“You should be proud,” he said. “Few can take such a decision.”
His superior held an antique folder. She replied, “Pride is a canceled word.”
He hung his head.
She ordered, “Destroy this.”
Accepting the manuscript, he whispered, “Pride, which not a world could bow.”
He went to the incinerator.
Nelly Shulman lives and writes in Saint Petersburg and Berlin. See more at nellyshulman.com.