What Pegman Saw – Nkosi

“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 Angola.

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Image by mdccruz01 from Pixabay


The first thing that struck me about the man was his size. His voice matched his physique, resonant, ringing like music as he spoke to us of justice, of freedom. My heart beat faster as I realised that here was a man who could change things. I had to know more!

Over the following months I attended half a dozen meetings. The message was always the same, reverberating within me like the thunder of war drums.

One evening he walked over to me.

“You wish to join me.”

I couldn’t hold his gaze, and bowed my head.

“Yes, Nkosi.”

He frowned.

“We do not use such titles. Ours is a brotherhood. Come.”

In time, he drew me into the inner circle, teaching me how diamonds funded the cause, how warriors were trained in the jungle.

The date of liberation is near.

It is time for action by the Portuguese, my paymasters.

13 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Nkosi

  1. Feels like you dug deep in Angolan history here, Penny. I hadn’t realised that Portuguese is still the main language there or that some people prefer to use Portuguese names over African ones. Colonialism still holds some sway there, I suppose. Love your Nkosi – he sounds like a terrifically charismatic man

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    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and for your kind words. I’ve been busy editing “The Owl on the Pergola” and have finally brought it to a state that I feel is worth submitting to agents. My first submission went in on Monday!
      Yes, the narrator was greatly drawn to the charismatic central figure – but he betrayed him even so. Human nature is endlessly fascinating, isn’t it?
      With very best wishes

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