What Pegman Saw: Just for You

Ron’s Bait and Tackle stood beside Ellie’s Just for You for ten years.

Every Saturday, the men would go, furrow browed, into Ron’s to buy line, discuss the best place to catch salmon and wrasse. Their wives would nip into Ellie’s, coo over doilies and fancy teapots shaped like Sydney Opera House.

When the paint flaked on the Just for You frontage, Ron would appear with sandpaper and paintbrush, Ellie watching from the shade, serving tea from a pot with a chipped spout.

As the sun eased into the ocean at the end of the day, he’d sit on his step, roll threads of tobacco into a skinny cigarette, she’d perch on the wooden seat he’d made for her, sip lemonade through a red and white straw.

One day both shops were found boarded up. A sign on the Just for you read,

Gone Fishing

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Written for What Pegman Saw, the prompt that uses Google Street View as its starting point. This week we visit Tasmania, Australia. See here to join in.

19 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw: Just for You

  1. What a homey small town love story, how wonderful! I’m especially a sucker for the slow burn stories, especially if I imagine they’re people later in life, finding a comfort and thrill in a love that they never thought would happen for them again.

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    1. That’s exactly what I was thinking. A couple of single people who have shops side by side over years, gradually grow closer. Life in the old dogs yet. Thanks so much for reading Joy

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  2. I imagine, as Joy has, that romance has blossomed to something more. I do hope I’m right. For the other way my mind meanders is towards a tragedy. And it’s such a sweet story, I don’t want it to end in something nasty. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love that they just grew into each other, no fanfair, no burst of fireworks, just a nice slow coming together… How can they not be happy? Such a sweet one coming from you!!

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  4. So real, this peep hole into a mini-world…like a snow globe or miniature Victorian village, the kind we roll out for Christmastime.

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  5. You show us how the friendly relationship gradually blooms into love. It’s a delight that your two characters are brave enough to accept the adventure together. And I love “Gone Fishing”!

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