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Pegman – Spies Like Him

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw. It’s tricky this week, as we’re off to North Korea, and there’s quite a lack of pictures. Practically no photos and, of course, no Street View. All we ever seem to get from there are official photos of Kim Jong-un grinning as his tanks rumble past, or another missile test takes place (which may or may not suddenly drop out of the sky).

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Unbelievable. Branded a spy! He’d barely escaped, racing across the (thankfully) almost-empty square and into a storm drain. So he’d accidentally caught some missiles and blueprints in the background of a couple of (hundred) snaps. They shouldn’t leave their rockets just lying around in their top secret high security labs where just anyone might stumble over them.

Okay, maybe they had a point.

He’d tried to use Street View to navigate his way out but apparently Google’s Street Cars were as persona non grata as he was.

So here he was, hiding with a parachute in the nose-cone of a missile. It had launched for testing a couple of minutes ago. He just had to time his bail-out correctly to make the submarine rendezvous. As long as the Korean scientists had got it right this time and the missile didn’t explode in mid-…


Bugger. It was gonna be a long swim.


  1. Lyn
    August 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

    LOL Ali, your mind is so twisted 😀 I love this! Bond should be as clever as Pegman.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Yeah, there’s no way Bond would have gotten out of that one 🙂


  2. August 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Wonderfully imaginative. Love the voice–it adds such delightful nuance to this piece.


  3. August 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Dear Ali,

    Hope he’s a strong swimmer. Clever narrative.




    • August 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I hope so too! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  4. Jelli
    August 28, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Very imaginative. A bit reckless and insane, but oddly enough I can see it… especially the expressions on the faces at missile control when a mysterious parachute appears on their radars. LOL! Love the ending.


  5. August 28, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Hahaha! That just goes to show you that many of North Korea’s missiles are duds! Cute story!


  6. August 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Do let us know when he arrives at the submarine! Great story! 🙂


  7. August 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    A Dr. Stragelove for modern times (funny & sad at the same time). Great work, Ali.


  8. August 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Teehee! Good to have an out-and-out comic take on the prompt. Fluently written.


    • August 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I had a feeling there would quite a few serious ones given North Korea so I went for something a bit crazy instead 🙂


  9. August 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Maybe he should have waited until he was closer to land?


    • August 29, 2017 at 10:31 am

      At least the missile cleared land before it blew up. Parachuting back down into N Korea wouldn’t have been ideal…


  10. August 29, 2017 at 2:14 am

    A long swim? You mean the missile actually made it off the peninsula this time? Well, I guess that’s progress…


  11. August 29, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Perhaps not the best spy in the world, but no worse than Bond himself – he’s always getting caught too! Nice twist on the prompt, being current and refering to Street View too – great stuff


    • August 29, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Sometimes I think Bond gets himself caught deliberately so that the villain can tell him their master plan… 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 29, 2017 at 10:41 am

        Ha! Yes, those villains do like exposition, don’t they? Good job too or James would be inserious trouble 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  12. August 29, 2017 at 9:04 am

    The voice of this narrative reminds me of Rowan Atkinson as that sleuth-come-spoof James Bond.


  13. August 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Some people just can’t get a break.


  14. August 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Yikes! Sucks to be him! 😲


  15. August 30, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Your description of the street is amazingly correct. Although I was born in South Korea, I’ve never been to North, but have heard of them a lot and seen photos, etc. about them. Most of the streets in the north is empty with the leader’s face! They sure need some change.


    • August 30, 2017 at 7:09 am

      It’s a pretty scary-sounding place. They definitely do need change, I don’t see it coming, though 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  16. August 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    That would be an escape worthy of 007, Alli. I hope the film company doesn’t pinch your idea. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne


    • August 30, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      That’s a point. I better get the copyright sorted out 🙂


  17. September 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I really hope your story is just a product of your crazy imagination! Loved it – and I like the continuation of the spying/espionage theme from your last post. 😀


    • September 3, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Yes, all characters are entirely fictional 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  18. September 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Your Pegman reminds me of someone special who knows no fear… who knows no danger… who knows nothing 😉


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