What pegman saw : Under a blood red sky*


Chen and Kochanski exchange snaphots over the rehydrated mac cheese.

‘This your boy?’ asks Kochanski, looking down at a dogeared print, a child no more than six years old with Chen’s face, his wide-set eyes.

‘Yeah,’ says Chen. ‘He just had his twelfth birthday. I sent him a vidi-message but you know what it’s like. It’ll be a few weeks till I get a reply.’

Chen takes a similar print from Kochanski, creased, well thumbed through lonely nights in a single bunk. They share stories about their kids, how they’re a similar age, how in another life they could – should – have been friends.

Kochanski glances at me, but quickly looks away. She’s been the same since the first mission brief, gaze sliding away, distrustful.

She’s smart. In my pocket are similar photos, downloads from the internet of other people’s kids, a perfect, unknown family.

Not everyone was sad to leave Earth.


Written for What pegman saw, a writing prompt using Google Street View. See here to join in and to read the other stories.

For all you sci-fi aficionados, Chen and Kochanski are characters from the BBC comedy sci-fi series Red Dwarf, set a long way from Earth, millions of years in the future.

The title is taken from a U2 album of the same name.

16 thoughts on “What pegman saw : Under a blood red sky*

    1. I had in mind that my MC was unreliable, trying to fit in as a normal person while really running away from a very scary past. Just read His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett, so have been enjoying the unreliable narrator thing. Thank you for reading Chris 🙂

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  1. Dear Lynn,

    Red Dwarf is one of those shows that never made my radar screen. 😉 It sounds interesting. As always your descriptions are wonderfully vivid and the characters are well rounded…even in few words.



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    1. Thanks so much Rochelle. Red Dwarf will only interest you if you like sci-fi, I’d say, so if not, I’m not surprised you missed it. Thank so much for reading


    1. To be fair, Kochanski was the female love interest and only sporadically featured and Chen was a member of the crew only seen in flashbacks, so I’m not surprised you don’t remember either. But for some reason, these were the names that sprung to mind as I wrote. Funny how the brain works 🙂

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