99 word prompt : Ballooning career

March 8, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a balloon. It can be a party balloon or a hot air balloon. How does it add to your story? Go where the prompt leads.

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  https://carrotranch.com/2018/03/09/march-8-flash-fiction-challenge/


“I ordered yellow roses and a balloon as exposure treatment for her phobia!”  The intern said, hands inside his lab coat.

Frowning, Dr. Ellis replied, “Did you read her chart?”

“No need,” The intern said, looking down at a trembling young woman in a fetal position.

“On the first page it says, in bold letters, never to use exposure therapy. On the second page, it details how her husband gave her the same thing and then attempted to stab her to death. Have you considered a specialty that requires less empathy?”

Grumbling, he replied, “I like proctology better anyway.”