What Pegman Saw – Bad Trip

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page,  from where you can also get the Inlinkz code.

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Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay

Bad Trip

He had a few minutes before his rendezvous with Kathy. Half-concealed in an alley, Simon lit up. While the Bruges authorities tolerated small quantities of cannabis, they came down hard on people who smoked in public. He inhaled and felt the world slow down, the chill of the early morning recede under the caress of the April sunshine.

The carillon of the Belfry chimed the hour. Ten o’clock. He smiled, took one last drag, and ground the joint underfoot. He took a deep breath of the crisp air, blinking at the sudden dizziness. Strong stuff, this Belgian weed.

As he wandered towards Chocolatier Dumon to meet Kathy, he realised he was staggering. It was hot; he was sweating.

A woman approached him.

“Are you okay?” she asked

“Fine,” he slurred, through chattering teeth.

He felt a clattering of bells, and smoke sounding like burning rubber.

Slowly, he slumped to the ground.

14 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Bad Trip

    • Dear Iain
      Thank you for reading, and for your kind comment. As regards the setting, I was particularly pleased to find the photo on Pixabay, which feels to me to be both vertiginous and claustrophobic – just what I wanted for the story!
      With very best wishes

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  1. Poor Simon–he got more than he bargained for! I especially like the efficient way you get across the level of his intoxication by way of synesthesia in the line “He felt a clattering of bells, and smoke sounding like burning rubber.”

    Great to see you!

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    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comments. I’m glad you spotted the reference to synesthesia. Without wishing to admit to marijuana intoxication, I’ve certainly experienced synesthesia after drinking too much, and also when ill. It’s a bit weird!
      I’m sorry to have missed a few Pegmans recently – I’m working flat out trying to get an agent for my novel. No luck so far, unfortunately.
      With very best wishes


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