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Post  sans nom Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:33 pm

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Kaufmann heard the whump of the door thudding shut, and the sound of hurried footsteps and German oaths on the stairs reassured him that Mittelstaedt was following him, or rather following his candle.

"Shut up," he said preemptively. "I need to think!"

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Post  outis Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:46 pm

"What the hell was that?" Mittelstaedt burst out. "You saw his back. He's a deserter! What is there to think about?"
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Post  sans nom Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:02 pm

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"I know that, damn it! I'm not blind!" Kaufmann set the candle down on the table and began pacing the little room. "But I told you before. It's something an officer needs to deal with. Not soldiers like you and me."

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Post  outis Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:57 pm

"Officers?" cried Mittelstaedt in disgust, "Aye, maybe, for a lad what's just done a runner, but turncoats?"
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Post  sans nom Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:08 pm

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"I don't like it any more than you do!" Kaufmann retorted. He stopped pacing long enough to open the window shutter. The sky was still dark, but there was blue in it. "When it gets to morning, we can go and find someone to sort this thing out."

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Post  outis Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:43 pm

"Who? The Spanish? You think they're going to give a damn about some English deserter?"
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Post  sans nom Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:46 pm

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"Well what do you want to do? Go up there and run your bayonet through him right now?"

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Post  outis Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:50 pm

"Well..." Mittelstaedt faltered, caught off guard by the directness of the question, but finally retorted defensively, "Yeah."
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Post  sans nom Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:01 pm

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"Well I don't like it." Kaufmann did not know how to explain his feelings on the matter, but for some reason it did not seem right. "On the battlefield, of course we'd kill him. And if we were back with the company, yeah, I'd be glad to see him get what he deserves. But he's a prisoner - he's not even our prisoner, and..." Here he faltered. "Well we protected the prisoners against that rabble, didn't we? It's how I got my arm broken. We'll be no better than that mob if we just go killing the ones we don't like." This triumphant piece of logic had come to him in sudden inspiration, and so he accompanied it with a smug grimace.

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Post  outis Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:15 pm

"Oh, aye? And he wouldn't be a prisoner if he were back at camp? How'd that be any different than now?"
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Post  sans nom Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:16 pm

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Kaufmann scowled again. "Because an officer would decide!"

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Post  outis Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:04 pm

"So you're going to do nothing?"
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Post  sans nom Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:11 pm

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"I didn't say that! I said when it gets lighter, I'll go and find an officer. Maybe there's an English officer at the hospital, someone wounded and left behind. Or they must have left someone in charge?" He looked at Mittelstaedt questioningly, though it wasn't likely he would know anything.

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Post  outis Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:16 pm

"How would I know?" grumbled Mittelstaedt, "It was all I could do to keep the hell away from any officers."
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Post  sans nom Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:23 pm

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Kaufmann snorted in what nearly amounted to a laugh. Yes, that was Mittelstaedt through and through. "Well there's bound to be someone. And if one of our officers can talk to a Spanish officer, they can get him properly handed over and deal with it officially. Mark him down on the books, all of it. What did he say his name was? I heard 'corporal' and ninth foot, I think."

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Post  outis Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:54 am

Mittelstaedt stared at Kaufmann as if he'd just suggested sending the prisoner to the moon. "Who the hell cares what his name is? He won't last half a minute once he's turned over. Or he wouldn't if there was anyone to turn him over to!"
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Post  sans nom Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:02 am

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"All right, damn it! You know how officers love their paperwork! Hell, there's probably even paperwork saying that you and me and him are in this same house. Well me at any rate." Not Mittelstaedt, since he had literally wandered in off the street. "We'll do this thing proper. All right?"

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Post  outis Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:48 am

"Fine," Mittelstaedt conceded with a growl of distaste. "So long as we do something."
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Post  sans nom Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:02 am

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Finally. He looked out the window again. It was still dark, but he may as well get it over with now before Mittelstaedt started arguing again. "I'll head over there now. Always someone awake at a hospital. Just don't do anything till I get back. Except... Can you come and help me with my shoes again."

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Post  outis Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:33 pm

"Oh. Right, sure. Where are they?"
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Post  sans nom Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:36 pm

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"Upstairs. And my belt and my knife. But we'll go quietly. Maybe we'll hear if they're talking." He also did not want to work them up into a further heightened state of alarm and face all three of them bursting out in attack.

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Post  outis Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:54 pm

"Right, because I'm sure they're all sitting up there chatting in English now," Mittelstaedt muttered, following Kaufmann towards the stairs.
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Post  sans nom Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:22 pm

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Kaufmann simply turned his head to let Mittelstaedt see his smirk by the light of the candle in his hand. Walking past the prisoners' room, he was a little surprised to hear nothing at all. Well, if he was listening to them, perhaps the prisoners were listening to him and Mittelstaedt. The stairs especially had a tendency to creak, so it would have been difficult to pass completely unnoticed.

Finally shod, belted, and minimally armed (with the big Frenchman's knife), Kaufmann left Mittelstaedt at the front door with a final exhortation: "Don't do anything till I'm back!"

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Post  outis Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:47 pm

"Alright, alright. Jesus," Mittelstaedt grumbled, turning back from the door and settling himself down at the table to wait. That lasted perhaps all of three minutes before he was up again, exploring the kitchen. Even scavenging, however, grew tiresome after a while and he began to alternate between pacing and fidgeting, until, after what must surely have been hours, there was a sound at the door.
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Post  sans nom Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:55 pm

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Kaufmann strode in, his face stony with a look of urgency that would brook no refusal. "We have to go. The army's moving."

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