What Pegman Saw – Overcoming

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page,  from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. It’s been quite a while since I last wrote a Pegman story – many thanks to Karen for providing such a stimulating prompt this week!

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Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout, Big Sky, Montana

Overcoming

It was four o’clock before Jodie parked her old compact under the trees at the trailhead. The nervous tension of driving had taken its toll. She was pooped.

She checked her backpack; sleeping bag, meals, and water, with bear spray easily accessible. All very well for her therapist to encourage her to face her fears; he wasn’t likely to run up against a live bear.

She climbed. It was tough. Even before she reached the tree line she was wondering whether to turn back.

“Keep going, girl,” she muttered to herself. “You daren’t let yourself be beaten this time.” Every rustle from the forest brought thoughts of wild animals.

The sky was awash with the aftermath of sunset as she arrived at the shelter. She nibbled a sandwich and watched the day fade. One by one the stars appeared, until the Milky Way arched gloriously across the heavens.

Jodie wept.

17 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Overcoming

  1. Redemption and salvation across a night sky! This is lovely, I felt like I was right with her–and not just because it’s a trip I’d love to take myself. I also relate to this character. The telling details about her life are woven in so expertly. Missed seeing you on Pegman!

    Have you recovered from Nanowrimo yet?

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    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comments, especially about the inclusion of ‘telling details’. I’m glad you enjoyed the story.
      Yes, I’ve ‘recovered’ from NaNoWriMo, but I’m continuing working every day on the novel. I think I’ve still about 10,000 words to go before the first draft is complete and the hard work starts!
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Yes, I was very pleased with the result of NaNoWriMo. I completed 53,000 words in the challenge, which was 16 chapters. I’m now on Chapter 21. Without the challenge I would have an outline plot and an awful lot of notes and no novel at all – so boy am I impressed with what NaNo did for me! Interestingly, the novel arose from a Friday Fictioneers story that I expanded into a proper short story (City Life). Then the potential of the material really grabbed me and I started planning the novel.

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      • I remember that story well. Makshirani really leapt off the page. So glad you are unpacking the whole story and bringing it to the world! Nanowrimo is a great way to commit to the action necessary to complete a novel.

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    • Dear Andi
      Thank you for reading and commenting. As so often, you read to the heart of the story. Jodie had to overcome significant fear to do the hike and she succeeded. I’m glad, too, that you liked ‘Awash with the aftermath of sunset’. It felt as I wrote it that it fitted the emotional atmosphere as well as being a physical description.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  2. This is so lovely Penny. What might seem a simple act for many can be a hard fought battle for others and you captured Jodie’s struggle well. That tough climb, the fears she carries with her, her determination to conquer what’s been holding her back. Beautiful and a great lesson for us all – fears are there to be conquered.

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  3. Loved the journey within a journey feel of this, Penny, and such a beautiful ending. Who would have thought?!

    Good luck with that novel first draft. I feel put to shame by all those author’s I have read and followed this year getting their novels out. I have a flash fiction anthology nearly finished, final , final, final draft – should be tomorrow. Only 15000 words though not the 90 000 of a novel.

    Good on you, Penny!

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