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  1. AllTheBest

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    ***This story is basically my idea of Irina's childhood. If you find something that you think is inaccurate, please tell me so I can fix it. Please understand that it is (in most cases) NOT historically accurate.***

    Moscow, USSR Winter 1967

    The somber streets of Moscow were lined with snow the day Irina was confronted by a KGB officer. She was walking home from the university when it happened. The man pulled her into an alleyway, covering her mouth. "Do not scream, Miss Derevko. I work for the government." Irina stared back at him with wild eyes. She was only eighteen and a university student specializing in Russian literature. Both her parents had been loyal supporters of the Soviet Union. What was happening?

    The government agent escorted her through the crowded streets to the tallest office building in the city. He did not speak to her as they walked and Irina knew better than to ask questions. You could not question the government. When they finally reached the building Irina was escorted to a dark room where she was seated in the only chair. She noticed mirrors on two of the four walls. The agent left the room without an explanation. At that moment Irina felt that he might be the last human being she ever saw. She had heard stories at the university that disloyal citizens were taken to this building and never returned. Even though the Soviet government knew that her parents' loyalties lay with them, Irina had never had any contact with officials.

    The young woman was relieved when the single door opened and a ray of light shone in her face. A sturdy man was framed in the doorway. "Miss Derevko," he said in Russian with a strong accent. "Do you know why you are here?" Irina shook her head, clearly having no idea what the man was talking about. He nodded and Irina hoped she had given the right answer, but the man had already begun speaking again. "My name is Petrovitch, Miss Derevko." Irina racked her brain for any clue of that name, but it was completely unfamiliar. "But you have never heard of me, have you?" Irina shook her head once more. "No, sir," she said meekly. "Do you know why that is, Miss Derevko?" Irina finally lifted her head and looked at the man questioning her. "No, sir," she said once again, "I do not." Petrovitch nodded. "You will know soon enough," he said, then walked out of the room.

    As the time passed in the empty room Irina became more and more anxious. Why were they detaining her? She was slightly reassured by the fact that she was still alive. The government did not usually hesitate in killing those thought disloyal. From what she had heard she would most likely not be alive if they thought her a threat.

    Later that day (atleast she thought it was still day) the door opened once again. Petrovitch entered, accompanied by a young woman and two men. "Miss Derevko," Petrovitch spoke. "These are KGB agents Romananov, Svetlana, and Stepan," he said gesturing to the agents who had entered with him. Thoughts raced through Irina's mind. KGB agents! Why had they brought in three KGB agents to see her? Without thinking she muttered under her breath, "Let me guess. You're KGB too?" She could hardly believe that the words had come out of her mouth, but could believe even less when Petrovitch responded, "Yes I am." Irina looked up at him. "What do you want with me?" she whispered. "We have brought you here, Miss Derevko," Petrovitch began, "because we would like you to join our ranks." Irina was shocked. "What?" she hissed. "Me? But I'm just a student." She was frantic. Her? A KGB agent? Petrovitch looked down on her shifting eyes. "We've been watching you, Miss Derevko. We think you could be a satisfactory employee for this agency. It is an honor to serve one's country in the elite ranks, miss." Irina nodded. She knew it was rare that a woman of her age was asked to serve her country. She nodded. "All right, sir." Petrovitch showed the slightest raise of his lips into a smile. "I think you will find that you have made the right decision, Miss Derevko." With that he left the room once again, followed by the three other agents.

    Irina was now more confused. Why weren't they telling her anything now? She had agreed to work for them, yet they were still leaving her in the dark room. Her back was beginning to hurt from the straightbacked metal chair they had sat her in. She tried to lay her head on her shoulder but could not stay still. She kept looking at the door, hoping that Petrovitch would return. She did not know how much time had passed, but finally the door opened. However, it was not Petrovitch who entered. An older woman strode in and pulled Irina up by her arm. "Come with me, Miss Derevko," she said, pulling Irina out of the room. Irina looked at her surroundings as the woman pulled her down the hall. The building was nondescript with doors spaced evenly down the hall. They went up three flights of stairs before the woman sat Irina in another room. This time, however, there were six chairs situated around a metal table. The woman sat across from Irina, staring at her.

    For about ten minutes the woman just stared at her. Irina didn't know what to do. Finally the woman spoke. "Miss Derevko, I am Agent Dariya Voronkova of the KGB. I will be leading you through your training. First we have some forms for you to sign." The stern woman snapped her fingers and suddenly a young man appeared from the hallway with a thick stack of forms. He handed Irina a pen and handed the forms to the female agent. She took the first form and set it on the table in front of Irina. "Sign here," she said, pointing to a blank line on the form. Irina nodded, only glancing at the form as she read it. She signed the others in the same form until Agent Voronkova had no more forms. "Thank you, Miss Derevko. We'll proceed to testing now." She gestured for Irina to follow her out of the room. Irina did as she was intended.

    The next room was already inhabited by several men and women. Irina looked around trying to take all of the sights in. She had never seen anything like this. Women and men were walking around with weapons, taking tests at tables, and groups of people she could only assume were agents were gathered in small groups. Voronkova led Irina to the first table on the right where another agent was sitting. Irina sat across from the agent as Voronkova pointed to it. The agent at the table took out a file. "Miss...Derevko, is it?" Irina nodded. "I have to ask you a few questions," the agent said, not making eye contact with Irina. Irina nodded again.

    A few minutes later the first agent had finished questioning about her parents and a new agent had taken over and was asking her about her experiences at the Moscow University. For several hours a variety of agents questioned her about her background and her beliefs. At several points Irina thought she just couldn't handle it anymore. Her eyelids kept drooping, but the shock of her surroundings always brought her back to reality. She answered the questions that the agents posed, but couldn't see how they related to anything the KGB would need to know. She thought the questions would never end. Finally, Voronkova took her back through the entrance to a room with a cot in the corner. "You can stay here tonight," she said, then left. Irina was thrilled and sat down on the cot. Before she could even realize what was happening, she was asleep. The shock of the day had exhausted her.
     
  2. Sarah Vartan

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    Wow, this is really good. I like it, and i just wanted to tell you that Derevko is spelled with a K. Well-written though, i hope you continue! ;)
     
  3. LightTraveller

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    very realistic, it's o so good hope you write more soon
     
  4. AllTheBest

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    Irina was woken up the next morning when light entered through the single window close to the ceiling. She looked around at the room she was in. Besides the cot she had spent the night on there was a single metal chair and a sink attached to a wall. Irina went to the sink and splashed some water on her face. She recalled the events of the last night. She couldn't believe that they wanted to have her in ther KGB.

    Suddenly, the door opened. Agent Voronkova strode in accompanied by two younger agents. "Miss Derevko?" Agent Voronkova said. Irina wiped her face with her sleeve. "Yes?" she said, turning to face the three. "You'll have to come with us." Irina nodded and followed the three out of the room and down the stairs. As they walked, Voronkova began speaking. "You're to begin your training this morning, Miss Derevko. First, let it be known that you will be held to the strictest confidentiality." She turned and glared at Irina. Irina nodded. Strictest confidentiality? What did they think she was going to do? Blab to everyone that she was in the KGB? She knew better than that.

    Agent Voronkova led her to another small room. She handed her a book entitled "Weapons Guide." "Read this," said Agent Voronkova. "This afternoon you'll have to prove your knowledge." Irina took the book. "Excuse me," she said. "But when will I get to go home?" Agent Voronkova nodded. "I'm afraid you'll have to remain here until you complete your training." Irina looked at the agent. "What? But my parents..." Voronkova shook her head. "An agent has visited them. They think you've taken a trip to Leningrad with your literature class." Irina nodded. Her stomach rumbled and she remembered that she hadn't eaten in more than twenty-four hours. "Ummm, Miss Voronkova, is there any chance I could get something to eat?" Agent Voronkova turned around. "I'll have an agent bring you something. For now you'll have to read that book." Irina nodded as Agent Voronkova and one of the agents left the room. The other agent remained, apparently servicing to guard Irina as she studied.

    She opened the book to the first page. For thirty minutes she read detailed descriptions of different weapons used by the Soviet secret agents. She was then interrupted by an agent bringing up a glass of milk with bread and eggs. Irina thanked the agent and then ate ravenously. For the remainder of the morning she read the book on weapons, carefully retaining the information that she read. The same agent brought Irina more food in the early afternoon and informed her that Agent Voronkova would be by shortly to take her to the training grounds. Irina nodded, not understanding fully what they understood.

    In about an hour Irina looked up to see Agent Voronkova in the doorway. "Come with me, Miss Derevko." Irina stood up, holding the book in her hands. "Leave the book here." Irina set the book down and followed Voronkova to an even smaller room. "You'll find shoes, clothes, goggles, and ear guards in there. Put them on and then come back out." Irina went into the room, put on the black pants and jacket and left her skirt and coat behind. She walked back out to where Voronkova was waiting. "You'll proceed to the training grounds now," Voronkova stated, leading Irina. "You'll practice shooting and targeting. She gestured to a man following behind them. "Agent Tkachev will be your weapons trainer. He'll teach you what they need to know." They had then arrived in a large empty room full of guns and targets. Agent Tkachev led Irina in as Voronkova left the two together.

    "I hope you read the Weapons Guide," Tkachev said. Irina nodded. "Yes," she said. Tkachev nodded. "Show me a SR-761," he said, gesturing to rack of automatic weapons. Irina searched through her mind, finally choosing a weapon off the shelf. "Good," Tkachev said. "MD-81." Irina pointed to a different gun. "Yes." With that, Tkachev handed her a smaller gun. "VF-241," Irina whispered as he handed it to her. "Good," Tkachev said. "We'll be working with this for today. Follow me." As they walked, Tkachev put on his goggles and earwear. Irina followed suit. Tkachev gestured to a target, and said something but Irina could not understand what he had said. Tkachev took off his ear protection and gestured for Irina to do the same. "I want you to fire the gun. Try to hit the target but do not worry too much about your accuracy. Just get used to the feel of the weapon." He put his ear guards back on, then gestured for Irina to do the same. She did. Then she raised the gun. She looked at the target, hesitated, then fired. She felt the bullet leave the gun, then realized she had had her eyes closed the whole time. She opened them slowly, looking at the target. There was no bullet hole. About three feet to the right she saw a hole in the wall. She looked at Tkachev. He looked back. "Not too bad for your first time," he said. "You'll have to keep your eyes open when you shoot though." Irina nodded. "Try again," he said.

    Irina spent the rest of the afternoon firing the gun. Within an hour she was consistently hitting the target, getting closer and closer to the "sweet spot." She was happy about the fact that Tkachev seemed pleased with her progress. He didn't say much but seemed to approve.
     
  5. LightTraveller

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    that's very good and she had her eyes closed lol
     
  6. Chanel

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    wow, this is an awesome story. i have never seen anythign like it. please continue. it is excellent!
     
  7. Sarah Vartan

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    Once again, it's great! (y) (y) (y)
     
  8. AllTheBest

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    Tkachev allowed Irina to stop target practice once she had made twenty accurate shots in a row. "Good," he said, smiling for the first time, although it was a barely up-turned line. Irina couldn't help but let herself beam. She felt proud over how much she had learned in just one day. "What do I do now?" she asked, rearing for more. Tkachev looked at her. "It's eight o'clock at night," he said. "I assume you'll return to your room." Irina nodded. "How do I get back?" she asked. She had been dragged all over the building and could not remember the room she had slept in the night before. Tkachev looked down at a sheet of paper. "You're in room 749. We're in 402 right now. That help?" Irina nodded and handed the gun back to Tkachev. He nodded to her, and Irina left the room. She wandered up to room 749.

    Entering the room she noticed that a small table had joined the lonely chair. On it was a small meal along with a stack of books and a note stood. "Miss Derevco- Please begin reading these books tonight. You should report to room 347 tomorrow morning at 7:30. You'll find all required necessities in the cabinet by the sink." Irina was confused. What cabinet? She looked near the sink. There sat a small metal cabinet. She opened it and found changes of clothes, a toothbrush, and a watch, among other things. She pulled on the watch, then sat down at the table to eat and begin reading the books.

    Irina woke up with a start. She looked at her watch. "7:03." She sat up with a start, looking down at the open book. She stood up. Her half eaten meal from the night before had been replaced with fresh eggs and a muffin. Irina looked down to see another note accompanying the meal. "Bathroom's down the hall." Irina was relieved. She quickly changed to the clean clothes and brushed her teeth then rushed down the hall to the bathroom.

    At 7:30 Irina reported to room 347 to find Tkachev awaiting her. "Today we'll begin hand-to-hand combat. I assume you weren't able to get much reading done last night." Irina shook her head. "No. I feel asleep." She looked down at the ground. "I'm sorry," she whispered. Tkachev shook his head. "Don't worry about. New recruits always have trouble the first few nights. You'll get used to the schedule." Irina looked at him, wanting to ask the questions that had been burning in her brain. "Sir, am I the only recruit?" Tkachev shook his head. "There are others, but you're the newest." Irina looked at him again. "Why me?" she asked. Tkachev looked down into her eyes. "You'll know soon enough," he said, clearly having finished his side of the discussion.

    With that, Tkachev began showing Irina simple aspects of sparring. He did not take it easy on her as she had expected. She nursed wounds as Tkachev kept attacking her. Finally, she bit her lower lip and successfully blocked Tkachev's attempted blow to her face. He then went after her stomach. She was able to block that too. "Good," Tkachev said. "Take a break. We'll start again in thirty minutes. Go back to your room for a while." Irina nodded and left the room.
     
  9. LightTraveller

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    very good, what's next?
     
  10. Alias_Freak

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    Wow...... that was really good!
     
  11. Alias_Freak

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    OH, can u pm me when u update?
     
  12. AllTheBest

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    For the next ten months Irina was completely involved in her training. She had been inspected by every agent the KGB could throw at her. Tkachev had, only yesterday, congratulated her on her progress. She had been able to wield him off for her past few lessons.

    Recently, Irina had also begun training in mission scenarios. The KGB had rooms to se up missions in. Tkachev, whom Irina had recently learned would her handler once she was declared an agent, would arrange the room so she could be attacked from all sides by "counter-agents."

    Finally, Tkachev declared her "field ready." Months earlier, Irina had written her parents a long letter to her parents informing them that she had received an amazing job in Leningrad. At the time it was understandable that she wouldn't be able to communicate with them. The Soviet Union did not have a very dependable mail system in between cities.

    Tkachev informed Irina that she would be remaining in training for a while longer, while beginning with a few small missions when she was accompanied by other more advanced agents.

    ***Sorry this section was so short and boring. I'll try and do better next time!
     
  13. Chanel

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    OMG! this has to be one of the GREATEST fics ever! it is written in such a great way! fantasique! keep itup!
     
  14. Alias_Freak

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    Wow great! Thanks for the pm!
     
  15. LightTraveller

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    it's not boring it's good and o so interesting, more again please
     
  16. Patomac

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    Interesting... If you're doing PM's then can you PM me?

    She had her eyes closed-Ha ha ha :D
     
  17. Patomac

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    Yay!!! Two pages!!!
     
  18. Sarahmañana

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    wow!! i really like this one!!!

    could you PM me when you update??
     
  19. AllTheBest

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    Winter, 1971.

    Irina had been in training for a few years now. She had just been called into a briefing for her first major mission.

    "Welcome, Agent Derevko," Agent Petrovitch greeted Irina. "I'm pleased to see how quickly you've completed your training. Tkachev tell me that you've come along rather quickly." Agent Petrovitch flashed a quick smile across the room. Irina smiled back. She looked around the room. She was sitting at a metal table with eleven other agents of the KGB, including Tkachev. He had introduce them to her a few moments earlier, but Irina could not remember all of their names.

    "All right, folks," Petrovitch said. "We're sending Derevko and Tkachev to the US. They'll be watchin CIA agents we've had our eyes on." She turned to Tkachev and Derevko. "We're watching a man named Arvin Sloane. You'll be posing as a literature professor, Agent Derevko. You're name will be Laura Ivanov." Irina nodded. "Tkachev, you'll be her handler, you'll be working with one of our cover companies. You'll be her brother, Andrew Ivanov." Irina nodded. "Here're the details. We'll be sending a team with you. They'll be monitoring you. You'll leave next week. You have that long to prepare and learn your cover stories. We'll meet again tomorrow, ladies and gentlemen. Agent Derevko, stay here please." Irina nodded as everyone else left the room.

    "Yes, Agent Petrovitch?" Irina said once the room was cleared.

    "I want you to understand what an honor this mission is. We would usually never even consider giving an operation of this magnetude to a an agent who has only been her two or three years, but Agent Tkachev has completely vouched for you. I have to say, I agree with him. I've been monitoring your progress and I must say I'm amazed. However, this mission may be tricky. You'll have to come off as innocent to Arvin Sloane. It won't be easy, but we need the intel on him." Irina nodded. Petrovitch continued. "We don't know how this op will turn out so you'll have to be prepared to be pulled out if at anytime you've been compromised." Irina nodded again. "I've prepared a file for you on Arvin Sloane, his coworkers, and his friends. You'll need to study it and memorize it over the next few days. I'll see you tomorrow, Agent Derevko." Irina nodded and left the room with the notebook.
     
  20. LightTraveller

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    o so very good and unbelievably interesting, so the fun begins.more please
     

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