by Tommy Dean


The day the blimp arrived, hovering over our house, our parents decided to kick

out all of the windows and start over. It’s not a divorce, they swore, but they wouldn’t

look past our knees as we bobbed on the couch cushions, a set of birds ready to take

flight. Summer heat, wasps, and pollen invaded riding the curlicues of wind. We can’t

take the silence, we said, slipping past their outstretched arms. We refused to come back

into the house, necks angled backward, hips swiveling to keep the balloon ship above us,

wondering what would happen if it popped.


Tommy Dean lives in Indiana with his wife and two children. He is the author of a flash fiction chapbook entitled Special Like the People on TV from Redbird Chapbooks. He is the Editor at Fractured Lit. He has been previously published in the BULL Magazine, The MacGuffin, The Lascaux Review, New World Writing, Pithead Chapel, and New Flash Fiction Review. His story “You’ve Stopped” was chosen by Dan Chaon to be included in Best Microfiction 2019. Find him @TommyDeanWriter on Twitter.




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