First Paragraph from “That Winter” by Miha Mazzini

“The prisoners released before me had flown home from The Hague in airplanes sent for them by their states. I was the first one who wasn’t a national hero. The guard just handed me a train ticket to Sarajevo and some pocket money for travel expenses. I greeted him with ‘Tot ziens’ and he answered with "Tot nooit, hopelijk!’—an unsubtle indication he didn’t want to see me again.”

—Miha Mazzini

Excerpted from “That Winter” from Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade. Copyright © 2014 by University of North Carolina Wilmington. Used by permission of Lookout Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.