Luck finally seemed to smile down on Terrence, Shane, Beth, Taduesz, Kamilla, Frieda, Ophelia and Bertha. Just ahead they saw an opening towards the open water with another boat just ahead of them and a few more behind. By now most people had managed to get into boats and were loading injured people into some of the larger boats. The snow still blew through the air, mixing with the embers and ash from the fire. The smoke was now billowing almost a mile into the sky, obscuring many of the buildings.
Beth just happened to look to her left and saw the bell tower two blocks away. And there at it’s top was Beatrice firing arrows at Smaug as he passed by. A strange mixture of joy and shock went through her when she saw her mother.
“Mom!” she called out.
Everyone else in the boat quickly turned towards the tower in surprise and Terrence gasped in shock.
“Mom!” he called out “We’re over here!”
“Be quiet!” Ophelia demanded