- I will not make it, - have filtered Septimy Dolamin.
Sofia Justina has opened eyes - in them there was a surprise.
- It that, revolt? You forget, who I?! - in any way is not present, your Excellency. It you forget that I not your servant! The
princess has burst out laughing; the new situation would afflict her if did not seem so amusing.
- I the minister of the imperial government, have appointed me Divine Victor - and you who such, the sir?! The commander
has called all courage and has answered: - you not my minister, your Excellency. I execute orders of the Minister of War,
instead of the minister of colonies! She has smiled.
- It seems that I have overestimated your ingenuity, a rear admiral. How old are you? - Forty five, your Excellency.
- It is glad it to hear. Then at you as early as ten years before resignation on age. And so, dear, I to you will arrange transfer
on service. Will not pass also days as you will obtain the order of the Minister of War. Where you to appoint to these ten
years?! How you look at a post of the assistant to the captain on storozhevike somewhere around Equatorial Africa? Septimy
Dolamin has turned pale.
- You threaten me, your Excellency? - I demand from you obedience! - I need to contact my command in Temisii...
- No! I forbid! Otherwise you will go under tribunal for infringement of privacy of operation.
- Sign the written order. Without the order...
Sofia Justina did not begin to constrain laughter: - you interpret what-such order, the sir? Unless not you have just now told,
what I not your minister?! How I can write for you orders? "It simply scoffs, - with bitterness the commander has thought. - if I
will not obey her, it will destroy me, and if I will obey, all responsibility for its invention all the same will lay down on me! What
remains?. Vincere aut mori? 55".
- But this obvious excess of powers, the madam the minister! "The silly person, - Sofia has noted for itself, - where to you to
know, what my powers?".
- You have tired me, the captain, - she has told, intentionally lowering a rank of the commander. - at me vyvihnuta a foot,
and doctors have appointed to me rest.
Go, and if I understand that you sabotage my orders, the Minister of War will give you under tribunal under article for
assistance to enemies of Empire. On your place I would make everything that by an outcome of day rebels have been
When the landing will be equipped, send to me the commander of a cohort. Also do not forget to prepare a radiator. You
have to me questions? - In any way is not present, your Excellency! Rear admiral Septimy Dolamin has saluted the minister
and has left a cabin.
The princess Sofia Justina has wearily smiled and has told to duchess Krimhilde on-gallski: - do not worry, expensive: he only
in the politician the weakling, and is a good judge of military business; the Empire does not hold untalented admirals.