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few days and was about to explain why when Barbro

interrupted and told Paulus they had to repair the boat.

Paulus nodded and went back on board.

THAT NIGHT FELIX WAS QUIET. His eyes were red and

bleary, but he smiled over the edge of the duvet and asked

for something to eat and drink. He didn’t eat much, soon

fell asleep, but slept peacefully. Lars asked once again if he

was going to die.

The answer was the same.

Next morning Lars was the first up, lit the stove and

noticed that Felix was breathing heavily. Felix opened his

eyes and looked at him. Lars asked if he could talk. Felix


‘How are you?’

‘Alright …’

Felix wanted to sit up, but couldn’t. Lars asked how he was

now. Again Felix mumbled ‘alright’ and remained on his

back while Lars explained that he was going to row out to