"If you think you can escape, you're free to do so."
They looked at each other to confirm what they already knew. It was either that or surrender to the Japs.
Under cover of darkness, they left the harbour in the ramshackled fishing boat.
Jim's thoughts turned to Agnes. What was she was doing now? He smiled.
The engine laboured, just like the Massey back on the farm he'd escaped from in 1939.
And like the old tractor, he had the boats engine purring again in no time.
Open water and an uncertain future lay ahead, while behind, Singapore burned.