The Nevsky Wall
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Chapter 13   -  Karelia

From behind him, there was the sound of an engine and the squeal of tires in the snow. He turned to see a black van, a raven, idling a few feet away.

“Papers!” A bluecap shouted as he exited from the driver’s side. Viktor complied, showing him his discharge documents, his internal passport, and his fire brigade credentials. “The curfew is in effect for another twenty minutes,” the policeman informed him. He removed his gloves and studied the papers.

“I wasn’t aware of the time. I’m due at the station for my shift,” said Viktor. The policeman looked him over carefully and checked the papers again. Viktor blew into his hands, never taking his eyes from the man, who tried to mask his exhaustion with a formal severity.

“This all seems in order,” he said as he handed the papers back. “I’m going in your direction. Let me give you a lift.” He opened the passenger door and stood next to it.

“I wouldn’t want to trouble you, officer. Really. It’s not that far.” Viktor forced a smile.

“No trouble. I insist.”

Viktor climbed into the passenger seat and the door slammed shut. As the policeman walked around the front of the vehicle, he stopped to put on his gloves, and Viktor heard a scuffling, scratching sound coming from the closed-off section in the back of the van.

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