Rumble.... Carpathian snows tumble down a blue iced crevasse. Bratislavian police captain's beard covered in ice dingles, his breath a Kelvin fog. Townspeople and their animals draw close to conserve warmth while the militia stand at attention and salute the missing flag. The sergeant views from the corner of his eye a young peasant girl feeding chickens while the family goose hangs limp tied to her side. The woman's son spots the sergeant and their eyes meet. The flag is across town today for the Mayor takes an oath.