(Chernobyl post #17) Hiding - 2 of 3.
After half an hour (or more, it was hard to tell), we left the police station via the back and started wandering around, getting our bearings and working out the best way back. We were communicating without words, hand signals gesturing directions as we moved silently. It’s a quiet city, there’s nothing here, but we could hear trucks driving around in the distance. We stayed still, working out their direction of travel, and it became clear very quickly that one was drawing close. Now, it’s hard to explain the geography, but essentially we were in the back of the police compound, and right at the far end was a huge concrete fence with a barbed wire top. We were about 6 foot away from that fence, and as the truck drew closer we moved in to the bushes, crouched, and waited. Oleg lit a cigarette. Not the most ninja of moves, in my opinion, but what do I know, I’ve never run from the military before. We stayed still for a very long time. The Ukrainians were talking in hushed voices, I hoped they were working out a plan, but I suspect not. The Brits amongst us were just going with the flow, and we’d had a couple of whispered exchanges centred around just bolting and getting out of there, but nothing was happening. The vehicles were moving around the city still, and one was getting uncomfortably close. Now, ‘uncomfortably close’ is not exactly a precise unit of measurement, but we heard the car stop. We heard the door open. We heard the door close. We heard talking. We heard another door open. Then we heard the dogs.
If you have ever hung out with Eastern European urban explorers you will have learnt that seemingly nothing will phase them. However, I have only ever seen fear like the fear I saw in Oleg’s eyes in movies. He totally and completely froze, apart from his eyelids which forced as far apart as they possibly could. Then the eyes bulged and the jaw dropped a little. Then he looked at us and whispered ‘run’. .
*You’ll notice an extra pic of a scared looking photographer. Pic by @rsklv
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