Setting: From "I, The Provocateur" by Vardan Partamyan
I parked the skymobile at a respectable distance from the Tower at a grimy
side street lined with flickering neon-lit joints that promised the pleasures of
heaven and hell to their lucky customers. I pushed through the door under the
sign “The Love Crusader” and had to grope my way to the counter through the
thick smoke of what could only be a hashish pipe. Two very suspicious eyes were
studying me through the narcotic fog. An equally suspicious voice spoke up and I
finally made out a hunched figure sitting behind the counter.
“We want no problem with the law, officer. We know our place and we make our
I moved closer. The voice belonged to a woman of an indeterminate age – her
grizzled hair hanging loosely onto her slumped shoulders – the transparent pipe
in her toothless mouth bobbing up and down as she chewed on it.
“I bring no trouble, madam. In fact, I would like to grace your respectful establishment with my presence and rent a room…”
My words were interrupted by a devilish cackle that quickly transformed into
a coughing fit and then died down in the smoky silence of the place.
Climbing one flight up the wretchedly squeaking stairs in perpetual
semidarkness I reached my room. It is better left without description. Suffice
to say that it was not at all an improvement compared to my room at the “The
Imperial Star of Glorious Remania”…
Now was the time to do some serious planning, but first - the news. I
switched on the wall-welded bulletproof Truthovision screen and froze for I was
looking into the eyes of my enemy…
About Vardan Partamyan
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Vardan Partamyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1983. After returning from studies in the US, he enrolled in the Yerevan State University - majoring in Political Science and English language.
In the years that followed, he was an author of and contributor to a number of non-fiction publications mainly dealing with the issues and challenges facing his newly independent country.
Writing fiction has been a long time passion/obsession for Vardan who mixes influences from writers such as Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Harry Harrison, Alfred Bester, Ernest Hemingway and Ian Fleming with the eternal themes of a man's strive for freedom, the quest for self discovery and the knowledge of the unknown, presented on the backdrop of sometimes fantastical surroundings and events.