“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 the Billinudgel Hotel, NSW, Australia.
Billinudgel Hotel, Billinudgel, NSW, Australia, © Cube Online Services Google Maps
Coming of age
The big screen lounge in the Billinudgel Hotel was booked solid throughout the Sydney Olympics.
“Hey, Blue! Sell us your ticket?”
“Not on your life.”
“What’s a wimp like you want with a ticket anyway?”
His dad had said much the same.
“Something to do with your writing? You’ll never make a living at it.”
On October 1st, he was in the lounge with hours to spare. He drank slowly. “Afraid you’ll be caught drunk in charge of a pencil?” jeered his mates.
There was a rousing cheer as the closing ceremony started.
In Blue’s thoughts, words describing the event coalesced into sentences, into paragraphs, and he knew; this is what he was born to do.
The closing concert began, and a tsunami of triumphant emotion swept out from the stadium, around the world, lifting the hearts of billions. The headline flashed into Blue’s head.
“Australia, you’ve come of age!”