Daughter of the Bear a Thriller Mystery (Blog Fifteen) by Dan Watt, author of Brackish, and Queen of Caelum, References at bottom of page.
The Mariinsky Theatre (Мариинский театр), Saint Petersburg, was opened in 1860. The premier performance of the Nutcracker was performed at the Mariinsky Theatre on December 18, 1892.
The plane is refueling in Kryzl Airport and the pilot is taking a power nap. Erwin sits in one of the passenger seats in the back of the plane and reclines it. Closing his eyes he recalls the phone call from the Dombarovsky Air Base after his mother and Sofia’s plane exploded. “We would like to discuss with you and Marina what happened to your mothers,” the commanding officer said in a sharp voice. “We can’t seem to find Marina though. I would like to meet with you September 14 at 2 p.m. in my office.”
He emailed Marina knowing the email would be thoroughly checked before it was sent to her a day later.
Commander Sergey Zelin welcomed them into his office. The commander was grinning at him and Marina. I’d like to take you somewhere the commander told them.
He had glanced at Marina who appeared much the same as he imagined he did; distraught. His confusion at the commander’s chipper attitude was mirrored in her face.
Two hours later the pilot asked him if he wanted to sit in the co-pilot seat again.
“If you look out your window you might see the Sayan Mountains. That’s the border between us and Mongolia.”
“I’m going to put on headphones for a while,” the pilot tells him, breaking his train of thought. “If you have something to ask me just tap my shoulder.”
“Ladno,” he replies. The pilot probably wants to listen to music. He notices the pilot’s headphone mic is still in front of the pilot’s mouth so any important information will play over the music so the pilot can answer immediately.
To pass the time he thinks of Ana and the plays they had gone to. When they first started dating she told him she always wanted to go to a ballet so he bought tickets for the Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. He had to buy the tickets a year in advance so he hoped they would still be together than. He also did his research. The Nutcracker was originally written by E.T.A. Hoffman, a German romantic writer. Fifty years later Peter Tchaikovsky with Marius Petipa turned it into a ballet. They were still together at the end of the year.
He missed most of the ballet, too engrossed in watching the ever changing reaction of Ana’s face as she watched with her upper body leaning forward and her lips moving in whispered comments to herself.
The pilot was saying something to him. “Prosti,” he apologizes. “I missed what you said.”
“We have to veer north for a bit to avoid the Chinese border of Harbin; than south again. It will be a few more hours yet.”