One Hell of a Party | McKenzie Richardson

4,263. That’s how many balloons it took to lift Collin, his bed, and supplies from the back lawn.

Obtaining the balloons hadn’t been the problem, but rather the 85 helium tanks he’d need to fill them. Luckily, the lady at the party store took pity on him, offering to fill them with the store’s industrial-sized ones.

“Must be one hell of a birthday party.” She shot a glance at the mountain of balloons peeking out from behind the house as she loaded the spent tanks back into the van.

“A going away party,” Collin corrected.

That night, he untethered the bed and floated off, to escape to a new life and taste the sky.


McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Her work has been featured in various anthologies such as Mutate, Electromagnetism, and Doomsday, as well as online publications. Her first novel, Heartstrings, was published in 2018. McKenzie also runs a crafting blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com For more updates on her writing, you can follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/  |   Wattpad

This post can now be found here: https://whispersandechoesmag.home.blog/2020/04/28/one-hell-of-a-party-mckenzie-richardson/


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.