“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 includes Amarillo, Texas. I struggled with this one, and the link between prompt and story is opaque. Amarillo is the location of the USA’s Strategic Helium Reserve. The major contemporary use for helium is in MRI scanners, which uses 20% of global production.
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Be strong for me
“You’re a cancer survivor,” insisted James fiercely. Stella gave him a fleeting smile and squeezed his hand.
“Jim, whatever they find with this scan, just accept it will you? Please? For my sake.”
Once more she was wheeled into the little room, once more laid down in the restricted space of the MRI scanner. ‘What a good job I’m not claustrophobic,’ she thought.
The scan started and she winced. The machine made a noise like an unsilenced motorcycle engine, and it sawed through her attempts to think coherently.
Stella knew Jim would come to hear the results, but she wished he wouldn’t. He wasn’t prepared for bad news.
And it was bad; the worst.
“But surely there’s some experimental treatment? Stella’s a survivor!” Jim was outraged.
The consultant just shook his head.
“Jim, let it be,” said Stella, gently.
Jim looked at her, about to expostulate. He looked – then wept.