Controlled – #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

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Deft fingers worked their magic as she watched. The strings jumped like live wires, as he handled them with practised ease.

She’d never asked him before but today she was tempted. Tapping him on the arm, she watched as he cocked his head while his hands never stopped moving.


‘What, this? Puppets on a string. They make me happy.’

‘But, it’s more than that, right? You’re not just any puppeteer. You’re. . .different.’

‘The controlled chaos, my dear. That’s what I love.’

So saying, God went back to his task,not batting an eyelid as he tugged on the strings.


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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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33 thoughts on “Controlled – #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. Controlled chaos- yes indeed it is. His almighty really likes it! The way you write makes me want to read more. And so c u again tomorrow.

  2. Oh my gosh! *Jaw drops right down and Hades picks it up for me*

    The twist is the end was so unexpected! While your oxymoron for the day is controlled chaos, I can almost see my brain cells dancing around wildly, struck by the brilliant of these 100 words 😍

  3. I read this and I thought of Tolstoy’s “Where love is, God is”. The complexity of personifying God and what “this puppeteer/ sutradhar” signifies is expressed so powerfully.

  4. I had a feeling this one was about God! Controlled chaos…. what fun concept… throwing everyone’s lives into a tumble πŸ™‚

  5. Controlled chaos and that is it for the readers to stand and applause for the artisan who drafted this wonderful short story. Loved it, Shailaja! 😊

  6. Sometimes I have this talk with God…like why you want to control us like puppets. Why you can’t let me do this…or go that way..and so on. But guess God is always God!

  7. I already feel like a puppet after reading this post! We assume that we’re in control but it is actually such a myth. I love the picture used for this post.

  8. Its true… The almighty controls us all and we are all mere puppets in his hand. The chaos in our lives all controlled by Him. And dont we all at various stage ask Him, why the chaos?. But answer to such questions we shall seldom receive or undestand

  9. I did not expect that Twist in the end…. A teeny weeny unexpected thing(your post) that His Controlled chaos has Sent to my being πŸ˜€

  10. Controlled chaos is such a real one. It kind of describes our lives too as He does it. That twist was just perfect. Good one Shailaja. Can’t stop admiring how beautiful this is.

  11. Superb imagery my dear.. but then I expect no less from you ;). Nice that both parts of the oxymoron were “c” words too.

  12. Ahh the god and his plays. How are you able to come up with these stories every day… 😱 I love how short and succinct all of them are. You don’t mess around so you.

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