What Pegman saw – Literary Fiction

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using the 360 degree view of the location provided, you must write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page,  from where you can also get the Inlinkz code.

WPS Poisson-Blanc Quebec 170901

Literary Fiction

Every mile driven between the trees was a mile further from civilisation, a mile further from the concerts, plays and libraries that Estelle enjoyed so much.

“Never mind,” she thought. “Next year, when I start my postgrad studies, I’ll have a cast-iron excuse not to holiday with the family.” And at least the books in the car’s trunk should last through the fortnight – probably.

The resort was beautiful, the lake deep blue in the evening twilight. Birdsong filled the air, and the fresh breeze carried a scent of pine. Their host proudly told them about the camp sites on the islands dotting the lake. He seemed to feel that the provision of latrines was a cause for celebration.

“And here,” he concluded, “are your canoes.”

Canoes. We paddle there? Really?

Estelle stared at him.

He was tall, well-muscled, attractive – and he had a copy of “Wolf Hall” in his hand.

30 thoughts on “What Pegman saw – Literary Fiction

  1. Oh, that sounds so perfect. Ahhhhh, just thinking about such a vacay has me grinning. Great write, and I like the refs to books. Sometimes that’s all you get for entertainment, but its the best. 🙂

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  2. What a spellbinding story. Until the end, for reasons unknown, I was thinking the 60’s maybe the 70’s, but Wolf Hall threw me, just like her short stories did on the short story module of the MA in Creative writing I completed. But that’s an aside…. You story reads so well, Penny, brimming with teenage angst with womanhood straining to come through. I hope I have that right…

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    • Oh yes, Kelvin, very right indeed! She’s actually about 21 (post-grad studies next year…) but she’s always lived more in her imagination than in the real world. And she suddenly realises that maybe there’s more to life than study, just as you say.
      It’s just as well I stopped where I did – I’m by no means sure I could do ‘steamy’!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Thank you for commenting, Draliman.
      I hope she enjoys her holiday, but really the story could go anywhere, couldn’t it? Suppose the host is engaged? Or hopelessly in love with a girl who doesn’t fancy him? Suppose he’s gay? I think only one thing is certain; Estelle will have changed and grown up by the end of her holiday!
      With best wishes
      Penny

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