What Pegman Saw – New Blue Jeans

“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 Minsk, Belarus.

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In Belarus, there are significant import duties on products from the EU, and this makes the goods expensive and you can’t always find them in the shops. A draft bilateral trade agreement has been negotiated but the EU refuses to implement it until the right to organise in trade unions is allowed.

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“Did you get anywhere with Sergei today?” Maryja took hold of Andrei’s arm and held it to her cheek. “Mmm, you feel nice,” she said.

Andrei stroked her hair and sighed, “Not really. He said privately that if it was up to him, he’d recognise the union straightaway, but HQ…” He sighed again.

“I wish they’d accept we have a right to organize. I want to buy French jeans. The ones we buy from Russia are so ugly!”

Andrei grinned, “Only you would see the advantage of a trade union in terms of fashionable denim!” He slapped her backside, hard.

Maryja pouted. “I don’t see anything wrong in wanting pretty clothes.”

“There’s nothing wrong with it, but a trade union will protect our jobs and our pay.”

His face darkened. “Sergei told me not to take part in Saturday’s demonstration. The police have my address.”

12 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – New Blue Jeans

    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you very much for reading and for your kind comments. I gave the explanatory note because my trusted reader felt the story was lacking without it. She said that wondering about the detail of what was going on had distracted her from the other elements of the story. I wonder if you think that’s a fair point?
      I’m delighted that you liked the intimacy of the scene. I wanted to convey the nature of the relationship by making the descriptions very tactile.
      With very best wishes

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    • Dear Iain
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right – it’s easy to forget the small things that make us comfortable in the west. I hope very much that we never need conversations like this in post-Brexit Britain.
      With very best wishes

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