“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 Carisbrooke Castle in the UK. King Charles 1 was imprisoned there to await execution.
I’ve tried something a bit different today, and I’m not altogether satisfied. Constructive criticism would be very welcome!
Charles woke late after a restless night. He had a headache again. It wasn’t even a hangover – this time. He lay, watching the grey light brighten, until discomfort drove him out of bed.
He wrinkled his nose. Virginia, his late wife, had hated it when the bedroom smelled stuffy. ‘I should change the sheets; it’s been weeks,’ he thought.
“I really am trying, my love,” he whispered, but even her memory couldn’t pierce his numbness.
He needed to escape. It was sunny. Carisbrooke Castle was nearby; he’d go there
He was in the Constable’s Chamber when an old man asked him, “Would you like to see the new excavation?”
Charles nodded. They went down, deep below the keep.
“In there,” said the man, pointing.
Charles entered the dark room; the heavy door slammed behind him.
He could just hear the man through the door.
“This place has always been a prison.”