Glass Curtain by Thaddeus Hutyra

chapter 8


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Author:Thaddeus Hutyra

-"Steven,how did you manage to make it?”- Tadek Vangard asked,immensely surprised.
-“Shh…Shh…”- Steven Mac Dantosch whispered.-“You know,Tadek,that I can always contrive something and no method of a way of means is impossible to me. I will try to free us both.It will be difficult if not impossible.We have to deal with a hundred of these military guys at least and I would rather have no truck with such people. We have no choise,however.Tadek,listen,in case if I am unable to free also you this time,believe me,I will surely get you out of the hands of these beasts. At least one of us must be free right now.”
-“I will keep my fingers crossed for you,Steven.Try your best and do not concern yourself with me now.”- Tadek Vangard answered with a whisper.He understood his friend perfectly.
The soldiers stopped smoking their cigarettes and returned to the van.At that moment,Steven Mac Dantosch sprang to his feet.From now on everything occurred as if all of a sudden violent,tropical storm aroused.Everything looked as if it was he who sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind. He went wild and seemed not to care that he stirred up a nest of hornets,and even snakes would have woken up.His powerfull blows hit the first soldiers,then the next ones.He himself was like if he were a tornado man,his movements extremely fast,blows almost deadly efficient.Tadek Vangard could do nothing but only watch.He was tied up,unable to move.He bited his lips with his teeth and fell the blood was going out of his lips down his chin.He prayed silently asking God to save his friend.
Steven Mac Dantosch in the meantime did a few saldos like if he were a top class gimnastician and he surely was one judging from his performance.He found himself inside a powerfully armoured van,one of the many in the jail courtyard.It all happened in a split of seconds.Seated now behind a driving wheel he went like crazy directly at the gate,crashed at it,broked it into halves and then turned over and over into the narrow streets in order to dissapear from the eyes of his enemies.The nearby inhabitants must have thought that a revolution was under way in their country.The action which Steven Mac Dantosch orchestrated was so sudden many soldiers still were dissoriented.Soon afterwards six vans set off in pursuit of Steven Mac Dantosch,with noisy alarms on.
Tadek Vangard had a sigh of relief. He was sure they will not catch his friend.He felt happy because of this but at the same time a deep sorrow filled his heart when he realised what evils he can expect from those he was at their mercy.However,he could always count on his friend,Steven Mac Dantosch,under condition,of course,that his friend will outmanoeuvre his persuers.He wished this to his friend with all of his heart.
From now on he had nothing else but hell.He was taken down to an underground cell,misty,dark,dirty beyond whatever say and without a window,without even a hole through which he could observe the passing days.He no longer knew whether actually it was a day or a night.The worst,he was continually tortured.The tormentors wanted him to say that he was indeed a spy,an Australian spy…One day-or night,he never knew it-he finally said the truth at one of the cruel interrogations: he is from Poland and the fighting jet,F16,was indeed stolen by them from a military base in Malaysia,in order to escape from that country.From now on,something stranged happened.They stopped torturing him,let him wash himself,gave him some of his belongings and soon afterwards took him inside an armoured van to the compound of the…Soviet Embassy in Rangoon.There he again found himself in an underground cell.Once again he was interrogated by an Embassy official whose name was Sergiej Chatunov.Tadek Vangard was sure the guy was a KGB officer.Quite soon he realised why he was interrogated.
-“Where is the ‘Strategy Beehive’?”- Sergiej Chatunov asked him straightforwardly.
-“I don’t know.I know nothing of some,shit,devilish strategy.Nothing at all! Leave me in peace!”- Tadek Vangard answered with anger.
Hatred appeared in the eyes of the Russian.
-“You know it! You'll tell us this!”- He began to shout.
The next several days-or nights-Tadek Vangard again experienced as cruel tortures as before at the hands of the burmese tormentors.There was no a piece of his body which would not be pierced or electrocuted…He was lost in hopeless,desperate state…They wanted from him something he knew nothing about…Was it not vicious?…He could not see any solution to the problem.Death was only solution.Yet he could not let it happen.He remembered what he promised to God Allmighty.He had to go among people and teach them the God’s Gospel…No man could be mishandled…No man could be an outcast…How he,however,could teach the God’s Word to all these beasts he encountered daily?…He had no idea. At least for the time being.And then,in a miraculous like flash within his mind,he realised that,perhaps,there might be a way out.He realised he had to …lie.
-“You are right.I have the strategy Beehive.”- He said to Andreyev Chatunov at the next interrogation.A sparkle of happiness lighted up in the almond-green eyes of the Russian KGB officer.
-“Give it to us and we will let you go.”- He said.
Tadek Vangard knew he could not expect anything good out of the beasts.They looked human but they were not human.They were absolutely beasts! He had to outmaneuvre them with his mind.
-“The strategy Beehive is downloaded on a discette and hidden inside of a temple nearby Mandalay.Only I know where is it placed exactly.”- He said.
A consternation appeared on the face of Sergiej Chatunov.
-“Well,we'll go there soon and you will give it to us.”- He said after a moment of hesitation.
A few days later they went there,an expedition of twenty people,mainly Russian KGB military guys.Tadek Vangard had no idea what he will do next.There was no way to escape.Perhaps if Steven Mac Dantosch were here with him,they would find a way for an escape.But not when he was alone,watched constantly by the Russians.The escape was indeed not possible. Luckilly he read a bit about Burma when he lived in Poland. He read about the so-called “Tanbodhay Temple” in an ancient,ruined town of Monywa,taken over by the jungle,one hundred and thirty five kilometres north-east of Mandalay. He informed Sergiej Chatunov they have to go there instead.
-“Why have you said before that the strategy is hidden in one of the temples in Mandalay instead of just naming the specifiek temple?”- Sergiej Chatunov asked,suppressing his anger with difficulty. Tadek Vangard was content seeing mixed feelings on the face of his tormentor.
-“I had in my mind the Mandalay region,not just the city of Mandalay.”- He answered dryly.
-“O.K. We go there yet today.”
-“Wait a moment.There aren’t any roads to Monywa. We have to get there through a jungle and then up a river Chindwin.Monywa is not really a town,not even a village…It’s just a temple,with a number of Buddhist monks. It will take time,a week,perhaps,before we’ll get there.”- Tadek Vangard hoped now he can escape his oppressors there in the jungle.
-“Damn!”- Sergiej Chatunov groused.
Tadek Vangard refused any further explanations.He kept his mouth sealed.
The next day the expedition was again on the move,with one more man,a burmanese guide. They went,for a few days,through a devine jungle,then up the rivers and in the end up the picturesque waterfalls and were already quite close to the Tambodhay Temple,as they were assured by the guide. There was no slightest way for Tadek Vangard to escape. Finally they found themselves in front of the temple,which was partially in ruins. They got inside the temple.
-“Here is death awaiting me.”- Tadek Vangard realised what he felt already for some time.They were astonished to see thousands of Buddha images in shape of sculptures all over the temple.In the center of the temple was situated a monumental,seated Buddha,gilded,five meters high monument.The face of Buddha mirrored a smile like if he were perpetual optimist.What an ironic situation was it! On one side the smiling Buddha,on the other hand the forthcoming death…
From beside of the monument a Buddhist monk with a hood on his head,covering also his face showed up to them.
-“Monk,what are you doing here?! Don’t disturb us!”- Annoyed Sergiej Chatunov yelled out.
The Buddhist monk gave a sign he wants to say something.He approached nearer to Sergiej Chatunov.He threw away his monk’s cover.In his hand swished and whistled sharp katana which looked like fire pierced by the radiance of light.The head of Sergiej Chatunov,cut off, have fallen down towards the feet of the seated,smiling Buddha.Nearly at the same time the same happened with six other Russian KGB agents.They were hit by some strange objects in the shape of metallic stars Ninjas usually use when they fight.The same happened with the rest of the Russians,dissoriented and unable to fight as fast as the “monk” did it and his burmese friend who strucked them from behind.
When it was all over,the “monk” approached Tadek Vangard and embraced with him.
-“Steven,you are a master! I did not know you are also a…Ninja.And what a Ninja!!- Tadek Vangard whispered to his “lost” friend…”Lost”,as it seemed to him at times…
-“Tadek,do you remember what I said? I said you can rely on me.Sooner or later I will set you free…Oh,sorry,Tadek,I was unable to do earlier anything on your behalf. The Russians isolated you quite successfully from the outside world.Only this expedition gave me a chance to plot freeing you up…”
-“Thank you,Steven.You saved my life.You know…I am happy and sad at the same time.I cannot look at this corps just moment ago alive…”
-“This was an extreme situation.If I didn’t kill them,they would kill you. How’s that possible they organised this expedition so far towards this temple?”
-“I …lied.I said I’ve hidden a discette containing strategy Beehive,here,in this temple…”
Steven Mac Dantosch began to laugh.
-“You did wisely,because only thanks to this I could do something on your behalf.If you were seated there inside the Soviet Embassy’s compound I would be unable to do anything…”
-“They tortured me,Steven.”
-“I see now,Tadek,you are as much in trouble as I am…I mean they will persue you until they can get that shitty strategy…And,paradoxically,you don’t have it…And they don’t believe it…What a shit! This is not the end of your troubles.Let’s go outside.”...
To be continued...
Author:Thaddeus Hutyra,e-mail or:
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