On leave Dundee

Early in October Charlie received a letter from his Mother telling him that his father had signed up.  She explained he was doing it to take Johns place at the front although she suspected he would have eventually signed up no matter what. Charlie had seen families destroyed by the war; the thought that his mother might lose a son and her husband weighed heavily on him. He feared the worst for his father and needed to see him in person, to hold his hand possibly for the last time. Charlie was overdue leave and made arrangements to travel immediately. He would surprise Morag at the same time.