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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Welcome to What Pegman Saw, a 150-word weekly writing prompt inspired by the photos found on Google Maps. Yep, that’s really a picture of Manhattan.  Inwood Park, at the very tip of the island, is one of the few places on the island that looks as it did three hundred years ago.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

by John Yeo

Gerald stood at the top of the hill transfixed and just stood drinking in the absolute beauty that seemed to reach out and draw him on. Georgina breathlessly caught up, then gasped with surprised wonder.

Suddenly there was a chuckle as a rough looking stranger emerged from the depths of a nearby copse. A middle-aged, rather overweight, bearded man stood before them, he had long greasy black hair, with grey streaks, held in position with a battered trilby hat. His bushy black eyebrows met in the middle, atop a large crooked nose. He suddenly opened his mouth to reveal a blackened set of uneven, crooked, gap-filled teeth.

‘I see both of you young people are overwhelmed with this place. I’m Captain Ted, a hungry man and I’ll thank you to turn out your pockets and give me everything you find in them. Oh! And I’ll take that smartphone you’re clutching’

(150 WORDS)

© Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved

18 thoughts on “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

    • A fantastical fright-inducing shock for them. I’m glad you enjoyed this. I have just published a longer version. I’d love to hear what you think of that. Thanks for taking the time to read this. 😊

    • Thanks J Hardy, You are so right about the location, I’m pleased you enjoyed this. I have just published a longer version. I’d love to hear what you think of that. Thanks for taking the time to read this. 😊

    • Thanks Joy, I’m pleased you enjoyed this. I have just published a longer version. I’d love to hear what you think of that. Thanks for taking the time to read this. 😊

  1. Great to see you on Pegman, John! That character turned out to be much more menacing than I expected. A rough ending for Gerald and Georgina’s little excursion!

    • Thanks for taking the time to read this k. I’ve published a continuation beyond the 150 words on the same website. I’d be interested to hear what you think of that. 😊🌏

  2. You’ve created an intriguing character in Captain Ted. He looks frightening and sounds aggressive, but it’s a limited level of aggression and a demand made with a justification – I’m hungry, and you have the good fortune to have a great deal – including a smartphone. An interesting write, John.

  3. So much for natural beauty. You have to keep your wits about you–it’s still Manhattan, right? Hard to believe the only weapons he needed were a black-toothed smile and a unibrow! He seems to have a bit of the pirate about him. BTW, I like your phrasing of ” his bushy black eyebrows met in the middle.”

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