Luna Station Quarterly is a speculative fiction magazine featuring stories by emerging women authors.
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Balloons

They floated gently between the mountain peaks, the balloon filling with fire.

Cloth-wrapped bundles dropped to the earth as they glided along. Inside, rice seed and books cradled against each other. Rice seed for planting in the earth, books for planting in the mind.

He let another bundle drop, a miniature balloon tied to its top to slow its fall. The children would steal away the balloons and cherish them until the next drop, crying when they deflated or popped against their ears.

This was the world now, he thought. This is the world at its end. Or its beginning.

A bit about the author:

Cheryl A. Warner lives and writes full-time in Silicon Valley with her two dogs, husband and never enough books. She has been published in Swamp Biscuits and Tea, has a forthcoming story in Bards and Sages Quarterly and is also a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine. She blogs about her writing and reading habits at http://cherylawarner.com. Visit author page