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By Neel Anil Panicker

As the tram swung skywards, Arvind Swamy’s face flushed with joy.


Barely an hour into his marriage, the young Indian engineer was fulfilling a long cherished wish: a ride atop the 640 feet high Gateways Arch, the tallest man made structure in the Western Hemisphere.


Closetted in their ‘space pods’, the newly weds watched through the window the city of St. Louis turn into a tiny speck.

Suddenly the lights went out and the tram plunged into darkness.


A voice on the intercom cut through the shrieks and cries of the hundred-odd  co-passengers similarly stuck in their cars.


“Good evening, patrons. Please don’t panic. This is a power outage. A few cables have also snapped. It would take an hour to restore services”.


“What do we do now?” , the bride asked.

Reaching out in the dark, he replied,

“Something special…our honeymoon”.


©neelanilpanicker2017 #fiction  #shortstory  #whatpegmansaw #150words

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5 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/whatpegmansaw/150words/06/03/2017

  1. Dear Neel,

    Now I hope the lights don’t come back on too soon. 😉 Love this!



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    1. That would be one magical honeymoon with the starry skies above for company.
      Thank you dear Rochelle.


  2. Ha, that’s a honeymoon night to remember!

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  3. Sounds like they’ll be creating their own electricity! Cute story 🙂


  4. When life gives you lemons…I am glad he didnt lose his cool 😀 Good one Neel!


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