Hello?… Uh… Hello, uh hello Schadenfreude.net Reader? Listen uh uh I can’t hear too well. Do you suppose you could turn the music down just a little?

strangelove… Oh-ho, that’s much better… yeah… huh… yes… Fine, I can hear you now, Schadenfreude.net Reader… Clear and plain and coming through fine… I’m coming through fine, too, eh?… Good, then… well, then, as you say, we’re both coming through fine… Good… Well, it’s good that you’re fine and… and I’m fine… I agree with you, it’s great to be fine… a-ha-ha-ha-ha… Now then, Schadenfreude.net Reader, you know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Bomb… The *Bomb*, Schadenfreude.net Reader… The *hydrogen* bomb!… Well now, what happened is… ahm… one of our base commanders, he had a sort of… well, he went a little funny in the head… you know… just a little… funny. And, ah… he went and did a silly thing… Well, I’ll tell you what he did. He ordered his planes… to attack your country… Ah… Well, let me finish, Schadenfreude.net Reader… Let me finish, Schadenfreude.net Reader… Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?… Can you *imagine* how I feel about it, Schadenfreude.net Reader?… Why do you think I’m calling you? Just to say hello?… *Of course* I like to speak to you!… *Of course* I like to say hello!… Not now, but anytime, Schadenfreude.net Reader. I’m just calling up to tell you something terrible has happened… It’s a *friendly* call. Of course it’s a friendly call… Listen, if it wasn’t friendly… you probably wouldn’t have even got it… They will *not* reach their targets for at least another hour… I am… I am positive, Schadenfreude.net Reader… Listen, I’ve been all over this with your ambassador. It is not a trick… Well, I’ll tell you. We’d like to give your air staff a complete run-down on the targets, the flight plans, and the defensive systems of the planes… Yes! I mean i-i-i-if we’re unable to recall the planes, then… I’d say that, ah… well, ah… we’re just gonna have to help you destroy them, Schadenfreude.net Reader… I know they’re our boys… All right, well listen now. Who should we call?… *Who* should we call, Schadenfreude.net Reader? The… wha-whe, the People… you, sorry, you faded away there… The People’s Central Air Defense Headquarters… Where is that, Schadenfreude.net Reader?… In Omsk… Right… Yes… Oh, you’ll call them first, will you?… Uh-huh… Listen, do you happen to have the phone number on you, Schadenfreude.net Reader?… Whe-ah, what? I see, just ask for Omsk information… Ah-ah-eh-uhm-hm… I’m sorry, too, Schadenfreude.net Reader… I’m very sorry… *All right*, you’re sorrier than I am, but I am as sorry as well… I am as sorry as you are, Schadenfreude.net Reader! Don’t say that you’re more sorry than I am, because I’m capable of being just as sorry as you are… So we’re both sorry, all right?… All right.

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