“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page, from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. I found this week’s location so stimulating that I wrote a second story, and here it is!
The sun warmed José as he sat on a bench overlooking the sea in the main plaza of the old fort. Dazzling white birds swooped above the ultramarine water. José, listening to their plaintive voices, could imagine them diving, seizing silver fish, swallowing them whole.
He heard the stranger approach, but didn’t turn; he had no wish to be disturbed.
“Señor, good day! May I join you?”
José grunted, and the man sat down.
“No, thank you.”
“Do you mind if I…?”
They sat in silence for a few minutes. Jose seldom indulged in a cigarette, but he enjoyed the smoke that trickled to him on the breeze.
The clock struck eleven. Time to go. Acindina would nag him if he were late for his midday meal.
“Isn’t the view beautiful?” exclaimed the stranger.
José turned to the man, smiled at him.
“Good day, Señor,” he said.
He rose and walked away slowly, tapping the pathway before him with a white cane.