How much?

Her raised eyebrow was meant to throw him off balance; her crossed arms indicated she was begging for a fight. But he wasn’t about to fall for it.

“Come on, Linda. It’s not like that,” he drawled in that heavy, seductive tone that drove women crazy.

“John, I need to know. I’m a big girl. I can take it. I don’t have to put up with this. Tell me now. How much more do you love me than your wife?”

“You are so zero-sum in your thinking. Just because I love you doesn’t mean I love her less.”


Welcome to The Moving Quill!

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

An Oxymoron rendered in micro-fiction.

Each story was exactly 100 words long.

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Zero for the A to Z Challenge

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17 thoughts on “Zero- #FlashFiction #AtoZChallenge

  1. Zero sum! That’s a unique oxymoron. And it’s a concept in Economics! Wowza ✅?

    Loved the twist in this tale. Or should I say the triangle? ? #LameJokes

  2. Zero sum – I learnt another oxymoron from here 🙂

    Linda should leave him. Like NOW! And he should have an accident and die. Like NOW!

  3. That’s a new one for me, the oxymoron. Oh, and John is a moron. Linda can do better.

    Congrats on finishing A to Z!!

  4. I haven’t heard of this oxymoron either. Your posts for this year’s challenge were simple, subtle and skillfully done. I enjoyed them. Congratulations on yet another successful completion of the challenge, Shy!

  5. He needs a wack on his head 😀 This oxymoron is new to me.Haven’t heard of it before.
    I absolutely loved reading your micro fiction all through the challenge. The twists at the end of each story were a treat to read… even before I would start reading, I used to wonder about how it’s going to end.

  6. 🙂 The universal question and conundrum! Beautiful conclusion to the AtoZ Shailaja. Please do make an ebook of the 26 alphabets. What a fabulous read it will make! Hugs!

  7. Oh my god what a cad!!! Why do girls not understand married men are just off limits?

    Congrats on completing this challenge so beautifully Shailaja. It was such a pleasure to read your blog and learn so much about fictional writing – you are a master at it.. opps meant the Mistress at it 😉


  8. No comments type post…
    loved your twisty tales, your exuberant style and flair
    it was a joyful co-learning ATOZ yet again Shailaja , Congrats !

  9. Thank you, Shilpa, for your unwavering support all through April. I am so glad you jumped in and saw this through with me 🙂

  10. Ah! That should make her realize that there’s no future with him.
    Thank you, Shailaja for a wonderful month of sharing some amazing stories and cool oxymorons. It was delightful reading you all this April.
    Congratulations for completing the challenge too. Cheers 🙂

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