“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 Goizueta, Navarre, Spain.
Goizueta, Navarre | © Google Maps
My enemy’s enemy
Abarran had watched as the legions tramped towards the mountain pass, the thud of their feet filling the valley. He had seen their armour, their broad-bladed swords, their spear-tips more numerous than the stars. They would massacre any army he could raise. He had moved swiftly to order his people to co-operate; to give willingly what was asked rather than fight and have everything taken with only death as their reward.
And now the legions were at the gates of his city.
His chieftains were muttering. This morning, one had gone so far as to draw blade against him. He had left his own weapons sheathed and stared the man down, but he could no longer count on unquestioning loyalty.
The gates of the city creaked open and Abarran walked out.
It was time to see whether he could persuade these foreigners to make alliance with him against the Celtiberians.