The unannounced visitor

“Mama, I saw what I saw. Please believe me.”

“Don’t be ridiculous, Stavros. Your head is way high up in the clouds. Those mythology tales are bedtime stories for little children. Surely you are old enough by now to know this?”

“But, mama..”

“Just stop this before I give you a whack in the bottom. Shush. You just saw the lion statue. Admit it.”

“Okay, mama.”

“Let’s enjoy the outing, agapito paidi.”

As she moved ahead deeper into the trees, her scream brought little Stavros running to her.

She screamed  “Nemean lion” again before dropping into a dead faint. Little Stavros smiled and bopped the creature’s nose affectionately.

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using the 360 degree view of the location provided, you must write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. You can read the rules here.

Author’s note: 

The Nemean Lion was a legendary creature in Greek mythology that ravaged the area of Nemea. Its fur was impenetrable by the weapons of humans and hence, was unstoppable. Slaying the Nemean Lion was the first task that King Eurystheus asked of the demigod Heracles during the myth of the Labours of Heracles.

When I first saw this week’s prompt, I wanted to yell – “So cool, Karen. You have finally landed on Greece.” Thanks Karen, looking forward to the next week’s prompt.

You can see details of my recently published book, Maya & the Mind Mystics here.

10 Replies to “The unannounced visitor”

  1. Love the mythology brought to life! Really captures the childlike insistence.

    So happy you enjoyed the location this week! Always glad to do a suggested location, so let me know if you ever have inspiring spot you’d like us to visit.

  2. Highly entertaining! Brought a big smile to my face! Little Stavros possibly had a better grasp of reality than his mama.
    I felt just as you did, when I saw the prompt was for Greece. So cool!
    You used a Greek phrase in your story. Do you speak Greek?
    All the best
    Penny

    1. Thanks Penny. Glad you enjoyed it. Actually I don’t speak it but I generally like to research on the places and people I write. Thanks for writing in!

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