What Pegman Saw – Strong Stuff

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using the 360 degree view of 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.

WPS - Strong Stuff - Littleton, West Virginia 171007

What Pegman Saw – Strong Stuff

“Chuck, sit down.”

“Gee, Mom, I’m s’posed to be somewhere.”

He sat down anyway.

“Chuck, there’s fifty bucks gone from my purse – don’t lie to me, just keep it. But don’t spend it on drugs. Please, Chuck. I couldn’t bear to lose you.”

“Mom, I start rehab on Wednesday. They’ll give me stuff. I tried cold turkey, remember?”

Mary shuddered. How could she forget the sobbing, the retching, the curses and the prayers?

“Mom. Thanks, OK?”

Chuck hurried to one of the decrepit houses on Main Street. Fifty bucks bought him a packet of white powder.

“Go easy on this,” warned the dealer. “Just take a quarter your normal dose.”

Chuck hid himself further down the street and eyed the drug. Strong, huh? He sighed, “Oh, Mom,” as the shakes quietened and he drifted away.

When he didn’t come home, Mary searched until she found him – and her heart broke.