Daria startled from sleep, disoriented. She reached out and knew she was lying in dry hay in Volodymyr’s patchwork, yet sturdy shed. Volo had arranged for a boat to pick her up at dawn on the Saksahan, where it would take her to the Black Sea and away.
Her mother, an English teacher, and her father, a physicist, had also been disoriented the night the soldiers threw burlap sacks over their heads and carried them away. Volo couldn’t save them, but he would save Daria and their unborn child.
Note: the character’s names are based on two actual Ukrainian people, Daria Hlazatova, a very good artist, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the leader of Ukraine, BUT the story is entirely fictional except that the river Saksahan (a Turkic word meaning magpie) is an actual river in Zelenskyy’s hometown.
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the dedicated host of Friday Fictioneers. And today one of my photos has been chosen to write to! Yay!