What Pegman Saw – Special Delivery

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using the location provided, you must write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page,  from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. This week’s prompt is Cloverdale, New Mexico.

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Animas, New Mexico | © Google Maps

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Abe winds down the passenger window of the pick-up.

“Hell, it’s hot out there. And where’s the people? I thought Mexicans were pouring over the border?”

He spits out a tobacco chaw, and winds the window up again. The aircon labours.

We bounce on tyre tracks in the dried mud, baked hard like concrete, making our guns rattle in the rack. It hasn’t rained here for months.

Abe suddenly sits up.

“Hey, that looks like the place. Over there.”

He points.

“Those stones? You sure?”


I shrug and pull over.

We need a pallet truck to shift our load. Sweat trickles down my face, down my back; hell, I’m pretty much sweaty all over. I bark my knuckles on the door frame as we manoeuvre the container into the deserted store.

As we drive away, Abe texts our contact in Mexico.

“1000 litres water delivered to Old Store, Cloverdale.”



13 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Special Delivery

    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed the story.
      It was one of those stories where chance played a part. I researched the location, cowboys, camp meetings, ghost towns etc. Inspiration? No. I went for a walk thinking about the topic. Exercise? Yes. Inspiration? No.
      Last resort. Sit down and write.
      Job done!
      With very best wishes


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