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Andrea strolled about in her camisole singing softly to herself as she merrily tossed rose petals across the floor.  Eric would be home soon, and her skin tingled at the thought of cavorting with him among the fragrant petals.

Suddenly an arm reached around her waist.  Andrea squeaked girlishly.  It wouldn't be the first time Eric had surprised her from behind.  Confusion, then fear flashed through her mind as a chemical-soaked cloth was brought to her face and something pressed against her navel.  Her vision blurred, and a surge of pressure ballooned within her; her bosom billowed forward, her arms grew plump and turgid.  Black lace tightened about her swelling torso, the sharp staccato of popping seams growing dull as she faded into unconsciousness.

When Andrea awoke, she was huge, round and immobile.  The hose attached to her navel stretched to an air tank near the front door.  A piece of twine connected its valve to the doorknob.

Terrified, Andrea watched the twine pull taut as the door opened.

"Hey honey, I'm home!"

"Eric, no!" Andrea shrieked.  But it was too late.  With a metallic squeak, the valve opened wide.  A loud hiss filled the air as a rush of air filled Andrea.

"Oh my God!  Andrea?"  Eric stood frozen in the doorway, gawking at the living balloon before him.  "What happened to you?"  Andrea was blowing up, growing larger and fuller with each passing second.

"Help me!" Andrea screamed.

Following her frantic gaze, Eric ran to the tank and twisted the valve.  It didn't budge.  Andrea outgrew the height of the room; her hugely distended body was squeezed between the floor and the ceiling.

"Hrrwyy!"  Her cheeks had swollen enough to impede her speech.

Giving up on the valve, Eric tried to detach the hose.  But no amount of twisting or pulling could dislodge it from the tank.

"Hhhmmmmff!"  She couldn't take much more.

Desperate, he tried to yank the hose from Andrea but it was pressed too tightly underneath her vast belly.

Andrea's overstretched skin strained, creaked, groaned.  Shuddering with muffled sobs, Andrea clenched her eyes shut.

The windows shattered explosively, showering the lawn with rose petals and shards of glass.



"And then?" June asked.

"Andrea was gone," Eric said.  "Nothing left but her torn lingerie.  Funny thing is, even without a body, convicting an innocent man of murder is easier than you might think."

The guard returned to the interview room.  "Time's up, Meadows.  Let's go."

Eric stood.  "Nothing more to say anyway.  The rest was all in the papers."

"Thank you for meeting with me."

"Thanks for listening."

That evening June gathered everything she had relating to the case and placed it into a folder labeled "Meadows, Andrea".  Sighing gloomily, she stashed it in her safe, neatly filed between Maritz, Stephanie and Miller, Elizabeth.
This is my entry in the Prose That Blows 500 contest. I was rather surprised that it won the "Most Realistic Expandee Reaction" category.

A bit of explanation: This story takes place in the same world as the Conspiracy series. I have lots of ideas for that series, but they tend to result in lots of rambling text and very little in the way of complete stories. The contest was an opportunity to express some of those ideas in a very compact form that fits in the plot line but still stands on its own as a story in its own right.
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KirbyDude247 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Andrea is the name of a girl I have a crush on. XD. I like this story to.
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adog262 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Great story here! :)
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yabramokids Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
where can I find this contest and the results?
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LutherVKane Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You need to be registered at BodyInflation.org to view this thread, but it's all here: [link]

All of the contest entries are posted here: [link]
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darth-clone19 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Wow! I cant remember if I voted best story or best method, but I loved it.
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bloodton Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
I'd vote for this one too :)
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Inflate123 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This was the one I voted for Best Story, Most Epic, and Most Believable Reaction. Didn't know it was you, obviously.
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LutherVKane Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, thank you. I had a lot of fun writing this one, and it's good to hear it was enjoyed.

I was curious how many people would spot this one as one of mine. I thought the tone would be a dead giveaway, but there were a number of rather dark stories submitted.
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lopni Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Student Filmographer
Well, it IS a nice story after all! I enjoyed how you make it stylish - almost seeing the staccato and especially rose petals floating with tatters in slowmo. Bravissimo, maestro!
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