What Pegman Saw – Served Cold

“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 Brasilia, Brazil.

Note: There are more technical holes in this piece than in a fishing net; I hope you will excuse them!

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Served cold

There would have been a snap as the frayed cord sheared. The airfoil would have puckered, gone slack, wrapped itself around him. Christopher would have known immediately there was no chance; he would tumble five hundred feet to his death below, the nylon wings his shroud.

The image wouldn’t leave me.

There was no evidence of sabotage. That doesn’t mean there was no sabotage.

I didn’t give up the sport, not with the World Championships in Brasilia coming up. I teamed up with Donald, almost as strong a flyer as Christopher. We worked like demons to improve our skills.

“For Chris,” as Donald repeatedly said, until I wanted to beat his face to a pulp,

The first day of the Championships was perfect. We caught a cloud street at one thousand feet.

Behind Donald, I said quietly, “I know what you did. I loved Chris, you know?” – and cut the cord.


8 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Served Cold

    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you for reading and commenting so kindly. I agree; I hope he got it right. Although even if he did, it’s still a hell of a thing to do.
      With very best wishes


      • It’s something we almost take for granted, seeking revenge. But if you’re going to do it, you need to have your facts right – let’s hope he does. Great story


  1. Ouch, revenge served cold, indeed! I really liked the chilling effect of the repetition and negation in the lines: “There was no evidence of sabotage. That doesn’t mean there was no sabotage.” And now the narrator repeats the crime. But oh goodness, to do so in the middle of the championships, when all eyes are upon you? Seems like a death wish as well as a revenge wish. But then, anyone willing to kill another person has got to be a little insane, I would say.

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