What Pegman Saw -Without an Ark

“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 Manitoba, Canada.

WPS - Without an Ark 190810

Without an ark

“Ninety degrees,” expostulated Marion, mopping her forehead. “Darn climate change!”

“Deep low-pressure area coming our way from Saskatchewan; twister weather. Stay careful and safe, folks!” announced the local radio station.

Marion’s husband, Hank, was back early that afternoon; he’d closed his business, sent the staff home when the severe weather warning had been broadcast.

Clouds were piling up, and there was a blur of rain on the horizon. The sun shone briefly below the clouds.

The rain began to fall, heavy drops, falling faster and faster, a stream of water, a cataract.

Their two children rushed in, bedraggled and sodden.

“Just look at you! Didn’t you see the rain coming?”

Water was pouring across the yard, already inches deep.

“Why, that’s the brightest rainbow I’ve ever seen,” exclaimed Marion, suddenly, then, as abruptly as if a switch had been thrown, the rainbow was gone.

There was a voice.

“Covenant – cancelled.”



19 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw -Without an Ark

    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and commenting so kindly. No rescue, I’m afraid. And unless we do something quickly the real crisis of climate change will likewise overwhelm us.
      With very best wishes


    • Dear Joy
      Thank you for reading carefully and commenting. I’m glad you think the story is timely – we need everybody to think like that if we’re to have even a small chance of averting disaster.
      With very best wishes

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    • Dear Josh
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m interested that you view my story from a theological viewpoint rather than a meteorological one! I guess the word that ‘misleads’ there is “cancelled”. Perhaps “Annulled” would have been better, making human activity more responsible for the ‘breach of contract’.
      With very best wishes


  1. Oh me, oh my, what a surprise ending! And there’s me, been steeling myself on Roald Dahl’s Collected Short stories this last week or so and still didn’t see that twister coming. Grand stuff, Penny, simple yet effective storytelling.

    So lovely to see you again. Sorry to keep repeating myself, keep repeating myself. 🙃🌈

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    • Dear Andi
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. God doesn’t need to intervene. He’s just announcing what mankind has achieved by our own greed. You might say He’s confirming the tipping point when disastrous climate change becomes inevitable. It is we who have cancelled the covenant, not Him.
      With very best wishes

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