What Pegman Saw : The gravedigger


Gordie skidded to a halt, front wheel throwing up dirt and twigs. He jumped off the bike, let it drop. A crow flapped up into a nearby tree, cawed once and hunkered down.

There was the pile of twigs he and Chris had stacked to mark the spot. The thought of his friend made Gordie’s eyes prickle, but he couldn’t think of all that now, couldn’t cry.

Falling to his knees, he pushed the twigs aside, heard the thump of wood hitting dry leaves, a layer inches deep. Once the twigs were gone he began to dig. It hadn’t rained for days, so the dirt was still loose and dry, easy to scrabble away.

His fingers hit something hard. Clearing away more dirt, he saw the dull sheen, felt the cool metal as he lifted the thing free.

For Chris, he thought, tucking the revolver into his belt.


Written for What Pegman Saw, the prompt that uses Google Street View as its inspiration. This week we are in the Basque Region of Spain. Choose an image, share, read and comment. See here to join in.

If you think those names ring a bell, then you’re right. For some reason, that discarded bike reminded me of the great coming of age film, Stand by me, which was of course based on the Stephen King story, The Body. Chris and Gordie are two of the main characters in the story.





17 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw : The gravedigger

  1. You catch Gordie’s earnestness as he hunts for the concealed revolver. The crow utters a cry of foreboding. And your title makes it quite clear that the gun will be used…
    Grim and effective, Lynn!

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    1. Ah, thank you so much Penny. Glad you caught all of that from your reading – it was intentional! I just know that young people can do crazy things for what they believe are the right reasons. Thank you for reading


  2. I really like the way your story-line alludes to Chris’s death, their bond, Gordie’s assignation with revenge, in a subtle and creepy way. I can feel the earth and twigs on Gordie’s hands. Gripping. I’m not familiar with the film/ book. I’d like to know more, thanks to your story.


    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad all of that came through strongly. I use the characters from the original but this event is my own invention. They are very close friends though and people do rash things for good friends sometimes. Thanks for reading


  3. I’m not familiar with the Stephen King story or film but the scenario you painted in just a few words was, as usual, immediate and vivid. Not sure I want to know the outcome of it all though, I’m a bit of a wimp where kids and death are concerned!

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  4. I know the story well and recognized the characters right away. You take us right there with smart verb choices that add tension and render the scene beautifully. Adding in the crow was genius. Masterful as always!


    1. Thank you! Yes, some young people do have to cope with the most horrendous things, don’t they? Things you wouldn’t want an adult to face. Thank you for reading and your kind comment

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