Balloons gather in silent tribute to mourn fallen comrade

This post came up as an “On this day, several years ago” memory on Facebook. I remember this day. Oh, do I!

Author Becky Benishek

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…

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