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Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Neel Anil Panicker  (173 words)

Outside the southside bay of the fifth-century-old Pula Cathedral that stood at the foothills of the 17th century Venetian fort in Dubrovnik, Croatia, it was business as usual for the locals. A young boy cycled past the famed 4th century church oblivious to the sanctity of the event.

Inside, as the sound of the sea waves crashed against gigantic rocks, the faithful stood in pious attention, a few holding in their hands little blue books.

Their eyes centred on the stony entrance where mounted atop a makeshift lectern was a framed photograph of Mother Mary.

Revered men in long flowing white robes, their heads bowed, read out from the Book of Heaven and soon the stony walls of the Venetian era buildings around them reverberated with magnetic resonance.

A voice boomed, “We are for The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to celebrate her leaving of earthly existence and passing into the granary of Heaven.”

From amongst the gathering, a six year old turned around and asked, “Mom, are you too a virgin?”.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017 #fiction #short story #whatpegmansaw

Today Pegman takes us to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Feel free to stroll around the area using the Google street view and grab any picture you choose to include in your post.

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4 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/whatpegmansaw/shortstory/173words/11/04/2017

  1. Dear Neel,

    I wouldn’t want to be in that mother’s shoes at that moment. I’ve had similar moments with six-year-old sons. Some things are easier to explain than others. I like the way you set up the scene and then spun it another direction. Good job!



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    1. Life is full of such massively embarrassing moments.
      I am glad you liked it. Thanks, Rochelle.


  2. Wonderfully written, with a funny & unexpected ending!

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