Commence The Mission, They Said by Alan Svejk

Welcome to the next part of “The Diary of Denisa: Female MIlitary Elite” series!

I firmly believe that the end of previous part was a nice surprise for you, and you are enjoying it! You see, it was my long author´s dream, to make some interesting sci-fi work! And today, I can fulfill this dream!

Believe me, that this part will be also very, very surprising… I really liked making it!

Now, where were we? The Corporation made a serious announcement to the world, but the event continues, and a live broadcast is established…

On the TV, two persons emerged. The President and Minister of Defense.

“Hallo, Mister President. Hallo, mister Minister,” Karolina greeted them. “Welcome to our live broadcast!”

“Pleasure is ours, Mrs. Rubesova,” the President replied with dignity.

“Could you please brief us about the current situation in the higher places?”

“We officially announce, that we took control of the Facility, where the device is stored, today, at exactly this moment. So the device is now under direct Military supervision and no misusing is possible.

United Nations were informed of the current development, and we are expecting their envoy to arrive as soon as possible, to provide international supervision of the Facility.”

“How is the Facility secured? Can we be sure, that no accident will happen?” Karolina was interested.

“You can be absolutely sure,” the Minister replied decisively. “The Device is well protected, not only physically, by our Military forces, but also the information network of the facility is completely disconnected from the Internet, and it was never connected. There are no sockets on the computers, so nobody can attach any USB flash disks, removable drives, or any other means of compromising the security of the data.

There is no single person, who could build another device, and there is no single and complete blueprint. There is also a multi-stage secure logging procedure into the system, and to start the device, the physical presence of eight highly ranked public personalities is necessary. The first is the President, number one. I am number two. The composition of the rest of the group is classified.”

“That sounds good! And how do you plan to use the device?”

“Firstly, there will be an international committee established, where every world country will have their deputy. This committee will discuss further use of the device, only to be beneficial to the mankind. It is our invention, but the world has the right to control and influence the future, which was brought to us with this innovation.

Secondly, there is one single rule to use the device: under absolutely no circumstances it will be misused for manipulating the past. What happened, it happened, and we have no right to alter it. We will hear no requests or pleas, no matter how many lives could be saved. This Device and the Facility is out of our national jurisdiction, and the property, where it is built, has special legal regime.

The only operations allowed with the device are Intelligence missions, to gather information from the past, so for example unpunished crimes can be prosecuted and concluded. If these missions will take place on our territory, there will be no need of approval of UN needed. But anything else must be only an internationally approved operation.”

“Can you tell us, how the Device works?”

“The exact details are classified, but I can tell you one thing. To navigate the device into the proper time windows, we use the radio transmissions from the past. It means, that present utilizability of the Device is limited to the year of circa 1940, and we can´t visit the future. Only the times when certain radio emissions were sent, and we have them saved and available.”

“And is it safe, to travel through time? Can the past be influenced, let´s say involuntarily?”

“It is perfectly safe and it is not possible, deliberately or accidentally, to alter the past. But a scientist will explain this to you better.”

“We just heard a lot of important information,” Karolina turned to the crowd. “But the most key news are coming right here! As the mister Minister said, we need no approval of using the device for any Intelligence mission in our national territory. And there is one such mission prepared right now, to show the world, that this invention is the reality!

In other words, today, we will send the first exploring team of time-travellers, and they will bring us the direct, live transmission of their adventure!

It is amazing, isn´t it? We will see their unique action, lively!”

The crows was keen. “Let´s do it!”

“OK, so Mr. President, as the highest commander of our Military, I ask you publicly: do you approve this operation?”

“Yes, I do! The operation has the green light.”

“Great! So, please connect us with the Facility, where the mission is prepared! And maybe we will be able to talk to somebody important there!”

On the TV, a scientist in a white coat appeared. “Hello, team! Hello, world!” he shouted.

“Greetings, Mr. Scientist! We are eager to know more about the Facility, and the Device. So what unclassified information do you have for us?”

“The Facility is completely power-sufficient, so the public will not suffer with any electricity shortages, when we will start the Device,” the scientist joked. “And it is much simpler machine, that you would expect!”

“Was the time travelling tested yet?”

“In limited ways, yes, to make sure it is completely safe. Our system doesn´t send a person or thing to the past directly, but sends a modified copy of it. So no physical harm is possible. Our sensors only accept physical data and transmit them. So you can consider the time travel as visiting a virtual reality gaming hall. Perfectly safe for the person and for the past.

This copy can be deactivated simply by switching off the Device. The projected person or a thing simply disappears, and the natural order is restored. Nothing remains in the past.”

“OK, but how can our operatives to search for Intelligence clues? For example, if they will need to open a book?”

“They have special scanners equipped, able to read through books for example, without any need of manipulating them. But maybe in some future version of the Device we will figure out, how to remove this limitation. However, any new version will be under supervision of the world. The present device brings no legal problems at all, so we are glad,” the scientist smiled.

“You are absolutely right! Sooner or later, the lawyers will come and the poor Device will have difficult life! But today, they are still home, passively watching, as the rest of us. So can you connect us with the recon team, prepared to be sent to the past and transmit us that ultimate travelling experience?”

“Here you go! But please, be nice to her! She is our Asset! The future of the Science is in her hands!” the scientist said goodbye.

And there was Denisa! But you wouldn´t recognize her. She had another hair color and hair cut, special makeup and several wires connected to her temples.

“Hallo, time traveller! Can you introduce, please?”

“Greeting to all of you! But please, call me just Operative. This is a secret mission, you know!” Denisa smiled.

“Of course! My apologies! But you can tell us, what are the mission tasks, can´t you? So we can know, what will be happening on the screen, and where you are heading.”

“Well, here is the situation. After finding the famous Stechovice treasure, we discovered some key documents, that can be used to solve some mysteries of the past, particularly from the year of 1945, when the war was ending and there was many unlucky incidents.

Our mission today has two phases: first, we will personally visit a place, where one such incident happened, on 8th of May 1945. We will gather all possible Intelligence there, and then, our team will split: two of us will proceed further, and follow this individual, to find an identity of this person, or culprit, to be exact. Rest of the team will move yet back in time, to find key documents about the identity of this particular person, so we will have firm proofs to charge this individual, if he is still alive.

In any case, we will find the name, and let´s hope, that one crime from that sad distant times will be resolved, and many souls will be finally able to rest in peace. They were waiting for their justice for 70 years.”

“That sounds courageous! How do you feel?”

“I am well prepared. We trained for this, and we are fully covered, protected and motivated. The higher places will supervise, and the world too, so you will be able to see, that our steps in the past will be only passive and lawful. We won´t influence that past in any way. Don´t ask us to go and save your relatives or tell them that you love them. It is the basic rule, and it can´t be ever breached.”

“We are glad to hear how carefully is everything mastered. Well, good luck to you, Operative!”

“Thanks! Wish us luck. We are starting in fifteen minutes. See you in the distant time…” Denisa said goodbye and the TV got dark.

“This is the evening, do you agree, team? I am so proud, that this Device is a creation of our Corporation!”

After connecting again, the viewers could only hear a female breath. At first, it was fast and shallow, but gradually slowed down, as the Operative calmed.

“Establishing visual connection… Wait…”

Later, a known sounds of a city and distant gunfire were heard, as her external microphones were activated.

And then – a picture emerged!

She was in Prague, and it was 1945. Heavy fighting and barricades everywhere. The Prague Uprising was at its peak, and the defenses were crumbling against the enemy, desperate to break through, to get to the West.

She proceed quickly, speechless and with certainty. It was just several blocks from here, the “Masaryk Train Station”, where the crime should soon happen.

The local people reacted to the team differently. Some asked questions, some gave directions, warned of enemy, or just asked for assistance. But the team had no authorization to interact or help.

But her breath was still there, and maybe even her heartbeat. It was a completely hypnotizing experience for everybody watching! She seemed so fragile and feminine… but still, she was the Operative of the Military Counterintelligence, tasked with the dangerous mission. This contradiction was even sensual…

In that time, when the world was watching with tension and captivated, Denisa was lying in her bed in that highly classified military Facility, trying to sleep. Of course, that the whole transmission was pre-recorded and computer generated. It was an unprecedented PSYOP, after all.

But her part was yet not finished. After the mission, she will talk with many politicians and businessmen of the world, to negotiate a good stance for the Corporation, so the company will grow and accept many contributions and gratitudes, to become the most powerful Corporation of the world – this was the plan. And the state will get stronger too…

She was lying in bed, and watched the concrete ceiling above her. Suddenly, a thought about her ex-boyfriend came, and she felt strong discomfort and wave of sadness and shame. But she allowed that, to change her thoughts from all that PSYOP professional charade and Corporation, it occupied her mind for too long already.

What happened that time? Their mutual relationship seemed so fine, until that young female fashion blogger approached him, asked him to make a few professional photos for her… and in the end, a new couple emerged, and he left Denisa, as he was fully caught into the nets of that another woman.

It was a present trend, that this class of female fashion bloggers had a custom to have a boyfriend, who was their closest collaborator, colleague and photographer in one person. These couples spent much time together, both working and romancing, so the connection was extremely deep…

But it was good, because thinking of all that, Denisa was finally asleep and losing her consciousness, ready for the well deserved sleep…

It was a minute after midnight, and she was leaving this world, to enjoy her rest… but suddenly, something strange come into her mind, a sound of distant gunfire…

She thought, that this is just a memory of that recorded historical session, but she opened her eyes and lifted her head from the pillow anyway, distracted.

She was awoken immediately. It was not a dream! There was a real shooting on the surface, above her!

So it happened! It was always a possibility, that a foreign power will try anything to get their hands on the Device!

Denisa got out of the bed, and her moves became swift. They had precise emergency procedures prepared. So she took a combat military uniform from the wardrobe.

Somebody knocked the door. A fully armed female Army captain entered into the room. “Wake up, girl. The war just begun! Get dressed. Procedure Beige is in effect.”

“I know,” Denisa replied.

In the command center, on the floor up, it could be clearly heard vicious gunfire, automatic cannons, explosions of grenades and RPGs.

“Cannon turrets five and six are down,” the communications officer reported. “Multiple targets. They are everywhere around us. They use some EMP projectiles, to disrupt our automated defenses.”

“Call the artillery support immediately! We need to clear the northern tree line from the enemies,” the commander of the facility asked.

“Negative, sir. I hear only static. Our comms are completely cut off!”

Everybody in the room knew, that the enemy made sure they will not be able to use any support, and he will be able to force them to destroy the Device by self-destruction sequence.

“You all know the rules! As soon as a first intruder comes to fifty meters from the Facility, we have to launch the emergency procedures.”

“It´s your call, sir. The system is fully functional and ready. The charges are all online,” the comms officer said coldly. After all, it was the property of Corporation, not the Military.

“Send everybody upstairs, to man the defenses. The rest will prepare to abandon the Facility. You, Asset – you come with us.”

“As ordered, sir,” Denisa acknowledged.

“What the hell did we think? That they will leave us alone with this toy?” the commander said angrily, and Denisa agreed.

Several minutes later, the enemy was already at the Facility entrance, blasting high-powered charges, to force the way inside the underground complex.

The rest of defenders activated self-destructing sequence, with timer set to ten minutes, and quickly went through the long tunnel, to the emergency exit to the surface.

“Check the situation upstairs, lieutenant,” the commander asked.

But the situation was bad – the enemy somehow found out the location of the emergency exit, and prepared an ambush there, as they could see on a camera outside.

And the enemies were already inside the bunker too. The exfiltrating team could already hear the distant shouts and commands in foreign language. But the floor with the Device was fully sealed, and the enemy still needed a time to breach it.

“We are trapped, people! And you all know what the Procedure Beige says. To prevent enemy from seizing the Device, under all conditions.”

In that moment, further professional career of Denisa was strongly endangered…

“Or we could enter the Device, and escape,” Denisa said suddenly.

“How do you mean that?” the commander wondered at such strange suggestion.

“The Device is real. We can escape by activating it, and setting the time one day ago. The system allows that, in the case of such emergency. We still have several minutes before the blast!”

“So this all was not a complete charade, you want to say?”

“Not completely. The Device is real. The Corporation just wanted to gain the most possible advantages. So they made this colorful tale.”

“Wait… but you mean a physical transmission, not virtual? It would mean, that we will alter the past, to prevent all this to happen? It would be against direct orders from the high command, not to interfere with the past events!”

“It is our only choice now! And let´s call this higher interest! Orders are one thing – the practice and the future of our country is another! Our mission, as the Military, is to preserve our state and its basic values using any means possible!

If we would just end here, wasted, we wouldn´t help to achieve this goal. Let´s do it – we will be judged in some other time. But we will fulfill our pledge to the homeland!”

“OK… let´s go!” the commander ordered without hesitation.

They returned to the hall, where the Device was built. It was an impressive invention. But even all that well trained soldiers were scared! It was never tested, to send a human being through the time displacement machine!

“Who will go first?” the commander asked the group. Nobody wanted to enter the strange and scary Device!

“I will go,” Denisa volunteered.

“No, not you! You know more than us, you always knew more! You can´t be trusted!” the commander denied such suggestion.

But Denisa already entered the Device, and activated it from the inside. Nobody stopped her.

“Just push the code 47381 on the keyboard, and wait five seconds. Everything is automatic,” she instructed them.

The Device started to glow, and the power input was increasing.

And then – she simply disappeared.

“Now you, lieutenant,” the commander ordered.

The comms officer entered inside, and pushed the buttons. But nothing happened!

They realized too late, that they were fooled by her. She had her own orders.

The blast came in seconds and erased everything, everybody…

Except Denisa.

She was already at some other time, some other place…

How will she use this ultimate advantage?

(Continuation soon: “When She Was Still Not Born”)

Alan Svejk

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