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Up Up And Away

The morning of the Balloon Fiesta dawned bright and clear; before long dozens of huge, colorful balloons were inflated and beginning to lift off.  The crowd below watched the spectacle in awe as balloon rose slowly, caught the current and drifted across the sky.  The Fiesta included several challenges for the balloonists, and competition was stiff for the heavy prize purse being offered.    No one on the ground knew what happened as the balloons jostled for position and frequently bumped against one another. They didn't see Jonas' outstretched hand with the knife blade extended just beyond, but they screamed in horror as one of the lead balloons ripped wide open and the balloon plummeted downward, it's basket smashing to pieces on the ground.
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I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin's Five Sentence Fiction
where the writing prompt this week is "festival"

18 comments:

  1. Balloons are always so bright and beautiful.

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    1. They are indeed, Gail! We attended a small balloon festival in the Big Bend area a couple years ago. It was truly beautiful and so peaceful watching these behemoth balloons rise up, take form and float away across the sky!

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  2. Jonas deserves a whale, not a balloon.
    good, heinous story.
    Randy

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    1. I think if I were Jonas I might be concerned about lighting strikes, Randy, I'm glad you enjoyed my story. :-)

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  3. Lovely story for all of us, Jonas not so much.

    Have a terrific day honey. :)

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    1. Thanks Sandee, seems there has to be one bad apple in every group!

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  4. Geez... Talk about your poor sport!

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    1. Yes Jayne, I guess Jonas wanted to increase his chances of winning, but his actions make him a loser either way, and hopefully someone caught that action and he didn't get much airtime after that!!

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  5. Which is why I chose a helicopter ride instead of hot air balloon for my upcoming trip to the southwest ;-O Nasty stuff going on in that balloon race. Gorgeous photo!

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    1. I haven't been brave enough to try a balloon ride either yet, Maggie, my fear of heights would make that little basket up so high feel mighty scary! But everyone says it's an amazing experience. I might prefer it to a helicopter ride, those scare me too! At one time I lived in a city with perfect air currents for ballooning, and used to see them rising in the air early in the mornings, often as I drove to work... so pretty!

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  6. yikes! A nice juxtaposition between the summery, happy notion of a carefree balloon ride and the dark intentions of someone in competition. Like the name choice, too :))

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    1. I kind of liked that stark contrast Jo-Anne, life does throw some sharp curves just when we think things are running along smoothly!

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  7. A frightening, evil tale. We used to watch the Michigan Balloon Fest every August, the same weekend as Race weekend. The skies were full of the balloons...all in flight. Beautifully surreal.

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    1. Yes, very evil when you consider that this man wasn't just intent on winning, he knew that his actions could very well cost lives, and apparently he didn't care. I agree, mass balloon ascensions are the most beautiful things ever... watching them float across the big Texas sky early in the morning was breathtakingly beautiful, and as we left several beautiful antelope crossed the road right in front of our car, that was magical too!

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  8. Hot air balloons sound so serene and inviting until they are plummeting to the ground. Nice twist.

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    1. Is't that the truth, Andy :-) That's the downside of being in a hot air balloon, what goes up can come down... the same holds true of airplanes!

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  9. Interesting story, and certainly different from the others posted this week. In Northern Virginia we have these floating by a lot on summer mornings. Sometimes they even land in the yard. If they do, I'll keep an eye out for Jonas...

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    1. I love watching them float overhead, KR, it is the most beautiful thing! One time when my two children were young there was a new strip mall opening near our apt complex. There was a tethered hot balloon giving rides. They walked over to look at it, and the next thing I looked up and there were two little heads in familiar jackets peering over the basket tethered high in the sky! They came home so excited and were amazed that I had seen them. :-)

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