After the meeting with Stojan, Milan hoped that his life would go on as though it had not been interrupted. But things didn’t work that way, and his hope was not enough to make it so. All that is hidden is eventually revealed, Milan thought, and this was particularly so when there were others around everywhere, scratching, scratching into the deep soil of the past. How it happened was that Jelena, who had lost the slip of paper on which she had written a friend’s new telephone number, went scrolling through the caller identiﬁcation that was attached to the phone. It was thus that she saw the name “S. Sokolovic´” swim up across the digital screen.