Pena, Portugal

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Pena, Portugal

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Image result for sundial, PENA, PORTUGAL

By Neel Anil Panicker




A woman’s face etched in a beatific smile and holding in her arms a barely three-month-old baby girl greets Emily.

A tear drops from her eyes as she places in her pint sized bag the sepia tinged black and white photograph, the sole reminder of the only family she ever had.

Outside, she cranes her neck upwards and peers into the sky.

The bright orb of fire sends a pleasant tingling sensation surging through her veins, warming the cockles of her heart.

‘But why’s there no blast? Why the delay?’

Emily wrings her hands anxiously and peers yet again into the sky.

Slowly, as if goaded by the power of her unflinching eyes, the clouds give way and bright dazzling rays sparkle onto the earth.

And then as if in pronouncement, a huge ear splitting sound blasts through the atmosphere.

It is the sundial’s cannon ball strike signalling noon time.

It’s also the prompt for her to head for the main road.

There awaits Francis, the love of her life, the liberator of her soul.

©neelanilpanicker2017 #whatpegmansaw #fiction #pena,Portugal

11 thoughts on “neelwrites/it’stime/whatpegmansaw/historicalfiction/13/08/2017

  1. Cool stuff, Neel.the all caps format threw me a bit.

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    1. Thanks Hardy, I don;t know how that happened. Been trying top correct it. A system error?

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  2. A rich and enticing tale that was enjoyable to read, and savour. Thanks for posting, Neel.

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  3. The lovely way this tale is told mirrors the story. Really nicely done.

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  4. A signal for love to take flight? Lovely story Neel

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    1. Yes, time for love birds to spread their wings. Thanks a lot Lynn for the appreciation.

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  5. Dear Neel,

    A very timely and well written piece.



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    1. DearRochelle, I am so glad you liked my story. Thanks a lot. Your feedback means a lot.


  6. I can feel her anticipation as she waits for the signal. Nice one!


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