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Pegman – The Horde

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw. This week we are in the Dominican Republic, which shares an island with Haiti.

Copyright Andy Javier Garcia Hidalgo and Google


The soldiers shifted nervously as the first of the Horde came into sight. Crossing the border from the voodoo country of Haiti, the Horde shuffled forwards, dead eyes cast downward. Some bumped unseeing into trees, other tripped and fell only to pick themselves up and continue their inexorable march.

General Diego picked up his radio. “They are come. Initiate Operation Repel.”

Sergeant Manuel took a deep breath, glanced at his fellows and pushed a button.

The leading edge of the Horde stopped. At first confused, frantically waving their arms in the air as if searching for something, terror soon set in. They turned, screaming and fled back towards Haiti. Finally, all had gone.

General Diego sighed. “I hate having to do that. But they just wander mindlessly about, spending no money, glued to YouTube. Not the type of tourist we want. And if switching off the mobile phone signal sends them running back across the border…”


  1. January 22, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    The build up was as tense as the punchline was hilarious. LOVE IT!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks, I was hoping to describe both types of “zombie” without giving the game away 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  2. Dale
    January 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    That was great, Alistair!
    Talk about great last lines… you had a fabulous last paragraph!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! Getting the last paragraph right was the trickiest bit 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dale
        January 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm

        And you did it very well!


      • January 22, 2018 at 7:16 pm

        Thank you 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  3. January 22, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Made me laugh. Really well done with that ending!
    Note to self: Watch out for trees when absorbed in reading all those FFF posts. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      It’s a good idea to glance up occasionally 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. January 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Stupendous, and I didn’t see it coming, just like the zombies!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 23, 2018 at 10:30 am

      There’s nothing like lack of a mobile signal to panic the yoof of today!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. January 22, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    ha-ha-ha! Great build-up and hilarious ending! 😀


  6. January 23, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Dear Ali,

    You did a great job of painting the picture of the Horde…zombies with their cell phones. A little more subtle than your usual fare, but equally effective. You made me laugh out loud.




    • January 23, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m glad you liked it! Watching people shuffling around glued to their mobile phones does put one in mind of zombies 🙂


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  8. Lyn
    January 23, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Just great. Loved the build up of suspense and the kicker at the end🤣


  9. January 23, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Oh this was really very cool 😀


  10. January 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Hahahaha! That’s one way to get tourists to go back home! LOL!


    • January 23, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      I wonder if it works with house guests who have outstayed their welcome? 🙂


  11. January 23, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Can we send everyone like that to Haiti? I’m sure the island can be made larger if necessary…


    • January 24, 2018 at 8:09 am

      But there’ll be nobody left…


      • January 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

        Except me and an older couple in their late 90’s. It’ll be fun having the rest of the world to myself…


  12. January 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Hahaha – love the twist at the end! You’ve outdone yourself, Ali. 😁


    • January 24, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Thanks, I worked hard to keep it hidden until the end 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  13. January 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Tourism isn’t what it used to be…


    • January 24, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Sadly not. Action must be taken.


  14. January 24, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Ha, ha. Hilarious, Ali. Great twist 😀 — Suzanne


    • January 24, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  15. January 25, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I was expecting a twist, but not that one. Great. 🙂


  16. January 25, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    That was one hell of a punch line. Loved it Ali. Totally got me. My ribs are cracking with laughter.


    • January 25, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Ha, thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


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