What Pegman Saw: Leafing through the memories

Thank you so much, K Rawson, for your brilliant Pegman’s Challenge! And thank you for choosing Loxton too πŸ™‚

Just outa town, Loxton, Australia | Lee Merchant, Google Maps

Leafing through the memories

For others, Murray was just a river and those odd tracks lining up the shores were just signs of drunkards messing about.

But for me, it had a much, much greater significance. It’s a gesture that Gakal had not forgotten me yet.

Every time I see those large clumps of seaweed, I remember him. Everytime I see those marks slapped by the the tails, I remember him. Oh, Gakal why did you have to go?

They said, β€œHe’s gone for good!”

 They said β€œHe’s a monster!”

But to me, he was a savior. Yes, he looked ugly but he had saved my life more than once and on his back, I had travelled all around river Murray, and I have leaped back and forth time.

He shouldn’t have gone.

They said, they have killed him.

I don’t believe it. Dear Gakal, when will you return?


  • Gakal is an aboriginal Australian word meaning “skill”
  • The character of this story, Gakal, is a Muldjewangk, an aboriginal mythical creature.
  • The main character is Alex, yes, the one about whom I wrote in last week’s challenge πŸ™‚

38 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw: Leafing through the memories

  1. Ooh, what a fascinating legend about the muldjewangk, and thanks for the link so I could learn more. I’d never heard about that one, thanks for sharing! And your story reflects it very well, too.


      1. Most metals (girls) have a crush on Oxygen πŸ™‚ {metallic oxides}
        And most non-metals (guys) have a crush on Fluorine (he’s a guy too, but they have yaoi pairing) {Fluorine is the most reactive element on Earth}
        Hydrogen and Oxygen are meant for each other and are found all around (water)
        πŸ™‚ ❀


      2. I am not anyone of them… I wanted Fluorine but Shota shouted on me and snatched away the place telling “Guys are non-metal, you little girl be some metal!”
        I don’t very much like the metals so I am quite happy as an audience -_-
        I think, you’d perhaps like Chlorine though. Masaki, Shota’s elder brother is Chlorine and he’s an INTP like you πŸ™‚


      3. Thank you so much πŸ™‚
        I think I am quite crazy too πŸ™‚
        And about the autobiography… *blushing* I am so honoured you asked me that! πŸ™‚
        Well, I am a bit “closed-up” and I would be so embarassed if someone reads about my life “_”
        Thank you again!

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  2. how cool to connect your story with the aborigine history.
    well done….
    also – when we have these short pieces with limited word counts – it means more when words are repeated – and this led so into the rest of the story
    “much, much greater significance….”

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and your advice…
      I did not know about the significance of repeating words in flash fiction and used them merely for rhythm. But now, I know.
      Thank you so much! πŸ’žπŸ˜Š
      And I really legends a lot… Do you? πŸ’žπŸŒΈ

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      1. Well that was just my opinion and I am not sure if all writers would agree – it is also always a style thing- which words we use – when – how many times – (and was recently reading somewhere about the β€œtriad stacking” – three times is a charm for effect and delivery) – but Again – preference of the author and the aim and I see your rhythm with it….

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