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Pegman – Dark Days

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw, which this week sees us in Cordoba, Argentina.

I’m not sure what my story is this week. Is it post-apocalyptic? Dark almost-but-not-quite-humour? A damning indictment of the “haves” and the “have nots”? Bittersweet or just plain bitter? Nooobody knoooows.

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Juan gazed across the city at the skyscrapers. Every city had them – bastions of so-called civilisation amidst the ruins. The global drought and subsequent world-wide economic collapse had devastated the world. It hadn’t rained for three years.

Those few had the money to dig deep wells, desalinate water, grow crops. Not for the likes of him, of course. They didn’t have to drink boiled urine. They didn’t have to eat rat, though even the rats were dying out. That chap from down the street was starting to look pretty tasty.

He could leave the city, but Cordoba was his home. He’d been born here, and he’d die here. Probably fairly soon.

No – he mustn’t think like that. There was life, therefore there was hope! Feeling cheered, he ran across the road, chasing a feral cat.

He never saw the truck. Never felt the first drops of rain begin to fall.


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  1. November 6, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Just be glad that climate change is a lie manufactured by the Chinese.

    Liked by 2 people

    • November 7, 2017 at 7:35 am

      You’ve been listening to that Trump again, haven’t you…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. November 6, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Superb tale Ali.


  3. November 7, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Dear Ali

    Definitely not humor…well…irony or dark humor perhaps. Bleak and well written.




    • November 7, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      It was pretty grim. I’m glad you liked it!


  4. Merbear74
    November 7, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Wow. That’s, like, deep man. 🙂


  5. November 7, 2017 at 7:44 am

    True to life


    • November 7, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Sadly yes. Not yet quite so apocalyptic, though.


  6. November 7, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I don’t know if Juan was lucky or unlucky. It depends on how you look at it. Good writing, Ali. 🙂 Suzanne


    • November 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      It could be about to get a lot worse. At least he didn’t slowly starve to death. I’m glad you liked it!


  7. Lyn
    November 7, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Hmph! It’s probably acid rain that’s starting to fall…he’s not missing anything. Truck probably did ‘im a favour 😀


    • November 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Lying in the road slowly dissolving while everyone runs around screaming. Lucky chap 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. November 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Dark and well-written. Plus, it makes any complaint I might have about the day seem small!


  9. November 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    An excellently written story that I hope is not a portent of things to come!


    • November 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      I hope not too! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  10. Sarah Ann
    November 7, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Apocalyptic and bitter sweet. The humour is in there, if a little dark. Juan was far too aware of his situation. I wonder if the guy from down the road will eat Juan now instead of the other way round 🙂


    • November 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Ha, lucky chap down the street! Every cloud and all that 🙂


  11. November 7, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I did laugh then thought “Oh! No!” when the truck fumbled in to view. Great story, Ali.


    • November 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

      It went from bad to worse for poor Juan 😦 I’m glad you liked it!


  12. November 8, 2017 at 12:07 am

    A fascinating ending to a darkly humorous story. I love the ambiguity: would things have looked up because it was raining or was it better that he died quickly?


    • November 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Good question. I suspect it would have taken so long for the world to recover it was probably better for Juan to suffer a quick death. Thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. November 8, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Well thank goodness for that much needed rain. It’ll wash those nasty blood stains down the drains before they dry out and ruin the pavement…


    • November 8, 2017 at 8:20 am

      There’s nothing like a messy apocalypse to really annoy me.


  14. November 8, 2017 at 9:03 am

    OMC that was dark, Draliman 😀 Pawkisses for a clear day 😀 ❤


  15. November 8, 2017 at 10:02 am

    The unhappy tone is belated by the happy ending missed. Nice one, Ali.


    • November 8, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Things could have been about to turn around for him. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. November 9, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Well, that last line! That was a punch to the gut.Going through all that just to be carelessly mown down as the rain begins. Heartbreakingly well told


    • November 9, 2017 at 7:57 am

      I guess his enthusiasm for a nice tasty cat got the better of him 😦 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

        Man’s gotta eat. Shame he didn’t remember his Green Cross Code though 🙂


  17. November 18, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    The chap down the street has a chance now 😉 Sad story but there is always hope.


  18. November 28, 2017 at 10:24 am



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