What Pegman Saw : The revenge of Dinah

 

 

Dinah tucked up her skirts and stepped into the green water, the mud sucking at the heels of her boots. Five steps in she crouched, careful not to let her petticoats drop – getting smeared in algae would warrant a beating.

She gazed into the periwinkle eyes. The fact he still had eyes meant he’d been dead less than a day. Yellowed, smashed teeth showed through puffy lips. His nose was broken, knuckles bloodied – he’d fought back.

The ink swallow on his neck marked him as a sailor, one of the many that swarmed the docks, drinking, whoring, fighting. Mama kept the girls inside when a new ship docked, in case.

Dinah stood, the disturbed water shifting his pale hands as if he was about to swim. She placed one muddy boot in the centre of his chest and pushed, watched the periwinkle eyes submerge.

‘Goodbye to bad rubbish,’ she said.

 


Written for What Pegman Saw, the writing prompt that uses Google Street View as its inspiration. This week we visit Treasure Cay in the Bahamas – beautiful but with a sometimes less than glamorous history. See here to join our growing throng, read and comment do.

When looking into the history of the Bahamas, I was tempted by tales of pirates and seafarers, but English Puritans settled there too and I wondered what happened when those groups of people met. See here for further history of the islands and here for an interesting post about pirates and tattoos.

And here is the story of the Biblical Dinah.

 

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25 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw : The revenge of Dinah

  1. Wow! Strong meat. Nothing half-hearted about Dinah. In the absence of judicial remedy the level of revenge taken seems about right to me. Thank you for the reference to Genesis; I needed that to fully understand the story.

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    1. It’s a very weird thing, but I didn’t remember the story of the Biblical Dinah as I wrote the story, though it’s possible she was lurking at the back of my mind, waving for attention. Only afterwards did I look her up and find the parallels. And you’re right I think – tough times call for tough responses. Can’t imagine how terrifying times like these must have been to live through. Thank you so much for your kind comment and for reading .

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  2. I’ve been reading Genesis and Exodus lately. Nothing much has changed since the early days of the Old Testament. Your story’s quite an intense depiction of Dinah’s tough life~and that of him of the periwinkle eyes.

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  3. This was so good. Mixing all that history into 150 words. I admit I am not a reader of the Bible so I had no clue and thank you for that link.
    Talk about one strong woman. Afraid to dirty her petticoats but no problemo submerging a body…

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    1. I’m no Bible reader either, Dale – not since school , anyway! – but I did study art history and so many Bible stories have been translated into famous artworks, I wonder if Dinah was skulking in the back of mind from my university days. My Dinah is certainly a tough girl and I kind of liked her for that. Thank you so much for reading and the kind comment

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  4. Dear Lynn,

    Wonderful descriptions as always. Afraid I had no sympathy for the dead sailor. Now you have me wondering if this Dinah put him through the same paces as Jacob’s sons put Shechem through. 😉 Although I wouldn’t have stopped at a mere circumcision. Well written as always.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Tough times make tough people and my Dinah is no exception. I’m sure she’ll just get herself out of the swamp, wipe her shoes clean and not give the sailor a second thought. Thanks so much for the kind comment and for taking the time to read, Rochelle

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    1. Hello Joy, was just thinking of you today, thinking I hadn’t seen you post for a while. You okay? Yes, I think you’re right about Dinah – she’s seen dead bodies before (perhaps her siblings, her Father, those in the town when disease comes?) and is matter of fact about someone dying who she thinks is undeserving of her sympathy. A tough girl. A survivor. Thank you for reading and nice to see you here 🙂

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      1. Sweet of you to think of me, and it’s nice to touch base again. I feel bad about not posting for a while. I’m fine, just super busy these days. Going through a phase where I’m out every other evening (concerts, talks, exhibits, dinners) and then either out of town or busy all weekend too. So: no writing, no revising, no critiquing, barely any reading… whew. I went to another amazing con this past weekend — a science fiction – fantasy con where I met a lot of other cool writers and just talked about interesting things for three days. It was super inspiring! But I’m ready for some good “hermit” time where I stay home and catch up, hopefully after this coming weekend (when of course, I’ve decided to host a big party, because I’m an idiot, lol).

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      2. Ha! Not an idiot – a woman with a very full, interesting life! It was our mother’s day in the UK this last weekend so I didn’t go online or write for five days because I was so busy at work – wow, did I miss it! Was excited to get some time on my own yesterday and today, reconnect with my laptop. The cons do sound lovely – can’t remember the last time I met a fellow writer in the flesh. Hopefully see you around soon then – between all your social engagements! Enjoy the party 🙂

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      3. Well, still an idiot in terms of time management. The side of effect of having such a full and interesting life is not having time to master any one activity. But yes, it’s worth taking a weekend off to meet other writers. Very inspiring to hear about their awards and accomplishments, and share tips and encouragement and plain old commiseration.

        I’m happy to hear you survived another floral-intensive holiday — you deserve some down time after that!

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      4. You’re fully rounded at least and very sociable! Nice to be able to speak to other writers – we’re the only ones who understand each other after all. And yes, M Day over – now looking forward to spring, if we get one 🙂

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      5. It really is great to be able to hang out with people who totally understand all the challenges and frustrations and excitements of being a writer — especially if they’ve gotten farther than me and can give me advice on next steps.

        Hope you get a nice spring soon!

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  5. Most excellent storytelling! Your approach was vivid and evocative and the result was so much more than 150 words.

    Sorry it took me so long to get to this! Just getting back from spring break….

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