What Pegman Saw – Dangerous Mission

“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 Roswell, New Mexico.

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Roswell, New Mexico | © Google Maps

Dangerous mission

The two Hirluin stood quietly to honour their murdered colleague.

“Paava paid a high price, but her life was honourable,” said Taavu, placing his hand on Nim’s shoulder. Tears coursed down Nim’s face.

“I don’t mourn her life, but the pointlessness of her death. We are no threat. Why do these creatures take every chance to kill us?”

Taavu found nothing to say. He felt sick when he tried to imagine the hatred and fear these beings must experience to be able to kill so casually. He shuddered to think they would soon have interstellar travel.

Nim knelt and kissed his dead wife on the forehead. He activated the portal to return her body to Hirdl, and Paava was gone.

It was time to grieve. Tomorrow’s attempt to communicate with the lifeform of Sol III would be more urgent.

The patience of the Galactic Council was great but not infinite.

20 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Dangerous Mission

    • Dear Narasimhan
      Thank you for reading and commenting. When I read the comments you and Brenda left about wanting more, I thought about how I could expand the story. It’s not easy. What I’ve written is flash fiction that (hopefully) makes readers think twice about human violence. To write an expanded version, I would move into the realm of science fiction. Now that really isn’t my genre, I’m afraid. I think I shall ‘chicken out’ of the challenge to write more – at least for now!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Abhijit
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right; lack of understanding is a big factor in human violence. If only we would stop and think about what we’re doing…
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading, and for your kind words. Yes, I prefer gentler aliens who would like to help us become more civilised.
      I’m looking forward to reading your story in just a few minutes!
      Shalom
      Penny

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  1. this is excellent..science-fiction is not your genre????? I can not understand this comment, if I would be an author I would just write what I want without any genre borders, no?
    I did not read lot of science fiction, but I like a lot to have the point of view from the other side AND to understand, that we are the greatest pollution of universe…I can really imagine that there must be time traveller, who try to stop us destroying everything!

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    • Dear anie
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, and its alternative point of view.
      Different genres have different conventions, different tropes, different clichés to avoid. I think (hope!) I’m picking up some of the skills required for writing literary fiction, and that’s what I want to write. I don’t want to spend the time to become proficient in science fiction!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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      • Well the most important thing is that we have joy and trust in what we do and we see our success within us or around…. I liked your little science-fiction step… 😊

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