Vernon poked at the colourful wreckage that covered a large area of their paddock in New Mexico. “Dad, whadya reckon this is?”
“Dunno. Gather it up. We’ll take it to the Sheriff.” They bundled the bright rubber strips, tinfoil, sticks and paper and drove them to Roswell.
Sherriff Wilcox scratched his head before passing it to Colonel Blanchard who passed it on to his superior in Texas. Marcel, sent to examine the paddock knew it was their high altitude spy balloon that would warn of Russian nuclear testing.
1947 – a time of paranoia – he said “We have found a UFO.”
In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:
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.
Respond by March 13, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published March 14). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!