“How did you know Zelensky?” I had asked Luda when I first met her at her home in Mariople.
“He grew up next door. When my nephews visit, they played. They became very good friends. Those boys have been together through many things and now war. Do you know his name means ‘famous leader?'”
No I didnt not know the meaning of his name, but it fit. These were the few things I knew about Volodymyr Zelensky who was elected President of Ukraine in 2019:
Volodymyr was born in 1978. Ukrainian was then part of the Soviet Union. After the fall of communism, Zelenskyy co-founded a successful comedy troupe and studied law.
Volodymyr Zelensky had been in the position of President of Ukraine for a few years when Russia attacked on Feb 24. Zelensky grew up under the iron fist of Mother Russia and had no desire to see his country torn apart. once again.
In his nightly address to the nation, we heard Zelenskyy say:
Thanks to the courage, wisdom of our defenders, thanks to the courage of all Ukrainian men, all Ukrainian women our state is a real symbol of struggle for freedom. Everyone in the world – and even those who do not openly support us – agree that it is in Ukraine that the fate of Europe, the fate of global security, the fate of the democratic system is being decided. And above all, it is being decided what life in the center and east of our continent will be like and whether there will be life at all.
(excerpt of speech on April 26)
“Zelensky is meeting with the UN and EU as we were having this conversation. We hope for help and weapons.” Dmitre relayed to us.
“We are glad that you, your brother and the President are safe.” My husband said. “What can we do now to help?”
“I know the President would tell you to get into safety. Your wife is still recovering. “
“You are asking us to go into hiding while there is …”
“Yes, You must. “
“But Dmitre what about????” I was near tears.
“There is still my family. They are in danger.”
“Yes, they are in need of protection.” My husband said soberly not knowing the situation on the other side of the Portal.
“You watch out for them and get well. Maybe in several weeks we will talk.”
We were both weary as we said “Goodbye” to everyone at the refugee center / church/ kitchen/ hospital. I couldn’t think about tomorrow for each of them.
Two of Yevhen’s men half carried me to The Passage. They had returned to tell us that Yevhen had positioned the men to defend Mariople’s people.
The men looked like tired boys to me at that moment.
As we got to the third floor, I knew we were on our own.
“Be careful. This Uri is your enemy.”
My husband checked his pistol for the twentieth time and checked the strap to the rifle on his shoulder.
“We will see you soon.” I gripped their hands not wanting to let go. “Buvaite zdorovi”
They waved as they turned the corner of the hallway on the third floor of the Passage Hotel.
I have never hated goodbyes more than now…
So we say Buvaite zdorovi! (Ukrainian for Be Well / Be healthy) to each of you wonderful A to Z bloggers.
So sorry to leave you at a Time Portal with a War in Ukraine in 2022.
And so dear A to Z friends and Blogging faithfuls we are wrapping this part of “The Passage – A War Time Portal.” We (my husband who journeys with me) and myself will continue to write about people in the war and the world of the Portal. There is another element that we hinted at which is where we will go next.
“The Passage: Resistance in Time.”
“We are potentially entering a portal with a KGB operative. I need to man up.” I knew not to grab the gun from my husband, so I pleaded with my eyes.
The hour hand finally clicked to 3.
“Let’s go then.” My husband handed me the rifle.
We walked forward into 1991 uncertain of what we would face and who would greet us…
Thank you to the A to Z community and each blogger that joins in April.
This is the final letter for the A to Z challenge 2022. This fiction was originally written in 2007 in Odessa, Ukraine. I’ve tweeked it to arrive in 2022 but the elements of a multiaccess portal and a war (the original story had multiple wars) are original. The Passage that is central to this story is a real hotel built in 1880s.
26 thoughts on “Zelensky #atozchallenge #Ukraine #fiction”
This good bye does seem uncertain and very painful…thanks for sharing Zeenskys speech excerpt.
I just hope there would be an end to this war. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Congrats on completing a to z. From “The Pensive”
I like this blend of the real and the fantastic.
Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: Z
I thought I would miss reading your posts on the portal and Ukraine after April. Glad that you’ll continue to share more. I literally read news about Ukraine every single day. We discuss it at home (in India) and my three year old always says she wants to send her toys to kids there and go out there and help everyone and end the war. I hope there is peace very very soon. I can’t imagine what people might be actually going thru there. Thank you for bringing Ukraine closer to our hearts.
Hope we continue to read each other’s blogs even after the challenge!
Dropping by from https://momandideas.com
Thank you for this series. Very meaningful.
Congrats on completing the challenge and may what they find in 1991 impact what is happening in 2022 in a positive way!
it’s been awesome to get to know you and your family…
very nice post. Thank you for stopping by
I’m glad to hear you’ll carry on posting more, so thanks for that.
I think my favourite Zelensky moment was his speech in which he told his fellow Ukrainians to not hang a portrait of him but rather one of their husband/wife.family. The man is a class act.
Well done on completing the Challenge.
Visiting from Facing The Mountain
I think he has grown up unlike many politicians under duress.
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Great way to finish this challenge off. Glad to see you will be posting more. I have enjoyed following along.
Thanks Cheryl – we will zee if we can keep it rolling
Well done on finishing the A to Z.
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Sadly, my fault, I don’t know much about Mr. Zelensky. Thank you for sharing a bit of his bio here. I know he is courageous and he has passion for leading Ukraine. We can only hope and pray there will be a peaceful end to this terrible tragedy of war in a very short time. I fear not though. Excellent work with the challenge this year! WTG for making it to the end too!! Thanks for visiting my blog as you did 🙂
I didnt either, but I have heard how he has risen in people’s respect. Thanks again
Nice way to wrap up this 2022 A to Z Challenge. Leaving it open for continuation is a good lure to keep us coming back.
Tossing It Out
Arlee thanks again for a great April. if the war had ended I would gladly put this story aside. Thanks again!!
So many layers……
I have enjoyed your series and admit to getting a little teary when I saw Z was for Zelensky, the world’s hero.
Congratulations on completing the A to Z challenge.
Well written posts! I do hope the situation is resolved soon to end all suffering. Thank you for your support in my AtoZ journey this year!
Congratulations on an amazing finish to the A to Z challenge. A very timely and inspiring set of posts. Thanks!
Hi there! I had started reading your A-Z initially but then post the first week of the challenge, I was unable to manage both writing and reading! Now I am planning to continue reading blogs in May. How to get to your A-Z posts in sequence? Could you please post the link of the first ones or a post where you have all of them by any chance?
Deepa from FictionPies
Finally, done with the entire A-Z, and I am glad you are still writing about it. A part of me is jealous, but the more significant part is absolutely in awe of you. Though the O and X links were broken. So, don’t really know what I missed. But so far it was an amazingly engaging ride and I loved every part of it.