Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s photo, by an anonymous contributor, takes me back several years to this highly fictionalised account of my last visit to Seattle, a great city.
The idea here is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
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She strides away from the Greyhound Station.
Her eyes are turned up to the high elegant buildings, but her mind is turned inwards.
Her long legs take her swiftly down Stewart Street, towards Pike Place Market.
A voice interrupts her thoughts.
Any change, miss?
She looks at the homeless man sitting on the sidewalk, and bursts into tears.
The weekend is fun, her partner interesting, even attractive.
But she has no intention of making it any more than it is, a break from her hard-working routine.
He lives far away, and he is just not that special.
They stroll the waterfront along Alaskan Way, visit the Bill Gates-sponsored Sculpture Park.
The Space Needle is, of course, the focal point of the trip.
The views from the top are breathtaking, especially west across the Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains.
He, to her amusement, is more excited that it featured in an Elvis movie.
But, with the hilarious Underground Tour and the fabulous Fish Market, it has been a success.
When he leaves for the bus which heads south through Snoqualmie Pass, she feels no more than a slight pang.
Or so she thought.
So why the unexpected tears?