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Ephemeral Euphoria Short Story

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Ephemeral Euphoria

Life was joyous, for the boy had not yet met with any calamities. The buoyancy in his happiness reflected his upbringing; slightly spoiled, yet well mannered. It was the boy’s eighth birthday; another year full of delight, but this year, his parents had intended to surprise him. As a collective, both the boy’s parents as well as most of his friends had decided to take the boy to an amusement park, as a sort of pre-party for his birthday party. They had planned to gather up parade balloons; giant elephants, giraffes and even rhinos, stuffing them with glitter and candy, then popping them, creating an abundant array of colours within the sky; one that would mimic a rainbow.

After months of careful planning and consideration, the day had finally arrived; the happiest day of a boy's life. Having overheard his parents' grand scheme, the boy had already begun to sing 'Happy Birthday'; skipping along, he had sung the song to everyone. As per usual, he had been sent to school, though on the day of his birthday, the boy had never reached his destination.

While gracefully skipping his way to school, he had been kidnapped and tossed into a van. Neither frightened nor scared, he had remained calm as through a slight slit in the bag over his head, the amusement park was in sight; his eyes sparkled with merriment. The van came to a sudden halt, and as the doors opened, a blinding light had pierced through the slight slit in the bag that he had been peeking from;
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