The Thief

Posted: September 16, 2017 in What Pegman Saw
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Today What Pegman Saw took us to St. Petersburg, Russia. After strolling the streets I found the church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood – per our fearless leader’s suggestion. The exterior reminded me of a woman dressed in her finest clothes. Here is her story in 150-words.


The mirror reflects:
1) dress made of midnight blue silk
2) six gold chains; three turquoise rings
3) shoes made of the softest leather
4) elaborate curls the color of an autumn sunset
5) peach-pink cheeks; garnet-colored eyes
Oksana is ready

Oksana sees:
1) a liar – not her
2) a cheat – not her either
3) a thief – this almost applies

What Evgeny reads in the Sovetsky Sakhalin newspaper dated October 23rd, 1925:
Oksana Petrov found floating in Grboyedov Canal at 3:00 am this morning, had this note along with five heavy stones in the pocket of her ermine cape.

None can live inside the shadow of a man who serves words meant to cover the truth. Neither can they live wondering who has been cheated so that same man may be surrounded by wealth beyond all imagining. To this man, I say, “I am taking my life back.” You will consider it stealing. On the contrary – you never owned me.

  1. k rawson says:

    Lish, What an innovative and fresh approach. I love the different ‘media’ you use to put together this story. And what a powerful message and such a wrenching end. Well done!

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  2. pennygadd51 says:

    A very dramatic story, Alicia. You’ve been brave in the story structure – and it works; it draws us in.

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  3. Dear Lish,

    As others have said, unique and powerful. I guess clothes can only tell so much about a person.



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  4. Excellent approach to the prompt. I like it a lot.

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  5. draliman says:

    Quite a grim story. The poor woman, seeing that as her only way out. With someone that powerful and shady-sounding, perhaps it was. Nice one!

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  6. A story approach to savour; a story to treasure. I love this, and the strong message it conveys. I should have read these this time (as usual) before posting mine. Makes my humble offering feel feeble in comparison!


  7. lavmuses says:

    You owned me with this story 🙂 what rich imagery and of course the picture!


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