Bilateral: Passive-aggressive

Switzerland and Russia had a moment to themselves outside in the conference hall. Russia had no intention of starting a conversation. Switzerland had every intention of replacing the uncomfortable silence with an uncomfortable question.

“Do you resent Germany?”

Russia looked at him, her placid expression mostly unchanging. “For what? World War II? For breaking his promise? For what his fascist tirade did to me and my people?”

“No,” Switzerland said. “For Marx.”


“His book caused some trouble for you, didn’t it?”

Russia laughed.

“What I like about you, Switzerland, is that you love passive aggression.”

He slipped his hands into his pockets and his shoulders lifted, as if he was almost going to shrug.

“Well, someone here needs to offset all the aggressive aggression.

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