“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 Happy Jack, Arizona.
I found that while Happy Jack itself has few people and less history, the Lowell observatory is only twenty miles away and is one of the premier observatories in North America.
Extinction level event
Abe fiddled with his calendar. He flipped three prints of a starfield onto his desk.
“What do you make of these, Slim?” He pointed to each in turn. “29th. 30th. Last night.” The images showed the stars being obscured over a progressively larger area.
Slim looked, frowned, checked that the codes on the prints tallied with Abe’s account, and paled.
“You found this on the main instrument?” His voice was husky with apprehension. “But that’s an area of sky that I surveyed with the 0.6 metre Schmidt last week. There was nothing there then. This means…”
“That’s what I thought too. The centre of the obscured area doesn’t change.”
“It’s heading straight for us,” whispered Slim.
He straightened. “I’ll have to tell the Director.”
“How about checking on the Schmidt again? Just to be thorough.”
As Slim bustled out, Abe chuckled at his calendar.
“April Fool,” he murmured.