Dear Redacted


I trust this letter finds you in the throes of sanity, a state I seem to have misplaced somewhere between my third martini and my latest bout of existential dread. I write to you from the belly of the beast, a beast that has the audacity to wear the face of a bear and the appetite of a black hole.

The bear, it seems, has developed a taste for vantium, the precious metal that my family has been hoarding like a squirrel with a nut obsession. The revelation of vantium’s role in producing industrial room temperature superconducting materials has only intensified the bear’s hunger, and it now threatens to devour our holdings like a child left unattended in a candy store.

I find myself in a game of chess, a game where the stakes are as high as my blood pressure and the players are as ruthless as a pack of hyenas on a wildebeest carcass. The board is set, the pieces are moving, and I am left to navigate the treacherous waters of this power struggle like a drunken sailor on a stormy sea.

In my attempts to gain leverage, I have found myself reaching into the depths of my arsenal, employing tactics and strategies that would make even the most hardened KGB agent blush. I am, after all, a man of means and resources, a man who understands the value of a well-placed bribe or a timely favor. But let’s be honest, I’m about as subtle as a sledgehammer in a china shop.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I find myself lamenting my past decisions. I have spent years cultivating a life of luxury and leisure in the United States, indulging in the pleasures of a bon vivant while my father’s steel empire rusted in my absence. I have grown soft, my edges dulled by the comforts of Silicon Valley and the allure of the Californian sun. I’ve become a marshmallow in a world that requires the hardness of steel.

I look back at the relationships I could have cultivated, the alliances I could have forged with the children of other oligarchs. But no, I was too busy sipping champagne on yachts and rubbing elbows with tech titans. I see now the folly of my ways, the missed opportunities and the bridges left unbuilt. I am left to rue my past decisions, even as I scramble to rectify them.

In conclusion, my friend, I find myself at a crossroads. I can choose to continue down the path of leisure and luxury, to watch as the bear devours my family’s fortune. Or I can choose to fight, to use every resource at my disposal to protect what is rightfully mine. But let’s be honest, I’m about as prepared for this fight as a lamb in a lion’s den.

As I pen this letter, I am reminded of a quote from Dostoevsky’s “Notes from Underground”: “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” Perhaps, in the end, that is the only certainty in this uncertain world – that we should always have our tea, even as the world goes to hell.

With all the self-deprecating humor I can muster,

Viktor Recel