Here he comes, full of bluster, just like his president.

He wasn’t ruining the holiday exactly, but every time that bellowing voice approached the pool area, the patrons visibly slumped.

‘Mornin’ y’all!’ He hefted his great bulk onto a lounger. ‘S’cuse me, boy! A little refreshment over here!’ The pool boy reluctantly answered the beckoning call.

‘I can’t take another day of this,’ I said to Cassandra.

We had come to relax and recover from the start to the year.

‘Hot air balloon?’ Cassandra raised an eyebrow.

I had resisted, now I agreed.

Might as well make use of all the hot air blowing around.

Copyright Ronda Del Boccio

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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94 responses to “THE BALLOON”

    • I’m not sure it is just a Scottish insult, or whether the rest of the world would use it in the same way, but it is a Scottish use that I am quite proud of!


  1. Incisive and entertaining, Iain. I think he should go up in the balloon, get real high in the sky, then have a projectile-assisted malfunction over shark-infested waters.

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  2. Oh my. I’ll admit, I was thinking of this metaphor too. That’s not the only issue I have with the idea of flying via heated air, but … yeah. I like down to earth people, people with whom I may not always agree but at least they’re willing to stand for something. It’s important to stand up for things. Like civil rights, including my right to never get into a hot air balloon. Hope you have a great week!

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  3. The trouble I notice is the Americans who are all bluster and loud don’t know other people exist. I stayed at a holiday hotel in Aruba and I noticed that even the wife of a particular US person kept away from him at times.
    I will point out that this was an isolated case.

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