“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 the north coast of Finland.
The last indigenous people of Europe, the Sami, live here and in the north of Norway, Sweden and Russia, and have done from time immemorial.
The Sami flag
An Educated Wife
“I wish you weren’t going to Kautokeino to study, Suoinná.”
Suoinná looked up at fiancé Gábe with a smile. ”Look at Njáveš! Already walking and not one year old!” She held out her hands; her tiny niece took three wobbly steps and sat down. Both girls laughed.
“Let’s not wait to get married; let’s marry next Easter. Then you can be with me as a reindeer herder. My co-operative have agreed to train me as a helicopter pilot to round up our beasts.”
“Oh, Gábe, that’s great news!” Suoinná popped Njáveš into the playpen, and hugged Gábe.
“So – you’ll marry me at Easter?”
Suoinná drew away.
“Gábe, I’m going to study. I shall learn how to share our songs with foreigners to teach them about the Sami people.”
“So – you won’t marry me?”
Suoinná regarded him with exasperation.
“That depends entirely on whether or not you want an educated wife!”