What Pegman Saw in the Snows of Kilimanjaro

Pegman saw the ghost of a musician named Gerry Clifford wandering through the snows of Kilimanjaro, lost in troubled thought. Pegman wished that he could say something to comfort Gerry. However, he had been strictly admonished not to interfere with the fates of those he observed, so he watched Gerry kick the snow and engage in a fruitless monologue with himself.

Pegman had an idea. He began tapping his fingers on the rock that he sat on. Although Gerry couldn’t hear the sound, he could sense it, and began to speak in rhyme.

“What’s the sense in setting her free, when I love her, and she loves me? You don’t call it quits you work through the rough bits. Babe, give me the chance and I’ll make you see.”

Feeling hopeful now, Gerry flapped his great dark wings and took to the sky.

Pegman looked to the vast horizon, smiling.

Lately, I have primarily been working with Reedsy's prompts (https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/) to help me complete Team Netherworld's forthcoming novel(s), but I really missed the Pegman prompts.

Then it came to me like a flash--like a vision.

I should also publish a yearly volume of Pegman flashes.

When Pegman flashes you, you don't see it. But you may feel his presence, and you may even become inspired, as Gerry has been. 

The creation of this piece was inspired by the 25 April 2020 What Pegman Saw prompt. Check it out.

You can join Pegman every week for a new prompt.

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  1. Interesting take! The supernatural Pegman guides a lost soul to make music again. Even sad music can lift the spirits (pun intended)!

    1. There is no such thing as a bad pun, I always say. I also always say that bad puns are the best puns!

  2. That's a fun take on the prompt. I'm not used to Pegman literally appearing in the story!

    1. I kind of hope I'm the only one that does that. I like to think of Pegman being sort of a universal observer.


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