my best friend forever,Tadek!...
He felt exhausted when he returned from Nepal.Steven Mac
Dantosch and Melissa Charleroi waited for him at the Zaventem Airport near
Brussels.It was already late evening hour,close to midnight,so they brought him
to his house and said ‘goodbye’.
The next day Tadek Vangard learnt much more about the repercussions of
everything he was through while in Nepal.Helene and Herman van Veenen were no
longer in Belgium and they moved,practically overnight,to Arnhem,a town situated
close to the German border.He had a number of encounters with the Belgian police
officials who wanted to know everything about the circumstances of his earlier
encounters with Carlos,the assassin.He had no choice as to call to Herman van
Veenen and ask him to contact CIA headquaters about it.As soon as it was done
the undercover Belgian policemen stopped disturbing him: no phones and no visits
took the place any more.There was only one telephone call,from someone who said
he was high ranking intelligence official based in Brussel,who informed him they
are trying to catch the ‘big fish’ and the Antwerp’s offices of John
Ruchter were sealed off.But it was all they could do.Carlos disseappeared.The
family business of John Ruchter changed hands in a record fast tempo and the new
owner was someone who called himself Osama Ben Hadi,an incredulously rich Saudi
Arabian who had US passport and was naturalised in
Israel some time ago.There were not any bad records against him,so neither
Interpol nor CIA and the Israeli secret services could do anything.
In the meantime he has got also a message from Charles van Veenen,who was a
brother of Herman van Veenen.He and his wife Marillion moved to Belgium and
stayed actually in a s’Gravenwezel villa,not far from the place where Herman
and Helene van Veenen lived so far.Tadek Vangard felt astonished and it was
difficult to him to believe that anybody could emigrate out of such a country of
very many wonders as was New Zealand.Yet he remembered that he himself did
it.Even a paradise could be not enough! He promised to come and was happy to
hear that nearly all family members will attend,including Herman and Helene van
Veenen.He asked whether also his friends,Steven Mac Dantosch and Melissa
Charleroi can attend.They were invited wholeheartedly so Tadek Vangard waited
impatiently for the nearest Saturday,desiring to see all of the people he shared
so much friendship and memories with.
Most of the time he stayed in his house,locked in one of his apartments,and
spending his time on reading books,watching TV and thinking.The world was
turning round as always,far from perfection.There were people in this world who
could never learn from history.He heard for example about yearly anniversary
celebrations organised by neofascists on behalf of Rudolf Hess,the world
criminal from the inner circle of Adolf Hitler.He committed crimes million times
bigger than the crimes committed by single murderers,who end with death penalty
in the USA,because he was responsible for the deaths of millions of people
during the II World War.Yet he was sentenced only to life inprisonment and
treated as a…God by the European neofascists,after he committed suicide in
1987.The neofascists were stronger and stronger,their influence growing and
their propaganda slogans harsher and harsher,all directed at the poor immigrants
from the third world.It was the case especially in Austria where Freedom Party
of Jorg Haider went from triumph to triumph and in Belgium where the so called
Vlaams Blok anashamedly mistreated verbally all those who should,instead,be
supported and integrated to the Belgian society.Famous was the decovery of
finding Adolf Hitler’s manifesto,Mein Kampf,in the car of one of the leaders
of the Vlaams Blok.Similar neofascist movements spread in other germanistic
nations,such as the Netherlands,Denmark and Switzerland.
What was wrong with the people of Europe? Could they really learn nothing from
the history? Was history nothing else but a visious circle of events repeating
themselves over and over?
Why people of the so called Western Europe were so unfriendly towards their
fellow Europeans from the Eastern Europe? Why they disregarded all those who
were less or more coloured,from all the other regions of the world?
The most paradoxical thing was that not the largest country as Germany but the
smaller countrise as Austria for example had the largest amount of neofascists
and haters of other races.The smaller countries with germanistic populations
were like hienas,the most blood thirsty.Perhaps this phenomenon could explain
why someone as Adolf Hitler came not from Germany itself but much smaller
Austria.Germany actually was a modern country,the most modern in Europe,most
vanguard and most tolerant.So...perhaps there was a green light for all of Europe in that last years
of the nineties,the last years of the twentieth century.
In the opinion of Tadek Vangard the USA was still the ideal for the entire
world.There lived people from all over the world,who had exactly the same
rights,including participating in the elections to the Presidency and Congress
of the United States.In many European states naturalised foreigners did not have
voting rights and were put effectively into second rate status within the
countries they lived in.This was the case in Germany,Belgium,Austria and
practically in every other European country.The glass curtain still hanged above
Europe like a doom of the lady death.
There was yet another problem,a worldwide one.It was the terror,a deadly weapon
used by the fanatics who hated the modern,liberal world of the western
societies,as represented by the United States and Western Europe.They swore
death to America and were seeking ways to harm the superpower which,according to
them,pursued its hegemony to such levels as causing poverty in entire regions of
the Middle East,Asia,South America and Africa.They swore to Allah to fight
America and Israel until they could win.Some of their grievances could be
understood but certainly not the methods they used to achieve their
goals.Killing even one single person was an evil act,an act against Allah.So,it
looked,most of the new sort of terrorists appeared to be spreading in the
islamistic states,such as Pakistan,Afghanistan,Iran,Iraq and even Saudi Arabia.
Tadek Vangard had black humour when he arrived in the house in Braaschaat where
Steven and Melissa with her mother and brother lived.But once he saw them and
had an opportunity to talk to Melissa’s mother he regained his mood.
An hour later they were on their way to s’Gravenwezel.All the guests were
already present and Tadek Vangard saw that even Herman and Helene van Veenen
were there.He greeted with them enthusiastically and introduced Steven Mac
Dantosch and Melissa Charleroi to them.Helene van Veenen made an angelic smile
-“Tadek,I’m so happy to see you again.And...I’m happy to see your friends
She gave hand to Steven Mac Dantosch and kissed Melissa Charleroi on her
cheek.Marillion approached them and greeted with her characteristic,cool
mannered and full of style way.
-“Oh,Tadek,we didn’t see each other already for so long! How are you? “
-“Thrilled,Marillion! I just happen to be among the living! I escaped Carlos
nearly by a miracle!”- Tadek Vangard answered.He engulfed her arms and gave a
kiss to her.
-“That Carlos,I hate him! You tell us later more about it.I have to welcome
guests and play the lady of the house,you understand.”
-“I do,Marillion.Don’t bother.”
Tadek Vangard felt incredibly impressed.All the ladies looked like angels who
descended from paradise to this event.Helene Van Heenen was an angel of a
sparkling beauty,but Melissa Charleroi was as much a beauty and fresh in her
looks to an uttermost point.Marillion was a cold mannered beauty,as if she were
a reborn Marlene Dietrich.The other ladies in the house were also
sparkling.Nothing but wonders and wonders.Men assisting the ladies also looked
great,in their expensive clothes,shaved and trying their best to show off the
right doses of their masculinity.They were succeeding in this thanks to the
women they shared their lives with and who accompanied them.It was no a secret
that a presence of a woman at the side of a man,made him looking much more
attractive than if he were alone.Tadek Vangard was happy to see all of them,all
the family friends he met before:Hans van Veenen,the godfather of the
family,William Andressen,a cousin of Helene’s husband as well as other
cousins:Bert Missott and his wife Francoise,Louisse Delaney with her handsome
friend she called Reny,Valencie,the sister of Louisse Delaney,with her
husband,Frank van Barrer,Lizolette Brown with her
husband,Johan,Tom,Luco,Rudy,Caroline,Chris,Harold,Darn,their girlfriends and in
case of Caroline a male friend.Harold and Darn were sons of Louisse Delaney,one
already married to Shannon and having a baby son and the other one,Darn,having
just a girlfriend who was expecting a baby.There were many other guests,not
necessarilly family members.Most probably some of them were business partners.
The party was great,unforgettable,full of carellesness,laugh,jokes and of
course,coctajls of unspoken taste and dance on the dancing floor which was
breathtaking sometimes,especially when Steven Mac Dantosch danced with Melissa
Charleroi.Applauses were endless. Tadek Vangard had some talk with this or that
person,and he adviced Helene and Herman van Veenen to be extremely
careful.Nobody could know where they lived because only then there was a chance
that Carlos could never find them.After a while he would perhaps forget
them.They advised the same to Tadek Vangard but he just laughed the idea off.
-“I’m not going to live like a rat,just because I’m threatened by that
guy!”- He announced matter of factly.
There was a sparkle of fear in the eyes of Helene van Veenen.
-“Tadek,what about your castle in England? Are you going there?”-Herman Van
Veenen asked him.
-“Certainly so! But right now I don’t know when.You see,I’m scared of the
-“Don’t be afraid,Tadek.Everything’s O.K. I‘ve contacted my friends at
CIA and they in turn with their colleagues at MI6. You won’t have any problems
-“Thanks,Herman.It’s nice of you.”
A while later he talked to Marillion and Charles Van Veenen.He noticed at the
same time that Steven Mac Dantosch and Melissa Charleroi were busy in
conversating with Helene and Herman van Veenen.It pleased him.
-“Why have you gone out of New Zealand?”- He asked his friends.
-“You see,Tadek,we also happen to have much business within the European Union
and in Great Britain,as is the case with Herman.There are hotels which we have
in Luxemburg,Paris,Monako,Rome.There are also real estates which we own on the
coasts of Spain,Portugal,France,Belgium and the Netherlands.It was a bit too
difficult for us to run it all from as far as New Zealand.”- Charles van
-“But you have also lots of real estate within New Zealand.”- Tadek
Vangard,feeling puzzled,tried to comprehend what he heard.
-“Yes,that’s true.As you know we have a very large family and our
halfbrothers,Marcel and Peter van Veenen,can run the enterprise for us there.
-“Ah,I understand! But what if they also go out?”- Tadek Vangard joked.
-“Then it’s a disaster!”- Charles van Veenen riposted and bursted with
laugh.Tadek Vangard and Marillion also began to laugh.
-“Tadek,I must tell you a secret,but please,don’t say it to anyone.”-
Marillion Van Veenen said a while later.
-“I’m expecting a baby,in eight months.”
-“Oh,la,la! My congratulations,Marillion!”
-“You promise you don’t say to anyone?”
Louisse Delaney and her adult sons with their girlfriends enjoyed themselves the
most.Once for a while they bursted with such all blown out laughs the rest of
the participants turned their heads to them.
-“You see,Tadek,they’re the new generation of Belgian youth.The happiest
ones.”- Louisse Delaney commented to Tadek Vangard.
-“May they enjoy themselves.How is your life,Louisse?”
-“Quiet.I work and Reny also works.He is physioterapist as you know.Weekends
and holidays we spend usually off the seaside in Spain.He loves duiking.You
wouldn’t believe how wonderful is underwater world!”
-“I can imagine it.Besides,I saw a number of TV felietons.”
Steven Mac Dantosch and Melissa Charleroi approached them so Tadek Vangard
introduced them to Louisse Delaney,Reny and their young companions among whom
there were Louisse’s two sons. Both,Darn and Harold and their friends turned
their full attention to Melissa Charleroi.They have already heard about her
dramatic past.The bonds of friendship were nearly instant.Half an hour later
they talked to each other as if they knew themselves for years.
Steven Mac Dantosch turned at some point towards Tadek Vangard.
-“We go soon to the States.”- He announced.
-“You mean Melissa and you?” – Tadek Vangard asked foolishly,unprepared
for such an announcement.
-“Yes,Melissa and me.”
-“I’ll miss you.”
-“You’ll have to visit us,not once and twice but many times!”
-“I’ll try,Steven.You know that I’ve always dreamt about emigrating to
-“Do you still dream about it.”
-“That’s a paradox,Steven.Yet not so long ago I‘ve still thought my
ultimate destination is America.But…now,here in Europe,I’m suddenly getting
taste for this continent.I’m beginning to feel here the best.Somehow it
isn’t surprising: Europe is where are my roots.So,in the end,I leave this
matter open right now: America is still the object of my dreams but Europe is
the substance of which I feel part.”
-“Hej,Tadek,dilemma indeed.I think you’ll have to come over to the
States,see for yourself how is it there and how do you like it there and only
then will you be able to decide about moving to America or staying in Europe.”
-“Melissa likes the idea of going to the States?”
-“Absolutely! She has too bad memories which she can’t share with her
mother.Saying memories I mean her father.She must go out.It’s best for the
peace of her mind.”
-“What she’ll do there?”
-“You see,my sister,Emmanuelle,is a fashion designer and partially also a
fashion model. Melissa wants to do the same.We have means to help her.We’ll
-“That’s great,Steven! And you probably are going to run your father’s
business,more and more?”
-“That’s true.My father is thinking about retiring.We have a global
telecommunications enterprise as well as satelitarian an TV networks.Besides,we
own major newspapers and magazines in Australia,the United States and Great
Britain.Lots of work,Tadek! Do you know that we have our offices in World Trade
-“The New York World Trade Center?”
-“Wow! I can’t find a word to express my bewilderment!”
-“You don’t have to.If you ever want to become part of our
empire,Tadek,remember that we await you with open arms.You’re my best friend
They engulfed themselves in their arms and stayed so for a minute or two which
cemented them to each other for ages to come. No one would ever break apart
To be continued…
Author: Thaddeus Hutyra.
Address: Frederik de Merodestraat 1.
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