What Pegman Saw: The Desert Kin

Image: Google Street View

The shack had been the post office of a mining town, now deserted. Sunbleached boards across the windows, tiles missing from the roof like a reptile shedding scales.

‘This it?’ Roddy’s usual cocky smile had slipped as we’d driven further into the desert. Now he was a fifteen-year-old boy again, arms tight folded, fear skulking behind his eyes.

‘It’s okay, kid,’ I said, smiling. ‘Soon have a fire going. Go fetch the bedrolls from the pickup, would you?’

I scanned the plain, the distant ridge of smoke grey hills. At least we’d see someone coming. Any vehicle would kick up a dust trail and as long as we were vigilant –

Something cold brushed the back of my hand. Instinct made me look, but there was nothing. Of course not. You don’t see the Desert Kin. Not unless they want you to.

‘Roddy, I’ll take first watch,’ I called.

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Written for What Pegman Saw, the prompt that uses Google Street View as its starting point. This week we visit Cloverdale, New Mexico. See here to join in.

19 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw: The Desert Kin

  1. Sounds like they’re trying to hide away from someone — the law, I’d bet — but whoever these Desert Kin are, there’s no hiding from them! Interesting hints, makes me want to know more.

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      1. Sounds like an interesting and fruitful premise for a longer story! I almost hate to say that, because I know whenever someone says that about one of my flash pieces I throw my hands up: I have more than enough ideas for longer stories, thanks!

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      2. Ha! Yes, I know what you mean. There are so many flashes I could turn into longer pieces. Just need places to send so many SFF shorts too. Oh, and the time to write them 🙂 Thank you, so glad you liked it and thought it had promise

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    1. Ah, bless you, C. I’m so glad the tension came through. And I’m especially pleased you said that about my writing. I’m about to launch into another novel write and that’s going to involve a lot of creepiness, a lot of scares,a lot of mystery. So I’m really glad you feel that. Thank you very much for your kind words x

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