What Pegman Saw – Assignation

“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 Ljubljana, Slovenia – or anywhere in Slovenia. I have taken a short bus ride to Lake Bled!

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Image by Ales Krivec from Pixabay

Assignation

The sun crept above the horizon, peeping shyly through the winter haze like a bride through her veil. Andrej muffled his scarf closer. His ears prickled with frost. Would she come?

Streamers of mist drifted aimlessly, now hiding the dark waters of Lake Bled, now coyly revealing them. Watching intently, Andrej saw a more purposeful movement. There she was!

The swan stretched her silver-white wings wide, standing on the water. Andrej could see every feather. For a few heart-stopping moments the powerful wings beat, and then the swan folded them and drifted back into the fogbank.

There was a smile on Andrej’s face as he walked slowly back to the village.

Irina met him at the door of their cottage, her white hair gleaming.

“Come in before you catch your death of cold, you silly old man!”

Andrej kissed her.

“Ljubim te močno – I love you so much,” he said.

14 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Assignation

    • Dear Narasimhansrikanth
      Thank you for reading and for your very kind comment. At present I am spending most of my ‘writing’ time trying to find an agent to promote my novel to publishers. Perhaps when that’s finished I may continue the story.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I went to see the opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ by Janacek on Thursday. The central theme of the opera is about how an awareness of nature can give us a joyous acceptance of every aspect of life, including old age and death. It was a transcendent performance that had me in tears – and it inspired this story.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Lish
      Thank you for reading and commenting so thoughtfully. I’m thrilled that you identified Irina as Andrej’s ‘swan’. Swans are often symbols of faithful love, of course, but I was by no means sure that this would be picked up.
      I went to see the opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ by Janacek last Thursday. The central theme of the opera is about how an awareness of nature can give us a joyous acceptance of every aspect of life, including old age and death. It was a transcendent performance that had me in tears – and it inspired this story.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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