What Pegman Saw – Fresh Start

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“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using 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. This week’s location is Mauritius.

Fresh Start

I was lunching alone at a table for four, watching the sunlight sparkle on the waves and thinking of Randolph. Two years after his death; a breakdown, anti-depressants, psychotherapy, ECT and two suicide attempts later, I was on the mend.

A young couple approached the waiter, but it was hopeless; the place was packed.

I beckoned.

“You can join me, if you like.”

“Really?” They hesitated.

I patted a chair.

“Sit down!”

Ada and Jeff were marine biologists, working on conserving fish stocks. The work sounded fascinating. I wondered…

I thought of the sun, of swimming in that warm sea – imagined the drizzle in England.

“Could i help with the project?”

“How long are you here?” asked Ada.

“Three weeks – but I could stay longer.”

Ada looked doubtful.

“There’s some clerical work,” said Jeff. “Unpaid. It’s very humdrum, I’m afraid.”

I think I may be staying here for some time!

28 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Fresh Start

  1. A very sympathetic character, with a welcome outcome, in such a vivid scene. I would argue that her means could be implied based on the “anti-depressants, psychotherapy, ECT” and the fact that she’s spending three weeks in paradise. Delighted for her!

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    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for your kind comments. I’m glad you found her a sympathetic character. I wanted to write a happy ending – the last couple of weeks I’ve written some quite dark stuff. Sometimes happy is good!
      With best wishes

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  2. Touching and uplifting. I really hope a happy ending materialises. I remember visiting Iona years ago and seeing posters asking for volunteers to cook and to maintain the library. “Maybe one day,” I thought, but by the time I retired reality had got in the way.

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  3. that is certainly a good thing after such a hard time to have a meaningful employment. and, above all, to make new contacts and to make friendships. A nice story, Penny!

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