Posted by: grantahelms | October 1, 2013

Flash in the Pan: Up

Up, up, up! As the altimeter crested 14,000 feet, John began to wonder what had possessed him to steal this hot air balloon. The last thing that he heard the pilot yell as he drifted away was something about the fuel control valve. Now with the burner wide open, and the valve stuck, John could feel his mind going foggy. At 15,000 feet he would slip into unconsciousness from lack of oxygen, and within 10 minutes he would be dead. Slowly as the sounds died away, John’s mind went blank as he passed out. Two days later, as they pulled his body from the basket, one member of the rescue team noticed that this could have been prevented. All he had to do was turn off the gas at the tank.

This has been another post for Flash in the Pan. The word was up, and the maximum word count was 150. I came in at 127. To read what others are writing, visit Flash in the Pan at the M3 blog.



  1. Why does everyone miss the simplest solutions? Great flash.

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