Published May 26, 2018 by rochellewisoff

This week Pegman takes us to Armenia. You are welcome to use the photo provided in the prompt, or chose from among many photo spheres from across the country.

Will you dig into Armenia’s rich history? Delve into its present? Imagine its future? Or will you conjure your own alternate reality? The only rule is to keep your story, poem, or essay under 150 words.

Once  your piece is polished, share it with others using the Linkup below. Reading and commenting on others work is part of the fun!

Thanks to Karen and Josh for facilitating this weekly globetrotting experience. 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 150


I had just curled up on the sofa when the doorbell rang. Sore from giving birth and sleep deprived from a full-night’s worth of colic, I padded to the door. There stood my Armenian grandmother, Teddy bear in tow.

Tatik, I just put Joseph down for his nap.”

 Her brown eyes twinkled. “I come to see my great-grandson. The first boy in two generations.”

Dropping the toy on the couch, she bent over the bassinet and swept my son into her arms. Suddenly, she collapsed into the rocker clutching him to her chest and burst into tears. “He looks just like my baby brother—Joseph. The Turks ripped him from my mother’s arms, buried him up to his shoulders in the dirt and crushed his little skull under their trucks. Sixty years later I still hear the screams.

“Because we were Christians they called us infidels. I call them bastards.”  

December 1915 NY Times




33 comments on “AUCTION OF SOULS

  • Many of the stories we Pegman people remind me of a book I read probably three years ago about the Armenian genocide. I must read it again. So many cruel acts! How could anyone bury a child and run over their head? You’ve made me angry ~ in a very good way.

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    • Dear Lish,

      This was a new one on me. I’d not heard of the Armenian Genocide until yesterday. When I Googled Armenia it was the first thing that came up. I wish I could say I made that little scenario up. 😦 It made me pretty angry, too. And even angrier that it’s a history rarely spoken of and almost forgotten…except by the survivors’ decedents. Thank you.



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    • Dear Dale,

      I started to not go “there” when I peeked at some of the other stories. However, I’d already started Googling and no other story came to mind. I had to tell this one. It’s interesting that there’s a main path that most of us took but I still think our stories are diverse enough for us not to be called a herd. 😉 That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Thank you, my friend.




  • I confess, I had never heard of the Armenian Genocide either. What a terrible stain on history – to have killed so many and for so few of us to know about it. Your scene is horrifying, Rochelle and I confess I’m flinching away from thinking on it too much, repellent as it is. Well told tragedy

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  • Dear Rochelle
    You are a strong advocate for humanity with your writing showing the horrors of state-sponsored genocide. It is a good thing that you do, reminding us of the personal suffering of those caught up in violence instigated by wicked men, and perpetrated by those who are misled.
    This time you have given us a powerfully written story about a scarcely imaginable horror. An extremely difficult thing to do that must have cost you grief. Thank you.

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    • Dear Penny,

      Your words are affirming. According to another friend of mine it’s my way of shining light in the dark corners. At times these stories do take an emotional toll but, as you know, someone needs to say something. Thank you for such a magnificent comment.




    • Dear Francine,

      I don’t know how brave I am a hundred years after the fact. 😉 But history shouldn’t be forgotten. Yet it’s being repeated all over the world. Thank you so much for your affirming words.




  • I clicked ‘Like’ Dear Rochelle, but of course I don’t, A very powerful evocation of another horrendous example of man’s inhumanity to man. I discovered the horrors of this genocide many years ago, and have been fascinated by Armenians ever since.. so many of them are so beautiful unique and their culture seems so mysterious and beautiful… the pockets of Armenian people who remain, and their culture are so very intriguing…..Love Valerie


    • Dearest Valerie,

      I’m always so pleased when you come by for a read and take the time to comment.

      I’m sad and almost embarrassed to admit that I knew nothing for this tragic history. Over one million slaughtered and it’s been swept under history’s carpet. It really isn’t a story to ‘like.’ Thank you, my friend.




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