“Puppet Play” by Kelli D. Meyer

December 26, 2010

Michael has discovered an amazing thing: he can control other people’s actions with his thoughts. For a 16-year-old boy, the opportunities are endless. This is going to be fun! At least, it is for him.[16min]


Silence settled over the kitchen as the sound of the slap faded. It was like we were all frozen; nobody moved until Dad raised his arm. Then Mom took a few steps back and put her arms up to protect herself, guarding her face. But he didn’t make a move toward her; he just smoothed his hand over his own face where Mom’s palm print was standing out in red.

While he was standing like that, looking stunned, Mom’s left arm shot out, and she grabbed her steaming cup of tea off the counter. With a look of horror, she threw her tea at his face. Dad saw it coming and turned away, so most of the hot liquid hit the side of his head and his shoulder, but it still must have hurt. At least he sounded like it hurt when he started cussing.

Good. It was about time. He had it coming.

But I do feel kind of bad. He got really mad at her. I think he might have hit her if he hadn’t been so late for work. At least he might have tried, but I wouldn’t have let him.


Francis Mizell December 26, 2010 at 6:05 PM

I thought the story was great the way innocence given power became corrupt in such a short time. It was chilling to think how cold an individual can be once they begin to see others as objects instead of people.

Great story,


Jeff Peeples December 28, 2010 at 7:55 AM

I love this story. The perfect blend of adolescent arrogance in the face of great power. But with that power comes great responsibility. WilyWriters did a fantastic job with the audio.

Abby Goldsmith January 2, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Excellent story, Kelli!

Sheryl Tuttle January 4, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Fantastic! Loved the story and the audio was awesome!

Carole Buckholtz January 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Wow! Great short story. Michael reminds me of Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz’s character.

Xiomara Alonso February 1, 2011 at 6:33 AM

Loved it! keep ’em comin’.

admin February 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Thank you all for your comments! I’m so glad you enjoyed Kelli’s story.

Angel Leigh McCoy

Kelli Meyer February 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Thanks so much to everyone who read and commented on my story! It’s great getting feedback from readers who “get” my writing (rather than just thinking I’m disturbed). ;^)

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