Science fiction short story
Bright, childlike wonder shone, for a moment. Just as hastily shrouded, but that glimpse of the stars made even this baseline specimen of humanity momentarily beautiful ...
The government controls the air, executing anyone who dares fly as "terrorists". But Guntarc secretly knows he can escape his life amidst the clouds.
Guntarc and the friend's tale is continued in Stow.
You can enjoy Promise as part of Cacophony: Collected Short Stories Volume One.