Winston waved off the liner as the huge ship was towed away from the harbour.

He saw the Havillands and the Haliburtons waving back as he pocketed their money in his shirt pocket.

Didn’t he feel like a slave ferrying the rich tourists round the island in his car, taking them out fishing in his motor boat, showing them the sights of the island? At their call twenty-four seven, bowing and scraping. Yes, Boss. Sorry, Boss. Is the lady feeling the heat too much today, Boss?

Soon they would be back in their stuffy, cold houses, slaving away in their offices, stuck in their traffic jams.

Their stay in paradise was temporary, a fleeting glimpse. Winston had spent his whole life in paradise. He was perfectly happy to take their money when he needed to.

Thanks to the Havillands and the Haliburtons he had a couple of months relaxing in his hut by the beach to look forward to.


Written for ‘What Pegman Saw’, a weekly prompt based on a view from Google Maps. The idea is to write a piece of fiction of around 150 words based on the prompt. Full details can be found HERE. This week we’re off to Nassau in the Bahamas for a purely fictional tale.

For more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Feature Image – Aqua Beach by Daniel Piraino via Google Maps.

13 responses to “WINSTON IN PARADISE”

  1. Good stuff, Iain. I thought a ship might be good prompt this week.

    A grammatical note: plurals never contain apostrophes unless the word is an acronym. Apostrophes are reserved to show possession or contraction. . Although it’s not my place to correct others’ posts, errors like this mar an otherwise fine story. Please feel free to delete this part of the comment if you like. Cheers, mate 😉

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    1. Thanks J Hardy – that’s what I get for doing it on the run on a smartphone this week! Corrected the stray apostrophes.

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  2. Love it. A fine story that makes a great point on point of view.

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  3. Dear Iain,

    I like Winston. Great attitude and not such a bad life. Nicely done.



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  4. Nice turn of tables there, Iain. A smidgen if history righted, a fraction of paradise bought. Really good take on the prompt


  5. The grass look definitely greener on Winston’s side. Good story, Iain

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    1. I wouldn’t mind being Winston too! Thanks Neel


  6. Yes being on holiday, closest thing to feeling like royalty(You get to play while others pick up the tab)

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    1. Closest I’ll ever get for sure. Thanks for reading.

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