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What Pegman Saw – Prophecy

Here is my story for the 150 word fiction challenge, What Pegman Saw. This week we’re at the Palace of Pena in Portugal. I plopped little Pegman down on Google Maps and found a picture for my story.

To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

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The Oracle gazed out over the grand vista afforded by the uppermost battlements of the Palace of Pena, her face filled with sadness.

“Once this place was filled with beauty. Trees, grasslands. One could hear the birds singing and watch as deer and rabbits played in the forests, celebrating the return of spring with all its endless possibilities.”

“But, my Lady Oracle,” protested Novice Miguel, “I see those things in abundance!”

“As you are aware, dear Miguel, I see not today, but that which is yet to come,” replied the Oracle, touching his arm in comfort.

Miguel felt a chill flood his body. The Oracle had never been known to be wrong. He followed her as she shook her head sadly, returning to the palace. Behind them, the sky to the east brightened suddenly and then darkened as the first mushroom cloud stained the horizon.


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  1. August 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Vivid stuff here! Hopefully fiction, right?


    • August 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!


  2. August 14, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Chilling, but beautifully, powerfully written.


    • August 14, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I thought it was time to slip away from the 100% dialogue funnies for a story or two 🙂


  3. August 14, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    An evocative and moving story, Ali, if a terrible outcome. I pictured climate change/enviro disaster up until the very end, so great job shrouding it. FWIW, a few Americans are sane enough to try to reign our “president” in with regard to nuclear weapons. That’s another story entirely, though, ain’t it? Sigh.


    • August 15, 2017 at 6:59 am

      It’s a scary thought and things are kind of teetering at least close to the brink at the moment I think 😦
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!


  4. August 14, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    WOW. Goosebumps. That one took my breath away!


    • August 15, 2017 at 7:04 am

      That’ll be the nuclear blast 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. August 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Eeek! Good-bye flowers, birds, trees. At least for awhile.


    • August 15, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Eventually it will all return – minus us pesky humans.


  6. August 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Brilliant story Ali. Let’s hope it remains just that!


  7. August 14, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Been reading the news lately?


  8. August 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Very scary and hopefully not true!


  9. August 14, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Sad. Let’s hope it remains a fiction.


  10. August 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Uh, oh. I guess many of us have that scenario in our minds these days. Good writing, Ali. —- Suzanne


    • August 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      It’s hard not to. I’m glad you liked it!


  11. August 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Dear Ali,

    Chilling story. Well done.




    • August 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  12. August 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    How sad! The ending is chilling! Great story Ali!


  13. August 18, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I have goose bumps too…can’t imagine a world without birdies..at least…Double Pawkiss 🙂 ❤


  14. August 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    A truly chilling story, Ali. Nicely done. 🙂


    • August 24, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Thanks, it was time for a brief hiatus from comedy, I felt 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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