Tomorrow, When the War Began
By John Marsden
Fi, is sometimes not aware of what's happening around her. "No they can't...Can they? Oh my God. Oh my God. I could have died. Thanks for telling me guys." (37)
Fi appears as a role model for Ellie and a love interest for Homer, 'Fi was always a bit of a hero to me, someone I looked up to as the perfect person. When she did something wrong I'd say, "Fi! Don't do that! You're my role model!"' (14)
Fi is really pampered, coming from a really wealthy family, therefore not knowing much about the bush, "I'd never met anyone who hadn't had two minute noodles before. Sometimes Fi seemed like an exotic butterfly." (33)
Diary of a person from the Showground (Ellie's mother)
Friday 26th January 1993,
If you are reading this, then you have found my diary. I just think everyone to know what happened here so you can be prepared if it happens again. So here I go.
We just about go home from the Commemoration Day show in Wirrawee, and I was worried about Ellie (my daughter), I had begged my husband if we could go home early just because I wanted to. I really didn’t understand why Ellie didn’t want to come. Yeah, I agreed to let her go camping with her friends but I was really worried about her. I just had this feeling that something bad was going to happen. We stayed a little bit longer, after my husband convinced me.
After what seemed like 100 rides and 200 times we decided to buy food, we heard a loud roar, when we looked up at the sky, there were huge army jets tearing across the sky. We all thought they were jets coming back from the Commemoration Day parade. But I never knew our jets looked like this. And surprisingly, they weren’t our jets, because when they landed, people came out and they didn’t look anything like our soldiers. But for some reason, we all didn’t seem bothered, curious or scared even when we heard over the loudspeaker, “Get down on the ground! Don’t even think about moving!” but we did get scared when we went to go to the car and we saw soldiers at the gate and when we attempted to walk out they stopped us, shook their heads and pushed us back in. We were all officially scared and I was even more worried about Ellie and her friends. Everyone got down quickly on their knees and waited. Anyone who tried to escape was either shot or tortured.
All the while we were there, I just kept on praying that Ellie and her little gang weren’t caught. Suddenly I heard a rumour that was saying seven children, teenagers, local teenagers, had killed a few soldiers, and before even thinking, I knew it was Ellie, and I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, Ellie was fine, but then I realised that they could be caught or worse, killed. I just hoped that everything was alright. I looked over to Fi’s parents who sat next to us, and I think they guessed that it was Ellie’s group as well.
We had an adequate amount of food to eat, it wasn’t like past wars, where they had practically nothing to eat just scraps. We had the prize cakes, the vegetables and so much more stuff. But hardly anyone could eat. I think they were all worried what the soldiers were going to do to them after the war was over. For every meal we lined up and got even meals. Sometimes we got less, but no one dared to argue with the soldiers.
We heard that if America got involved then this war then it would get really bloody. So we hoped that America wouldn’t get involved. Everyday we hoped that everything would be alright and we would get to see Ellie again.
Dear Reader, if you find this, please give this to Ellie. I want her to know what it was like for us and that we will always love her.
But he shows leadership and commitment at the end of the story "The rest of us don't know the word 'fear'. Kevin can't even spell it. We know no feelings." (240-241)