People are blurry shadows, only the past is real
The head of Beslan's school points at pictures of victims and saviours in the school's internal museum.
In the new school, only the children seem to be truly alive. Older teen agers, and adults, all appear like blurry shadows. They exist, they live, and yet they are difficult to focus on, as if only a part of them belongs to this reality, with the rest having detached itself from it already.
The title of the page repeats, once again "There exists such profession: defending the motherland", which has been turned almost into a mantra in the school, as it can be read everywhere.