A 100 word story in response to the Visual Dares prompt.
Hot Air Ballooning
“Well RB4327, what is it?”
“My database has identified it as a hot air balloon, Commander. A harmless flying machine from planet Earth.”
“Interesting. How did it get here?”
“Unable to give a definitive answer Commander. It simply materialized ten minutes ago. It is heading for the city.”
“Any crew on board?”
“Negative Commander. It is unmanned.”
“Can’t have strange, alien craft flying over the city, RB4327, it upsets the people. Destroy it!”
As the balloon disintegrated clouds of deadly helium gas polluted the air. Earth’s invading force watched from the skies knowing the entire populace would soon be dead.