The Balloon Man – M. H. Liu
780 words Literary Fantasy
Everyone knew the balloon man worked on Magik Road. Everyone knew he was not to associate with. But who was he really? And what if—just what if—a little girl asked for a balloon?
Everyone knew that the balloon man worked on Magik Road—in the dark little alley by the newly-opened drugstore, to be exact. From morning to evening, the balloon man stood by his cart built of iron bars so rusty and imposing that they caged the animals inside like a zoo. Not real animals, of course. Rubber balloons skillfully twisted into animals of all sizes and colors.