A Timely Encounter – What Pegman Saw

It’s Labour Day here Canada and in the States. If you’re not familiar with it, Labour Day is a national holiday in which rich people go out of town for a three-day weekend and have poor people wait on them. 😉  I would be one of those poor people who is working tomorrow…

Appropriately, Pegman takes us to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Grand Hotel has been a favorite vacation destination of Americans since 1877. If you’d rather skip the hotel, you have the whole of Mackinac Island to wander.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others using the linkup below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun!

Thanks to Karen and Josh for hosting this weekly prompt.  This week I looked up just enough info to be able to use it but didn’t want to go the whole historical route.

 

 

A Timely Encounter

We agree to meet at the base of the stairs leading to Fort Mackinac at 3:00.  I arrive early and pace nervously, looking up the stairs into the blue abyss, wishing it would swallow me whole, wondering if I have completely lost my mind in agreeing to come.

I finally force myself to sit on the bench and relax, taking deep breaths of sea air, closing my eyes, feeling my heart slow to a steady beat.

Restored, I open my eyes and watch a man slowly make his way towards me.  He looks as nervous as I.  Still tremulous, I slowly stand when he is within handshaking distance…

BOOM! 

We both jump out of our skins in fright, our hands going to our chests in the same manner. Helluva time for the cannonball fire.

“Jesus Christ!” we yell in unison.  Looking at each other, we burst into laughter.

“Elisa.”

“Dad.”

 

 

 

 

Forever – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman is in Resolute, NU, Canada. Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Feel free to use the image supplied in the prompt or snag your own. Both streetview and photospheres are available in this location.

Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others using the linkup below. Reading and commenting on others’ stories is part of the fun.

Thank you to Karen and Josh for hosting this most interesting of challenges.  I really enjoy stretching myself…

Soooo… I cheated and totally did NOT go to Resolute.  But I went to Pangnirtung, NU – same Territory, just further east.  And I went there in memory of Joanne Nakashuk, a beautiful little girl from this region.  Born less than a month after Austin, her mother, Margaret, and I formed a bond as only mothers who live through something similar can.  No obligation, but if you want our little story, you can click here.

Forever

Why is the glow brightest and more colourful on either side of darkness?  Yellows to oranges to reds fill the sky with breathtaking beauty, oft-times leaving you holding your breath or sighing deeply.  Between both spectacles you have the blues that turn to indigo, to black — a beauty all it’s own, sprinkled with sparkling stars, yet, too often, unseen.

So then, why so bright?  Because, dear heart, when the moment comes and you find yourself in that dark place, and cannot see the twinkle of the stars through your tears, remember the light is coming.  The light that was my time here on earth.  The light I am now sharing with you from the other side.  And know this, I would never have been able to shine so brightly without the gift of your love.  I know, it wasn’t enough. But now we have this, forever, I shall be here.

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Joanne Nakashuk June 16, 1995 – March 24, 2008

A New School – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman takes us to Pripyat, Ukraine. Those who want to mine the location’s history best don radioactive-protective gear.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others using the link up below. If you don’t have a blog to link to, feel free to post your story/essay/poem in the comments below.

The Pegman weekly writing prompt is open to all writers. If you haven’t already, it’s a great week to try this challenge! If you haven’t done it in awhile, it’s a great week to come back 🙂

If you’d like to suggest a location to Pegman, Karen would love to hear from you.

Thank you to Karen and Josh for hosting this weekly party.  Not always an easy location!

A New School

Dear Evgeniy,

We are so very pleased you have accepted the position of teacher at our soon-to-be-re-opened school in our Community IV Section, here in Pryp’yat.  We require strong, young men such as you to lead our children into the world of tomorrow.

As mentioned, we will be needing you to arrive at least three weeks early, four, if you can, to help us get the classes ready.  There is much work to be done! 

Yours sincerely,

Vadym Ponomarenko,

Director

 

Arriving at the school, he was greeted by the director.  “Evgeniy!  I’m so glad you could come so early!  Let me bring you around to meet your new colleagues!”

He followed the director through the corridors, trying not to trip over the detritus that covered the floor.

“This looks like a war zone, Sir.  I thought this area had been cleared?”

“Oh, yes, it has been cleared.  Just not cleaned.”

 

La Rambla – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman has wandered down to Montevideo, Uraguay on the southeast coast of South America. You’ll find an abundance of streets to wander down for inspiration on Google Maps.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by this week’s location. Feel free to use the photo provided with the prompt. or roam Montevideo for your own inspiration. Once your piece is published, share it with others using the linkup below.

Thanks to Karen and Josh for hosting this here weekly shindig!

La Rambla

“Do you want to try to walk the whole Rambla Sur, Felipe?  We’ll start at the top —”

“Rambla Baltasar Brum…”

“Right…and make our way all the way down the entire coast to the end —”

“Rambla Tomás Berreta…”

“— on Carrasco Beach.  The Rambla’s a must-see part of Montevideo, they say”

“You do know it is 22.2 kilometres long, Maria?”

“Yeah, so?  Half a marathon.  Big whup!”

WE don’t do half-marathons.  YOU are loca!”

“Don’t be a cobarde!  We can do it.  We can take our time, break as often as you need.  We’ll pack a nice lunch, so we can refuel for the rest of the way…

“Not a sissy, a realist.  I don’t want to walk.  How about we bike?  That way we make it to the end!”

“OK. Deal.  Then you can tell me all about the history of its creation, the World Heritage Proposal…”

 

 

Per Your Request – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman is at Rawson Lake in Alberta, Canada. Thanks to some intrepid travelers, you can tour the area yourself via streetview (actually I should say trailview) or chose a photosphere. (Rawson Lake, Karen Rawson?  Coincidence? I think not!)

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Once your piece is polished, please share it with others using the linkup below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun!

Okay… so my story has nothing to do with this particular lake… and I confess there is not one bit of fiction either…

Thank you, always, to Karen and Josh for hosting this weekly challenge!

Per Your Request

You told me where you wanted me to spread your ashes: one of the lakes where you went fishing with your buddies and “Bass Alley” on the St. Lawrence River. You told me what you wanted as your urn, too. Remember? You showed me one of your collectible Coke bottles and said, “This one.”

Too soon, that day came. I went down to the basement, collected that bottle and emptied it. Was shocked there was still a “pssshhhht” sound when I opened it. Next day brought it to the funeral home.

Spring came, and our boys went with your best friends on the requisite fishing trip. I gave them half of you in a mason jar. They performed a beautiful ritual and let you go.

It’s been over three years and I still haven’t released the rest of you. I don’t know why, really. Maybe because I’m not ready to.

 

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My Bit of Paradise – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman takes us to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This week’s location was suggested by James over at Powered By Robots. Be sure to stop by and visit his blog where he shares all manner of marvelous short stories.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Feel free to use the image provided in the prompt, or chose from photo spheres around Kinshasa. Once your piece is polished, share it with others using the linkup below.

I had a bit of trouble getting this one going but finally, something came to me.  Thank you always to Karen and Josh for hosting this weekly challenge.

My Bit of Paradise

“You live here, Bienheureuse¹?”

“Oui, mon frère².  Don’t you just love it?”  Her smile was positively beatific.

“It’s so far from civilization.  Why would you choose here?  And it’s so small!”

Bienheureuse’s smile never faded.  “Say what you will, Mamadou.  I love it.  I bought this place with my own Congolese francs after years of saving and working my fingers to the bone and fighting off men like you.  You?  You have nothing.  You abuse women, expect them to do for you while you sit on your ass.

“Mama was right when she named me.  I am very happy with my little bit of paradise.  No man can take that away from me.  Get off your lazy butt and do something good with your life!”

Mamadou’s smirk faded.  “You don’t under—”

“Don’t even! You are not possessed by bad spirits. You need to change your attitude.  It starts with you.”


¹Bienheureuse literally means “Very Happy” and implies woman as it is the feminine gender

²Frère means brother.

 

 

New Palette – What Pegman Saw

Good Saturday evening, folks.  Hope yours is a beautiful as mine is.  It’s the type of night where you should walk hand in hand with a loved one, chatting about everything and nothing, enjoying the warm and muggy night – at least until the skeeters come out and ruin everything!  I was gonna go the library route till I found this spectacular photo.  It had to be used…  Thank you Karen and Josh for hosting!

This week Pegman takes us to Baltimore, Maryland. Feel free to visit the library at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (above), or cruise around Baltimore and find your own street view or photo sphere for inspiration.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by this week’s location. Once your piece is polished, share it with fellow contributors using the link up below. If you don’t have a blog but still want to share your work, feel free to post it in the comments below.

New Palette

She should have gone home hours ago.  It wasn’t like she was being productive, anyway.  Her friends had invited her to go out with them, insisting they had missed her, but in reality, only hungry for details. Details she wasn’t ready to share just yet, if ever.  She was still vibrating with the feelings he had aroused in her, warming her flesh and causing it to shiver at the same time. No, these were hers to savour.  Her friends would have to wait.

Her gaze was drawn to the city and bay below, marvelling at how the daylight was being swallowed by the cobalt of night, the amber glow of the city centre lights spreading like lava over the streets. The water, a shade of azure only seen at night, was decorated with the multi-coloured reflections illuminating the docks.

Baltimore had never looked so beautiful.  Love did colour one’s perception.