Charli Mills at issued a new weekly challenge – write a 99 word story about a balloon. Here’s mine.


Message in Mylar

Written by Kerry E.B. Black


A gold mylar balloon’s string knotted around branch high in a beech tree, secured by a Cub Scout named Stan. It bobbed, a cheerful beacon, a coded message. “Be well,” it said. “You’re not forgotten.”

                His pack-mate friend, Bob, got into huge trouble which resulted in suspension from school and a marathon grounding. Nobody under the age of ten had seen Bob since the prank which flooded the school, and Stan worried about his mischievous friend.

                Since he couldn’t visit or phone, Stan sent a message as only he could, a cheerful balloon floating outside his bedroom window.