Thursday, 30 May 2013

Up Up And Away

Today is the penultimate day for the Blog Every Day In May blog-hop challenge.

Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go

I wasn't sure how to react to this prompt, then it hit me as I was walking to my car after finishing work today.  Here is my first piece of fiction for the Blog Every Day In May challenge.

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She sits on the beach and stares out across the sea.  Her hand reaches inside her bag and her fingers find the little plastic packet.  She waits a moment before gripping the packet in her fist and moving it from the depths of her bag into her lap.  A fingernail pierces the plastic and her fingers stretch open the hole.  She looks over the left shoulder, and then over her right.  The beach is empty.

She takes a red balloon out of the bag and brings it to her lips.  She blows out every angry thought she's ever had, every angry action she's ever committed, every angry word she's ever said.  The balloon expands, and she ties a knot in the end to keep the anger from escaping.

She takes an orange balloon out of the bag and brings it to her lips.  She blows out every lie she's ever told, every time she's ever cheated, every time she was ever deceitful.  The balloon expands, and she ties a knot in the end to keep the deceit from escaping.

She takes a yellow balloon out of the bag and brings it to her lips.  She blows out every happy thought she's ever had at someone else's expense, every time she's laughed when someone else has cried, every time she felt satisfied when someone else failed.  The balloon expands, and she ties a knot in the end to keep the malicious joy from escaping.

She takes a green balloon out of the bag and brings it to her lips.  She blows out every time she was jealous of someone else, every time she wish she had what someone else had, every time she wished she was someone else.  The balloon expands, and she ties a knot in the end to keep the envy from escaping.

She takes a blue balloon out of the bag and brings it to her lips.  She blows out every time she ever cried because of someone else's actions, every time she ever cried because of her own actions.  The balloon expands, and she ties a knot in the end to keep the sorry from escaping.

She takes a purple balloon out of the bag and brings it to her lips.  She blows out every time she was lazy, apathetic, nonchalant.  The balloon expands, and she ties a knot in the end to keep the indifference from escaping.

She scoops up the balloons and walks to the water's edge.  She takes a deep breath in and as she breathes out she opens her arms and lets the balloons float along the breeze and over the waves.

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