FLATLAND FICTION

FLOATING THE BALLOON BOMBS

SUMMARY

An enemy vanquished over fifty years ago crafted the balloon bombs from streamers and paper. The weapons' creators simply set the balloons adrift in the wind before praying fortune delivered destruction to their enemy’s homeland. Rural villagers decades later find one such balloon entangled in the swamp bordering their community. The bombs fastened to the balloon threaten peril, but no one wishes to contact the outside world for help, and thus remind the larger world of their aging community hoping to be forgotten. With new paper and paint, with new stitches and hydrogen, that rural community brings the balloon bomb back to life, never stopping their work to wonder if it might be best to let a weapon of a lost age simply fade into ruin.

FICTION WITHOUT FORMULA

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