The View From Here – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman is in Portland, Oregon. Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Feel free to use the image supplied with the prompt, or choose your own view of Portland in streetview or photosphere.

Once your piece is polished, share it with others at the link up below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun.

I found this story and felt compelled to write it.  Thanks to both Josh and Karen for hosting this fabulous challenge.  Congrats to Karen for passing your certification test! Woot!

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The View From Here

“Vista Bridge is so beautiful”, thinks Bonnie Kahn driving to work.  “So glad I have an office window.”

Walking hurriedly, William Pope makes his way to the bridge, his tall, athletic frame bent over to combat the rain and snow pelting him.

Bud Clark, mayor of Portland, glances out of his apartment window, on his way out the door and freezes.

“Life is just too hard.  I’m done,” says Will under his breath as he reaches the midway point, hops onto the railing, and jumps.

Bud watches in horror, incapable to do anything but witness it.

Bonnie, arriving at her office, stops with a jerk when she sees the body lying in the middle of the road, blood pouring from his ears.

Therese Schwenkler’s phone rings.  “Did you hear what happened to Will?”

 

The fences may be ugly, and people hate them, but since 2013, not a single suicide has occured.

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I landed on this story quite by accident, looking for inspiration for this Pegman destination.  Here I was thinking I’d be writing about the music or foodie scene.  So much for that!  This bridge was called “Suicide Bridge”, as there was an average of two leaps per year since its official opening on Dec. 6, 1926.   To read more about it, click here.