This week’s WIP snippet is from Comes a Horseman, which I’m currently editing.
“Obersturmführer Reiniger, this is Oberscharführer Esser. He will be working under you while he is assigned here.”
“Yes, sir.” Reiniger glanced at Esser, as though immediately dismissing him as unimportant. He still needed to learn that it was better to encourage loyalty in the lower ranks by treating them politely, but as long as Reiniger got the job done, Karl would not interfere with his methods.
“Our fugitives have been sighted outside Bétheny. They could well be heading in our direction, but in the meantime, I want you and Esser to travel to where they were last seen and search the area. Take half a dozen men with you. If they are no longer there, widen your search.”
“Yes, sir. At once, sir.” Reiniger saluted, and a thin smile crossed his face before he turned and left the room.
Esser still stood to attention in front of Karl’s desk.
Karl glanced at him. “You’re dismissed, Oberscharführer. Unless you have more information I should know about?”
“No, sir. Thank you, sir.” Esser saluted. “Heil Hitler. It is a pleasure to serve under you, sir.”
Karl doubted Esser would feel that way after a few days taking orders from Reiniger, but that wasn’t his concern.