Invisible Balloons

You can’t see me, but I’m watching you. You people interest me. Why are some of you unfaithful to the ones you say you love? Why do some of you murder those of the same kind? Why do some of you allow ‘hate’ to rule your minds?

You don’t know it, but each of you has a balloon. Like me, they are invisible to you but surround each of you. When your balloon bursts, you die.

It won’t be long, now, before my balloon bursts and you will all die. This planet, you all so un-love, will be mine.

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I have no idea where this piece of flash fiction came from. I didn’t even have to think about the prompt. The first (and only draft) was precisely 99-words long. That’s never happened to me before.

Written in response to the 99-word flash fiction challenge with the theme of ‘Balloons‘ over at the Carrot Ranch.


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Credit: Charli Mills

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76 thoughts

    1. I know. I even shocked myself when I finished the first draft, checked the number of words, and it was 99, Norah. That’s never happened to me before. Plus, I was happy to leave everything as it was. 😀

  1. First try, 99 words exactly? You are the master! Word bubble comes to mind. 🙂 ❤ Imagine if everyone could read our word thought bubbles? 🙂

  2. Your spooky ninety nine and the sinister whisperings are no surprise to me. It reminded me of Patrick McGoohan’s 1960s masterpiece The Prisoner and Hugh your not that far from Port Merrion.

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