A young woman in an existential rut is tasked with looking after a sentient cloud after a nearly-fatal air balloon ride tethers them together. Loosely based on the #onc prompt: you thought you still had a chance with your childhood friend, but they're getting married a month from now. *** The sky above Port Andrews had always been somewhat of a spectacle. Something about the mirror blue lake and the cotton candy sunsets drew tourists to the small town like insects. But for Fern Wright, her life in the small town felt more like a glue trap, holding her in place for eternity. And her family's hot air balloon business was just another thing that kept her tethered firmly to the ground. On an impromptu solo flight, fuelled by the heat of her existential dread, Fern finds herself going a little too high and a little too far then she's used to, and finds herself in amongst the clouds. Strange clouds, even for Port Andrews. And even stranger still, she's not alone up there.