"Tale of the Military Secret"
TALE OF THE MILITARY SECRET
by Arkady Gaidar
"Tell us a story, Natka," a little blue-eyed girl asked and smiled guiltily.
"A story?" Natka thought. "I don't know any stories. Or.... I'll tell you Alka's story. May I?" she asked Alka, who suddenly pricked up his ears.
"Okay," Alka allowed, looking proudly at the little Octobrists, who had all fallen silent.
"I'll tell Alka's story in my own words. If I forget something or make a mistake, he'll correct me. So now, listen:
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