What Pegman Saw – A Wrong Turning

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using the location provided, you must write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page,  from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. This week’s prompt is Yellowstone Park.

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A Wrong Turning

Dave opened the first monitoring point, which was wreathed in acrid steam from the ground.

“See, Chuck, just put the big steel key in the slot and turn clockwise until it clicks. There! Hear it?”

Chuck nodded.

“That’s reset the gauge. We do that every day; the magma’s moving and so is the ground.”

They picked their way between hot springs and geysers to a dozen gauges.

“You can do it yourself tomorrow, if you like.”

“Cool!”

Next day Chuck had reset the first gauge before he realised he’d forgotten both map and walkie-talkie.

Oh.

Which way to the next gauge? Right – or left?

“Dave, where’s Chuck?” Dave’s boss was anxious. “It’s two o’clock.”

“Shit. I’ll send the drone out to look.”

Chuck was relieved to hear Dave’s voice from the drone’s loudspeaker.

“Follow the drone.”

Chuck followed.

“This isn’t the laboratory!”

Dave chuckled.

“You’ve still got gauges to reset!”

31 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – A Wrong Turning

    • Dear Josh
      Thank you for reading and commenting. They don’t control anything except the gauges – which are pretty important for monitoring the magma flow beneath the caldera.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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  1. Haha! That’ll teach him. The guages still need to be reset. He won’t forget the map next time. And knowing what that caldera is doing is important. It’s one of America’s super-volcanoes. Makes Mt St Helens look like a firecracker. Most cool story!

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    • Dear EagleAye
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right that we need to know what the caldera’s doing – although what the authorities will do if things start to look dangerous is anybody’s guess…I’m really flattered by your comment that this is a cool story! I’m not often accused of ‘cool’!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  2. Good one, Penny. Just because you got lost and didn’t have your map, doesn’t mean you don’t get the job done. And methinks Chuck will be better prepared next time.
    Yes, thank you for not killing him off.

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    • Dear Dahlia
      Thank you for reading and for your nice comment. I’ve never been to Yellowstone, but last year I saw volcanic steam jetting out of a mountain in Japan so I could imagine what Chuck and Dave were experiencing.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Kelvin
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I suppose the bubbling dynamic comes from my own memories of just starting in a technical career (oh, wow, that was a LONG time ago!), because you’re quite right – that dynamic is certainly in the story. There’s excitement every day as one explores one’s potential.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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