April 25, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “up and away.” You can imagine a story from the photo of hot air balloons, a flying superhero, a natural wonder, or any other direction your inspiration goes. Go where the prompt leads!


Sometimes, life lands you in such situations that you’d just like to be magicked away from there like a balloon that floats up and away leaving everything behind.

A quarrel in the family or demand from someone you don’t like to disappoint but still cannot fulfill is such a quagmire situation that you’d wish to be extracted and spirited away. But unfortunately, we have to be there and resolve these problems like adults.

One solution I’ve found effective is to just pause; say or do nothing for a while. Some storms blow over if we don’t tamper with them.


Word count; 99

Written in response to Carrot ranch prompt; Up and away, hosted by Charli Mills



44 thoughts on “Shush!

  1. Okay, if a.m. doesn’t count as a word, here goes:
    “Time to get up for school!” said Dad,as Meg yawned and cuddled deeper into the blankets. “I’m to tired.” she responded, “Well, that’s your fault for watching the late, scary movie.” “I wasn’t even scared.” “Oh yeah?, Then why did you listen to music on your headset and keep your light on until 3 a.m.?” her dad retorted, while opening the drapes. “The sun is out and Breakfast is waiting! Come on Meg, Up and Away!”. her dad left and Meg slowly climbed out of bed. She never should have left the light on, he never would have noticed.

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  2. alive and well do tell
    the magic spell
    want my wand
    to roam on her pond
    count the words
    cos i m terse
    in such tacit
    what s more
    i got sore
    when they block me out
    and lop me off too!

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  3. We’ve a relative who often speaks without thinking. When that happens my hubby and I look at each other knowingly and just don’t say anything until we are alone. One needs to vent such injustices. But sometimes the one causing such issues cannot fathom their own responsiblity.

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  4. That’s so true and wise. I’ve learned this one over time, and it works wonders. Often when we respond to these situation, it makes them worse, yet when we sit back and just stay quiet, they dissipate. Helpful.

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