Balloon Girl

Such a sunny day it was in Salem, and the town had a festival each year in February.

There was a little girl who always wanted to go and have fun, but she remembered she was in school, and the festival was on Wednesday. She also remembered that she had a lot of homework to do. Get it together, Addie; you’ll still have time to go to the fair! she thought.

After school, Addie hurried home.

At home, Addie put her homework on her desk, took out a pencil, and started her math. After finishing most of her homework, she started to daydream. What would it be like if everything were WAY BETTER?

She would wake up, eat her breakfast, and hurry to school. When she would arrive, she’d put her homework on the table, knowing she would fail again, but something new would happen: The teacher would call her to the table, and Addie would be surprised when the teacher said she got 100% on her homework, better than any other time in third grade. The teacher (Mrs. Ellen) would put a little slip in Addie’s backpack as she went home. When she got home, Addie would open her backpack and see a golden slip that said ONE TICKET TO THE SALEM FAIR; REDEEM ONCE ONLY.


Addie couldn’t believe it! She had, right in her hands, a ticket to the Salem fair!  Before Addie could dream more, her sister Mary came in, nudged her awake and asked her one simple thing. “What’s wrong?”




“Ugh, fine. I had a dream of me almost going to the fair, UNTIL YOU CAME AND WOKE ME UP!!!!!!”

“Uh- huh, so you want to go to the uh fair eh?’’


“Well let’s see, I think I can get you to the fair,” Mary said.


The next day, Addie and Mary snuck out of school early. Addie argued about that, and her sister told her that after they went to the fair, they would get home in time. Addie thought they would get caught and put into detention, but Mary knew that other kids would be going too. They could blend in! 


Once they got to the fair, Mary grabbed Addie’s hand and took her to a corner. “Look, only thirty minutes, okay?”

“Okay, but can we please get some Apple fritter?”

“NO!” Mary said. “I don’t want you eating all that junk food.”


And just like that they walked to the entrance. Mary sighed.                         


Maybe we might get into trouble, Mary thought for the first time. She sighed again, walking into the big fair yard. Once they got there, the girls could smell apple fritter, ice cream, cotton candy and Mary’s favorite CARAMEL APPLE! As they passed booths, they could see people cheering for friends who had won stuffed animals and other prizes. Addie smiled at all the happiness in this little place. The fair also sold clay pots, artifacts and jewelry. Some people were playing music too!

But when Mary caught up with Addie, Addie had already taken a balloon. The balloon man had been telling Addie something about the balloon until Mary saw the price tag. Ten dollars and 78 cents?!! That’s a lot. 

“Thanks but, we don’t want it,” said Mary, while shoving Addie in the other direction. But it was too late! Addie had the balloon from the man tied to her arm! (That balloon man looked familiar!) Before Addie could say anything, she started flying in the air! With a blink of an eye, Addie was high up in the sky, tied to the balloon.

“FIVE PLUS EIGHT!” shouted the balloon man. Addie was so nervous, she tore out a paper from her backpack and wrote the answer.  She scribbled 13.

“TWO MINUS ONE,” he shouted. By this time, Addie could recognize who the balloon man was. IT WAS MR.BALDI FROM BALDI’S BASICS! (a video game people play). Addie knew that she would never get the third question right because in the game, the third question is impossible.

” 14523+ 39485 +1.222221 -38475758479873985769385768567938576985769587631209384390184308392810398430=WHAT???????” he screamed. By now, Addie was extremely high in the air and couldn’t hear a single word. It was pretty cold up where she was. Thankfully she had her jacket. She floated from the east to north, hoping wherever she went, there would not be a Baldi. She was so scared that she got sick just looking below her. Ok, calm down Addie and just close your eyes. She said to herself and fell asleep. After sleeping for… no one really knows, she awoke to the sound of fireworks.  Looking down, she saw people everywhere! They were playing games, eating foods and other things she never did in Salem!

Holding on to her balloon and looking down, she realized she had floated over Arcadia and was looking down at a Chinese New Year festival. The town was bright in the night sky, as dragons leaped in the streets. The popping of fireworks were everywhere! They weren’t tense, but seemed to have rhythm. Oh, the smell of dumplings and noodles and, well really she didn’t know, but this was the holiday food she wanted. Watching all of this made her sleepy, and before she knew it, she was snoring on her way to Guwahati, India. A little boy saw her and smiled. 新年快乐!(or Happy New Year) he thought. Just like that, she faded into the darkness, smiling.

When she awoke, she was sweating like crazy! People who were gliding around her waved, and she smiled back. Wow, I wish I lived here, she thought. In a hour, she had the Brahmaputra spirit. She cheered on the teams who played beach volleyball and played tag with the hang gliders. All the shouting made her tired, and once again she fell asleep while the wind pushed her away to Sapporo, Japan.

 Brr! she thought, opening her eyes. What she saw amazed her. There were humongous ice sculptures! Deer, birds, people, wrestlers–even toilets. The smell of seafood made her stomach growl. Something shocked her. There even was an Eiffel tower! A few hours later, it was dark. The sculptures came to life. Music, lights and sounds made this experience even better. Still on her strict “sleep time,”she fell asleep again, hoping for another adventure.

“ADDIE!” “WAKE UP!” Addie sat up so quickly that she fell on her chair only to be greeted with laughter. Mrs. Ellen was scowling at her. “What were you just dreaming about?” she asked.

“Nothing, ma’am”

“Well then, young lady, answer these questions.”

“Where does the annual Ice Festival take place?”

“In Sapporo, Japan.” Everyone, even Mrs. Ellen, stared at her, shocked.

 “Why did we learn these festivals today?”

 “Because they help us learn about the world and each other. They’re what makes Salem, the world, and everyone special.”

Mrs. Ellen just nodded her head in approval as the bell rang. Everyone hurried to pack up. As Addie was leaving, Mrs. Ellen gave her two tickets to the Salem fair for having the best answer on the last question. Addie’s face lit up as she and her sister hurried home to get ready for the fair.



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