Lift it higher!

Hold it longer!

Push, push, harder, harder!

Ken felt like his lungs would burst and his arms would fall out of their sockets at any moment. His brow dripped sweat in a stream that pooled at his feet. His gasps came faster and he glared at his dad.

“I need a break.”

Rob relaxed his tone, looked Ken in the eye and said, “You think this is hard, don’t you? But if you stand a chance in the championship, it’s because of this. It’s called tough love, son. You’ll thank me some day. Trust me. Now, lift!”


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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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14 thoughts on “Tough- #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. Tough love. I wonder why that’s an oxymoron, because love is tough anyway 😀 But that’s just me taking one meaning of the word, and not the one you intended to share 🙈

    Tough love is what makes stars out of all of us kids. Because on our own, we would hardly be motivated enough to achieve anything of great value!

  2. Tough love is great but can be challenging sometimes to maintain consistency, especially as a single mom dealing with two teenagers. Gotta keep my focus to maintain theirs. Phew!

  3. This reminded me of the movie, ‘Dangal.’ At times parents put undue pressure on their kids to achieve their dreams. However, who knows, in the end it could be all worth it.

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