There was certainly an impressive audience for whatever was to happen. No one knew what the two men in the middle of the square were trying to do. Some people said it was magic, certainly the way the two men were carefully tending a fire under a huge paper bag looked diabolical.
The bag was filling with smoke, and it was moving!, perhaps there was a demon in the bag.
One of the men called to the other, a rope was cut – somebody screamed and fainted as bag rose above the crowd!
The conquest of the air had begun.
In 1783 the Montgolfier brothers launched their first balloon from a square in Paris.
This is in response to Charlie Mills flash fiction challenge, in 99 words (no more, no less) write a story including an audience. Hope you enjoy it.