Photo © Adrien via Google Street View
The crevice snakes on, craggy cliffs pushing close. How long have we been led along it? Days? Years? At a blind corner I turn to check on you. The rope connecting our waists puzzles me.
Right. There was another. A man. Someone close, although I cannot picture him. We rounded a bend and he wasn’t behind us anymore.
I gaze at the rough stones, imagining climbing to freedom. You grab my outstretched arm.
Now I remember. A young woman, scrambling up, finding easy handholds, until… My stomach roils at the image of countless black insects covering her. A buzzing fury, then bones falling to the path.
Something skitters inside the wall.
Finally an exit appears: beautifully grey, empty space. I turn to rejoice with you.
I hold a frayed rope, tied to my waist. Why? A sob erupts, unbidden.
I resume walking.
Another blind corner appears in the endless maze.
Word count: 150. Written for this week’s What Pegman Saw challenge. Big thanks to Karen and Josh for hosting this great prompt! This week Pegman takes us to Manitoba, Canada. The shot I chose is in Pine Dock, which is apparently chock-filled with fascinating crevices like this. Hopefully without the characteristics of the one in my story! Click on the link to read the other stories inspired by this great location, and to submit your own.
I’ve been away for a couple weeks on vacation — which was wonderful! I had an amazing time visiting with a dear friend in Frankfurt. We took a road trip into the Burgundy region of France to see the Guédelon castle being built using 13th century technology (I super geeked out on that!). While we were there we saw a wealth of charming Medieval villages, impressive abbeys and churches, and fascinating museums. So much resource material for Eneana! And oh my goodness, I ate like a king, yum! Still, it’s good to be back home and be able to write and blog again. Looking forward to catching up on all your blogs again, too.
Below are two of my many shots of Guédelon. These are the two front towers flanking where the main gate will be. Note the two treadwheels (a.k.a., human hamster wheels) that they use to lift enormously heavy rocks up to the construction area, after quarrying them by hand and then shaping them in the on-site workshop. The second shot is the arch of the main gate, seen from the other side. If you are interested in Medieval technology and castles, I strongly recommend making the trip sooner rather than later. Once they actually finish construction, it won’t be nearly so interesting.