Uchinoura, Part 2

XI. Short beeps in the tube interrupted the commander's swearing. A few minutes later, the colonel was already in the headquarters, and after some…


Uchinoura, Part 1

Dedicated to my colleagues in military unit 14129 “Starry” and to GUKOS*... I. The first time I heard about the wonders of Japanese technology was…


Brooch, Part 2

IX. The base of the hill turned out to be extremely dense. The tractor driver barely managed to take off several feet of soil. It was barely worth…


Brooch, Part 1

I. As he left the office, Hugh mentally scolded himself. He was still half a week behind, but he must drive far into the state. A rush job: they…


Rejoice!, Part 2

XXIV. A taxi pulled up to the wall and stopped. Two men of indeterminate age came out of it, put a couple of photos in a shrine, lit two candles, and…


Rejoice!, Part 1

I. Beyond the cracked sidewalk and the telephone pole with layers of flyers in a rainbow of colors and the patch of dry brown grass, there stood a…


Anfisa

I. She had a beautiful Russian name: Anfisa. On the basketball court, her teammates called her “Fisa”: she studied at a local institute and was fond…


Suicide

Senior Lieutenant Vezhek stood at attention before the commander. The lieutenant colonel was hoarse from swearing and tired. The starlie* did not…


Two Snow Maidens

I. The girls were not lesbians: they were really just friends. When they stayed in the same hotel, they tried to get a room with a big wide bed,…


Undertaker

I. Yurka went over the potatoes: small, for planting; large, for food. He had only a few left: merchants had stopped transporting products from…