Wishes #flashfiction

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The red balloon danced in the apple tree, caught by a ribbon that fluttered in the breeze. She had loved balloons, when she and the world had been much younger. Every balloon had carried a wish… a wish of the heart sent soaring into the sky on bright wings.

She wondered about the child who had released this one. Had they let go by accident, or did this one too carry a wish?

Her old bones protested as she climbed the ladder, carefully untangling the ribbon, setting it free to fly. She was still smiling when they found her.

For Charli Mills’ 99 word flash fiction challenge.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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36 Responses to Wishes #flashfiction

  1. Aw, sweet and sad at the same time!


  2. Ritu says:

    Oh, so touching Sue !


  3. Jennie says:

    Oh, this was the best!


  4. Sad Sue, but they found her smiling. Perhaps her final wish had been granted and was released with the balloon.


  5. Fly, balloon, fly!
    Very well written little story.


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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, dear, I hope this autobiographical! 😉 Although, I’ve often thought it not a bad way to go, staring up through the canopy.


  10. Very poignant, Sue.


  11. How nice that her last act was releasing somebody else’s wish, Sue.


  12. Lyn Horner says:

    Surprising, sad, beautiful!


  13. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! That’s a sad one!


  14. Charli Mills says:

    Oh, not what I expected! Great twist, Sue. At least she died with a smile.


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  16. Norah says:

    That’s a lovely story, Sue. It’s a great way to go – releasing wishes, going quickly, staying happy in the thought of helping another. Who could ask for anything more? You’ve created a delightful image. Just gorgeous!


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