This week What Pegman Saw takes us to the library in the Peabody Institute, Baltimore. Picture above courtesy of the Walter’s Art Museum, Baltimore.
For this WhatPegmanSaw challenge, I have incorporated some flash fiction advice from David Gaffney (author of Sawn Off Tales and More Sawn Off Tales) someone who was on my radar during my MA in Creative Writing, whom I have only recently read. His advice for flashes boils down to six points (which are explained in this Guardian article):
- Start in the middle
- Don’t use too many characters
- Make sure the ending isn’t at the end
- Sweat your title
- Make your last line ring like a bell
- Write long, then go short
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UNDER THIS STANDING
Kelvin M. Knight
From the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum to here. Why had she brought him here? He wanted to go to the grand library at the Peabody Institute, splash about in oceans of books, but she said he needed to ground himself. Reflect a while. Well, he’d been reflecting for the longest while. Now he was bored.
There are no more whiles, he ventured. There is just being. His thoughts echoed around this cavernous room.
The paintings either side of him said nothing, yet her look spoke reams. There is truth inside you.
He knew this. Truth and justice. There was something else, too. Something which warmed the coldness. Something which cheered that sadness. Some expectation within and without him. Something which filled him, was constantly refilling him.
What? he gasped, trembling.
Smiling, she held him tightly.
He revisited the Wax Museum now. There was much he needed to learn.