Mr. Balloons helped Marlene pack the day after New years. "I wish you would stay," Mr. Balloons said sadly.
“I know, but I think this the next best for me. Do you not agree?”
"I'm not sure, to be honest. All I know is that I want you to be happy. "
Mr. Balloons snatched her witch's book up and flipped through it. “Did you obey this book?”
Marlene shrugged. "I tried my best. It didn't tell me to pull a prank, though."
"Marlene, look!" Mr. Balloons pointed to a line and read it out loud. "Play a prank. About your mistake, be frank. I don't know about you, but I think you've done what was needed."
“Even so, it's still time for me to go.”
After Marlene had everything packed, Mr. Balloons took Marlene's elbow and helped her outside. The neighborhood gathered around.
“What's going on?” Marlene asked.
"Oh, this how we say goodbye to people who leave our town. We say goodbye, whether we like them or not."
Marlene stepped into the cab and waved goodbye to everyone. "Who have thought that playing such a cruel prank would cost me everything? Still, I've learned my lesson now." Marlene closed her eyes and enjoyed the ride to her new destination, wherever that may be.