What Pegman Saw – Forgotten

“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 prompt is the ghost town of Buckhorn, Iowa.

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Ann stepped lightly on the grass of the cemetery, leaving footprints in the dew. She was glad someone still cared enough to mow it neatly. She laid a bunch of flowers from her yard on the grave of her Aunt Betty, murmured a doubtful prayer and walked downhill to the disused church.

“See you at the old church, 8:30 on Thursday May 23rd” Mike’s last email had said, a fortnight ago.

He’d been away a long time, three years, treading the far places of the globe and following his dreams. How would he look? How would he feel?

The sun became hot. Ann found herself a shaded spot, heady with the scent of wildflowers and loud with the insistent buzzing of honeybees. 8:30 came – and went. At 10:00 she sighed and left.

“I guess he forgot.”

In the cemetery, the dew had already disappeared; already the grass had forgotten her.

28 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Forgotten

    • Dear Josh
      Thank you for reading, and for your kind comment. I found Buckhorn haunting and sad. It’s been forgotten so completely it doesn’t even have an entry on Wikipedia.
      With best wishes


  1. a wonderful but so sad story. How transient everything is and of course still so sad for each one. It is not nice to feel forgotten, but maybe he did not forget her. The fading footprint is something she can not do anything against. But in fact nature never forgets footprints of humans. They can not be seen anymore, but they are still there!

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    • Well Eagle Aye, you are so right, everything a good story needs, eh? Do anybody here knows the “inkheart trilogiy” of cornelia Funke? I´m sure these are not the only books in this genre which leave you lost in reality. Yes!!!! You want to have a perfect book full of crime, excitement, unfulfilled love, suffering, action and emotions … Wow, what a movie where we enjoy ourselves as spoiled, lovely-worthy creations. Just think about what it’s like to be the poor character in this book and you know how some people feel. ” Life is a story you write!

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    • hmmm, it does symbolize more her feelings, no? Because she does not certainly knows why he did not appear. When the relationship has a worth for her, she will still have hope that he missed the train, had some trouble…only because he did not come is not the end of the relationship, it is the begin of worrying!

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      • Thank you Penny for your lovely words. My memories do flood me at this time of year, and I still get quite emotional, but I now soak up the emotions like they’re a Christmas present for me from Carole 🎁💝

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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading, and for such a nice comment. ‘Forgotten’ was triggered by finding that even Wikipedia didn’t have an entry for Buckhorn, Iowa. That’s about as forgotten as you can be!
      Shalom, shalom

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