Marek holds a map. He can’t read the street names, nor the English instructions on the cans of spray-paint the supervisor gave him. The man was impatient, talked too close and too loudly for Marek to follow.
On a bridge he sprays a white circle around a crater in the pavement. When he stands up a figure is climbing over the railing in the dark.
‘Nie,’ Marek calls, runs. ‘Proszę.’
The person, a woman, turns, looks at him.
‘What?’ she says.
‘Wróć.’ He holds out a hand. ‘Pozwól mi pomóc.’
‘Posvolly… what?’ she says again.
Hesitantly, Marek says, ‘I help.’
This is a 100-word story for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Click here to read some more inspired by the picture (this week provided by The Reclining Gentleman) or here to join in and write your own.
I don’t speak Polish – so if any fluent speakers read this and want to let me know if I’ve made any mistakes, I’d love to hear from you, and of course, all other non-Polish speaking readers.
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