and even the exact number of siblings is unclear (Guareschi usually wrote "six" at some point); I took my cue from the films, especially the first two, in which we see little Marco, his slightly older brother Beppo (who escapes from his city school in the second film), an older little girl and a taller boy. (Turns out there was a fourth boy in one scene, a tiny mite I hadn't even spotted till now.) And Libero Antonio Camillo Lenin, who's born in the beginning of the first film :D So - just to keep everything straight - in my stories (and headcanon), in early 1944, Tonino is 9, Lucia is 7, Beppo is 4 and Marco is 2. On with the story now.
Giosuè( May 1944 )
This is probably my favourite chapter, to tell the truth. I had a sudden inspiration for it as I reached the middle of chapter 2, and I just had to write it right away. I just hope that I did everything justice, and that you like reading it.