What Pegman Saw : A wise form of madness*


They grew up in neighbouring blocks, in the stone-built houses left when the rich folk deserted the Old Town for the New, exchanged crumbling laurel swags and ballustrades for reinforced concrete and steel.

They went to the same school, though never met. She was bright enough, not brilliant but hardworking, while he spent the school day picking pockets, shoplifting, in juvenile court.

As she whispered with her friends over boy band singers, he was getting his first gang tattoo – a dagger on his right cheekbone, a symbol of belonging.

Then one day, she was walking along Rose Street, he coming the other way, trousers hanging low, body hunched as if the world had climbed on his narrow shoulders. His face was slim, brows in a tight frown. The kind of boy the nervous cross the street to avoid.

On impulse, she smiled

And his world opened.


Written for What Pegman Saw, the writing prompt that uses Google Streetview as its starting point. See here to join the fun and to read the other stories.

The title comes from Shakespeare’sΒ Romeo and Juliet, Act One, Scene One.

22 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw : A wise form of madness*

    1. Thanks Penny! Yes, possibly will end badly, but hope springs eternal. Perhaps he’s ready to change and she’s what he needs to show him there’s a different way to live. Thank you so much for reading. πŸ™‚

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  1. so delightful – and was a little surprise because I almost expected a bad encounter – but smiled to feel the chemistry they obviously have!
    also – love the way you noted the way things are now… “houses left when the rich folk deserted the Old Town” – it was exactly the vibe you can feel as we pan the 360 view.
    ((genre – romanticism?))

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    1. Thank you so much. Hard to get a sense of a place and write a story in 100 words, but FF is brilliant for making you distil what is important in a tale. Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes – there are those limits with 100 words – and sometimes even just fifty more can make a difference – it is depends eh!? Maybe in the topic and the writer’s use of articles and adjectives 😊ha!

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      2. Very true. You have to know what story you can write in the word count, or you’ve stuck with a feeling of it being rushed – only truly half a story!

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