“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using the location provided, you must write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page, from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. This week’s prompt is Pripyat, Ukraine.
Pripyat, Ukraine | Nickolay Omelchenko, Google Maps
The babushka held out her glass and I filled it with vodka.
“I knew it was bad,” she said, “when I heard the sirens, and I feared the worst when I saw the soldiers herding people onto buses.”
She was dressed all in shabby black and smelled stale.
“I don’t like soldiers. And I’m old. If my time has come, so be it. You won’t catch me on any buses. I walked away and kept walking.”
She chuckled. “I soon learned the places to avoid.”
“How?” I interrupted.
She shrugged. “Where there were no birds, I got sick.”
“What did you eat?” I asked.
She looked at me in astonishment.
“I was in a forest! The forest is full of things to eat. Berries, roots, birds, even wolf.”
She tapped her glass. I shrugged and handed her the bottle. She poured and slurred, “It’s a pity people are coming back.”