Colonel Xiao wore an expression of undisguised contempt. Turning, he examined the gateway. What a foolish thing! It indulged inane religious beliefs that had no place in the enlightened nation-state he had worked all of his life to solidify.
“So, you will explain to me again where the dissidents fled to? They ran through this gateway and then…simply…vanished?” His tone seemed calm and orderly but an undercurrent of barely restrained rage was evident.
The faltering but affirmative replies of his soldiers left little doubt they must be sent to one of the re-indoctrination camps today. They were obviously quite insane.