Вдовенко Денис

denisРодился в 1981 году. Окончил Пермский государственный университет в 2003 году. Автор книги "Жизнь в стиле ДА" (Санкт-Петербург, 2005) и "Одномогильники.ру" (Пермь, 2015). Один из переводчиков "Антологии современной британской драматургии" (Москва, 2008).

Born in 1981 in Perm. Graduated from Perm State University in 2003. Author of books: "Life in YES-style" (Saint-Petersburg, 2005) and "Odnomogilniki.ru" (Perm, 2015). One of the translators of "Anthology of modern British drama" (Moscow, 2008).


NEW WONDERLAND

         I woke up in the morning. My baby was crying. I called my beloved, but soon I realized that she was not there. I got up and searched the flat. She disappeared! My baby cried so much…

         I took her in my arms and said to myself that I should find her a woman to feed her. No matter where and how, but I had to do that…

         I put my coat on, wrapped my baby into some clothes which I think didn’t fit her at all… I went outside and soon was in the streets.

         It was a sad,  gloomy morning. There were no women in the city, so I found it quite strange. I looked around and rushed towards the nearest department store. I walked through the main doors and got inside. I counted on finding some shop assistants who are mostly young women and… My expectations were shattered: instead of women I saw only men. “Excuse me, – I asked a young man in a clothes shop, – do you happen to know where Mary is?”. I knew the assistant’s name since I had been often buying shirts and trousers is that department. “Sorry, Sir. Don’t know”, – replied the guy. “Do you know who Mary is? She has been working here for at least three years!”– “I am very sorry, but I don’t know who are you talking about…”.  He smiled. I was shocked… I dropped by some other shops and heard the same thing everywhere: nobody of those men knew any girls working there!

         I thought I was out of my mind. My baby was still crying and I had to leave the building, seeking for help. I was desperately looking for women in coffee shops, galleries, gyms, drugstores, fashion boutiques… I tried to call my old girlfriends, but they were out of reach… “The subscriber’s phone is switched off or out of the coverage…”. No women! Not one!

         Time went on and on… My baby slept for a while, but then started crying again… I said to myself that I could not bear that anymore and I walked towards the forest. I knew that in many cases people who were not content with their lives, or wanted more freedom, or… whatever… would just hide in forests. So, I hoped to find some females there…

         The evening went down. It was getting darker and darker… I got into the thicket, knowing that I had nothing to lose. I was wandering among the trees crying: “Women, where are you?”. No one answered. I sat on the stump, caressing my baby. I was completely devastated…

         Suddenly someone licked my ear. I turned and saw a cow staring at me. Instinctively, I backed off. “Don’t worry! – said the cow. – I am not going to hurt you…”

         I thought  I was in a fairytale. The cow which is speaking to me! How could that be? “Www…what is happening?” – I muttered. “Sad things, – replied the cow. – Women left this land… It has become so aggressive, so ruthless, so painful… It’s not the “women’s thing”…. That’s why you should learn to live without them. Until you change for better…”

         I couldn’t believe my ears. The truth was hard to accept, but the cow was right. We have to change, to change our dirtyland, warland, murderland, no-future-land into a wonderland. But how to do that without women… Bingo! I have my baby, my daughter. I can bring her up as a real woman… She would marry a good man (there are still left some) and they could start it all over again… I have to take care of her right now. She is hungry… She is starving… “So, Cow, would you be so kind to share some of your milk with my baby, please!”. The Cow nodded. I smiled. For the first time for the whole day!

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