What Pegman Saw – Evergreen Memories

“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 Bristol in the UK.

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Evergreen memories

College Green was our special place, wasn’t it, Peter? We often met here between morning lectures and afternoon practical classes. We sat on the grass and watched the gulls hover, soar, dive, brilliant white against the blue sky. We shared our lunch, our stories, our laughter; especially our laughter. We laughed a lot, at people, at things that happened, but mostly simply for joy at being alive and together.

Then one day you weren’t there. Nor the next day, nor the one after. You weren’t in classes either. You’d never told me your home address or phone number. I asked the University what had happened. “He left us voluntarily,” was all they would tell me. No address, no phone number; I wasn’t part of your family.

I still come and sit here occasionally, and remember, quietly.

A shadow falls on me.

“Annie?” The old man’s voice is tentative, disbelieving.

“Peter!”

39 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Evergreen Memories

  1. ohh what a nice ending. With such stories, I always ask myself, why do so many torments have to be in between? For the art, the book the movie, the theater probably important, because otherwise the audience would find it boring. We need in art the extreme that we do not necessarily want for our lives.

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    • Dear anie
      I’m glad you liked the ending; I wanted to write a happy ending this week.
      You’re right about why there are so many torments before resolution; it’s so the reader stays interested. People have a strong urge to hear disaster stories; look at the sort of news that sells newspapers!
      Besides, life is never all good and all bad. Fiction can help people see the beauty around them, and discover the happiness within themselves, but it needs to go to dark places to succeed in this.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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      • you’re right, every person will eventually experience dark moments, no matter how lucky he is in his life and every person with misfortune, will also get to know good times.
        I was quite ignorant in my life and just did not look at bad news anymore. I do not like too sad films or books. I’m getting too close. Surely you are right, that we only can really values happiness when we had to feel bad times, as well as we also only honor health when we are ill.
        The question is which way to go and how long to accept going in the dark when the step into the light is right next to you.
        I was quite ignorant in my life and just did not look at bad news anymore. I do not like too sad films or books. I’m getting too close. Surely you are right, that one only really values ​​one’s happiness when one feels bad, as well as one’s health when one is ill.
        The question is which way to go and how long to go in the dark when the step into the light is right next to you.

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    • Dear anie
      I see good and bad, joy and sorrow, happiness and apathy, as being much more intermingled than you suggest. A thief may steal to feed his family; a mother has the joy of her child and the labour of caring for them 24/7; a lover has happiness in the beloved’s presence, but the need to find a way of expressing that love in a way that doesn’t hurt others around them.
      But that’s just what I think. It’s not necessarily right, and at best it’s a partial truth.
      All we can do when living our lives is to make big decisions with as much love as we can find in our hearts for all those around us.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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      • These are very wise words penny. Of course, there are always a lot of thoughts and entanglements, situations and obstacles behind such stories.
        Making great decisions with as much love as possible for us and our people around us. Yes you are right!
        So far, I have always tended to act for the good of others, because many things are not important to me, or it is more important to see others happy (if, for example, I am giving up my dessert because I know that someone else likes to eat two …;) ……) but with the important things I have learned now, that my own person must be the center of attention. Because if I am unhappy, the rest around me is also unhappy. And when it stops working, the whole idea has not worked. In addition, such estimates are all uncertain anyway … who knows what tomorrow is? Are we acting for the benefit of others who may go their own ways the next day? We ourselves must go after our feelings, even if it is difficult, because these are just our feelings and who knows if and how they are supported? Life is hard, but not trying and only dreaming is still harder as getting to know, taht something does not work out.

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    • Dear Kelvin
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad you found the story romantic. I hope you recognised the influence of your writing on the style I used for this piece! I agree that you’re never too old for carefree laughter. In fact, now that I am old and gradually becoming wise I find carefree laughter easier than when I was young!
      With reference to the name Peter, I wonder whether the couple will build a partnership on the rock?
      With best wishes
      Penny

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  2. well you really made me feel the empty feeling of the loss – after allows us to feel the joy of togetherness.

    and you have teased us with that ending – but your piece really reminds me of youth and how they can cut ties and not ever think twice about who they cut off.
    Like back in the 80s – I now see how I cut off my cousin after he came out to visit us – I blew him off and did not even realize it – and I see it with an older teen we know – they just can cut ties so easily – even after bonds are formed.
    and so I wondered slightly if that was the case here – the one half here had to maybe change schools and just did so without remembering to say goodbye – even to someone he shared such depth/joy with….

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  3. Lovely story and filled with hope for the future too – perhaps opportunities were wasted in the past but now they’ve found each other again … Lovely descriptions of College Green too. Do you know Bristol? I’m intrigued at your inclusion of gulls – many people wouldn’t know we have a lot of gulls here 🙂

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    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I know Bristol a little. I used to go there for work purposes during the period 2008 – 2015. I was more used to Avonmouth, with its industry, but occasionally I needed to visit the city centre. Just like Peter, I walked across College Green every few months, although I wasn’t on the look out for a former love! It’s a lovely spot. And I remember watching gulls just as I describe them in the story. I took part in Pride there a couple of times as well, and had treatment at BRI, and at a hypnotherapist so yeah, I guess I knew it better than I first thought! It’s a nice city.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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      • I thought you must know it – your descriptions felt right. We’ve joined in with the Pride march here a few times – a fabulously inclusive, warm event. It’s a great city and I never take for granted how lucky I am to have the harbourside to walk along – my favourite place in the city centre. Lucky to live here

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    • Dear Francine
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. If you want to find out whether there is a reunion, you can find a longer version on my blog!
      With best wishes
      Penny

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