The scene: Red Blok HQ on Elysee two weeks after the Mount Elysee disaster.
Commissar Ivan Ionu paced the small interrogation room. Two guards stood at the door watching nervously. A single light bulb lit the scene. In the centre of the room a barely recognisable figure was slumped forward on an old chair. Only the straps restraining it were keeping it from collapsing on the hard, concrete floor. The commissar nodded his head and one of the guards stepped forward and threw a bucket of cold water over the seated victim. Slowly and with much effort the figure stirred.
"I ask you again, colonel, how could it happen?” Ionu barked. "Not only did you fail, you didn’t even try. You are a disgrace to the revolution. There is more to this. You deliberately gave up that container ship to the damn monkeys. Why?”
Colonel Tukachevsky stared back in mute defiance.
"We know about the conspiracy, colonel. We know you are a part of it. Make no mistake, you are going to die but not before I’ve got the location of your hideaway. So tell me and save yourself more suffering.”
Again the colonel said nothing.
Commissar Ionu sighed. "OK, have it your way. I will leave you to the tender mercies of my colleagues.” He opened the door and walked out. "Gentlemen, you know what to do.” He slammed the door behind him and heard the first scream of agony.
Extract from Commissar Ivan Ionu’s report.
The colonel held out for another few hours but finally revealed the whereabouts of the counter-revolutionary cell on Elysee. It seems that a group of officers and some of the civilian engineers have decided that the war on Elysee must end. Indeed, all conflict in the galaxy must end. To achieve this they were passing secrets to our enemies. Can you imagine the threat this poses? Can you imagine the Morphos even understanding the concept of ‘peace’? Their mercenary allies would only sell on the information for profit and the UNA would never countenance peace with us. The monkeys certainly want ‘karma’ to return to the universe but even they aren’t enlightened enough to embrace collectivism, the only true path to universal bliss.
Message to the Kremlin from Elysee HQ
A small force of Dragonov Commandos with support has been sent to the location to arrest or kill the counter-revolutionary traitors.
"So comrades come rally,
"and the last fight let us face.
"The Intersiderial unites the human race.”