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Air war in Europe, Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
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post 3 May 2015, 4:07
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This is the first time I write fan-fiction, so feel free to rip it to pieces. How else I'm gonna know if I'm a complete noob, or not?

This is the story about the Russian pilot, Major Nikolai Shoigu.

2045
Descending from a family well-known in Russia, Nikolai was a grandson of former Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Ever since the deposition of the former government, it was hard for the young man to fit in to this new Russia. Often seen as an offspring of the old KGB elites, he had to double his efforts to prove himself just to get the same treatment as other cadets of the prestigious Moscow Military Academy. Unfortunately this didn't change, not even when the Russo-European War started. Just a mere month after the graduation, they were all sent to VVS bases across Western Russia and given orders of a full-blown invasion of Europe. Nikolai still couldn't understand what was going on, until someone told him about what happened in Kaliningrad. He had his doubts, especially about how fast the response of the military was. Even after years of diplomatic strains with the ECA, it would take months of preparations for the quantity of aircraft and missiles he was seeing now. But, if he was to ever win the trust of his colleges and senior officers, asking too many questions was not a very good start. So, he decided not to. He wasn't just another rookie. Being suspicious for his background made him a not very much liked rookie. After a few short flights in a Berkut, he was given orders to escort two Backfires with the rest of the squadron. The mission was a go.

''Comrade Colonel, targets are in range.'',the voice of Backfire pilot confirmed.
''You are authorized to fire, Major!'', Colonel replied.
Soon after, four cruise missiles rained down on the Polish military airbase near Cracow. Despite the range of the missiles, Nikolai could still see the destruction from afar. The mission was a success. After they returned to their base in Brest-Litovsk, everyone were thrilled about the news of great victories in the initial phase of the war. Comrades in the Russian Army were storming the whole Eastern Europe. VVS support was of great importance, the moral was high.
Months passed. At fist he was sent to do some of the most dangerous missions. Some of them included facing ECA fighters that managed to escape the destruction of most of European air assets on the ground. Russians didn't want anyone to comprise their undisputed airdominance. Nikolai was well know by now. His seniors were satisfied. They didn't started to like him any more than any other pilot, but at least he wasn't looked upon with distrust and sometimes even with disgust. His colleges started to respect him . Many of them had flown together in the last few months. Having shot down dozens of Tigers and few Harriers in such a short time meant a lot to his reputation.

2048
Three years have passed. Major Nikolai Shoigu is one of the best pilots in VVS.
In three years he has piloted Berkuts, now-retired Frogfoots, new Sokols, Backfires and even a Blackjack. He was awarded four times, including a medal for managing to escape unharmed, after being shot down by a Wotan over Netherlands, while still under control of the ECA forces, something that was considered impossible, due to the number of hidden bulldog turrets and other types of defenses used by the dug-in Dutch General van der Meer.

It was a regular day in the base, when someone turned on Channel One.
''US President William Bradford was authorized by the Congress to use military
force against the Russian Federation, citing America's geo-political responsibilities
and Russian warcrimes as his justification to support the ECA. The United States of America declares war on Russia. War is officially declared World War III.''
Initial silence soon gave way to loud shock. Some were afraid what might follow, since both countries still had thousands of ICBMs, some were confused and shocked, especially after years of US isolation, and some were even happy and eager to settle old scores with their long-time rival.
Nikolai, on the other hand, knew that itwould be a real mess. The skys will be filled with Rapors and Stealth Bombers, and the land will be swarmed by thousands of drones, which won't be easy targets for Russian aviation, due to their size and stealth capabilities. Will the Military be able to counter this new threat, he was to find out very soon.

It is my third, unplanned, night shift, because I'm doing a favor to a college, so forgive me if there's too much typos. :-)

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QUOTE (RearDetachment @ 4 May 2015, 9:34) *
Nice fan fic dude. Keep it up. smile.gif

Thanks, man. I wanted to try and see if anyone likes it. I have a few more ideas about Berkut-Raptor dogfights. :-)


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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART II

''The Military of our Motherland has never been defeated in a major war. Every single enemy of Russia, that steped on this sacred soil, has been squashed like a bug. The same will happen now. Just like the great, honorable commander of our enemy, Bernard Montgomery once said:
'Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good.' Remember this every time you're facing our enemies! They know this as well.', Colonel shouted. He was trying to raise the morale, after the initial shock that came with the announcement earlier that week. Nikolai knew it all, but he also knew how close was it every time and how many people had to die. He was also one of the first to go right through the center of this incoming steel storm. Russia does have a very long history of successes against invasions. Americans on the other hand, have a short history, but in those couple of hundred years, they managed to defeat everyone and conquer anything they laid their eyes on, except Vietnam.
''Ok., boys, gear up! We have a job to do.'', Colonels' words interrupted Nikolais' thoughts.
That day, they had a routine mission. Intercept few Harriers, secure the skys for the Backfires. It was confirmed that some US aircraft were spotted by Russian satellites, but it seemed it was just a token example of support for the ECA.
Nikolai entered his Berkut. Six more Berkuts took off.
Behind them, two huge Backfires flew. The target was a Research Plant 50 km SW of Paris. FSB reported that the facility housed one of the Pandoras used in French Neutron bombings. Suddenly, Nikolais' radar detected two targets.
''Probably Harriers. Moving to intercept. Follow me.'', Major Stechin gave order to Captain Korsakov. Two Berkuts broke off. Harriers changed direction.
''Cowards. As soon as they see us, they run.'', Stechin laughed. Nikolai knew that those Harriers can't escape. But, they never do that. At least not since '45. As years passed, Europeans acted more carefully. Acts of heroism, when a few Harriers would go straight in the middle of a Berkut swarm were rare, especially later, when ECA commanders simply forbade those actions, because they couldn't afford loosing already scarce aircraft and well-trained pilots. Suddenly, Major Stechin reported 4 more targets. This time, he sounded worried: '' I have 4 boogies on my radar. These are fast movers. No way they're Harriers. Need help ASAP. Won't be able to runaway.''
Nikolai knew something was wrong. It seemed too easy.
''Oh, God! I have 16 other dots on my radar. Only Sokols move this fast.'', Stechin was already panicking.
''Base, we have unidentified squadron of fast moving targets converging on our position. Requesting permission to abort the mission.'', Nikolai dispatched the message.
''Permission not granted. This mission is of highest priority.'', Colonel replied.
Nikolai: ''Shit! It's easy for him to say that. Stechin, we are 500 km from the nearest Grumble battery. I'm aborting this. We move east, now!''
Stechin: ''Damn it! You heard the Colonel. We can't just disobey a direct order!''
Nikolai: ''What a hell are you talking about. You were ready to leave just a minute ago. If those things are what I think they are, we have 60 seconds to go, before we're in their range.
Everyone, lets get the fuck out of here!''
Stechin: ''Ah, shit! Ok! But, we're going down for this, Niko!''
Nikolai: ''Very likely, but we will certainly go down if we don't go right the fuck now! And I'm not speaking figuratively!''

Berkuts started moving east, while Backfires left the group and headed back, southeast. Nikolai hopped boogies wouldn't follow them. Still, seven Berkuts were in danger now. And, they were being chased by 20, maybe more, enemy aircraft.
''Holy Mother of God! My AESA says these are Raptors!'', Stechin yelled.
''Yes, I see it, too! I figured. Listen now, boys. They'll catch us up. Our best chance is to try to outmaneuver their missiles and get in range with Grumbles. Then we'll work in conjunction with them. We can't beat all of them, but lets hope we can shoot down a few. With a little luck, rest of them will fall back.''
Stechin: ''You better be right, because I just got a BVR missile lock!''
Nikolai: ''So, it begins!''

Sorry, just had to use the HK line. smile.gif

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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART III

Stechin: ''Performing evasive maneuvers to break missile lock!''
Nikolai: ''Everyone, split in three groups. Two jets per group. I'll go with Stechin and Korsakov. The rest of you, dispatch our position to those Grumble batteries, as soon as you come in range!''
''Roger that, Sir!'', someone replied.
Stechin: ''Missile lock is still on. Shit!''
Nikolai: ''Don't do anything yet! Wait for the missiles to close up! Remember how we did it in Lyon last year?''
Stechin:''You're completely insane. No way I'm gonna do that again!''
Nikolai: ''You don't have much of a choice now, don't you Stechin!?''
Stechin knew he was going to get hit if he ignores Nikolais' advice. Four missiles were raining down on his Berkut.
Nikolai: ''Now, Stechin! Now! Do it!''
Stechins' Berkut moved left and suddenly up. All four missiles passed by. Berkuts' legendary maneuverability looked even more astonishing, when you see it in real war situation. But still, this was just a beginning. 19 more Raptors were on their tails. Now Nikolai got a missile lock alarm go off.
Nikolai: ''They're on me, now!''
Nikolai started to move hard left and down. Korsakov moved hard right and up.
Stechin: ''Keep it up, boys! They're splitting up!''
Nikolai: ''We're still outnumbered 3:1 Stechin! There's nothing to be happy about!''
Raptors were now in three groups. There were 7 of them in first two groups and 5 in the third. The one that missed Stechin was heading back. The first group of Raptors went after the first group of two Berkuts. Five Raptors went for the other two Berkuts, while the second group of Raptors chased Nikolai, Stechin and Korsakov.
''We are now at 400 km from Grumbles.'', one of the Berkut pilots responded.
Nikolai: ''Good! We're almost in range. Hang in there, guys. We can do this.''
Stechin: ''Got two more missile locks!''
Korsakov: ''I lost contact with the second. group of Berkuts! They're not on my radar!''
Nikolai got two missile locks more as well.
Nikolai: ''On my mark, everyone start the maneuvers!''
Stechin: ''We won't be able to do this much longer!''
The missiles were approaching fast. Nikolai gave the order. His and Stechins' jets almost collided. Missiles missed again.
''Oh God! Oh God! Thank you, sweet Jesus! Thank you so much!'', Stechin yelled.
That was insanely close! Stechin, you are one crazy SOB!'', Nikolai responded.
Korsakov: ''Got a missile lock!''
Stechin: ''Another Raptor is preparing for a missile lock.''
In a moment, a sole Berkut from the second group appeared on the radar. It moved on the position of the Raptor preparing to fire on Stechin. A burst of autocannon fire rained down. Raptor was shredded to pieces. Pilot still managed to eject. But the other one fired its missiles on Korsakov. Than it started going back.
Korsakov: ''Performing evasive maneuvers!''
Nikolai: ''What a hell are you doing, Korsakov!? You should've waited longer''
A few seconds later, one missile missed, but the other three scored a direct hit.
Nikolai: ''Did he eject!? Korsakov, can you hear me!? Korsakov!?''
Stechin: ''Don't bother. He's dead.''
Nikolai continued calling for Korsakov. There was no response.
''We are in range of the Grumbles. The rest of the Raptors are moving back. We made it!'', one of the pilots from the first group dispatched.
''Squadron, return to base immediately!'', Colonel gave his order.
Nikolai: ''That son of a bitch! He would send us all in our deaths, just so he could get another pat on the back by his beloved Aleksandr!''
Stechin: ''Who's in for some rank downgrading later, boys?''
Nikolai: ''Fuck him and his ranks. We just lost a friend, Stechin! Show some respect, will you!?''
Stechin: ''What can I do about that, now? We're lucky to be alive. This is war, Niko. People die every day. Korsakov today. Tomorrow you or me.''
Squadron was approaching the base. While they were landing, a group of officers, headed by the Colonel waited on the runway exit.
''He's waiting on the runway! He must be pissed off!'', Stechin noted.
''He is pissed off!? Really!? Oh, we'll see who's pissed of, right about now!'', Nikolai was exiting the Berkut angrily.


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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART IV

Stechin: ''Calm down! You'll get us all in trouble. Colonel is pissed enough, already.''
Nikolai ignored Stechin.
''So, 'General' Shoigu, you decided to abort my mission, may I ask... Ah, I forgot. You're a fucking Major! Which means under MY command!'', Colonel was trying to sound sarcastic.
''Permission to speak, Sir!?'', Nikolai was barely holding his anger.
Colonel: ''No! You do not have a permission to speak! You have disobeyed a direct order. An order that came from the top, and by doing so, you've put my ass on the line, before my superiors! Since I'm your superior, I'll put yours as well.
Arrest the Major, boys!''
Two MPs approached Nikolai. He moves back: ''Don't touch me! I know where to go! I'm the pilot of the VVS of the Russian Federation! Not a damn kamikaze! We would all be dead, if I haven't aborted the mission. And we couldn't finish the mission anyway. And how comes that intelligence could fail to see 20 Raptors!? If the Yanks are sending so many of them now, there could be hundreds of them in Britain. They sure as hell won't send everything they have on one squadron of Berkuts!''
Colonel: ''Take him away! And Major Stechin as well!''
Stechin: ''But, I...''
Colonel: ''Take them away!!! Now!''
The MP guards complied.

Airbase prison cell was small for the two men arguing about whose fault was for the situation in which they were.
Stechin: ''I told you to calm down. But you had to argue with him!"
Nikolai: "You wouldn't even be here, if you followed those idiotic orders so blindly!''
Stechin: "Yes, and I'm thankful for being alive, but we could have avoided this. Fuck the Colonel. If you kept your mouth shut, we wouldn't be here."
Nikolai: "Korsakov was our friend. He died because no-one gives a damn for us. I can't just pretend like nothing happened. For people like Colonel and his superiors, we're completely expendable."
Stechin: "I know that. But, how are we supposed to make a difference by sitting here, while our comrades are dying out there."
Nikolai: "I guess you're right, but I..."
"Major, Colonel wants you in his office. Both of you.", the guard interrupted them.

"Ok. I want you to listen carefully. We have a problem. Those Raptors didn't go away. They returned and destroyed our Early Warning Outpost. Outpost to which YOU led them. The Grumbles shot down 4 Raptors, but now we are exposed to stealth attacks. Who knows, maybe those Nighthawks are on the way right now. So, it's your call. You may sit in that cell and wait to be court-marshaled or we can do our jobs and I might just forget about your blatant disobedience."
"Now you ask us to ...", Stechin hits Nikolais' hip before he could finish.
"We'll do it, Sir!", Stechin said.
Colonel: "I knew you would come to your senses. Good! Now, off to work!"

"Why did you do that!?", Nikolai was upset.
Stechin: "Have you even heard what I said in that cell? This is what we do. We should be happy. Imagine how is it to those poor conscripts. We're the lucky ones."

They were getting in their Berkuts. More than 20 other jets would join them from other airbases. The mission was to guard the air, while the engineers were setting up a new Outpost.

Nikolai: "Who's leading the mission?"
Stechin: "Some newbie. I think they said his name is Agatov. He's a Captain."
Nikolai: "A Captain!? The Colonel has lost his mind. We are Majors. What sense does it make to put a lower rank newbie as mission leader?"
Stechin: "Well, that's what you get when you're screwing around with military hierarchy. Ok. We are closing to the group. Captain Agatov? Do we have a contact?"
Agatov: "Roger that, Major. I understand you're under my command. Never gave an order to a higher ranking officer, but I hope we'll get this through."
Stechin: "Don't worry, Captain. We're all in the same boat. We have to work together."
Nikolai: "So how long you're in the VVS, Captain?"
Agatov: "Five months. Three of which I've spent in combat missions."
Nikolai: "Ever shot down anything?"
Agatov: "A couple of Tigers and a Harrier. Nothing special."
Nikolai: "You're right. That is nothing special."
Stechin: "Nikolai, Nikolai. Take it easy. I don't remember you being any better in your first 5 months."
Nikolai: "Did anyone asked you anything, Stechin? I'm talking to him now. So, please, would you mind?"
Agatov: "I don't feel offended. As far as I'm concerned, I feel honoured to fight along side people like you."
Stechin: "Alright now, you two love birds. We have the Grumbles in sight. Maybe, we can find you a room after we do this."
Nikolai: "Yeah, yeah, very funny, Stechin. I can see you haven't lost your 'sense of humor'."
"Maybe all of you can get a nice room later. But now I would like you to watch out for any intruders.", Grumble commander interfered.
Stechin: "Vasin, you old commie, is that you?"
Vasin: "No, this is his late aunt, Svetlana."
Stechin: "Hahaha. That actually made me laugh."
Vasin: "Now seriously, engineers will need about an hour more to set up that radar. Till than, you boys keep the sky safe."
Nikolai: "You heard the man. Lets do this."


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Um, I not getting a lot of feedback on this. So, what do you think people? Please, feel free to be brutally honest about it. I would like to know if it's any good.


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Raptors are getting worfed pretty hard out there. Looked like a clean bandit sweep, then somehow a Berkut makes it out of group 2 and a good man splashes down out of a deus ex machina.


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QUOTE (Serialkillerwhale @ 13 May 2015, 18:55) *
Raptors are getting worfed pretty hard out there. Looked like a clean bandit sweep, then somehow a Berkut makes it out of group 2 and a good man splashes down out of a deus ex machina.

Well one Berkut in group was shot down, but I forgot to mention that. The other one survived, because of agility. So, in the end you got 2 Berkuts down, one Russian pilot dead and one Raptor down, zero Americans dead. And the only reason that the other Berkuts made it, were those Grumbles. I was trying to emphasize on US air superiority lore and game-vise. If I continue to write this, that will be emphasised even more.


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Honestly. It wasn't the raptor that was the problem, According to Nikolai, who's probably an experienced pilot, the raptors were basically certain death. We don't see that, maybe a passing note about the damage taken to the other groups of berkuts after they scattered.

In short, it doesn't "Feel" like it was a suicide mission.


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It's not just about Raptors' quality. Berkut is also great. This wasn't supposed to be a suicide mission. The Russian intelligence didn't pass the information to Nikolais' squadron. They wouldn't even go against a jet which is, in the worst case, on par with theirs, plus with 3 : 1 odds in Raptors favour. And I'm sorry if the story is a bit messy. I'm a rookie. Just as I said, feedback is always welcomed, because I really wanna see is it worth it. So far, you seem to be the only one interested, otherwise you wouldn't know what's missing. And for that, I thank you. smile.gif


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The point isn't that. It's that the Berkuts were ostenably being "Kamikazes" if they went through with it. 3-1 odds and a 2-1 kill ratio doesn't exactly scream "We would have died if we stayed"

It seems more like Nikolai got cold feet than that he refused to be sent to his death. It's something in most war shows, where the "Hero" escaping sees his allies dropping around.

Possibly add some radio messages from the other groups, with them screaming or something as they got blown to bits, or possibly about their inability to eject.

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I could add some details. Berkuts started a routine mission, which turned out to be a suicide one. Kamikaze pilots went to their deaths willingly. It was even considered an honour. Berkut pilots didn't had the right information. US Air Force would have a numerical superiority. It wouldn't be enough for a Western-style airsuperiority over Russian airspace, but it would negate the Russian Air Force to act offensively. I could also add that the Americans found out about Russian plan to destroy that Pandora. They found out about the exact number of Russian aircraft involved, so they sent a squadron that would ensure the mission fails. And it did. The only reason why the kill ratio was 2 : 1 is Nikolais' correct judgement. Otherwise, they would have died. All of them. Also this is by no means a reality. It's supposed to be more lore-related.

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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART V

Berkuts were guarding the airspace over radar site. There was 26 of them. They split in 13 pairs and guarded some 15 km radius. Nikolai, Stechin and Agatov were trying to be funny, with the occasional Vasins bitching how boring and unoriginal they are. At one moment Nikolai thought about Korsakov. He was surprised how soon he got back in "normal". He was even afraid that this war will take away his basic human emotions. He thought how he lost a friend that same day and now, just a few hours later, he was telling jokes with a newbie he never met before. Vasin interrupted his thoughts: "We're almost done here. Just keep doin' what you're here for and we might make it alive from this shit."
"Look at from the bright side, Vasin. If something happens, you'll get a nice little reunion with you aunt Svetlana.", Stechin laughed.
Vasin: "Yeah, I'm laughin' my ass out on that one, SteNchin."
Nikolai: "Oh, Vasin, don't invoke memories of Stechins' high school nicknames. He becomes...uh... a bit upset."
"You know what? Fuck you both! I'm trying to ease the situation a bit, but you're just being jerks now.", Stechin switched his headset off.
"Stechin? Stechin? Oh, crap! He's acting like a PMS teenager. Someone, please, signal to Major Stechin that we need a constant communication. Captain Agatov, please give the order.", Nikolai was now upset.
"I would, Major, but given he's quite angry now, plus me being a lower-rank rookie, and his superior in this mission, means I'll probably get shot right from the sky, if I try to give the order.", Agatov replied.
While they were arguing, a huge explosion could be seen from were they were.
"What a fuck was that!? Was that a bunker-buster!?", Nikolai yelled.
"We... und... ack...", static was all they could hear.
Nikolai: "This is serious. Agatov, I'm taking over, if you don't mind."
Agatov: "Be my guest, Sir!"
Stechin saw the explosion as well: "What a hell was that?"
Nikolai: "Good. You're back. I think Vasin's in trouble."
Static was slowly turning into a human voice: "Do you read me? Volk2 to Strizhi5! Do you read me? I repeat, we're under attack!
Stechin: "That's Vasin! He's alive!"
Nikolai: "Not for long. Vasin! Can you hear me!? Vasin!?"
Vasin: "I hear you! We're under attack! Need help ASAP!"
Nikolai: "What was that? It didn't pass by us!"
Vasin: "I didn't see it. But it must be a Nighthawk! And it didn't pass by you, but, probably above you. We don't know where is it, or how many of them are there."
Nikolai: "Casualties? Did the engineers set up that Outpost?"
Vasin: "We lost Kulikovo1! But 3 other grumbles are ok. The radar's still not over. We need a few more minutes!"
Nikolai: "You have seconds! Maybe less. We don't see it!"
Stechin: "A few of us can try to find it."
Nikolai: "Ok. Agatov, you take 4 guys and go up. We'll try to guard the rest of the battery. If we can't find the damn thing, lets try to stop further attacks here."
Agatov complied and 5 Berkuts went to a higher altitude. Ten minutes later, Vasin confirmed the radar is on: "We don't see anything here. Son of a bitch is gone."
Nikolai: "At least they can't do this again. What about that replacement for Kulikovo1?"
Vasin: "It's on it's way here."
USAF raids were quite often at this point of war. Although not as successfull as they might have expected, but they did a harm to Russias war efforts. Having the best air defence system in the world against the best air force in the world was a game of nerves. Soon, Sokols were the only one capable of evading much of USA/ECA air defence assets. Still, it wasn't an easy task for Russian intelligence to keep track of those Italian Mobile Sensor Arrays. The war was turning into a bloody stalemate.

Nikolais' squadron was returning to base. There, they wrote a report for the Colonel. He was yelling, as always, because "they made all this happen, when they aborted the mission". Nikolai didn't try to argue. Stechin slightly nodded.
"You're dismissed!", Colonel yelled.
"Sir!", Nikolai and Stechin saluted and were about to go.
"Oh, there's just one more thing. Report for Major Alexeievs' Suvorov2 group, tomorrow at 5:00 AM."
"Yes, Sir!", they saluted again.
Stechin: "They're sending us to fly Sokols. Good. Maybe we'll make it through this war, after all."
Nikolai: "I don't know. We'll be getting a lot of more dangerous mission than."
Stechin: "Now wait a minute! What a hell is that suppose to mean? Where did this pussy Nikolai came from? And what did he do with my friend, who was ready to die for his country?"
Nikolai: "Oh, a 'pussy Nikolai', you say? I don't know who was in need of new underwear more, when those Raptors showed up? Care to explain, Major "Maverick" Stechin?
Stechin: "'Maverick'? Where did you pull that one from? Your grandmas' favorite movie?
Nikolai: "You never watched old movies? 'Top Gun'? Rings any bells? Oh, why am I even trying."
Stechin: "Ah, I see. Well, I'll go get some sleep now. But I'll check my, uh... Facebook profile, yes. Hahaha."
Nikolai: "You're hopeless. Facebook was good, back in the old days, you know."
Stechin: "Yeah, yeah. See ya tomorrow."
Stechin left. Nikolai was heading for his room. He was thinking about what happened that day. He couldn't sleep. Sometime, about 1:00 AM, he finally fell asleep.

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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART VI

Nikolai was in the hallway, waiting. A stunning blonde passed by smiling to him. He smiled back. It was 4:15 AM. Stechin opened the door of his room and got out. He was sleepy and all messy, still trying to buckle his belt.
"Well aren't you one fine example of a Russian pilot and officer?", Nikolai was being sarcastic.
Stechin: "Zip it, Niko!"
Nikolai: "Original, yeah."
Stechin: "No, really. Your pants zipper."
Nikolai: "Oh, shit! So that's why that Valentina chick smiled when she passed by. Crap!"
Stechin: "Yeah. You're pretty much screwed. I mean literally. That girl's crazy."
Nikolai: "What do you mean?"
Stechin: "I mean you should buy her a drink, genius."
Nikolai: "Oh, good. I thought you're gonna say she'll report me for sexual harassment or somethin'."
"Uh... yeah. You'll definitely get laid until this war ends.", now Stechin was being sarcastic.
Nikolai: "Alright, lets move. We have a meeting with Alexeievs' squadron."
While going to the dining room, they heard their names on the speakers.
"Oh, God, Colonel's crazy. I thought he said 5:00 AM. When are we supposed to eat?", Stechin complained.
They entered Colonel office. Major Alexeiev was drinking tea with him. It was quite unusual to see the Colonel calm.
"I suppose you already know who Major Alexeiev is.", he offered them a seat.
Stechin: "Haven't had a privilege in person, Sir."
"Major.", Alexeiev nodded.
Colonel: "Here's the thing, boys. From now on, you'll be assigned to Suvorov2 Special Bomber Squadron under the direct command of Major Alexeiev. I assume you already know what kind of aircraft they use, so I'll just let the Major to instruct you with all the details. Now if you'll excuse me, gentlemen, I have some business to take care of."
All three of the Majors stood up and saluted the Colonel while he was leaving.

Alexeiev: "I know that all this seems awkward to you, but I'll state my reasons. Now, since our squadron is in a dire need of experienced pilots, and both of you have flown Su-50s, I've requested that you be reassigned to Suvorov2."
Nikolai: "Why now? We've been here for the last three years."
Alexeiev: "Alright. Let me get this straight. The Colonel's an asshole, right? Right?"
Nikolai and Stechin nodded.
Alexeiev continued: "Since he's a careeristic prick, he will eventually send you to your deaths. He cares not for your lives, which is a waste for both you and the Motheland. Many guys like you have died in escort missions because he and those like him are protected by their connections with a certain General."
Stechin: "We know that. Why don't we go straight to the point."
Alexeiev: "Ok. I know what you did yesterday. We had a radio link, so we know everything that happened. You showed us that you can think outside of the box, and coordinate your actions. Especially you, Nikolai. That's exactly what we need for the types of missions we do."
Nikolai: "So what are types of missions you do?"
Alexeiev: "I can't tell you that right now. But I can do it tonight, when we get ready to go to Suvorov2 airbase."
Stechin: "You have your own airbase?"
Alexeiev: "Yes, we do. And a bar, a pool, a football field(soccer for the Yanks) and an "entertainment" area for the boys."
Nikolai: "Seriously? All of that and a fricken whorehouse? In the middle of an airbase, in the middle of a war?"
Alexeiev: "Well, not exactly in the middle. It's more a bit to the right of it. And it's not a whorehouse. It's where all the girls form the army go out."
Stechin: "No fucking way. Who do we have to kill for that?"
Alexeiev: "Like I said, not here. That's it, gentlemen. I expect you to be ready exactly at 7:00 PM. You're free to go."

Nikolai and Stechin left the Colonels' office and headed for the dining room.
Stechin: "So what do you think?"
Nikolai: "I don't know. All those things he mentioned; somehow it sounds that we'll have to do some serious shit."


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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART VII


Nikolai and Stechin were in a big conference room, repurposed for the staff and the pilots. Most of them watched an enormous TV screen, that served as a main information source of what was going home. News of US air raids had a significant effect on the morale. Some were afraid for their families, especially those from the northern coastal regions of Russia. Although not as destructive as expected, the raids took their share of toll on both military and civilian infrastructure. Civilian and military casualties were still rare, but that was mostly thanks to Russias' mighty VKO (Aerospace Defence Forces).

Nikolai and Stechin were arguing about the state in which military was after those nuclear bombings in France.
Nikolai: "I heard some guys talking about Suvorov2 air base this morning, after we left the Colonels' office. It seems we're being redeployed to western Germany. Probably Dortmund."
Stechin: "Dortmund!? Shit, but the Euros already took most of France. What are we supposed to do there? Run them over while tryin' to take off? Because that's what will happen. We don't have enough manpower to hold the damn region, after those sons of bitches used Pandoras."
Nikolai: "Yeah, but we'll be flyin' Sokols. The damn things are as fast as a Raptor, highly maneuverable and above all, stealthed."
Stechin: "You have a point there. But still, I think it's a mistake they're sendin' us so close, because if this shit doesn't get better, we'll be movin' back soon. And I hate moving."
Nikolai looks at his watch: "Time to move. It's 6:40 (PM). Did you pack your stuff?"
Stechin nodded.
Nikolai: "Good. Let's get 'em."
After taking their baggage, two men went to the runway. Major Alexeiev was already there. He was standing near the entrance to the control tower, taking a smoke.
They approached.
"I thought you said 7 o'clock, Major?",Stechin was being direct.
"Yes I did. And now it's 6:50. Or 6:52, to be precise. So, there's no problem. You two smoke?", Alexeiev responded, while offering them cigarettes.
They both declined.
Alexeiev: "An Mi-40 is being loaded as we speak."
Nikolai: "I have a feeling that I'm gonna loose my hearing until we get there. I mean, 7 hours in a Hunchback?"
Alexeiev: "No, it won't be 7 hours. More like, 2."
Stechin: "That's impossible. Unless you've put some Sukhois' engine in it."
Alexeiev: "Don't worry. I'll explain everything when we get there. Lets move. That Hunchback's waiting."
Major Alexeiev pointed them to a BMP.

Russian Air Force always kept their Helipads separated from the rest of an air base. A few Hinds and Hellions flew over them. They were nearing the Helipad. When the BMP stopped, three Majors got out. Alexeiev ordered the guards to open the gate. Pilot was standing in front of the metal monstrosity. He saluted them. Alexeiev saluted back without saying a word. They got onboard. A few minutes later the familiar, deafening sound of HBs' engine was becoming louder and louder. Soon, they were air-bourne.

For almost two hours, they sat in silence. Stechin looked through the small window. He could see a few lights here and there, but what caught his attention were the bright lights afar. The lights became clearer as they closed in. After a minute or two he saw it. He still couldn't believe, but it was it.
Nikolai was sitting on the other side, so he couldn't see it, but he knew Stechin well.
"What's wrong, Stechin?", he asked.
Stechin droped his headset and yelled: "You lied to us!?"
Alexeiev was calm.
Nikolai: "Hey, hey! What it is, man!?"
Stechin: "Come here, Niko, and see for yourself!"
Nikolai unbuckled and carefully approached Stechins' window. His face was changing. He could see a set of lit giant concrete fortifications and a bunch of well know flags standing next to Russian ones.
"You brought us here!? To Berlin!? To him!?", now Nikolai was yelling.
"Relax. Both of you. No-one's going to 'him'. We are just passing by. We'll be there soon.", Alexeiev was still calm.
"Passing by!? Since when do we have to pass by Berlin to get to Dortmund from Dresden!?", Nikolai asked again.
"Ok. Sit down, Major Shoigu. Put your headset back on, Stechin. Unless you want me to leave you right here. With 'him'.", Alexeiev was still calm, but determined.
They both complied unwillingly. Stechin could see they were moving further from Aleksandrs' citadel. Some 5 minutes later they landed on an airport. Nikolai saw three Sokols on the runway.
"Get out. Leave your stuff. Don't worry. They'll be waiting for you when we get to Dortmund.", Alexeiev gave the order.
Stechin: "What are we doing here?"
Alexeiev: "Just follow me."
They complied, and entered through the control tower doors. Elevator took them to the top. The control room was crowded with busy staff. Alexeiev entered the office near the elevator. A big touchscreen desk was in the middle.
Alexeiev: "Come in and close the door."
He turned the desk on, and a bunch of plans and routs appeared on the map.
Alexeiev continued: "Now, we all know what happened in France. But, there's also one more problem. Those Research Facilities don't make just Pandoras and Manticores. We have some information about this so-called 'Venom protocol' they started using. A few reports from Scandinavia say little, but we intercepted a few encrypted messages between some resistance groups and we're still not sure, but they're planning something big. The Yanks are very likely involved. So what we need to do is to try and destroy any Research Plant the Euros establish in new territories they got in France."
Nikolai: "Ok, I want to get those guys as well, but why here? Why haven't you told us about this in Dortmund?"
Alexeiev changed the map: "Here's Suvorov2, here's Strasbourg. Some 10 klicks SW of Strasbourg, I lost two of my guys trying to get to one of those Plants. Wotan took 'em out. They had a Sensor Array. We busted the Wotan, but only one Sokol, out of tree, made it back. I've ordered a satellite to search the area and we have 20 minutes to get there, before it leaves. Those MSAs are a pain in the ass. We need to secure the area before we try to destroy those Plants. And I can't afford to wait for a replacement of those Sokols, and these are a reserve. They can wait. So, you know the drill. Lets move."
After Nikolai and Stechin listened carefully they went to the hangar. All the gear was there. Alexeiev soon joined them.
They approached the Sokols. Nikolai looked at the big jet. A focal point of the Russian aviation, the jet was beautiful, streamlined and covered with high-tech material. They entered their cabines. Alexeiev gave the order. A deafening, whistling sound of the engines was heard, and they were launched to the sky.

Although both Stechin and Nikolai already flew a Su-50, it was still incredible to fly that much faster than in an already very fast Berkut.
They were closing to the old French-German border.

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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART VIII

Three speedy Sokols were flying over western Germany. The Majors were discussing the final details of the plan. Stechin was chosen to attack the Mobile Sensor Array and to draw Wotans' initial fire from Nikolai and Alexeiev, and then Nikolai would destroy the Wotan. Alexeievs' part was to proceed to the Research Plant and destroy it, while Nikolai and Stechin would fire their remaining missiles incase that Alexeievs' missiles weren't enough, which was very likely, since the ECA heavily fortified the Plants due to their importance.

Alexeiev: "We are 100 klicks from that MSA and about 130 from the Wotan. The Plant is about 200 klicks from where we are now. You have your tasks. Lets try to get back home in one piece."
Stechin and Nikolai agreed and proceeded with Alexeievs' instructions.
Stechin started speeding up. Nikolai and Alexeiev followed closely behind. Since the MSA was more SW than the Wotan, Stechin split from the group. The other two Majors proceeded in the same direction, since the Plant was some 70 km behind the Wotan.
Stechin was about to get the advanced targeting data from the Surveillance satellite, when an imminent detection alarm went off. He had less than a minute before Wotan would start firing. Sokols' speed was a life-saver in this situation. When Wotan got the data from the MSA, Stechin started feeling what was it to be cooked to your death. Luckily, the plan was still under way and this was already anticipated. After some initial damage, Stechin fired two missiles on the MSA, and just seconds later Nikolai fired his on the Wotan. MSA was destroyed with one salvo, but the Wotan was tougher. The Wotan was still targeting Stechin, when Nikolai fired his second salvo, and Stechin was finally ok, although significantly damaged. Alexeiev was already moving to the Plant, according to the plan.
Alexeiev: "Good job so far. Are you ok, Stechin?"
"I'd feel wonderful if someone could assure me that I'm never gonna do this again!", Stechin was barely breathing, after extinguishing a bunch of small fires in his cockpit.
"Good. You'll be fine. Now both of you follow me. That Plant is finally at our mercy. We ...", Alexeiev stopped talking when two Gepards appeared on his radar.
Nikolai: "What's wrong, Major?"
Alexeiev: "Gepards. Two of them. You're about to see them."
Stechin: "Oh, shit! You two should move faster and fire the payload. I'll do it a few moments later, because if they fire on me first, I'm dead. I can't take anymore damage."
Alexeiev: "You're right. Nikolai, lets move!"
Nikolai complied. After he caught up with Alexeiev, they both accelerated, while Stechin followed behind.
Alexeiev: "On my mark. Lock is on."
Nikolai: "Affirmative!"
Alexeiev: "Fire when ready."
Two salvos of Sokols' missiles rained down on the Research Plant. Soon, both Nikolai and Alexeiev were exposed to bursts of autocanon fire. They both suffered damage, but still managed to maneuver and avoided some of it. In the same time, Stechin appeared and fired his salvo. A heavily damaged building now laid in ruins. Just when Alexeievs' and Nikolais' Sokols stealthed back on, both Gepards turned their attention to Stechin. He started going up, so some shells missed, but many of them hit the already damaged jet. In the very last moment Stechin stealthed back as well, but he was barely holding together. Nikolai and Alexeiev slowed down and kept the formation with Stechin.
"Are you ok?", Alexeiev asked.
"Please, stop asking me that.", Stechin was nervous.
"Alright, good job! We'll be landing in Dortmund.", Alexeiev added.
"Thank God. We made it. Hang in there, Stechin! We might get through this shit after all.", Nikolai interfered.
"Yeah, it's easy for you to say it. You weren't the one to be cooked and grinded to your death.", Stechin was still very upset.
Nikolai didn't tried to argue. He was glad to see his old friend still alive and in one piece.
They were closing in to the base.
Alexeiev: "There it is! You see it. That will be your home. That's the Suvorov2!"


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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART IX

Suvorov2 was a real mess. Once, a very secure air base far behind the frontlines, now it became a target of increasingly often US/ECA raids. Raptors, Harriers, Nighthawks and Hunter Killers were preying the air base and, much more often the nearby major land military base "Yuri Dolgorukiy". Housing facilities filled with Kodiak, BMPs, Mstas and non other than Sentinels, the base was a very tempting target for American bombing runs. That made the Suvorov2 less of an attack priority, but they were hardly seen as irrelevant.

A repurposed Mi 26 was transporting a bunch of wounded when Stechin, Alexeiev and Nikolai landed. Stechin had a few minor burns, so he went to the emergency room. Kind of things you can see there in a time of large-scale military operations is not something you can forget. Nikolai accompanied Stechin, while Alexeiev returned to his office in the tower.
Stechin: "Damn, just look at these poor bastards. What a hell am I doin' here!? I got a few sunburns! They lost body parts, for Christs' sake!"
Nikolai: "Keep quiet. You have a few serious burns."
They finally got to the doctor. Stechin got a few prescribed drugs and a nice brunette nurse to put him some bandages, although his first thoughts had more to do with bondage when he saw the beautiful girl. Than they went to Alexeievs' office.

Nikolai: "Shit, that girl's smokin' hot. I'm goin' for the Wotan first, next time. You hear me?"
Stechin: "Yeah. She's a real bomb. Did you see those guys? So young. Such a shame. I have a feeling that we got so lucky to be pilots. They're the ones doing the real job."
Nikolai: "Bullshit! We just busted a Pandora-poppin' facility. That's way more than any of them could do. How many soldiers we saved by destroying it? Lighten up a bit, will ya!"
Stechin nodded silently.
Nikolai: "So, what's the name of the nurse?"
Stechin: "Elena. You'll never guess where she comes from."
Nikolai: "That makes her even hotter. Wait. No way! She's from Ryazan? No! That's not possible."
Stechin: "She lives just a few blocks from me. What a small world. Too bad that I had to go to this fuckin' war to meet a girl livin' in my city."
Nikolai: "Fuck it. That's how life works. Ok, enough whinin'. Lets move, Alexeiev is waiting."
When they entered Alexeievs' office, he was going through a bunch of plans on "the battle desk".
Alexeiev: "How bad was it, Stechin?"
Stechin: "I got a few burns, but nothing serious. I'm ready for the next mission."
Alexeiev: "Good. We'll need you. A new mission will be under way in a week. We have intelligence reports of new possible targets in eastern France. The Euros are setting a bunch of new bases, and the Yanks are providin' air support."
Nikolai: "What are we supposed to do about air superiority? Isn't that Berkuts' job?"
Alexeiev: "Yes it is, but they won't be flyin' with us."
Nikolai: "Than how we're gonna do it?"
Alexeiev: "One word. Grumbles."
Stechin: "Grumbles? No disrespect or anythin', but I have to ask - are you completely out of your mind?"
Alexeiev: "Funny. The guys from VKO had a completely same reaction. What's so wrong with the plan?"
Nikolai: "You still haven't told us what is the plan."
Alexeiev: "We'll be usin' Grumbles offensively."
Nikolai: "No wonder that VKO won't do it."
Alexeiev: "Who says they won't do it? They already accepted."
Stechin: "How? They must be crazy."
Alexeiev: "Will you two, please shut a fuck up for a second!? God!"
Nikolai: "Ok, ok. Sorry. Tell us the plan."
Alexeiev: "Listen carefully and, for the love of God, do not interrupt me!
I already contacted the 'Yuri Dolgorukiy' officers. They have a major land operation in the region. A Grumble battery will be right behind them. As for stealth detection, we'll have a bunch of conscripts on the ground. So, don't worry 'bout those Hawks. We'll have a secure com-link with mission 'Dolgorukiy' commander. Certain Colonel Pogosyan. Other details will be disclosed to you in a few more days. You're free to go."
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I'd like to see more parts of this.
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QUOTE (LoneRebel @ 3 Sep 2015, 21:29) *
I'd like to see more parts of this.

You will, but I can't promise anything. My inspiration can come any time, but mostly during my night shifts. BTW, thanks. I'm glad you like it. smile.gif Do you have some suggestions or ideas? Also, feel free to say what you don't like or what would you change?

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QUOTE (3rdShockArmy @ 4 Sep 2015, 3:56) *
You will, but I can't promise anything. My inspiration can come any time, but mostly during my night shifts. BTW, thanks. I'm glad you like it. smile.gif Do you have some suggestions or ideas? Also, feel free to say what you don't like or what would you change?


I say just continue what you're doing. You're at the point in the war where the US has joined and the Europeans are counterattacking. If I remember correctly you mentioned at one point that the ECA forces have already reached the former Franco-German border. From there they will enter Germany and eventually reach occupied Berlin, where Aleksandr is preparing for a last stand of massive proportions (if I remember my lore correctly). We don't know what canonically happens from then on, since it hasn't been revealed yet as far as I know. But between the current point in the story and the liberation of Berlin, there would still be a lot of space for you to write more parts.

I was thinking maybe explore events happening in other parts of the world? But that would be beyond the context of this story since your characters are soldiers on the front line of the Europe war, they have no reason to know about what's happening elsewhere. Unless Shoigu gets reassigned to the home front to help defend against US air raids (IIRC Russian cities like Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg are being bombed by US B-2s. And then China-Russia relations are getting worse and China is building up its forces along the border. And presumably the GLA is just watching and enjoying the sight of the superpowers killing each other.)

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At one point I was thinking of sending Nikolai and Stechin to Arkhangelsk or Murmansk and although both cities are technicaly in Europe, I still think that Russia is continent for itself. There's plenty of potentially more interesting places in Western and Central Europe, because they are the battleground currently. And yes, I was thinking of showing the entire chaos all the way to Berlin, but I won't be going any further until an official story update comes. I would like for this to be atleast somewhat cannon.


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At one point I was thinking of sending Nikolai and Stechin to Arkhangelsk or Murmansk and although both cities are technicaly in Europe, I still think that Russia is continent for itself. There's plenty of potentially more interesting places in Western and Central Europe, because they are the battleground currently. And yes, I was thinking of showing the entire chaos all the way to Berlin, but I won't be going any further until an official story update comes. I would like for this to be atleast somewhat cannon.


Ah yes, Murmansk, that was one of the Russian cities that was mentioned in the story update as being bombed by B-2s. Your plan for the story sounds good. One thing I forgot to mention, you've written in your story that your characters have shot down Eurocopter Tigers and Harriers as those are the air units that ECA can build in-game, however, the ECA also uses Eurofighter Typhoons. Albeit, if I remember correctly, they use them sparingly because most European air forces were destroyed by Russian bombing raids on European airfields in the first few hours/days of the war. In-game Typhoons are used only for the Bomblet Strike, but story-wise they could have many other functions. And of course there are Victor and Vulcan bombers as well, which deliver the ECA generals powers. You might be able to fit those in the story.
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Yeah. I could do that. I admit avoiding to use Eurofighter, simply because it's a GP unit. Not sure if I could use it in air-to-air scenario (it's multirole in RL). Maybe put it in a situation where a Berkut intercepts it's bomblet strike, although that's not possible game-wise. There were some contradictory stuff in the lore (contradictory to game), including units not present in-game, like BTR. Shouldn't be a problem. I'll look into it more closely. I'm a bit busy now, but I have a few solid ideas for a new part. Anyway, thanks again for the feedback. smile.gif


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Story of Major Nikolai Shoigu
PART X

Nikolai and Stechin were going through hell that week. Constant radar alarms made it impossible to sleep. They were increasingly nervous and had problems focusing on their daily routines. Everyone else seemed to be doing ok.
Nikolai and Stechin were in the hangar.
Nikolai: "I guess we'll get used to it... eventually."
"Huh... Yeah, yeah, I'll do it!", Stechin suddenly woke up.
Nikolai: "Hey, hey! No sleeping! What kind of example we're giving to the soldiers?"
Stechin: "Ok, ok! Stop shouting! I'm sick of those damn sirens already enough. What were you saying?"
Nikolai: "I said - we'll get used to it."
Stechin: "Get used to what?"
Nikolai: "To all this! Damn! You're really out of touch, you know. You should take an aspirin or at least a cup of coffee or somethin'."
Stechin: "Ok, Mom. Whatever you say. Damn Alexeiev and his "entertainment for the boys" in the middle of a frickin' airbase."
"How many times I have to tell you? It's not in the middle.", Alexeiev appeared out of nowhere.
Nikolai: "Stechin is a 'real' Russian. A couple of shots of vodka and he's done. Hangover for the next ten days."
Stechin: "Yeah, yeah. Very funny. Alex, please, for the love of God, could we tone down those damn sirens just a bit?"
Alexeiev: "No, wo can't. Our lives are more important than your hangover. And I would appreciate if we could keep it formal. At least in front of the troops."
Stechin: "Ok, sorry Major."
Nikolai: "You wanted to see us, Alexeiev?"
"Yes, we have some things to discuss about.", he responded.
Nikolai: "You want us to come to the office?"
Alexeiev: "Yes. You two head there now. I'll be there in 5, I just have to run a security check."
Nikolai and Stechin went towards the control tower.
"Oh Alex dear, please, could you tone down those sirens just itsy- bitsy (wink wink)? Oh, Alex dear, you know what? We could have a nice little chat latter in my room (wink wink). Faggot!", Nikolai ridiculed Stechin.
Stechin: "I didn't say... Fuck you."
Nikolai: "Ok, ok. Lets just go to the office. (cough) Faggot (cough).
Stechin sighed.

Alexeiev finished the security check. He headed for the office immediately. The two Majors were going through the plans on the battle-desk.
"You're ain't wastin' your time, I can see.", he entered the office.
"These plans are quite good. Did you do all this by yourself?", Nikolai asked.
"Myself? Of course not. An entire team from here and 'Yuri Dolgorukiy' participated. We'll need a good coordination of all assets, both in air and on ground in order for it to work. Anyway, that's not why I invited you. Sit here."
Majors complied.
Stechin: "Major, I really apologize for my behavior in the hangar, I really..."
"Hey, don't worry about it.", Alexeiev interrupted him.
He continued: "You two were great in that last mission. And we didn't get a chance to celebrate properly. I just happen to have a bottle of the best 'Russian Standard Imperia' vodka."
Nikolai and Stechin were just staring.
"What? What's wrong? You think I can't act as a human? Come on. Just a few drinks.", he was trying to convince them.
"Ok. But we're in the office. What if someone...", Stechin tried to sound worried.
"And do what? Report us? To who? Back to me?",Alexeiev interrupted him again.
Nikolai still just looked at Alexeiev, while he was putting three glasses at the table.
"What it is it, Niko?", Alexeiev asked while pouring the crystal clear ethanol-water mix in equally crystal glasses.
"Nothing. Just didn't expect this. But ok. Fine. Lets have a drink.", he responded, still with a dose of suspicion.
"Ok. Lets have a toast. For the oncoming mission and success of the Motherland!", Alexeiev pronounced loudly.
"For the Motherland!", they shouted.

Drinking went on. Alexeiev already took 3 shots, while the two Majors drank carefully, still not being sure what was going on.
Alexeiev took 2 shots more before they all started loosing up.
Soon, even Nikolai took a few fast shots. Only 15-20 minutes later, the staff in the tower could hear them singing and laughing loudly.

"Ex... excuse me for a moment, guys. I need... I need to take a piss, haha!", Alexeiev could barely speak.
The two Majors laughed, when Nikolai noticed Alexeiev droped his wallet just before entering the toilet. Stechin saw it as well, so he stood, picked it up and putt it on the table. A few minutes passed and Alexeiev was still in the bathroom. Stechin was looking at the wallet. At one moment, he reached the wallet and took it.
"What a hell are you doin'? Put that back!", Nikolai protested.
Stechin: "Keep it down! He could hear us. It's not like I'm gonna steal anything. Just curious."

Stechin saw a small family photo, a few credit cards and a strange ID which had an inscription:

"Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
(Russian: Гла́вное
разве́дывательное управле́ние
Генера́льного шта́ба
Вооружённых Сил Росси́йской
Федера́ции)"

"Colonel Yuri Alexeiev"

"Holy shit! Alexeiev is fricken GRU!", Stechin panicked dropping the wallet.
"Pick it up, he could get in any moment!", Nikolai looked around only to see Alexeiev leaned on the toilet wall with his hands in pockets, smiling mildly.

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