“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 Yellowstone Park.
A Wrong Turning
Dave opened the first monitoring point, which was wreathed in acrid steam from the ground.
“See, Chuck, just put the big steel key in the slot and turn clockwise until it clicks. There! Hear it?”
“That’s reset the gauge. We do that every day; the magma’s moving and so is the ground.”
They picked their way between hot springs and geysers to a dozen gauges.
“You can do it yourself tomorrow, if you like.”
Next day Chuck had reset the first gauge before he realised he’d forgotten both map and walkie-talkie.
Which way to the next gauge? Right – or left?
“Dave, where’s Chuck?” Dave’s boss was anxious. “It’s two o’clock.”
“Shit. I’ll send the drone out to look.”
Chuck was relieved to hear Dave’s voice from the drone’s loudspeaker.
“Follow the drone.”
“This isn’t the laboratory!”
“You’ve still got gauges to reset!”