Warm and pleasant, the rays of the sun touched her skin. Closing her eyes, she soaked in the warmth.

It was almost prophetic, this moment. The silky texture of the gown fell around her ankles as she walked up the promenade. Flowers seemed to bloom and bow, out of deference to her strong, silent gait.

Her hands came out of her pockets. The police drew their guns in readiness. Crossing her empty arms, she stood before them and fixed them with a stare that would make them quake.

The crowd raised a cheer at the strength of her peaceful protest.


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25 thoughts on “Peaceful – #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. First I thought this was so awesome. So strong, so proud. Then I clicked on the link. My thoughts were confirmed again πŸ™‚

  2. Excellent picturization! Even the image selection was spot on. Reminded me of an article I read recently about a girl who protested & stood up against racism in her community with a cool smile on her face:)

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  3. Glad you linked it, wasn’t aware of this incident and had missed seeing this photograph too. Such stoic courage and poise speaks a lot about her conviction. Beautiful oxymoron again, Shailaja.

  4. I had a feeling that this was about that iconic photograph. Didn’t realize it was linked until I saw your comment to Parul.

  5. Ah the present times oxymoron. I loved the twist and literally held my breath as I thought some assasination is unfolding. Good one!

  6. When the guns came out, I thought she was a killer on her way to surrender πŸ™‚ there sure are twists in your tales πŸ™‚

  7. I like how you set this story up to seem like it was a wedding but it turns out something completely different. Nicely done! I find myself trying to guess what the oxymoron is each day…don’t think I’ve ever managed to guess it correctly!

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