Gatehouse East, con’td…
Stephen stood in the shadows of the trees that circled the monument. Even in its holographic state, the monument still pulled deep at his soul. He wanted to step forward and lay a hand on the shoulder of the one who knelt in such a solemn state. The sculpture was so very real that he felt he could almost see it breath in gasps as sobs shook its shoulders. The holograph was too realistic.
‘She is not real.’ He reminded himself, shaking his head to dispel the thought. ‘It is merely a projection.’
Even as he told himself she wasn’t real, the figure slowly rose and turned. His breath caught in his throat. The memorial wasn’t set to be interactive. His eyes widened as the face within the cloak made eye contact. Instant fear coursed like fire through his nerves. He’d seen those eyes before; known their hidden cruelty first hand.
She reached out for him.
He turned and ran out of the Museum’s storage bay…
WC: 166, sorry I’m over this week.
My story is fiction, however the picture is historically oriented. Please, take no offense at what I have written, the photo was only used as inspiration and in no way whatsoever is it meant to disrespect the memories or realities of actual history. Last week for Friday Fictioneers (https://rochellewisoff.com/?wref=bif) , I was challenged to expand a little on Stephen’s experiences that led up to his flashback, so I have…enjoy.
When I was searching for an image to strike my muse’s fancy this week, I came across this beautiful monument and just had to learn more. So, I went out to research it and found that it was dedicated to those who lost their lives in the “Katyn Wood Massacre” in April of 1943, during WWII. It is a very horrific tale that bears remembering…
For more info on the “Katyn Wood Massacre” I suggest checking out these links:
I’m writing this for the What Pegman Saw writing challenge. Today, Pegman takes us to Wroclaw, Poland. The idea is to use Google maps images of the location as the inspiration for crafting a piece of flash fiction no more than 150 words long.