Stephen, the balloon pilot, stepped out and kissed the ground. The balloon’s burners*, providing hot air, had failed and they began crashing to the ground. Yet, they landed safely after all.
Susie, the chief ground handler, rushed up. “I thought you and Senator Wilson were dead! How did you get any lift?”
“I grasped at straws,” said Stephen.
“It was stupid, but I was willing to try anything.”
“What did you do?”
“I had Senator Wilson give one of his political speeches.”
“What good was that?” said Susie. “The Senator’s speeches are all full of hot air and… Oh!”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2020/06/10/12-june-2020-2/
*I had no idea what you called those things that flame up in a balloon. They’re called Burners. Isn’t the internet wonderful? More info here:
There’s a brilliant film about ballooning called “The Aeronauts.” Highly recommended: