The International Balloon Rally at Bristol, England, reached a crescendo. The colorful hot air balloons were fully inflated and awaiting the signal to launch. Close by, alien eyes were watching.
They hovered in a bubble of energy, invisible to any humans. Professor Xort addressed the five members his Xenosociology 201 class. “It’s important to observe the details to make a correct sociological analysis. A famous incorrect analysis happened here on Earth.”
“What happened?” said Qyth.
“A sociologist declared that Humans were so dependent on technology they no longer spoke directly to each other,” opined Xort. “We now know this is false. They still use Twitter.”
The students scribbled notes furiously.
Xort pointed to the balloon rally. “Who can tell me what’s happening here?”
“A celebration?” offered Tsola.
“Incorrect!” said Xort. “Look carefully. We have much hot air and inflated bodies.”
Xort paused for effect.
“Clearly, this is a Political Rally.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/01/27/bristol-united-kingdom/