“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 Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, India.
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, India | © Google Maps
Where the power is
It had always been there, like a mountain on the skyline. Blank windows in massive granite walls stared like dead eyes over Hyderabad. The fort was immensely strong and yet was now powerless.
Dushyant’s shirt stuck to his back in the heat. The battered leather briefcase holding his accounts weighed him down. Everything depended on the forthcoming interview. His business, his longed-for marriage to Aarushi – everything.
He glanced at the fort. If the bank didn’t back his business he’d have to go back to being a guide there, telling foreigners of the Qutb Shahis who’d ruled with the power of life and death.
The bank’s silvered windows reflected the bustle of the street.
Dushyant, heart in mouth, presented his accounts.
“They’re on paper?” sneered the Manager. “I can’t waste time on that. I need a spreadsheet. Good day.”
‘This is where the power is now,’ thought Dushyant, and slunk away.