What were these honeyed words? Taut with a new fear, fear of the notorious personal habits of the woman, Tatiana did as she was told.
`Take your jacket off. Put it down on the chair. Raise your hands above your head. Higher. Now bend and touch your toes. Upright. Good. Sit down.’ The woman spoke like a doctor. She gestured to the chair across the table from her. Her staring, probing eyes hooded themselves as they bent over the file on the table.
It must be my zapiska, thought Tatiana. How interesting to see the actual instrument that ordered the whole of one’s life. How thick it was-nearly two inches thick. What 长沙桑拿水磨会所 could be on all those pages? She looked across at the open folder with wide, fascinated
Colonel Klebb riffled through the last pages and shut down the cover. The cover was orange with 长沙桑拿会所全套 a 长沙桑拿论坛社区 diagonal black stripe. What did those colours signify?
The woman looked up. Somehow Tatiana managed to look bravely back.
`Comrade Corporal Romanova.’ It was the voice of authority, of the senior officer. `I have good reports of your work. Your record is excellent, both in your duties and in sport. The State is pleased with you.’
Tatiana could not believe her ears. She felt faint with reaction. She blushed to the roots of her hair and then turned pale. She put out a hand to the table edge. She stammered in a weak voice, `I am g-grateful, Comrade Colonel.’
`Because of your excellent services you have been singled out for a most important assignment. This is a great honour for you. Do you understand?’
Whatever it was, it was better than what might have been. `Yes, indeed, Comrade Colonel.’
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This was unheard of for a girl of twenty-four! Tatiana sensed danger. She stiffened like an animal who sees the steel jaws beneath the meat. `I am deeply honoured, Comrade Colonel.’ She was unable to keep the wariness out of her voice.
Rosa Klebb grunted non-committally. She knew exactly what the girl must have thought when she got the summons. The effect of her kindly reception, her shock of relief at the good news, her reawakening fears, had been transparent. This was a beautiful, guileless, innocent girl. Just what the konspiratsia demanded. Now she must be loosened up. `My dear,’ she said smoothly. `How remiss of me. This promotion should be celebrated in a glass of 长沙桑拿都有什么 wine. You must not think we senior officers are inhuman. We will drink together. It will be a good excuse to open a bottle of French champagne.’
Rosa Klebb got up and went over to the sideboard 长沙桑拿可以选 where her batman had laid out what she had ordered.
`Try one of these chocolates while I wrestle with the cork. It is never easy getting out champagne corks. We girls really need a man to help us with that sort of work, don’t we?’
The ghastly prattle went on as she put a spectacular box of chocolates in front of Tatiana. She went back to the sideboard. `They’re from Switzerland. The very best. The soft centres are the round ones. The hard ones are square.’
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