‘That’s plenty’

“Yes, sir. Thank you,sir. Could I just have one more?’

‘Do I look like I run a charity? Keep moving, you’re holding up the line.’

Rubbing his nose vigorously, blinking back tears, Oliver swallowed and tried again:

‘Please, sir. Just one more bill. I promise I’m good for it.’

The moneylenderΒ grunted, rolled his wealthy eyes and put another $50 bill in the cracked, outstretched hand.

‘Mind you pay it back next time!’

Oliver’s face creased in a smile of gratitude. He’d now be able to buy those medicines for mom.

Cancer and abundant poverty don’t mix.


Welcome to The Moving Quill!

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I’ve taken up the theme of

An Oxymoron rendered inΒ micro-fiction.

Each day’s titleΒ will have one half of the oxymoron while the second half will be revealed towards the end of the post.

Follow me as I unravel each tale in exactly 100 words.

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99 thoughts on “Abundant – #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. Heart touching. Immense depth in such short spread… Incredible… Fine piece… Pleasure to read.

    1. I am truly sorry to hear that. Nobody should have to go through this and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemies. I hope they find the funds they need for the treatment. Thank you for reading, Geraint.

  2. Mam, you should write a book; like a technical English book with these stories as examples. This is so good. I loved the story but most of all, I could learn something new and in a simple manner. Brilliant start to A to Z πŸ™‚
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  3. Ah! How clever of you to put it so subtly and yet making the perfect impact!

    I’m in love with your theme and there is so much I know we all would be able to learn from you this!


    1. Oops! You’ve commented here already! πŸ˜€ Sorry I missed it. I saw two different names, Laliat and Mythsy and got confused. Thanks for the compliment!

  4. The “Please Sir” reminded me of the first charmer of Dickens ‘ Oliver Twist and voila! your protagonist had the same name…. Inspired by the same?? Abundant poverty! Lovely writing

  5. Brilliant! The story had a bittersweet ending, and I am loving the format of revealing the oxymoron at the end of the post! It’s sort of like knowing that you’re getting a gift, then you unwrap it, and then see the gift in its entirety.

    P.S.: Yours is the first atoz post I’ve read this April ❀

    1. Thank you! I figured that’s the best way to keep the suspense and the twist hidden till the end. Oh you’re so sweet to have begun with mine πŸ™‚

  6. That was a great story there. Even better was your idea of using oxymorons. Wow that will take you some real thinking- half at the beginning with the respective alphabet of the day and half at the end and 100 words exactly…. Great going

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