“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.
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.”
“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?”
“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?”
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!”