Julia burst into her parents’ bedroom.

‘Mum, Dad, something’s happened to James!’

Agnes Greenwood sat up and switched on the bedside light whilst husband Victor mumbled and turned over.

‘Julia, it’s three o’clock in the morning! What do you mean?’

‘Mum, we heard the planes going over about eleven o’clock. It’s one of those thousand bomber raids. I think James has been shot down!’

Agnes took her daughter’s hand. ‘Julia, I know you and James have the ‘twin communication’ thing, but do you really think it works between here and Germany? Aren’t you just worrying too much?’

‘Mum, I was sound asleep. It was so strong I nearly fell out of bed. Anyway, I don’t think it was Germany. I don’t know why. It just felt closer.’

Julia spent the rest of that day in her room, declining all refreshment and food, her head in her hands, trying to concentrate all her thoughts on her twin brother. The next night was sleepless.

At breakfast the following morning, Julia poked her toast around on its plate, when suddenly she stood up and cried out.

Victor dropped his spoonful of porridge. Agnes ran in from the kitchen, alarm written into her face.

‘He’s safe,’ cried Julia, tears springing in her eyes, ‘and he’s in good hands, don’t worry.’


The family waited. They received the official notification that Flight Lieutenant James Greenwood was ‘missing in action’. Julia continued to reassure her parents that her brother was safe.

‘Yes,’ Victor always said. ‘No news is good news.’

In early 1945 the family received a letter from James with the brief message, ‘I’m fine. I’ll be home soon, and I have a nice surprise for you all.’

Julia smiled. ‘I think it will be a very pleasant surprise.’

Two weeks later, James arrived home with a very pretty blonde girl on his arm.

‘This is Babette from Holland. Her heroic family protected me when I parachuted into their village. Because of their courage she has special permission to be here…’

Julia hugged the pair, crying, ‘Are you getting married?’

James laughed, ‘Ah, you knew!’

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    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    9 months ago

    Lots of intriguing subjects- WWII, twin connection, worried child versus reassuring parents then anxious parents versus reassuring child. Hats off to you Allan, for a different story on families. Glad I read your story today, because I was thinking of my father who was a Royal Marine in the war, that was supposedly to end all wars. He served in both the Pacific and Atlantic as a mere boy on the HMS… Read more »

    Preston Randall
    Preston Randall(@preston-randall)
    9 months ago

    Another great story, Allan. You have a great knack for bringing your stories to life with engaging dialogue which draws the reader in and enriches the experience for us. Our family also has very strong feelings about the importance of Remembrance.

    Christer Norrlof
    Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
    9 months ago

    What a great story, Allan! I love the dialogue, the supernatural connection between the twins, and the happy and satisfying ending. I know most of your stories are based on real life events, but what about this one? It seems too fantastic to be true.

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    9 months ago

    An enjoyable read, Allan. Having spoken to several twins during my nursing career, I have real belief in the twin bond thing. Your story had a truly uplifting end. Nicely done 🙂

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    Reply to  Allan Neil
    8 months ago

    My short story ‘The Book’ that’s on Amazon is about the twin bond, although in a slightly oblique way.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    9 months ago

    Wow! Such a pleasant story about the great bond between twins. That was awesome. And the ending is lovely. I love a happy ending. Well done.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Allan Neil
    8 months ago

    You’re welcome, Allan. Happy and prosperous new year. How are you?

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Allan Neil
    8 months ago

    Belated Happy Birthday to you. I wish you good health and more and more candles to blow. January 1st is my mother’s birthday too. 

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