Balloons gather in silent tribute to mourn fallen comrade

From the Balloon Herald, September 13, 2011

Though they met only a scant few months ago on the first day of their internship, this pack of seemingly disparate balloons formed a fast, firm friendship.

When summer ended and their senior year of college began, the interns even rearranged their heavy course schedule so they could continue to work with lead proofreader Erin H at a company they’d come to love.

Unfortunately, their idyll didn’t last.

The group had stayed late one evening to finish up a project when the unthinkable happened: Nellie was attacked by scissors.

“We have no idea who did it,” said Harold, face frozen in a manic grin. “We heard the door lock, the lights were shut off, and then–I can’t go on.”

“It’s not Erin’s fault, she’s the best boss I’ve ever had!” Angela enthused, before quickly sobering. “It’s a pity we have such crime in our workplaces today.”

“I don’t know what’s going on with the investigation but I want answers! We’re really fragile, you know!” raged a shifty-eyed intern, who asked to remain unidentified.

Alexander agreed, wiping a rubber tear from his eye before admitting their deepest fear: “Now we’re all wondering, who’s next?”

The fifth intern had no comment.

Part of the (new) NaNoWriMo series.

4 thoughts on “Balloons gather in silent tribute to mourn fallen comrade

  1. Lieutenant M. reports that the two-month-long investigation has resulted in no leads. I’ve sealed the evidence and closed the case. For now. Let me assure the public, however, that I urge anyone bearing any information in regards to this matter to come forth immediately. Thank you.


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