What Pegman Saw – The Hunter

“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 Mongolia.

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Image by Jacqueline Macou from Pixabay

The Hunter

Over the years, his thighs had moulded themselves to the curve of the leather saddle, and his brow was furrowed from squinting against the snow-glare. His left forearm was heavily muscled from carrying the bird, hour after hour, day after day.

Altan felt sad that his son wasn’t with him, but it was a good day – the air smelled bright, and the snow under his horse’s hooves sounded crisp. The bird perched on the leather gauntlet, feathers ruffled by the ever-present breeze. Occasionally it shook its head and Altan would chant gently, soothing it.

His horse crested the ridge and halted.

Altan slipped off the bird’s hood, watched the eyes focus, watched the head moving as it scanned the slope below.

Then it launched itself and dived, faster and faster, slamming into the wolf. Altan chanted triumphantly. Perhaps one day his baby grandson too would hunt with a golden eagle!

14 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – The Hunter

  1. Love all the telling details which so skillfully reveal setting and character. I could see it all! So many wonderful lines but I loved “his brow was furrowed from squinting against the snow-glare” especially. It reveals so much!

    I too was inspired by the eagle hunters of Mongolia–I was delighted to see your take!

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    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Not many months ago I watched a TV programme about the eagle hunters of Mongolia, and the images were so striking they really lodged in my mind. I tried to make them as vivid as possible, while still including the sadness that eagle hunting will probably die out within the next generation or two. The same sadness comes through your story, too, of course, but you give us the hope that women may save the day! (Capes optional!)
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  2. I wonder if we watched the same programme, Penny? Gordon Buchanan, the Scottish naturalist? Everything about that programme was extraordinary and you’ve fed that through into your writing. The feel of the place comes through, the unique colour of it.And that longing for the long tradition, the essential part of their lives and culture, to continue. Super writing

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  3. Dear Lynn
    Thank you for reading and for your kind comments. I think we may well have seen the same programme, but I’m afraid I don’t remember the name of the presenter. I’m glad you feel that I caught something of the essence of what we saw.
    With very best wishes
    Penny

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