FFfAW: Queen takes King

 This week’s photo prompt is provided by Iain Kelly. Thank you Iain!

We meet in the square, where the chess players have their folding tables laid with checked cloths. One board has two tones of wood on rickety criss crossed legs. I imagine leaning on it, bringing the whole set – knights, kings, queens – tumbling to the pavement.

It feels right that we meet by the chess players, coats and scarves swaddling them against the cold. They’re here to do battle and so are we.

You nod, instantly look to your smart lace-up shoes. I wonder if she bought them. We walk for a while along the same paths we used to walk before her, half a metre between us, fallen leaves turning to ash under our feet.

One of us has to break the stalemate and I’m surprised when it’s me.

‘I want the house and custody of Tom and Sarah.’

Queen takes King.

Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. See the photo and write a tale (up to 175 words) to accompany it. See here to join in and to read the other stories.

24 thoughts on “FFfAW: Queen takes King

  1. Another fabulous slice of life story, Lynn — the little details add up to so much. Great job applying the symbolism of the game — and how easy it would be to tip over the table — to what’s happening in their relationship. Powerful stuff!

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    1. Thanks so much, Joy. Glad you liked the parallels between the game and the edgy relationship. Let’s hope they don’t use the kids as pawns. Thanks so much for reading 🙂

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    1. Haha! Thanks Bill. This took a few people by surprise, how she went in for the kill. I think we’re seeing one hurt lady here and she’s gone for the jugular! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  2. i never expected the ending and I am usually quick with making the conclusion, great piece, life is like that, we plan and strategise like in a chess game but sometimes we loose it all in the end.

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  3. Well this path certainly didn’t go the way I thought it would.
    Leaves turning to ashes – I can see and hear this.
    I liked the layered way you wrote this piece.

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