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What Pegman Saw: No Good Deed

September 7, 2017

What Pegman Saw is a weekly flash fiction writing prompt hosted by “author, nerd and mom”, K. Rawson. Utilizing Google Maps, she takes us to a new corner of the world every week where our task is to write a story in 150 or fewer words based on what we see at our destination.

This week’s trip takes us to Poisson-Blanc, Quebec.

What Pegman saw:
Poisson-Blanc, Quebec

What I saw:

No Good Deed

I’m a patient man but even I have limits.

August heat and I’m standing with my thumb out; cars passing me like I’m another of these giant fir trees.


Don’t Canadians have a reputation for politeness? What’s more polite than offering a ride to a guy?

Finally a Good Samaritan in a gray Saturn stops. The guy’s named John Anderson and he’s heading home to a place called Gananoque. John’s a nice guy, got a cute wife named Jeanne and a kid, Joey.

JJ&J: adorable.

He’s got a dog, too, but I don’t know his name. Probably Jimbo.

John’s OK. The bullet took the top of his head off and he’s resting now, him and the top of his head, under a stand of firs about five miles back.

Me, I’ve got a new wallet and a wad of cash and I’m headed home to the family in Gananoque.

150 words

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This is my first trip with Pegman and traveling up to Quebec was fun. I’d never heard of the town of Ganaoque before, I found it on the map when I was looking for a place for the travelers to be headed. I had no idea how to pronounce the name until I found this in Wikipedia: “One way to remember its pronunciation is “The right way, the wrong way, and the Gananoque”. In eastern Ontario speech, the town name is often abbreviated to Gan.”

Note: no Canadians were harmed in the writing of this story.

If you want to travel with Pegman just click HERE.

To hitch a ride with other travelers click on the little blue frog.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2017 5:20 pm

    Hi Michael! So great to see you on Pegman. Great story. The voice is flip and frightening and will definitely make me think twice about picking up any hitchhikers.

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  2. September 8, 2017 1:59 pm

    Deliciously cold-blooded and casual. And that last line… yeek. Nice one!


  3. September 9, 2017 9:42 am

    Really good story. Loved the easy, conversational tone of the hitchhiker throughout, even after he turns homicidal. Loved the detail of the top of John’s head ‘resting’. Well written

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