Not Too Small, ch. 9: Vasily Popov

Monitoring: Vasily Popov
Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia

9:05 p.m. Moscow Standard Time
Saturday, March 8th, 2014
17:05 Coordinated Universal Time
Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Fast forward—

Five minutes after the clock strikes nine, there is a knock at the door.

“Come in,” Vasily says. “Hello, Mister Vinogradov. I am so glad to see you. Wo xiang ni zhiyi,” he says, meaning “I greet you.” The pronunciation of it is mangled, without a doubt, and Vasily wouldn’t rule out the possibility that an actual Chinese speaker wouldn’t have a clue what he’s saying. Most Russians are monoglots, though, and even if Lev Vinogradov knew enough to realize that Vasily’s lack of proficiency, it surely wouldn’t be a problem. People who pay for paranormal services are, Vasily is a little ashamed to admit, hardly the discriminating type, and a little bit of exotic mumbo-jumbo is spice on the package that they have come to him for. Continue reading