This area is on my “To-Visit” list so I could not resist participating this week which got me digging into a little of the history of the region.
This week’s suggestion comes from the talented Lish over at Up From the Ashes. Be sure head over to her blog and enjoy not just this week’s story, but her excellent poetry and other entertaining stories.
Your mission on Pegman, as always, is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Feel free to use the image supplied above, or visit the Douro Valley yourself via Google maps and find your own street view or photo sphere for inspiration. Or better yet, visit it in person, and take the rest of us Peg-people with you!
Once your story/essay/poem is finished, share it with others using the link up below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun!
Our Little Secret
“They don’t pay any taxes and they get our best wines. This works for those desgraçados inglês¹ but how is it best for us, eh, João?”
“But we sell even more wines, Santiago. It is good business!”
“Good Business? Bah! They are not paying what it is worth. Yes, we sell larger quantities but it’s still not right. We can make more. A lot more.”
“But how? The Methuen Treaty signed between our governments has tied our hands.”
“What good are their textiles to me? They cannot fix our roof or pay for more hands to work the vines. I’m telling you, I have the solution.”
“O quê? Como²?”
“We will dilute our good wine with our cheaper one. They won’t even be able to tell the difference and we will be able to increase our profits.”
“What if they find out?”
“Who’s going to tell? It’s our little secret.”