Wow, I didn't even know you'd posted another story... That's how busy I've been lately!
Or just how blind I've been.
I think this is brilliant! Definitely has that pre-war atmosphere to it... and it's kind of sad how the exile started out not wanting to go, but somehow, somewhere along the line, she decides to go (according to your story, at least).
Great work, keep it up!
I look forward to more.