“Mr. Balloons, is everything?”
"I just have a few more things to set up. Marlene, are you sure you want to do this? This can cause a rift between you and the neighbors."
“Oh, my neighbors don't like me anyway.”
"I wonder why that is," Mr. Balloons said sarcastically and Marlene shot him a look. "Okay, back to work. It should be ready within an hour."
“Perfect. I have to go into town.”
“You're leaving me here to do all this dirty by myself?”
"It seems you've got the hang of it already. Besides, I'll be back. I just need to pick up a few things." Marlene hopped on her broom and flew to the store.
"Oh, no. The witch is in town," she could hear people whispering about her.
Once she got back into town, she found Mr. Balloons. “Here's what we're going to do,” she whispered to him.
Once the full moon was out. Everyone gathered around as Mr. Balloons and Marlene staged an argument between them.
"You nasty fool! Now, look what you've done! I'm going to make you pay for that!" Marlene waved her hands in the air.
Mr. Balloons fell to the ground. Everyone gasped and ran to him. "You nasty old witch! Why don't you leave us alone?"
Marlene tried to run over to Mr. Balloons but Mr. Balloons got back up and laughed. "That's not funny! We thought something happened to you! And you, you ought to be ashamed of yourself!" Fred yelled.
"Fred, it was only a joke.," Marlene tried to reason.
"Sure, this time, but what if wasn't. Get help, Marlene."
"Well, we scared them." Mr. Balloons smiled.
“You're not mad at me?”
“That would be very hypocritical of me, would;t it? I went along with this.”
"Still, I feel bad. I just wanted people to like me."
"You don't need to pull pranks for people to like you, Marlene. Just be yourself from now on, okay?"