Hot Air

Photo by: Ronda Del Boccio

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:

Author’s notes:

*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:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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24 Responses to Hot Air

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Imagine all the hot air balloons that could be powered at the moment with empty political speeches? The skies would be full!

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    A burner of a tale


  3. Gabriella says:

    Your story made me smile. It is sad we can relate though.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Excellent! It’s funny how often the balloon goes up when politicians make a speech… 🙂

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  5. Dear Eric,

    You came close but I put my coffee aside. 😉 You really didn’t need the last line. You had the politician give a speech. Nuff said. Brilliant. 😀



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  6. draliman says:

    Haha, badoom-tish!


  7. Danny James says:

    Could not resist could you.


  8. tedstrutz says:

    Good one!!! You do know that is why Chicago is called the ‘windy city’, don’t you? That was a cute movie.


  9. Dale says:

    I’m with Rochelle, the last line coulda been dropped. Good one!
    And thanks for the link to that movie. I am definitely looking it up!


  10. trishsplace says:

    I’ve seen that movie advertised in my streaming service. I’ll take a look at it now. Clever take!


  11. I saw that one coming as soon as I read the word, “Senator.”
    Great use of the prompt, Eric.


  12. James McEwan says:

    I suspect there are a lot of hot air balloons ready to take off on the next election period.


  13. granonine says:

    Too bad that all that hot air isn’t some cold air to stop all that hot air.


  14. msjadeli says:

    I saw that punchline coming. Good one!

    Liked by 1 person

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