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A New School – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman takes us to Pripyat, Ukraine. Those who want to mine the location’s history best don radioactive-protective gear.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others using the link up below. If you don’t have a blog to link to, feel free to post your story/essay/poem in the comments below.

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A New School

Dear Evgeniy,

We are so very pleased you have accepted the position of teacher at our soon-to-be-re-opened school in our Community IV Section, here in Pryp’yat.  We require strong, young men such as you to lead our children into the world of tomorrow.

As mentioned, we will be needing you to arrive at least three weeks early, four, if you can, to help us get the classes ready.  There is much work to be done! 

Yours sincerely,

Vadym Ponomarenko,



Arriving at the school, he was greeted by the director.  “Evgeniy!  I’m so glad you could come so early!  Let me bring you around to meet your new colleagues!”

He followed the director through the corridors, trying not to trip over the detritus that covered the floor.

“This looks like a war zone, Sir.  I thought this area had been cleared?”

“Oh, yes, it has been cleared.  Just not cleaned.”


39 thoughts on “A New School – What Pegman Saw

  1. I REALLY hope that the state of school affairs isn’t as bad as this photo shows. I thought the first letter was yours and I was saddened to see that yours was ‘just’ the follow up. Please tell me that the first bit is fiction too…… 😉

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  2. I almost went with a remodel and teacher idea too- but the idea died.
    And I like how you did this – the letter was detailed and the second part – when that came I was so pulled in I wondered if you were over the word count – the n I remembered it was Pegman (150) and not FF (100)
    But my point was that the section after the letter was like part 2 and you did a fine job of bringing us there with the new teacher (and the oh by the way news)


  3. Q,

    This one has a supernatural vibe to to it. As I was reading it, I was wondering whether old Ev was dreaming, or if he had arrived at purgatory and would be spending an indeterminate amount of time here.
    You had me spooked! Deftly crafted, as per. 🙂

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    • Indeed! Not that this area is remotely close to it, in real life, I feel. (Though I cannot believe tourists go there! There is still radiation and I, for one, would not purposefully hang out for any length of time. But that’s me!)

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  4. So schoolish in its tone, this whole piece. There is work to be done, lets not waste time, stick to the schedule..and yet how could any parent put their children in those still glowing seats? Well done!

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  5. Dear Dale,

    What can I say? You’ve outdone yourself on this one. You just keep getting better and I have the pleasure of reading your progress. 😉 The last few lines sting the soul.

    Shalom and hugs,


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