“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 Clinton Road, New Jersey, which has a reputation for being haunted…
The long journey
“Are we really going to use Clinton Road?”
“You don’t believe it’s haunted, do you, Linnie?”
“No, of course not. It’s just – well, the date.”
“So you think it matters that it’s Halloween? It’s our quickest route, you know.”
“Oh it’s fine, Jake.”
Linnie fidgeted nervously with her rosary.
The trees were dark on both sides of the road. A black truck blasted towards them, lights glaring, klaxon roaring. Linnie gasped.
“Dip your lights, idiot,” growled Jake.
“Is it much further, darling?”
“Nearly there. We’ve done fifty miles. Ten to go.”
Linnie tried to open Google Maps on her cell-phone. There was no signal.
“It’s thirty minutes since you said ten miles to go. You haven’t lost us, have you?”
Jake’s laughter was brittle.
“Of course not.”
“I’m sure we passed that sign before,” muttered Linnie.
Three hours later, still between the shadowy trees, their fuel ran out.