“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” John Lennon
We’re going hot air ballooning! she announced gleefully
Oh boy, I’ve never been in one of those.
When ? Where ? Who with? Why?
Just follow me. You’ll find out. She said as she skipped ahead.
I didn’t want to miss out on this adventure, so I dropped what I was doing and ran after her as fast as my little legs could carry me.
We came to an opening in the middle of the forest. It was girded by giant pine trees as tall as tall could be. And right there in the very middle of it, was a group of busy bees milling around. As far as I could tell they weren’t actually DOING anything. Other than being busy doing busy work.
She came to a sudden halt. So quick was it that I almost ran into her before I realised she had stopped. Not a hot air balloon within cooee as far as I could tell. Just what was going on here, I wondered. I reckon she must have heard me, ‘cos she turned around and said Go and find the biggest mushroom you can and bring it here as quick as you can.
Now that was downright weird if you ask me. Why do we need mushrooms to go hot air ballooning? Not wanting to seem rude, I did as asked and ran off into the forest to forage for mushrooms. As it was mushroom season, it didn’t take long for me to find what I needed. Problem was, the biggest mushroom was SO big I had trouble carrying it. Somehow, I managed to get it to the clearing in one piece.
Oooh, that is awesome, she said. Perfect in fact. It will make the best balloon ever!
Just remove the stem and carve it so we can turn it into the basket….
It was at this point I woke up. How on earth , I wondered, does a mushroom turn into a hot air balloon ?!
Written for – Mystery
© Raili Tanska .