May 19th, 2009

Walking route out of Berlin, 1945; visibly losing teeth

Setting: Berlin, early 1945 (the last few months of the war)

1. I have a group of children, aged between 5-15, who decide that the best way to get out of Berlin is by walking. For obvious reasons, they want to head west. Some of the older girls were members of the BDM (League of German Girls) and would have a basic awareness of local hiking routes - there's also a League leader who could offer advice, though she isn't going with them.

So what I'd like to add is some kind of reference to possible routes for them to walk. 'Through the x forest and then head towards Y' or something. These routes are pretty much theoretical - they won't know the actual military situation, of course. (And they don't actually end up walking out of Berlin.)

I'm going through info on a website that has some scans of BDM magazines, but so far I haven't found what I'm looking for, so hopefully someone has an idea.

2. I realized that with such an age range, several of the kids will be in the process of losing their baby teeth. Now, I can see from t'internet that this starts around age 6 and goes through around age 12, but what I'm having more trouble figuring out - because I don't have a seven-year-old handy - is which ages is the tooth loss *visible* (to someone who isn't specifically looking in their mouths)? I can find the order in which the teeth fall out, but I don't know how long that's all likely to take.

I'm specifically interested in ages 7 through 9.

Thanks!

Chemical Burns to an 11-yr-old boy? And the shock of it?

Hi,

This is my first post - hope I'm doing this rigth!

The above said character is going to be rendered blind by chemical burns - someone splashed a household chemical in his face. What I don't know is what kind of household chemical is strong enough to make him go blind, even if there a medical expertise present who can wash his face immediately. Also, what kind of degree of burning (and scarring) would there be? 

So, just to clarify - he needs to be rendered permanently blind, with what kind of chemical? 

A second question: Is there a kind of shock people can go through that will make them, say, immobile? My character is the youngest of seven children, he's small for his age and can be clingy and very dependant on other people. When he goes blind he is going to go through some kind of shock because of it - the pain and loss of sight is overwhelming for him. Does anyone know any stories of people going through shock from trauma that would make them not want to move or perhaps be physically weakened? 

Thanks ahead of time :D

Russian Terms of Endearment

I have a Russian male who has a lover, a male lover.  My Russian's name is Volkov - just the one name - and his lover, Ethan.  Volkov is from the country, he is not a 'city boy'. Neither is Ethan.  Volkov is the dominant in the relationship, though Ethan is no way effeminate.

What term of endearment would Volkov call Ethan? It doesn't have to be translated into 'sweetheart' or similar.

I searched and came up with a few options; dorogoi, mil'yi, lyuboi or lyubov and salvnyi.  I am told they are terms of endearment akin to sweetheart, dear, hony etc.  usually from female to male. So far in my story I have used lyubov; meaning 'love'.  Is there something better?

Thanks in advance

Cat