By Josh Lanyon
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The Holnagrad princess was named Elsa and their son was named Gregor, so Doris could be right. " "How does all this tie up with Mr. " Shelley asked, waving at a passing waiter to get some more coffee. "The ship docked in New York. " "Ah! A Smith at last," Jane said. " Lucky nodded. "Exactly so. It wouldn't take a genius to come to this country and figure out that the best way to get 'lost' would be to call yourself Smith. And a lot of people have come here wanting or needing desperately to get lost.
Chapter 3 Jane nearly spewed coffee all over the table. When she'd recovered herself, she gasped, "I'm sorry. It just struck me as funny. Bill Smith, Tsar of all the Russias. " Lucky laughed. " "Mr. " Shelley asked, smiling. "I guess I can see why. Look at what happened to the last one. I'm sorry. That was a grim thing to say. How did Mrs. Sm—" "Schmidtheiser," Lucky said. "How did Mrs. " "Well, you've kinda got to understand about the Holnagrad Society to start with. Holnagrad's a little speck of a place in the Balkans.
You know—dances, songs, language, history. Anyhow, an important function of the Society is the concern with genealogy, and all these years we've been trying to get church records and cemetery records and the like out to help trace our roots. Every now and then somebody'd get a visa to go back—for a long time the country was behind the Iron Curtain—and would smuggle out some more copies of original documents. All very cloak-and-dagger, with hidden cameras and sneaking into churches in the dark. Sorry, I'm telling you a lot more than you wanted to know.
A Limited Engagement by Josh Lanyon