gain – inspired by photo below, for Blue Bell Books short story slam.


the morning rose early, with wild green grass and tiny buzzing insects looking for a snack amongst the gathered crowd. the heat had yet to settle in, the dew was almost chilly. a breeze timidly moved in this was the day of the floating. the magical moment of beauty, the highlight of the summer in Alexander, Maryland. this is what they waited for.

lovers snuggled and old men drank coffee  near hot air balloons that looked like wonder bread bags. excitement rose in the air against the august heat, which had come out of it’s hiding place and settled, like a blanket, upon the shoulders of the gathered people. something was finally about to happen. nothing ever happened in Alexander.

the mayor had won a contest, had written an essay that had gotten the tiny town the honor. 3 balloons were going to launch from the high school football field, and fly above town. passengers in the balloons included the mayor himself, and 6 raffle winners. they were allowed to bring cameras but not cell phones. all were excited, some were scared. this was an Adventure.

once they landed, on the same field, surrounded by townsfolk clapping and hooting, the riders stepped out. they had seen the world from a new distance; each individual underwent dramatic, unspeakable changes. they understood. on that day, they became a larger part of the world.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bluebell books
    May 26, 2011 @ 15:46:52

    In general, we write a poem, find an image to illustrate or reflect our work, Now, let’s go reverse, we provide you an image,

    Invite you to contribute a poem or a short story based on the image you see,

    Be creative,
    Have fun!

    Hope to see you in…

    Bluebell Books!


  2. mindlovemisery
    May 17, 2011 @ 04:46:18

    Your story represents the image perfectly, wonderful


    May 15, 2011 @ 00:35:50

    Good story telling. Enjoyed it!


  4. Jingle
    May 14, 2011 @ 21:36:59

    a festive ride, lovely story.


  5. andy mcdonald
    May 14, 2011 @ 19:54:57

    You make a point at the end not too dissimilar to my own. A very pleasant read.


  6. mish
    May 14, 2011 @ 17:49:35

    This sounds like an exciting adventure that these ordinary townsfolk experienced . They appear to be a close-knit bunch of people since the mayor himself was part of the celebration . Well done !


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