Balloons by Michelle Ann King

We’re supposed to get some new machines today — the kind that make air — but the ship hasn’t come. 

Mama’s been in the comms room for hours now. I overheard the last message she sent, and she said some really bad words. Maybe that’s why they haven’t answered. 

She told me there’s no need to worry, because the air machines we’ve got are fine — she just wanted some more to help her blow up the balloons for my birthday party. So I told her she didn’t have to worry either, because I don’t even like balloons. 

But she still keeps crying.


Michelle Ann King is a writer of speculative, crime, and horror fiction. Her work has appeared in over a hundred different venues, including Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Black Static. Her short story collections are available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and other online retailers. See www.transientcactus.co.uk for details.


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