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Pegman – Invasion of the Ice Cream Snatchers

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw. This week we are in the Isle of Wight.

It’s been years since I was there. I think we took a ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde. I seem to recall singing the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride/Ryde” and waving my ticket around.

I went with the suggested “mysterious object in the sky”.

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Dro’Gek stared up at the sky. “This is it! They’ve finally arrived.”

“Hooray!” replied Merk’Na. “The invasion’s on! Jee’Bak, scan it.”

“Scanning,” said Jee’Bak. “It’s… a seagull.”

“Dammit!” snapped Dro’Gek.

“Wait, though,” reasoned Merk’Na. “They might be using camouflage tech. Hiding from the humans. Check again.”

Just as Jee’Bak turned back to the scanner, the shape dropped towards them.

“It must be them!” called Dro’Gek. “They’ve seen us!”

The shape shot straight down and ripped through the little group, sending them flying. It soared away and they dragged themselves to their feet.

“It wasn’t them, then,” said Jee’Bak. “That gives me an idea, though. We had, what, two pasties and an ice cream? Now we have only crumbs. And Merk’Na has lost a hand.”

“Waah!” sobbed Merk’Na.

“Yes!” agreed Dro’Gek. “We don’t need the others. We shall weaponise the seagulls!”

And so the (rather ineffectual) invasion of Earth began.


  1. November 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I have never trusted those seagulls–not once! Funny and surprising tale. The parenthetical description of the invasion is a wonderful wry touch.

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 27, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      I was once in Newquay and, in a sudden flash of wings, my ice cream was gone! They’re a real menace 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. November 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Aha! So that’s why seagulls are so aggressive. I bet they also weaponised swans (they can be incredibly aggressive).


    • November 28, 2017 at 7:56 am

      I bet they did. Whenever I see a swan I casually slide off in the other direction, hoping it doesn’t notice me!

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

        Wise to keep a distance from those ‘beasts’. Have you seen those swan attacks on YouTube? Scary! But then again, YouTube doesn’t present the most balanced perspective on reality. 😁


  3. November 27, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Dear Ali,

    It’s one thing to take the ice cream but to take the hand as well is horrible.Dastardly creatures.Call in the Gulls. Warped and fun



    Liked by 1 person

    • November 28, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Hopefully his species can grow appendages back 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  4. November 27, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    I once saw a seagull take chips out of a packet on someone’s blanket at the beach. I draw the line when it comes to ice cream, though! Fun story! 😀

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    • November 28, 2017 at 7:57 am

      They’re terrible for nicking food. I had no chance when one stole my ice cream once 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. November 28, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Oh! I love that last line. I’ve always thought seagulls were rather dull. Thanks for the smile.


    • November 28, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Ha, they’re not dull around here. They’re huge and are constantly attacking people with food. One poor old guy ended up in hospital a couple of years ago after he got his head scratched to pieces.
      I’m glad you liked the story!


  6. November 28, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Very ineffectual in deed and ill-planned, humans are quite mellow when they’re having their ice cream. Steal it from them and you are in for a really tough time.


    • November 28, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Yes, I’m sure the guys will soon realise that they’ve gone too far. We will defend our frozen treats!


  7. November 28, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Poor Merk’Na. I hope he can grow the hand back (It might be possible with some aliens). It seems seagulls can be vicious in that area. Good writing, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • November 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      I reckon he does have a good chance of regrowth 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        In “Men in Black” the one alien used to grow his head back very quickly. 😀 — Suzanne


  8. Lyn
    November 28, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Blasted seagulls love hot chips too. I’ve had many a chip snatched out of my hands. I don’t give Dro’Gek’s plan much of a chance, the gulls are far too fond of taking what they want… “Mine!” 😀


    • November 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      I’ve only ever lost ice cream though I’ve seen chip attacks. Dro’Gek hasn’t quite thought things through!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. November 28, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Seagulls can be vicious creatures! A very fun story Ali. 🙂


    • November 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      They’re huge too, especially when they’re coming right at you! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. November 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Can I get up off the floor now please? I’ve laughed out my guts and the gulls have had them for lunch!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      See, that was your mistake. Never laugh your guts out by the seaside 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  11. November 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Hahaha! Weaponize the seagulls! LOL! Cute story, Ali!


  12. November 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    The horror… Weaponized seagulls. Can’t win that war. Nice piece.


  13. Merbear74
    November 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Seagull poop everywhere!! Ahh!!


    • November 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

      At least we won’t be able to see it, what with our eyes pecked out and all 😦


  14. November 29, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Resistance is futile. We may as well give up now. *Shakes fist at sky* Damn you, seagulls!


  15. November 30, 2017 at 5:38 am

    At least it wasn’t A Flock Of Seagulls. You couldn’t possibly miss something coming at you that had bad 80’s hair…

    Liked by 1 person

  16. December 1, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    such a fun action piece…. nice d….


  17. December 9, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Poor invaders, they love our pastries and our ice cream. Common grounds, so to speak. We might unite and prosper.


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