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.