Peter stared steadily into his opponent’s face. He was trying not to get distracted by her large eyelashes.

Focus, Peter! You’ve got a job to do.

Smiling, he reached out to touch her cheek. She smiled and leaned into his palm.ย With his right hand he then gingerly brought the steel towards her face, inching forward so as not to startle her.

In a lightning move, she brought her left hand up and blocked it while grinning.

‘Are you done yet, Peter?’ came a voice from the other room.

‘No! This is going nowhere. This kid simply refuses to eat!’


Welcome to The Moving Quill!

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

An Oxymoron rendered inย micro-fiction.

Each day’s titleย 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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23 thoughts on “Going – #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. I’ll confess I cheated on this flash fiction. I read the title, and wondered how a verb could be a part of an oxymoron, and hence scrolled to the last line first ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    The story is very relatable to parents, as we kids won’t have any memory of ever fighting a war against food, armed with deceptively cute grins and chubby cheeks ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. I thought it was a jousting or fencing duel, but you just took it up several notches. I can testify that one has to be just a little “steely” to get these little people to eat. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Just when you are expecting a crime twist to unfold, what with โ€˜steel inching towards her faceโ€™โ€ฆ! Haha! Nice element of suspense again Shailaja.

  4. One of the toughest jobs on this planet…SOmetimes nothing – stories, cartoons, pretend plays, talks, threats, somersaults – Absolutely nothing works ! ๐Ÿ˜€

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