The Nevsky Wall
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Chapter 13   -  Karelia

Viktor returned a few minutes later carrying what looked to be a child’s dresser, painted in pink and yellow. It was well-made, hand-jointed. A shame for it to meet such an end, he thought. He began to take it apart, first the drawers and then the framework, using a rusted hand axe that Elena had gotten from Old Nicosian. Everything needed to be chopped into small pieces to fit into the stove, and the dull axe made for slow progress. As Viktor worked, Vasha took the pieces and put them in a neat stack. Viktor watched as his son shambled back and forth, still wrapped in the blanket like some beggar child.

“Mama, an old friend died this week,” Viktor said. “Kyrill Sharmadze. Do you remember him?”

“Kyrill. He was the Georgian boy. I’m so sorry to hear that, Vitya.”

“I visited his mother today. She’s not in good shape.” He put down the axe and came over to her, speaking softly now. “She won’t make it through the month.” Viktor could see the same signs of decline, the redness and swelling, in his mother’s face and hands.

“It made me wonder, Mama … about what might happen. They’re calling up men like me every day. If that happened, how could I protect my family?” He glanced over at Vasha, who had picked up the axe and was hacking away valiantly at one of the side panels. “There’s only one thing to do – I need to find a way out for all of us.”

“It’s not possible,” she said. “Alex has tried everything. He talked to his connections. They say the only way in or out of the city is by plane, and you have to be very important.” She looked around the spare surroundings. “We’re not important.”

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