“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using the 360 degree view of 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.
A Great Prize
Subsistence farming is always unforgiving; on Norfolk Island, twelve thousand miles from where Queen Victoria reigned, weakness could mean death for the whole colony.
Jeremy saw Big Jack slip out of the prayer meeting and followed him. The cold knot in his stomach twisted tighter. He thought of Elsie – beautiful Elsie. He’d have to fight Jack tonight if he was to win her.
“Save yourself a beating. Leave Elsie alone.” Jack’s tone was matter-of-fact.
“I won’t,” hissed Jeremy.
The first punch would have flattened him – if it had landed. Jack was brutally strong, but Jeremy was quick, and he’d trained. He dodged and punched, again and again, bruising Jack’s face.
There was a gleam as Jack pulled a knife.
Mr Fletcher and three others stepped out of the shadows.
Fletcher clapped Jeremy on the shoulder.
“Pay your court to Elsie, lad. She’s yours – if she’ll have you!”