“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. It’s related to my story “Happy ever after” published on December 21st.
Asuncion market gleamed with thousands of coloured lights celebrating Christmas.
Carlos looked miserable. He hated seeing Jose upset.
“Look,” said Jose. “I love you. I want a lifelong partnership. I will never go with anyone else; I swear by the Virgin! What more do you want?”
Carlos laid his hand gently on Jose’s.
“I love you too,” he said softly. “But AIDS terrifies people.”
“But there would be no risk, because I’d be faithful!”
“I don’t think they’d see that. Do you remember that doctor last year? When he came out as gay, he lost all his patients.”
“Don’t you trust me, Carlos?”
“I would trust you with my life,” said Carlos, fiercely, and then he sighed. “Perhaps we had better not see each other again.”
Jose stared at him.
Carlos looked at his watch. “I must hurry, Jose. I’m meeting someone.”
Jose said nothing – but followed at a distance.