You Can Get it Yourself

Google Streetview of Gulfoss Waterfall

Google Streetview of Gulfoss Waterfall

“It’s a $3,500 camera Stu.” The woman stood on the mossy outcropping, her back to the roaring falls and stomped her foot.

“I told you we shouldn’t climb the railing,” he said, his voice quavering.

“Well, you wanted to get a good shot, didn’t you?” Without waiting for a response, she plucked her way down the grassy path, down to the sheer cliff at the edge. She looked out over the falls.

He followed her the entire way, always a few paces behind, head down. As he reached her, she looked back at him. “Now we’ll have nothing to remember this with.”

“We’ll remember it.”

She turned around. “It’s a $3,500 camera Stu. You’re so worthless.”

For a moment, he watched his toe sweep sided to side on the skim of tiny gravel on the granite. He looked up. “I have an idea then. You can get it yourself.”

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150 words

This has been an edition of What Pegman Saw, a Google Maps inspired flash fiction prompt. To read more flash fiction or to submit your own. click the blue froggy button:

This week’s location was suggested by gifted writer and photographer Graham over at grahamisjustmyname.com. Graham, I have to confess that I had WAY MORE fun writing this one than anyone should. It was quite cathartic throwing that shrill woman off the cliff.

I wonder if she’s me?

PS

To anyone who has been kind enough to read and comment on my stories here lately, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I have been buried with a big project at work and putting in extra hours and have little time to reciprocate. Trying to catch up!

Have a Merry Merry and a Happy Happy of whatever it is that you like to celebrate. Wishing everyone peace, prosperity and happiness in the New Year.

Oh, and fuck you 2016.

PPS

I hope that woman was 2016.

13 Comments

  1. Great story. I bet this happens all the time.
    I am reminded of a Charles Addams cartoon where a couple is at a wishing waterfall, the thought balloons above both their heads depicting their spouse falling in.
    Full agreement on 2016.

  2. Love it! Nothing like a well-deserved murder to start my day!

  3. Nancy Paul

    that describes 2016 perfectly

  4. Graham Lawrence

    Great story. I have a tendency to trip up and fall or generally be a little stupid at times! I don’t have to be pushed!

    1. Oh no. Don’t trip over the falls! Thanks Graham.

      1. Graham Lawrence

        I was safe this time. Just got my feet wet miscalculating the distance between stepping stones 😉

  5. Loved this one and the post scripts 🙂

  6. peterkirsch

    I sense a darkness growing within you…disconcerting to admit that I like it. 🙂

  7. Dear Karen,

    You certainly went to the dark room for this one. Well done. I hope you’re catching up on things and able to relax a bit. Hosting a blog challenge can be a big undertaking, tool 😉

    Shalom and Happy New Year,

    Rochelle

    1. It can be overwhelming. I don’t know how you manage week after week! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  8. Oh! So many people are “lost” this way. I have a healthy fear of edges. Nice take on the prompt!

  9. Hooha1 Just loved the way he finally shut her up. Guess some falls are really very steep. I can see that you had a whale of a time writing this. Hats off to good writing.

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