What Pegman Saw – Happy Ever After

“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 Asuncion, Paraguay.

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Happy ever after

“I must hurry, Jose. I’m meeting someone.”

Jose raised his eyebrows, pouted, but said nothing.

Carlos sighed with exasperation. He walked away quickly, scarcely noticing the market stalls with their crudely carved nativity scenes and insipid plaster models of the Virgin. The scent of coconut blossom was strong.

“Oh, you’ve come then? I thought you’d stood me up.” Beatriz scowled at Carlos, her prominent eyebrows drawn together, her eyes narrow with irritation.

“Sorry. I’m sorry. I had to buy something.”

The waiter hovered.

“We’ll have the fixed price menu, and a litre of red wine,” said Beatriz. The waiter nodded.

Carlos fumbled in his pocket and went down on one knee.

“Will you marry me, Beatriz?” he asked. The diamond ring sparkled in the restaurant’s lights.

Beatriz smiled.

“Yes, of course. I thought you’d never ask!”

Jose, across the square, watched in silence. So. Carlos had made his choice.

8 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Happy Ever After

    • Dear James
      Thank you for reading and commenting.
      It’s good to see you back participating in flash fiction challenges. I haven’t seen yet whether you’ve written a story – I hope you have!
      You’re right – the relationship between Jose and Carlos certainly went beyond friendship. Jose and Carlos could not marry officially in Paraguay, although gay sex is legal. It’s a conservative society, and it’s difficult to be out and proud.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Lish
      Thank you for reading and for your very kind comment. Whether Carlos made the right choice will depend upon how hard he works at loving Beatriz. Paraguay is a very conservative society. Homosexuality isn’t a crime, but it’s strongly disapproved of. Gay marriage certainly isn’t an option. Carlos is gay – but he wants family and social acceptance. He’s chosen marriage despite his sexuality.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  1. Wow, it’s so great! Somehow, I feel Carlos liked Jose? Oh, I wish they stayed together. I do like these “unconventional” love stories where gender barriers do not apply. After all each and every human can love another. Love doesn’t need barrier. It’s a great story, really!

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    • Dear Dragon Warrior
      Thank you for reading and commenting. And welcome to Pegman!
      You’re right that Carlos loved Jose, but Paraguay is very prejudiced against gay love. Carlos has chosen the “safe” option of heterosexual marriage. I would say good luck to him, because he’s chosen a very difficult path.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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