Up and Away

Balloon festival

A cold October wind rustled the brittle grasses, and she shifted her backpack on her aching shoulders, wondering if it was all worthwhile. She’d left one unhappiness for another. Perhaps it was better to return to the abuse in order to have a cozy home, rather than continue on with her lonely trek to… what? As she debated, bathed in uncertainty, a festival of balloons sailed into the skies, dazzling the apricot dawn with their bold colors. Up and away, they floated, and she felt her heart lift at the sight. Maybe she could stay a night or two…

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Written for the Carrot Ranch Story Challenge (99 words).

7 responses to “Up and Away

  1. She should. Maybe there are better things in store for her.

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  2. Loved “apricot dawn”! The ending shows that maybe she will be okay!

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  3. I think I know the place in the photo…

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