“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. Many thanks to Karen and Josh for organising this most stimulating prompt!
Balbulol Dive Resort, Indonesia | Lera 76, Google Maps
He’s here again, not doing anything, just sitting and watching me.
At first he hid. He’s bolder now, in plain view.
I chant invocations as I shovel ash from a bonfire into a sack and put it into my outrigger. Nine and ninety days it has sat in sun and rain, and now it’s ready to bless the land and the sea.
I paddle hard for hours, and as I approach the atoll the sun is at its zenith. Has my pursuer had the stamina to keep up with me? I can’t see him. Perhaps the heat has overcome him? I shrug. If it has, he will not do.
I have been quick. The sun must be three-quarters through her journey before I scatter the ash. I eat and drink, and, behold, my hunter paddles slowly to the beach. His head droops.
He’ll do. I shall make him my apprentice.