Josh placed the steaming cup of tea before Janice.

Placing her hands on the table, her delicate fingers just touching the edges of the cup, she raised an inquiring brow at Josh.

‘Half a cup of water brought to a rolling boil. The flame was reduced as you prefer, and one heaped spoon of tea leaves added. For 3 minutes, I let it simmer and took it off the stove. Two lumps sugar, just the way you like it, Janice.’

Janice’s wheelchair-bound form relaxed and her face broke into a smile. Her eloquent silence cloaked her like a protective shawl.


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

An Oxymoron 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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58 thoughts on “Eloquent – #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. For a moment there I thought she was imperious – but then I saw why and that she had every right to be. Beautifully nuanced.

  2. Thank you Shalini 🙂 Expectations were largely my undoing as well, since I’m a very sensitive person. What helped me is mindfulness and letting go, bit by bit. It’s helped greatly.

  3. Your words form such a lovely flow of thoughts and emotions. Your writing makes the entire scene come to life.
    Expectations are too tricky to handle for me as I am a very emotional person. I wear my heart on the sleeve n end up being hurt all the time. But I wonder how I survive in my relationships if I don’t have any 😊

    Emu & the Entrepreneur

  4. So wonderfully written in such a measured way. Those exact preferences, such small yet vital things that speak volumes of the bond.. eloquent silence. Simply beautiful. I am going to reading all of your posts!

  5. The entire scene, the act, the moment, the characters came alive to me like I was in a narration. So, so poignant.

  6. Beautiful prose today. I love the thoughtful tea maker interacting with the eloquently silent woman.
    Phillip | E is for Envelope Exchange

  7. Hello, fellow A-to-Zer! Great post! I liked your story, and thought you nailed the essence of Eloquent Silence.
    Also, how would you feel about being on a list of Fiction-Writing A-to-Zers? The idea is that we’d all display a list of links to the other Fiction-Writers, and thus engage in the ancient art of online cross-promotion. It will make it easier for people to find more fiction to read, and seems like a friendly thing to do. Thoughts?

  8. When silence does the talking, it speaks from the heart and can only be understood by the heart.
    Another interesting oxymoron!

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