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These Strings We Pull

Marianne's Tale

By Kelly RobertsonPublished about a year ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2023
These Strings We Pull
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"I've had it with you! You're useless!"

Marianne bowed her head to hide the shame blossoming across her cheeks. "All I ever do is what you ask, Thomas."

Thomas grimaced down at her, lips curled in disgust and eyes hidden in shadow. "Well, then you never do it right."

Marianne stared back at him woodenly. How? For years, she danced to his tune, leapt to his commands. He controlled everything.

Sneering, Thomas cast the wooden toggle to the floor and stomped off. Instantly, Marianne fell slack, clattered in a heap and tangled in her strings. The ones he'd always pulled.

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Kelly Robertson

Wrangler of chaos. Creator of more. Writing whatever my heart desires, from fantasy to poetry and more!

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    Well-structured & engaging content

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Comments (27)

  • Gina C.about a year ago

    I thought I'd read this before -- looks like I did! Just forgot to heart, I guess. I enjoyed this just as much the second time around; the ending is so, so profound 🥹❤️

  • Dr Azhar Abbasabout a year ago

    Well-structured & engaging content

  • Enigmaticabout a year ago

    A puppets nightmare

  • Dr Azhar Abbasabout a year ago


  • J. S. Wadeabout a year ago

    Strong story! Powerful metaphorical twist. Congratulations! 🥇🥇🥇

  • Ash Taylorabout a year ago

    Fantastic! I love the metaphor here - very well deserved Top Story.

  • Heather Hublerabout a year ago

    Oh, I felt the despondency and humiliation and pain in that. Powerful writing. Congratulations on Top Story!!

  • Gina C.about a year ago

    Congrats on Top Story!! 🤗🤗

  • Kristen Balyeatabout a year ago

    Fantastic job! This is truly a big little story!

  • Caroline Cravenabout a year ago

    Brilliant! I can't believe you conveyed so much in so few words!

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a year ago

    Excellent story. Congratulations on the top story

  • Roy Stevensabout a year ago

    Nicely built-up Kelly, congratulation on Top Story!

  • Dana Crandellabout a year ago

    I love that you let the reader's mind interpret the story. Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Congratulations on your excellent Top Story

  • Donna Reneeabout a year ago

    This is astounding….you did this micro thing masterfully!!

  • Loryne Andaweyabout a year ago

    Oh. You can read this story in many different ways and they are all wounding. Well done and congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Very clever. Love this one. Congrats on the TS

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a year ago

    A very bleak moment put in a poetic and powerful prose. Excellent work here. Congratulations on top story!

  • Luke Fosterabout a year ago

    Very good. Definitely agree with the excellent naming. I got to the end and went “Ohhhh, Marianne, I get it now”.

  • Whoaaaa, that was brilliant! Looking forward to read more of your entries if you do write more 💖

  • Jo Smithabout a year ago

    Dang. Great story

  • Leslie Writesabout a year ago

    Love it. Clever what you did with her name.

  • Gina C.about a year ago

    OH! This is great. Emotional and clever ending :)

  • Rick Henry Christopher about a year ago

    Very good!!! You did a great job with this.

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