-“God Allmighty.”-Steven Mac Dantosch repeated
himself.-“This is a strategy Beehive,indeed.”
He felt bewildered and shocked.Dizzy too,as if he overstayed on a maddening
rounds of a merry-go-round which the servicemen could not stop due to a failure
of its mechanical armories.
-“Yes,Steven,this is the strategy…”- Tadek Vangard still felt the
aftershocks within himself.-“As you see,the strategy was written by the very
participant of those who created the strategy,colonel Andrzej Tomczat.”
-“I thought he was dead…I heard once I don’t know when and
where…Or,perhaps,I read it…Colonel Tomczat and some other spy,an
American,killed themselves in Amsterdam.It happened already quite good several
years ago.Or maybe not that long time ago.Shit,I don't remember.”
Tadek Vangard smiled to his friend.
-“You’re right,Steven.He is dead…But,if I remember it good,he died not
several years ago but a year ago or so.And the American he had the deadly
encounter with was James Towers,a CIA agent,but a traitor who worked for the
Soviets in fact.”
-“My God,you think he betrayed the colonel and his bosses in CIA?”
-“Exactly.Colonel Andrzej Tomczat gave him one of the two original copies of
the strategy,asking him to bring it to CIA …”
-“And he,instead,delivered it to KGB…I am amazed where did you learn it
His Polish friend began to laugh earnestly.
-“Oh,Steven,one can easily deduct it after the lecture and from knowing what
we already know.”- He answered.
-“You’re right,Tadek.One doesn’t to be an Einstein to get to such a
conclusion.”- Steven Mac Dantosch also began to laugh.
Melissa Charleroi brought cups of tea with a Chinese tea essence and they sipped
it for a moment.Then Steven Mac Dantosch continued the lecture of the
“guide” which happened to be something much more nevralgic while Melissa
Charleroi went to her room for a good night sleep and Tadek Vangard went to his
bathroom to wash himself under shower,shave himself and shorten his hair.He was
somehow a Jack of all trades when it came to doing toiletries on himself.When he
came back from the bathroom,in his pyjamas,he looked refreshed and quite boyish.
-“And how’s going the lecture?”- He asked his Australian friend who gave a
thoughtful look at him.
-“We’ll have to do some serious decisions,Tadek….Some very serious
ones…This strategy is absolutely something of too important a value…”- He
answered an then continued to study the book which gave him impression to burn
gently his fingers.It was already midnight,the time of the vampires,when Steven
Mac Dantosch finished the lecture.He looked up at Tadek Vangard who read a
science-fiction magazine he got from one of the Westerners,somehow arrogant
tourists who had to show to the Chinese,in whatever way,they belonged to the
-“Tadek,we’re more in morass than we thought.”- He said.
-“What do you mean?”- His friend detached his eyes from the magazine and
looked at him.
-"We’re in a deadly danger even here in China!…I am sure they tried to
find us all the time and I would be surprise if they still didn’t know where
we are actually…”
-“They?…Whom do you mean?…”
-“Oh?Tadek,don’t be so dumb.Think!…All of them: not only Carlos and the
people of Harry Gullivers,the mafia godfather but also the secret intelligence
agencies,both from the West and the East,and especially KGB.”
-“We had it peacefull here in China…”
-“Well,we were lucky!…Our idyl is over!…I am afraid especially of those
who created the strategy,Andreyev Golubin and the western double
agents.They’ll do everything to get the strategy back to their hands.”
-“Carlos is the most dangerous…Do you think he might have survived when you
have blown his terrorist nest to pieces?”
-“I don’t know,Tadek.If he survived,I woudn’t be surprised if he already
were in China.We’ll have to change our lifestyles:or we go away to some
forgotten village somewhere in the most uninhabitable part of China or…”-
Steven Mac Dantosch did not finish what he meant.The expression of his blueish
eyes was sharply witty.
-“Or,Steven?…What do you mean?”- Tadek Vangard felt himself excited.He
knew,from the expierence,his friend’s mind worked already furiously over a new
idea.Steven Mac Dantosch blinked his eyes and his arch-handsome jaws,sugar and
honey,showed the expression of his satisfaction.He simply smiled to Tadek
-“I am sure,Tadek,you know what I mean…I know you long enough to be able to
read your mind.”
-“God,then I am lost…”- Tadek Vangard joked.
-“No,Tadek,you ain’t lost.You know I am your best friend you ever had.”
-“Thanks,Steven,but let’s get to the theme…Perhaps I also have an idea but
I would like to know your idea first if you don’t mind.I’m thrilled we have
to escape before our persuers more often than from time to time.To places we
know nothing about,which ultimately turn out to be even more dangerous than we
thought.I’m fed up with this!…We should try to do something to finish this
madness.To get away from this…”
-“You're right,Tadek.I think this guide which turned out to be an authentic
copy of strategy Beehive can be our…trump card.”
An expression of a surprise showed up on the cleanly shaved face of Tadek
-“Our…trump card?…You astonish me,Steven.How’s that possible?”
Steven Mac Dantosch bursted with laugh.
-“Simple,Tadek.We have to report ourselves to the Americans at the United
States Embassy here in Beijing!”- He announced.
-“And they’ll hire CIA agents to arrest us.Have you forgotten they are after
-“Yes,they are.But they also want the strategy.They want it even more than
us.As long as we can use the strategy as our…trump card they can do nothing to
us.I am sure the Americans want badly the strategy.Once they have it they can
prove before the world,on white and black terms,what the Soviets intended.This
way the Soviets can be discredited worldwide and the cold war can,therefore, be
won de facto by the Americans…”
-“And all this thanks to this strategy?!”
-“Thus,Steven,you propose we bring the strategy to the American
Embassy?…You’re not afraid they can leave us stranded?”
-“No,Tadek,because we’ll do it cautiously.They’ll have to give us not only
the verbal assurances but also the written ones.”
-“You think they’ll do it?”
-“They’ll have no choice.”- The expression of the Steven Mac Dantosch’s
face was this time sharp determined.
-“Steven,what assurances you think about?”- Curiosity of Tadek Vangard
seemed to have been infinite.In fact,however,he wanted to confront his
friend’s ideas with his own.
-“Firstly,they have to guarantee us safety absolutely from everyone:from
themselves,from the Soviets and Carlos.Secondly,they must agree to our choices
of the destination countries.And thirdly,I must get an iron assurance from
them,signed by the President of the United States himself,they let me go to the
United States and will not seek to arrest me for five years during which I want
to prove my innocence.You know,Tadek,I am not a murderer.I did not kill the
boyfriend of my sister,Emmanuelle,and I will prove it!”
Tadek Vangard thought he might get a heart attack from the shock.
-“Are you mad,Steven?!”- He nearly shouted.-“You want to challenge Harry
Gullivers?!...The most powerful mafia godfather since Al
-“No,Tadek,I am not mad.Don’t you think it’s normal I want to prove my
-“But you want to act against one of the most powerful on this globe!”
-“Powerful?…This is all relative,Tadek.One day one is strong and thinks he
can move the mountains,the other day he is dying and no one and nothing can help
him.I’ll do the same with Harry Gullivers.He’ll swear and curse the day he
did what he did against me and my family.Besides,I have nothing to loose.”
-“Steven,you’re like David against Goliath.Who knows…But…it’s a deadly
dangerous game.What about Melissa? What are you going to do with her?”
-The face of Steven Mac Dantosch turned serious,double thoughtful and even
-“You know,Tadek,I love her…But…she will have to return to her
parents.”-He decided.-“At least for the time I will fight against my
-“I keep my fingers crossed she’ll agree.Steven…It’s already a deep
night.You better go to your room and have some sleep.You leave the decision to
make for tomorrow.I mean about your idea of fighting against Harry Gullivers.He
is all powerful!”
-“No,Tadek,I have already decided.You see,he harmed me so much,turned me into
a murderer,a runaway man hated by his own family.God,Emmanuelle is really
convinced I shot her boyfriend…But I did not do it!I have not shot her
boyfriend!…It was orchestrated by Harry Gullivers! This is why I must fight
back against him.I must recover the peace of my mind.And it won’t happen so
long as I’ll prove my innocence! If I don’t do it,Harry Gullivers will
destroy my entire family.He chantages my father already now.He was the brain
before perswading my sister to marry one of his sons but in fact she is used by
him to…God,I can’t say it…Oh,what he did with my sister!…”- Steven Mac
Dantosch was now clearly emotional and close to crying from despair.
Tadek Vangard came up to him and touched his hands.
-Steven.”-He said gently.-“Don’t despair.I am sure you’ll win.I keep my
fingers crossed for you.”
-“Thank you,my friend.I needed it.”-Steven Mac Dantosch whispered.
-“Go then now to your room and get some sleep.We conclude our decision
-In the morning,all three of them met in Melissa Charleroi’s room who had
ready a breakfast for them.While eating bread rolls with ham and tomatos and
drinking the Chinese tea they decided they will first telephone to the Embassy
of the United States for an appointment with the American ambassador to China
As soon as they were over with their breakfast they pedalled their bicycles in
the direction of the Beijing International Hotel and once they found themselves
there they went straight to the telephone booths inside the grand hall of the
hotel,which were placed between the reception and the CITS tourist office.They
managed easily to get inside of one of the glass booths.
Steven Mac Dantosch dialled an adequate number to the Embassy.
-“Hallo.The United States Embassy here.May I help you?”- He heard a voice of
a female secretary.
-“Please inform the ambassador I have a strategy Beehive in my hands which I
would like to pass over to his hands.”
-“Can it wait?”
-“No,it’s too important.”
-“Good.Please wait a moment.”
-“My pleasure.”-Steven Mac Dantosch knew his words sounded like invitation
to a secret love,in the eyes of the American secretary.Not even a minute passed
when he heard a male voice.
-“Hallo.Ambassador of the United States,Daniel Parkinson,at the phone.Whom do
I have a pleasure to speak to?”
-“My name de facto is Mathew Burrows.Both,Interpol and CIA try to find me,for
crimes I did not make.I hide under a changed name,together with my friends,Tadek
Vangard and Melissa Charleroi.We have a top secret strategy Beehive with
ourselves.I am sure you heard about the strategy.”- Steven Mac Dantosch
announced and heard the ambassador to hem and haw.It was doubtless his
announcement made a tremendous impression on the USA representative.
-“Well,wait a moment.”- He heard the ambassador.He did not have to wait long
time before he heard the voice of the number one official again.
-“Fantastic,Mr.Burrows.Where are you? I send to you our agents and they’ll
bring you to the Embassy.O.K.?”
-“I expect from you,Mr.Ambassador,no games will be used against us.You won’t
get the strategy if we’re convinced we’re treated unfairly.Be
sure,please,you won’t find the strategy without our help.No chance for it.I am
-“Mr.Burrows,you have my personal word my people will treat you the right way
for as long as it is necessary.Are you satisfied with my statement?”
-“I think so.”
-“Then,let me know where are you actually? Time is money and in the case of
strategy Beeehive it is a matter of victory over the communist camp and bringing
freedom and democracy to new areas of the world eventually.”
-“Your agents,I mean the CIA agents are in a deadly danger.”
-“I suppose so,Mr.Burrows.We can’t lose time the more.Where are you?”
-“We’re at the Beijing International Hotel,Sir.We go outside of the hotel
right now and wait for your people there.”
-“All right.Thank you,Mr.Burrows.See you soon.”
-Steven Mac Dantosch put the telephone handle on its place.
-“Americans are coming for us.We have to wait for them outside.Let’s go.”-
He announced to his friends despite that he did not have to say it.They knew the
details from the fragments of the telephone conversation.
They went out the booth and were passing the reception of the hotel.Steven Mac
Dantosch looked in the direction of the reception and grew pale.He turned his
head away violently and pushed his friends energetically towards the exit.They
knew immiadiately something was hanging in the air.Steven Mac Dantosch behaved
this way when they were facing a danger.
-“Don’t turn your heads in the direction of the hotel.”- He warned them
once they have found themselves outside.
-“Why?”- Melissa Charleroi asked.
-“I’ve seen...Carlos.He is at the reception and talks to a
receptionist.There is a chance he did not see us.”
-This time both his friends became pale.
-“God Allmighty,Carlos in Beijing? Are you sure you saw him?”- Tadek Vangard
was visibly out of his element.
-“I am sure as much as I see you now before me.I would recognise him in every
corner of this world even if he were turned with his back to me.I simply smell
him.”- The answer of Steven Mac Dantosch left a full stop over any doubt.
-“Steven,do you think he saw us.”-Melissa Charleroi asked.
-“I think,he did not notice us.I hope so at least.Shit,we have no time to wait
for the agents from the Embassy.Come,we take the taxi.”- Steven Mac Dantosch
acted determindedly as always in the situations like that.They approached the
taxis standing in raw about fifty meters in front of the hotel and got inside
one of them.
-“Bring us to the Embassy of the United States.”-Steven Mac Dantosch asked
the taxi driver.
Tadek Vangard was astonished the driver did not ask for the address.He knew
where the Embassy was situated.And probably every Chineseman in Beijing knew
it,quite similar situation to what was the case in Warsaw,the capital of
Poland.There,every inhabitant of the capital knew where the American Embassy was
The word:”America” had a magic spell in both countries,China and Poland.
They found themselves before the Embassy in a matter of minutes.The Embassy
neighboured many other embassies including the British one in the so-called
Jianguomenwai Embassy Compound and next to an original Ritan Park.The street the
taxi stoped was called Xiushui Beijie,as mysteriously to the European ear as any
other Chinese pronounciation.It was not far from the Embassy to the Friendship
Store and CITIC,the organisation on behalf of co-operation among Chinese and
worldwide enterprises.Once they introduced themselves at the reception of the
Embassy they were approached by several agents at once and brought,along the
labirynths of the corridors,to a splendid appartament with many paintings on the
walls portraying American heroes.
Tadek Vangard was proud to recognise two Polish heroes who fought for the
independence of the United States over two hundred years ago: generals Kazimierz
Pulaski and Tadeusz Kosciuszko.They did not have to wait long time.
They were confronted within minutes by about sixty years old man,grey haired but
energetic and certainly in a good fisical condition.
-“Welcome at the Embassy.It’s my pleasure to acquaint myself with you.My
name is Daniel Parkinson.”- He introduced himself.
-“So…you are the ambassador,Sir?”- Steven Mac Dantosch asked
formally,despite that he has already heard it.
-“Yes,that’s me.”-They walked up to a splendid mahogany table and fine
leather armchairs.They sat down.Ambassador Daniel Parkinson lit one of his
cigars.Two young waitresses brought some drinks,cold and warm,including
coffee.Ambassador Parkinson asked them to treat themselves.He looked with
concern and somehow with anxiety at Melissa Charleroi.
-“I know already everything about all of you.”- He announced to them.
-“We hope there is no a danger hanging above our heads from the American
special services.”- Steven Mac Dantosch countered.
-“Of course.You have my word.”
-“Yes,yes,Mr.Ambassador,but please remember there are traitors even among the
Ambassador Parkinson became perplexed and said something under his nose.He
recovered his stature fast.
-“They won’t get away with it!…”- He said with a steely voice.-“Of
course,much depends on you.I think really much…”
-“We were mistreated many times not only by the Soviet agents but also the
Americans…”- Tadek Vangard expressed his mind.
-“I am terribly soory for this.I speak,naturally,on behalf of the American
agents.You see,you found yourselves in this sort of reality which ordinary
mortal does not know.In the hot part of the cold war reality,the one where the
secret intelligence agencies on both parts of the Iron Curtain,engage in death
and life goals.You found yourselves somehow in the epicentre of this deadly
reality.All this because of the strategy Beehive…”
-“But we didn’t know we had one.”- Tadek Vangard protested.
-“I am terribly sorry.”- Ambassador Parkinson appollogised.
-“We have to get guarantees before we pass the strategy to you.”- Steven Mac
Dantosch got straightforwardly to the theme which certainly interested the
ambassador the most.-“If you really want the strategy Beehive so much as you
sound about it I am sure the USA government can guarantee immunity to me from
the prosecution offices at least for some time.”
-“Yes,yes…With you,Mr.Burrows,there is a big problem.You are accused for a
murder.There is enough evidence you are the killer.The USA government is
committed,by the constitution,not to deal whatsoever with anyone who is a
-“Do you think,Mr.Ambassador,I am really a murderer?”
-“The evidence…The facts prove it.”
-“What evidence?...What facts?...That I had a gun in my hands directed at the
head of the boyfriend of my sister? But the gun,for Heaven’s sake,was empty!
There was no a bullet inside it.I did not kill him.It was someone from the mafia
of Harry Gullivers who did it.They tried to remove me from the game effectively
and they managed to do it.At least as long as until now.”
-“You say…mafia of Harry Gullivers?…He is one of the most honourable
citizen of our country! And he is co-owner of a worldwide telecommunications
enterprise,together with your father.”
-“Bullshit!…He is a mafia godfather,Mr.Ambassador!…You seem to know so
much about us and you know nothing about the biggest criminal in the history of
the United States!…He is so clever everybody thinks he’s an angel while
he’s a devil!…I heard you,Americans,want him even to become the president of
the United States…God,what an irony!…Wake up,Americans…He is a cancer on
Ambassador Daniel Parkinson looked troubled now.
-“I can’t agree with you,Mr.Burrows…”-He said.-“Assumming,however,you
might be right in your remarks against Harry Gullivers,I feel devastated.He is
perceived in America as one of the father figures.Revelations of the sort
you’re saying might bring a crisis of a psychological nature to all our
-“The winner must be the truth.And if this is the case,don’t be afraid about
any psychological devastation to the American society,Mr.Ambassador.Americans
can withstand it.”- Steven Mac Dantosch countered.
-“What do you propose then?”- Ambassador Daniel Parkinson asked suddenly.
-“My proposal is as following…We give strategy Beehive to you under a
condition we receive a written guarantee signed by the President we will not be
harassed by the CIA and Interpol and instead will be even assisted by them if
necessary.Furthermore,I will be allowed to come to the United States,and will
have an immunity from prosecution for five years.No FBI agent can stand in my
way during that time.I am sure I will prove my innocence within that time
and,what’s as much important to me,I will uncover the real face of Harry
Gullivers to the American public,the face of the biggest mafia godfather since
Al Capone…”- Steven Mac Dantosch felt exhausted and thrilled when he looked
into the eyes of Melissa Charleroi.She was visibly shaking and had tears in her
-“What are your demands,Mr.Vangard?”- Ambassador Daniel Parkinson asked
-“I would like to get a permanent residence in the United States.This is my
-“And you,Miss Charleroi?”
-“Me,too.”- Melissa Charleroi answered sadly.
-“Well,I'll consult with the office of the President.”- Ambassador Daniel
Parkinson announced.-“What you are demanding,Mr.Burrows is nearly impossible
to answer positively.Nevertheless,I’ll state I believe what you’re saying
about your innocence.Perhaps this will bring some luck to you.”
-“Thanks,thanks a lot,Mr.Ambassador.”
-“Where must we seek you when we have the answer for you?”
-“In Qiao Yuan Hotel.”- Steven Mac Dantosch anwered without much thinking.
-“Are you crazy,Steven? You know Carlos is here in Beijing.We must change the
hotel.”- Tadek Vangard reacted with nuisance.
Ambassador Daniel Parkinson felt himself alarmed at once.
-“What are you saying? Carlos is in Beijing?”- He asked.
-“Yes.I saw him today in the Beijing International Hotel.”- Steven Mac
Dantosch announced matter of factly.
-“Then,the rules of the games change,I see.”- Ambassador Parkinson said
mysteriously.-“I am sure the Soviet agents are also in Beijing and you are in
a deadly danger.You better stay inside the compound of our Embassy.”
-"No,Mr.Ambassador.As long as we have no a positive answer from the office
of the President,we keep a distance.”- Steven Mac Dantosch said coldly.
-“Well,I still don’t know where we must seek you?”- Ambassador Parkinson
repeated his earlier question.
-“In Yongdingmen Hotel.”- Tadek Vangard answered for everyone.
They bod farewell to Ambassador Parkinson and went to Qiao Yuan Hotel.They
packed up there and moved to a nearby Yongdingmen Hotel,much more
obscure,normally for poor Chinese travellers only.There was no way Carlos could
seek them in such a hotel.
The personnel of the hotel they moved to was friendly and,to their
surprise,there were some foreigners staying in the hotel:several Polish
tourists,one Australian and a few Germans.They made friends with them in the
evening while dining in the hotel restaurant.Tadek Vangard was curious what’s
new in Poland and therefore talked mostly to his compatriots.Steven Mac Dantosch
was haungry of everything what was happening in Australia and learnt a lot from
the Australian,a blondman as handsome as he was.Melissa Charleroi chatted with
the Germans.Finally they all drank Chinese beer together and joked to each
It was close to midnight when they moved to their rooms.Steven Mac Dantosch had
a very bad sleep.A nightmare filled his mind.It was Carlos who was in his night
dream.He looked like a real vampire and his teeth were coloured red from blood.
It was about half past two at night when some strange noise woke him up.He felt
alarmed and decided he will walk to the room in which slept Melissa Charleroi to
check whether everything was all right.Before he reached the handle of the door
he heard a knock on the door.
-“It must be Melissa.”- He thought.
He opened the door.
His shock was absolute when he realised he confronted …Carlos,who kept Melissa
Charleroi in his steely hands and in one of his hands there was a gun…
To be continued…Author: Thaddeus Hutyra,e-mail address: email@example.com
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