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Kate Milliken

Helium Balloon

2 September 2004
Vol. 4, No. 3
fiction, flash fiction

My boyfriend is a helium balloon, way above me, gently tugging at my hand. His head tosses in the breeze, craning whichever way the wind blows, his neck long and flimsy. I tell my friends how jealous this makes me—that he's looking at other girls—and they say I am being silly.

Man Down Below

You are minding your own business.

"Do you want to know what I think?" Eddie asks and you think, no dear god—not him again.

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