Dimitrios waved the truck off as it turned the corner and disappeared from view.

A weight lifted from his shoulders as it departed. Since his great-grandfather delivered medical supplies and food during the war, smuggling had been in the family.

His father had built up the shipping company to establish a network bringing drugs into Europe in the seventies. Dimtirios had seen the potential to expand to human cargo. The Syrian and Libyan wars had been a boom time.

It was becoming too dangerous. Political pressure was mounting to stop the routes through the Greek islands. The money needed to bribe all the necessary individuals was extortionate.

He walked through the park, silent in the evening dusk. The white statue of Athena glowed. A wise choice to get out now, Dimitrios thought.

A shadow leapt out and flattened him. There were police lights and sirens and men shouting.

Should’ve got out sooner.


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 in Athens in Greece.

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

23 responses to “WISE CHOICE”

  1. Hi Iain. So great to see you! Tense tale, well-woven. Somehow seems such a fitting story to go with that picture too.
    Was this a story borne out of research/knowledge? Sure feels that way.

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    • Thank you, not research, more just following the news on the refugee crisis in Europe and adding in Greece’s geographical and historical position. Glad to take part this week, unfortunately it’s not every weekend I can find the time, but always enjoy Pegman’s adventures when I get the chance! 🙂

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  2. He should have realised earlier what a dangerous way he’d chosen – family legacy or not. I like the way your character just sees it as a way to earn a living – just a job, swapping from one cargo to another as the market demands. Chilling, but you’d need that kind of attitude to be involved in this kind of work. Great story Iain

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  3. Interesting since I included human trafficking in several of my recent “Mikiko Jahn” stories though I chose the entry point of Salerno, Italy since tragically, 26 young girls were drowned in the Mediterranean a week ago escaping Libya. Glad to see your human smuggler got caught.

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  4. Busted! Your tale perfectly captures the current state of affairs in the country. If only, all of these guys got caught! Five star write as usual!

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