What Pegman Saw – Coming of Age

“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.

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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!”

20 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Coming of Age

  1. I also liked the story (like Dale) and this seemed to build and build until I felt the bit of thunderous chest vibe with:
    closing concert began, and a tsunami of triumphant emotion….
    ugh –
    inspiring

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  2. And so had Blue! That last line sums up your MC as well as the country. He knows where he’s going and what he needs to do in life – a glorious ending. And I have a feeling that in a few years, those people talking him down in the pub will have to change their tune. Grand tale Penny

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    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you for reading and commenting. As you say, the MC has come of age, as well as the nation.
      In fact, I was very moved when I watched the closing ceremony. The sense that Australia had come of age felt absolutely overwhelming, and the Games had been such a magnificent achievement. For a few minutes the tears were pouring down my cheeks. What it must have been like for an Australian I can’t imagine!
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and commenting so kindly. I’m glad you thought the build-up was effective, and that the pay-off worked. I watched the closing ceremony on the TV at the time, and it made a huge impression on me – as you can tell by my remembering it vividly after 18 years!
      Yes, all we writers and aspiring writers will be rooting for Blue – although not, perhaps in the sense in which EagleAye used the word!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Alicia
      Thank you for reading and for your perceptive comments. You’re quite right – Blue had to show both obstinacy and hope to achieve his dream as he came of age. I’m glad you found the story delightful.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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