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Pegman – The King

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw which this week sees us at the Palace of Versailles.

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Pierre waited in the gilded antechamber, readying his performance. His anxiety increased. To play at the Palace of Versailles – an honour to be sure – was nerve-wracking in itself, but rumours were that the King himself would be in attendance. If true it was huge indeed – the King was thought dead.

The curtains opened leaving Pierre feeling exposed. Peering into the crowd, he was sure he caught a glimpse of the King’s trademark clothing – high-necked, glittering like the sun. He sat at the piano and started to play, adding his voice to the melody.

He finished, stood and bowed.


All eyes turned to the King.

The King proclaimed in his deep voice, “Unoriginal. Return to sender, you hound dog. Thank you. Thank you very much,” struck a pose and left.

“Huh,” thought Pierre. “I hate Vegas. And the Palace of Versailles Casino and Ballroom can kiss my butt.”


  1. December 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    LOL, you got me! Clever, engaging and funny!


    • December 12, 2017 at 7:56 am

      I tried very hard to hide the King’s true identity until later on 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. December 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    That’s great. At least he kept his head, right?


    • December 12, 2017 at 7:57 am

      There is that. Though a bad review from Elvis has probably scuppered his lounge-singing career 🙂


  3. December 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Don’t be cruel! Some of us, with suspicious minds, are all shook up now.

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 12, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Ha, I expect I should expect some Elvis-related comments 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. December 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Oooooh…THAT KING!!!! I’ll bet John Lennon was lurking in the back row. 😉 I truly loved this one. I’m going to rent a room at Heartbreak Hotel.



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    • December 12, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I feel the urge to pop on my Best of Elvis CD… 🙂 Who knows how many other greats are critiquing poor Pierre?


  5. December 12, 2017 at 3:42 am

    I’m gonna’ put on my blue suede shoes and dance! What a treat this story is. Thanks for taking us to a different world.


    • December 12, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Hee! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I had no trouble thinking of a story this week for a change.


  6. December 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Hilarious! The King has left the building! 😀


    • December 13, 2017 at 7:04 am

      He does that a lot apparently 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  7. December 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hahahaha! The King is Elvis Presley! Wish he were still alive… oh, he is! 😀


  8. December 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    At least the King didn’t Pierre off to the land of Jailhouse Rock…


    • December 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      SEND! Didn’t SEND. Apparently my brain has left the building…


      • December 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

        Ha! And I originally thought you were using “Pierre” as a verb to avoid swearing…


  9. Lavanya
    December 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Ha ha. I like that bit of attitude at the end.


    • December 13, 2017 at 7:07 am

      He is somewhat disaffected by the Vegas scene, I feel 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. December 12, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    What a surprise ending – should’ve seen it coming, Ali. Felt as though this story just rolled off your blue suede shoes!


  11. December 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Ha! And here I was feeling sorry for Pierre. Thanks for setting us up. 😉 But seriously, good writing – very descriptive.


    • December 13, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked the descriptive build-up 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  12. December 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Awesome read.


  13. December 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

    super fun take on the king
    and did you know we have a friend who looks like elvis and he sometimes does elvis gigs

    I have been there with Pierre’s dissatisfaction..
    and as I leave – I have that song “return to sender” in my mind


    • December 13, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! It’s cool that you know an Elvis impersonator 🙂
      “Return to Sender’s” a great song.

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 13, 2017 at 7:24 am

        and guess what – our elvis impersonator friend – he won this elvis look-alike- contest – not sure if you ever heard of Moe’s Mexican (I do not like their food actually) but he won a year of food free and his poster was hung in their stores


      • December 13, 2017 at 7:27 am

        Very cool! I don’t know that we have a “Moe’s Mexican” over here but a year’s free food is awesome 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • December 13, 2017 at 7:31 am

        yeah – “if” you like their food – about ten years ago it was a little better (it is fast food mexican -(but nothing like taco bell – which is so unMexican that I guess they will not allow taco bell in mexico)


      • December 14, 2017 at 8:26 am

        We don’t have a lot of these American restaurant chains in the UK, though I expect there are some in the big cities I don’t know about.

        Liked by 1 person

      • December 22, 2017 at 7:55 am


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  14. December 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Really great. Loved that it wasn’t a predictable ending.


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