WELCOME TO EAST PRUSSIA
Suddenly, I was awake. My eyes flicked open, and sunlight flooded my vision for the first time in...truth be told, I didn’t remember how long. I tried to sit up, only for my forehead to slam into something hard. Lying back down on the unfamiliar surface beneath me, I let some time pass--both to allow the throbbing in my right temple subside, and to give myself a chance to remember where I was. Even with my eyes shut, light pricked the corners of my eyelids. I was somewhere bright--brighter than anywhere I’d been for months. But where? Cautiously, I opened my eyes once more.
The steel barrel of a heavy machine-gun crossed my vision, outlined against the sky above me.
"Hello?" I said. Where was I? My memory refused to cooperate on the matter.
I couldn’t be lying in bed. The surface was too unforgivingly rigid for that. Couldn’t be on the floor, either, unless a violent earthquake was t