365 Ficlets – #143 ~ “Mandarins After Dinner”

“What are we going to do about this Edgar?”

“What do you mean?”

“This idiot Chamberlain really thinks that this agreement he has made with the Austrian Corporal, Mussolini and Daladier will stop what is really going on. It’s delightful really that the Prime Minister of our country is still someone that believes in honour, but if what we are hearing from our men on the ground in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich is true then this is only the beginning.”

Edgar nodded, pushed himself up in his chair and leaned forward, elbows on his knees.

“So the intelligence coming in is reliable, Tom? We’ve been hearing this scare mongering for a while and then the politicians come back from summits with their treaties and tell us that it’s not true.”

“What I am about to tell you, Edgar, it’s shocking, but the time has come to share this information at the higher levels and you are cleared Top Secret. I checked before I invited you to dinner, it bears mentioning that this is an official approach from the director of the Foreign Service.”

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This Ficlet was inspired by the front page of Wikipedia for the 29th of September 2008, in English. The Article was from the “On This Day…” section from the 29th of September 2008 and concerned The Signing of The Munich Agreement on September 29th 1938; you can find out more here.