What Pegman Saw #FlashFiction ‘If Only, Jack’

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly flash fiction challenge prompt inspired by google maps, using the 360 degree view of the location provided. Bloggers write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page, from where you can also get the Inlinkz code.

This week, our host, Karen, takes us to the Sambor Prei Kuk Temple in Cambodia.

I’ve been meaning to take part for some time. I checked today’s prompt and started writing my story at once. Here it is! Its’s a little sentimental, but that’s where the image took me.

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If Only, Jack

I peered over Marian’s shoulder. “What are you looking at?”

“Sambor Prei Kuk Temple,” she said, her eyes fixed on the screen.

“Shall we go there?”

“We’re already there, can’t you see?” She smiled and nodded at the image. “We’re walking along the paths, looking up to the grey sky through the leaves of the tall trees.”

I stared at the image. “Can we smell the moss growing on the Temple, or stroke the time weathered walls, or go inside?”

Her eyes shone. “You know we can’t.”

I squeezed her frail hand. “I’ll look it up on the Internet. We can afford it.”

My thumb wiped the tear sliding down her cheek. “In summer, your hair will have grown back and we’ll say a thank you prayer inside the Temple.”

“Next summer,” she whispered mesmerised by the image and turned to me. “If only, Jack.”

“We’ll make it happen, Marian, together.”

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