What Pegman Saw – Proposal

“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 Fiji. My story features Adrian and Sue who were introduced in my Friday Fictioneers story “Close to the Wind”

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Paradise Tavenuni Resort © Kathy Barrett, Google Maps

Proposal

Adrian swaggered up to Sue.

“Do you fancy crewing for me?” he asked.

“In your dreams!”

“It’s in Fiji. Flights and accommodation paid; work trip.”

Sue goggled at him. “That’s work?”

He grinned. “How about it?”

Adrian bagged the window seat on the plane.

Sue smiled at the man in the aisle seat.

“Would you mind swapping seats?” The passenger obligingly moved next to Adrian.

But Sue couldn’t escape Adrian’s invitation to dinner on the evening after their arrival. In truth she enjoyed the meal, their table under sparkling stars and overlooking rippling water that reflected the gentle moon.

Adrian looked nervous.

“Actually, I really want to do the Oyster World Rally.”

Sue gasped “That’s round the world! Two years!” Then she said firmly, “Only if I skipper.”

“Every other day?” suggested Adrian

There was a long pause.

“OK. Deal.”

Adrian kissed her.

“Bastard,” she murmured – and kissed back passionately.

30 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Proposal

    • I can see why you felt his advances were unwelcome to Sue. That was the impression she wanted to give him. This was for two reasons: she wanted to be ‘hard to get’, to achieve the best deal in any relationship; and she was concerned that if she let herself become too close, her own feelings for him might betray her.
      All the best
      Penny

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      • Oh, I hope that neither of them suffers from these games. I wonder what’s wrong with showing his feelings. Honesty should be desired by anyone who is interested in a lasting relationship. Although the rest of the world may believes that someone you can not get easily is better than one getting easy, I do not think so!It depends on personality and chemistry whether it fits or not. to nothing else!

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    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, the setting played a major part in Sue’s acceptance. If you look at my last sentence, you might get the impression that by the manner of his proposal Adrian has stolen her wind again…
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  1. ooo – nicely captured the romance and bit of tension here – and whew – so glad it was not a “metoo” piece – about halfway through I almost thought it was going in that direction – adrian was the boss who then did such and such – but not even close- bon voyage instead

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  2. Give and take, give and take, it’s like trimming the sails for the wind direction, to get the desired speed. Two years. Wow. She really does know her mind, confident but pliable. Kind of irresistible, I must say. But doesn’t she work? Nice one, Penny. Glad to see Adrian and Adrian back. 🙂

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    • Dear Lyn
      Thank you for reading and commenting.
      I like your response to my story a lot. But, tell me…Should Adrian trust Sue? She gave in rather easily, don’t you think? I think they’re as bad as each other in wanting control. Adrian may temporarily have an advantage, but life is a long race!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  3. oh how nice, I almost missed the sequel. OK. Adrian seems to have a light advantage. Of course, everyone wants to have control, probably both are not quite sure what the other wants? You find it suspicious if Sue yields too quickly? Very exciting, I’m curious what happens!

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    • Dear Anie
      Adrian and Sue are sophisticated people, with complex motivations. Physical attraction, and a desire to be in control have been a feature of the relationship so far. I’m not sure of the extent to which either of them understands love. I think that if the voyage goes ahead they’ll begin to learn!
      With best wishes
      Penny

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  4. Thank you, Penny, I believe, that it’s very complex otherwise I suppose it would be easier to understand. The more sophisticated people are and the more they are bound in their social environment, the more complicated it is …. the journey could certainly simplify it.

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