Roopa winced as the water touched her skin. She’d always hated the feeling.

The cold, wet liquid dripped into the cracks and made her moan pitifully.

Hush, soothed Rani’s voice as she cradled Roopa’s head in her palms, spooning the water into the tiny grooves on her scalp.

Roopa’s eyes gazed into Rani’s liquid, brown ones, gratitude spilling forth. How did she get so lucky? What had she done to deserve this woman?

As if reading her mind, Rani stroked Roopa’s furry head, rubbed her belly and said, ‘Did you know your beautiful flaws are what made me adopt you, my dear?’


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For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I’ve taken up the theme of Oxymorons rendered in micro-fiction.

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

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74 thoughts on “Beautiful- #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. I DID NOT READ THIS???!!!
    Please excuse the overuse of the question marks and the exclamation marks, but I am appalled at my own ignorance, Shy! How could I not have read this, or if I did read it (as I think I did) then how did I not comment on it?
    Stupid me!
    This was so so touching! The last line had me in tears! Really!
    Beautiful! An adopted fur baby!
    *Sniff sniff*
    there I go again! 🙁

    Apologies for the lateness!

  2. Perfection is unreal. The flaws make us relatable and when it comes to true acceptance , like in this case for Roopa as a pet , it has to happen inspite of the flaws !
    I particularly like the smart play on the name 🙂

  3. Loved this heartwarming story that hit home. Thank you for gifting my morning a reason to smile and cherish something I recently did ❤️

  4. People who truly love us, love us as a whole, with all our flaws and imperfections. There are very few people in the world who chose to love us like this!

    PS: I am loving these posts.

  5. So hopeful and positive this is! Sometimes it’s our flaws that add more flavours and Colors and I’m happy she was adopted

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