What Pegman Saw: A Gift From Kianda

Angola oilfield by Douel Darole on Google Maps

Craig boarded that plane with heavy heart. Ten years he had worked with Brendon. Saudi, Oman, Sarawak, and now Angola. Separately they applied for the contracts and separately they won them. But this was their last contract together.

Why hadn’t the man listened. The locals had told him. That case of cash hauled out of the sea was a gift from Kianda and should be used to the benefit of the village. But no, Brendon had kept it, drank it. Drunk every night in the bar… until sot-headed, he fell into the water.

This last trip home, they travelled separately, Craig on the plane amongst the other petrochem workers, Brendon alone in a crate in the cargo hold.


118 words written for What Pegman Saw: Angola

Kianda is the Angolan goddess of the sea, though she also inhabits rivers, pools and other water-holes. It’s believed if Kianda bestows a gift, it should be used for the benefit of the local community. To do otherwise is to risk death. She takes mermaid form.

About crispina kemp

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26 Responses to What Pegman Saw: A Gift From Kianda

  1. Lynn Love says:

    Foolish Brendan. So greedy and he paid for it. I liked your potted history of the two men, joined together through so many years now separate on this final journey, for Brendan at least. Lovely writing, Crispina

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  2. Violet Lentz says:

    Ooooo this is excellent. I love it.

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  3. Jen Goldie says:

    Wow, quite an unexpected ending and perfect response to the photo. A lesson in a short 118 words.😊Perfect!

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  4. Excellent emotional evocation.

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  5. Prior... says:

    greed can sneak in and consume – and imagining him in the cargo hold was so vivid

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  6. Dale says:

    Wonderfully done, Crispina. I feared a sad end would come to one of them.

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  7. Joy Pixley says:

    Wonderful morality tale about greed and defying the gods; you’ve captured that classic fairy tale rhythm perfectly. I especially liked seeing it from the view of someone close who is personally affected by the wayward sinner’s downfall. And great foreshadowing in that first paragraph.

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  8. k rawson says:

    Oh dang. Such a shame for Brendan. Love how the ending is so understated, but still I said Yikes!

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  9. A great modern take on the Kianda legend.

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