The Moon’s a Balloon

“My Momma says that the moon’s a balloon.”
“Your Momma is a balloon, full of gas.”
“You take it back right now, or else…”
“Or else what? You will hit us with these tiny hands?”
That night, when a whimpering Timmy narrated the entire incident to his Momma, she calmly gave him a glass of warm milk and said, “Remember,  it’s your 3rd birthday tomorrow.”
Timmy’s face lit up and he shouted, “Yes, God will fill the balloon to the full tomorrow, and then…I too will get claws and fangs like you Momma. Then I’ll show those bullies…”
99 words.
A short personal note on the title: When I was a young boy, I used to read anything I could get my hands on, since we never had any money to buy books, and public libraries were few and far between. In such a scenario, I chanced upon David Niven’s autobiography, with this title. I had no clue who David Niven was, since he wasn’t really a ‘star’ in India, but I found the title so fascinating that I read the entire book in one day (It was my summer vacation after all, so LOTS of time). Don’t remember anything at all from the book, except the title, which has stayed on with me for more than three decades now. So, the moment I read the word prompt- Balloon, I knew I HAD to use this title.
Written as a part of the Carrot Ranch Literary Community’s Flash Fiction Challenge, hosted by Charli Mills. Charli’s prompt this week, in her own words, was:

March 8, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a balloon. It can be a party balloon or a hot air balloon. How does it add to your story? Go where the prompt leads.

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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13 Responses to The Moon’s a Balloon

  1. Nice twist! Surprisingly cute, considering the topic.

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Makes me wonder exactly what sort of creature his mother is.

  3. Jules says:

    I have always like David Niven… while he did act in many things I enjoyed him most in “The Pink Panther” a comedy. 😉
    I enjoyed your little ‘tail’…

  4. David Niven always came across as the true British Gentleman (Guns of Navarone, Around the World in 80 Days) but my favourite film of his is A Matter of Life and Death.
    I enjoyed your take on the prompt. Very clever twist at the end. Get stuck in young ‘un!

  5. Norah says:

    I read that book too, many years ago. I didn’t think of it for this prompt though. I’m glad you did. Well done.

  6. Charli Mills says:

    That’s a great title and backstory Anurag! Your flash is delightful and as always, possess a punchy twist.

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  8. ceayr says:

    Love it!
    Dark and funny.

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