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1956, Early Morning

Union Embassy

Pleven, State of Pleven

 

Two men slowly pulled up in a white unmarked van and parked it outside the Union of Tal Shiar embassy in Pleven. The two men had patiently waited for the order for aproximatly ten years, and the order finally came in. If everything went according to the plan Rob and Cleatus's actions today would start a chain of events leading to a devastating end. In the end they knew exactly what they were doing and were honored to be chosen for the task, one that was ten years in the making.

 

Pleven was the capital of the State of Pleven, which broke away from Bulgaria after the Red Revolution which transformed the ancient Bulgarian monarchy into the Union of Socialist States of Tal Shiar. It was no private secret that the goals of the revolution was to bring about a total socialist nation, but when the other provinces declared their independence, the Communist leaders felt the revolution was unfinished. Now ten years after the revolution began and the old war wound healed both Rob and Cleatus decided to tip the domino. Soon the once quiet republic of Pleven would be catapulted on the world stage.

 

The two men quietly assembled what was left of the timing device. Cleatus Changed into his false Pleven Police Uniform complete with badge and cap. He then marked the van as a survalliance vehicle. He hoped that this would prevent anyone from disturbing the van. Rob finally finished setting the timing the device for approximatly mid morning when the Union ambassador would be in office and the building at its peak capacity. Rob got out of the vehicle and shut the back doors and began walking away while Cleatus got into another vehicle headed across town.

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1956, Early Morning

Union Embassy

Pleven, State of Pleven

 

Comrade Ambassador Alibrahim Raev had just arrived at the embassy for another day's work. But today was a festive day for the Union of Tal Shiar. It was the 10 year anniversary of the end of the civil war. It was the Tal Shiarian independence day and a very important milestone for his country and for the workers of Europa. It was today that Ambassador Raev walked into the building with a spring in his step and a smile on his face.

 

Once in his large humble office Alibrahim settled down to read the morning papers before reading the official news from the General Secretary. His day was almost ruined when he reached for his coffee and knocked over the cup spilling its hot contents on his desk. He moved quickly as the liquid ran past the picture of his wife and two sons and toward the edge of the desk. Its rampage on the ambassador's desk was stopped only by a box of tissues. Raev used the same box of tissues to clean up the mess, thankful that it didn't reach the carpet. The day was saved.

 

The Union Ambassador leaned back in his leather chair and began reading the newspaper. Today was going to be a good day.

Edited by Tal Shiar

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1956, Early Morning

Union Embassy

Pleven, State of Pleven

 

It had been a few hours as the afternoon came fast approaching. The unmarked van continued to sit as its purpose ticted steadily toward its deadly deadline. Throughout the morning the Embassy securtiy office had called repeatedly about the vehicle as it was a security hazard parked on the street directly infront of the embassy. The Security officer a Commander Bogd?n Keblovszki went out to talk to the van owner.

 

As Commander Keblovszki walked across the lobby he greeted Mrs. Raev and her two sons. They were there to meet their father for lunch at the embassy. This was one of the rare occasions that the Raev came to the embassy. However, for today the entire embassy staff were going to celebrate the festivities during lunch and the Raev sons did not want to be left out, so their father gave in and allowed them to come to his office.

 

The cafeteria was a buzz with excitement as bottles of beer (illegal on embassy property, but the rules didn't count for today) were exchanged, and laughter went throughout the room. It was a merry time for the usually serious socialists.

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1956, Noon

Union Embassy

Pleven, State of Pleven

 

The entire embassy was celebrating in the cafeteria. The Cafeteria staff had made a large cake for the event decorated in red icing. Champaige flowed heavily throughout the room as many chatted and a few even began to sing patriotic songs.

 

Commander Keblovszki banged on the doors of the truck to trying to see if anyone was inside. When he saw that the front two seats were empty he moved to the back doors and tried to open them, but they were locked. "Open up!" he yelled as he again banged on the doors.

 

Back inside the Embassy the celebration continued. With songs and and now dancing the assembled enjoyed the moment. Ambassador Alibrahim Raev and his family entered this scene. After filling his glass the ambassador stepped on a chair so he could be seen above the crowd. He raised his glass to give a toast.

 

"Today we celebrate the abdication of Tsar Simeon V and the end of the revolution. Ten years ago our great union came into being with the end of the monarchy. Since then we have built the worker's paradise and have given Europa the light of socialism. Today we celebrate the begining and are reminded of the work they we must continue. To Tal Shiar!" he toasted.

 

Back outside Commander Keblovszki begun to pick the lock on the handles. He finally was able to open the doors and when he did he saw a clock ticking down. The clock was attached to several explosives. Commander Keblovszki held his breath as he watched the last few seconds of his life tick away.

 

. . . four . . .

 

. . . three . . .

 

. . . two . . .

 

. . . one . . .

 

 

. . . BOOM . . .

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