Mikolaj’s Christmas

Posted: August 19, 2017 in What Pegman Saw
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Today Pegman took us to Wroclaw, Poland. I found this jolly Christmas village in the Magnolia Park Mall. In my mind, this tale started fairly fun before taking a dark turn. Sign of the times? Perhaps.


Let’s say that just this once Mikolaj loves Christmas. We’ll pretend Cecylia hasn’t left him and he has one last chance to buy gifts for their children. One boy. One girl.
Maybe not. Maybe Cecylia never had children and she spends all her time in the bedroom wondering why and her tears cause Mikolaj to run to Magnolia Park, the horrible mall at the center of Wroclaw, and he fights the crowds to buy his wife teddy bears, slippers, and her favorite perfume. Anything to slide under the tree to stop the crying.
Or perhaps our Mikolaj isn’t married. Maybe his parents fought all the time and he never wanted a life like that. Or they loved so deeply he knew, absolutely, he couldn’t have a life like theirs so didn’t even try.
In the end, let’s say his parents died in Auschwitz on Christmas day and Mikolaj was never born.



  1. Wow. Stunning piece. Really great.

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  2. James says:

    That was a great brain teaser. Playing with probability.


  3. Dear LIsh,

    Let’s say I read your story and that it made me chortle with delight, let’s say that I read your story and it made me weep. Let’s just say I read it and it took my breath away.



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  4. draliman says:

    Very nice! All the possibilities of his life, from the perfect through to worst case. Great story!


  5. Hey Alicia, interesting style, as others have commented, probably would get tedious after a long while, as you agreed, I don’t know what else to say other than I would struggle to write this kind of story. So, well done.

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  6. Jelli says:

    Knock me off the chair and leave me utterly speechless. Interesting format to the write, and quite the ending, for sure.

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  7. Lynn Love says:

    This is so wonderfully done, Alicia. So powerful, those alternate lives that poor Mikolaj never had the chance to live. Gorgeously done

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  8. k rawson says:

    Wow, the way that unravels is chilling. Love this. Fresh and frightening.

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  9. Great writing – the way you weave these scenarios alongside each other is so imaginative and emotionally powerful.

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