An Alpine Yuletide: Christmas in 1983 DoomsdayAn Alpine Yuletide: Christmas in 1983 Doomsday by mdc01957
An Alpine Yuletide
A 1983 Doomsday Tale through the Nations' Eyes
Outskirts of Linz, Austria, Alpine Confederation. 25 December 2015.
Roderich Edelstein wasn’t one for peculiar dreams. Dreams where he, being not only the representative of Austria but Austria himself, still stood resplendent. Of whole worlds wherein the atomic fires known as Doomsday never burned back in ’83. Where Elizaveta never had to pay the price. And no one had to at all, he mused to himself, only to shake the notion off his mind as he strained to sit up. There’s no point dwelling on such things.
After taking his spectacles from a nearby night table, right next to an alarm clock that would have been considered old even by the standards of the Cold War, he glanced to the side of the bed. Only to find no one there. Indeed, the place he’d saved for his late wife was undisturbed.
The Austrian let out an almost inaudible sigh. In another time, it would have