THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 13
…Excuse me Comrade Aldona; this is Comrade Nae Tan-Dan, our main liaison to the great nation of Korea and the constructor of our glorious plan…
Aldona Afridi is becoming more restless by the second. Everything about this strange encounter has trouble written all over it.
“It is good to see you again Sheikh Khan-Nutkani,” states the smallest of the group, speaking with an accent not indigenous to the region.
“Glory to Allah, Comrade Dan, I am hoping your news is as good as Comrade Afridi’s”
“It is even better; phase one of the operation has been carried out. Fredrick Cabell has been neutralized.” The dwarfish man sticks his chest out as if he were waiting for a medal to be pinned on it.
“Excellent, excellent; time is growing short Dan.”
Afridi suddenly has the feeling that there is a plan that he is not in on. And what is with all this “comrade” stuff all of a sudden.
“Oh excuse me Comrade Aldona; this is Comrade Nae Tan-Dan, our main liaison to the great nation of Korea and the constructor of our glorious plan.” Nutkani’s introduction is lavished with admiration.
“I was not aware we were working on the same project?” Afridi has a shrinking perception of just what the goals of the Sang-Ashi Probe are exactly.
“Let us say that you have your talents and I have mine.”
“Comrades, let me say that both of your talents will be needed to defeat the greatest threat to our stature in the world since the unlawful attacks on our founding state. That is why you are here; to help each of our nations stare down imperialism!” Khan-Nutkani refers to the endless Afghan War and inspired by the chance to settle the score. “Afridi, you hold the key; Comrade Tan Dan needs to open the door, and between us, we must slam the door on Universe Expansionism!”
“To keep our solar system free of those who want to conquer it, we need the firing codes for the Sang-Ashi Probe.”
“Sang-Ashi will protect itself, if the occasion warrants. I built in superior internal defenses.”
“We need to have manual control over it…..and we need it now!” The Sheikh’s arms are shaking angrily.