What Pegman Saw – A change of perspective

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. This week’s prompt is the Palisade Rim/Ute Petroglyph trail in Colorado. This is the same story as I originally posted but with crucial details changed that will, I hope, change the balance of sympathy between the two characters.

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A change of perspective

Alan blew smoke towards the end of the bed.

“Why do you always do that?” pouted Ruth. “I like to smell you, not cigarettes.”

Alan shrugged.

“Dunno. Habit? Anyway, it’s time we moved. We’re visiting the Ute petroglyphs today.”

He wanted a lie-in, but Ruth had been keen to see the rock paintings. He rolled out of bed.

Ruth parked at the trailhead and demanded water. She popped a couple of Tylenol. “Bloody period’s started,” she moaned.

“It won’t kill you. Let’s hit the trail!”

As they saw the view, Alan grinned. “Glad you came now?”

Ruth stumbled.

“Ow-ow-ow! Turned my ankle!”

Alan looked at her with concern; he knew she hated seeming weak. “Do you want to wait here, while I finish the hike?”

Ruth nodded.

Later she called his phone.

“The petroglyphs are fantastic! I’ll be a bit longer…”

“I’m going back to the car. Hurry – or you’re hitching!”

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19 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – A change of perspective

    • Dear Kelvin
      Thank you for reading and for your thoughtful comments. Most relationships start with passion, which drives a desperate desire to be with the other person. The desire is so great that the lovers feel, probably truthfully, that they would die for their partner – mostly because life without the beloved would seem insupportable. However, the lovers are often not very good at seeing and doing the little things that make a more selfless and enduring love, and they have to learn how to do this. Alan and Ruth are at that cusp between passion and love.
      I’d be very interested if you would read and comment on my other Pegman story this week, “The end of an adventure”. It is exactly the same story, with the same dialogue, but slanted differently. I think it gives a different view of the two individuals, and I would be grateful for your opinion on that.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Alicia,
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Your comment is very helpful in understanding how a perceptive reader weighs up the emotions and insight displayed by Alan and Ruth.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Righteousbruin
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Here’s a provocative thought for you. If you view it as a man’s responsibility to take care of his woman, then Alan’s being a jerk. But suppose you view women as being fully autonomous creatures, who are pretty good at looking after themselves, and perfectly capable of assessing whether or not they can cope with being left alone for a while? Under those circumstances, if Alan were to insist on ‘looking after’ Ruth, I’d say he was a patronising git, wouldn’t you? 😉
      With best wishes
      Penny

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  1. Well O have to reread the other one, because I did not really recognize a big difference. He is a bit more sympathisch, because he thought that she never wants to be seen as a weak person. But at least I can not really feel myself as her or him, because the roles can easily changed (o.k not the period)… to leave the partner injured alone is bad…you would never do this To your partner…

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    • Dear anie
      It depends entirely upon the injury, wouldn’t you say? You’d make a mutual decision based on the severity of the injury, wouldn’t you? A twisted ankle isn’t a bad injury requiring urgent treatment, but it’s painful enough that you don’t want to walk further than you need. Sitting for an hour or so is no big deal.
      Unfortunately, 150 words isn’t enough to allow a careful discussion as to the severity of the injury!
      Best wishes
      Penny

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      • Of course it depends on the severity of the injury. Also on a lot of other things. This is why I wanted to hear the story from another view. It depends on the relationship of the couple…are they used to make lot of things each one by himself or do they most things together. Is the motivation to this visit so big, or are there alternatives to do together?…only the couple can judge if this story is something to have trouble or not.

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