Friday Fictioneers — The Game of Chess

3B86664A-789A-4487-A8EC-B9B09CC5F099Danny sat at the end of the table, his eyes almost level with the chessboard. Looking at the chessmen lined up on the squares, he watched his father and uncle alternately move their chessmen around the board, trying to grasp the strange manner in which each piece moved.

His father moved one of the pieces across the board and said “Checkmate!” He smiled and looked at Danny. “What did you think of that?” he asked.

Danny continued starting at the chessboard, saying nothing.

“Danny?” his father said. “I won!”

“Shh,” said Danny, intently watching a small spider crawling across the chessboard.

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Jeff Arnold.


24 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — The Game of Chess

  1. Iain Kelly November 2, 2018 / 10:13 am

    Danny does not appear to be on the same wavelength as his father 🙂

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    • Fandango November 2, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I guess he wants his son to look up to him. Instead, he’s fascinated by a tiny spider!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Prior... November 2, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    The spider 🕷🕸was a twist ending – well done


  3. jillyfunnell November 3, 2018 / 2:44 am

    I like that Danny was more interested in the spider. Totally realistic. Well told!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. mjlstories November 3, 2018 / 4:22 am

    Just like the photo prompt itself. Danny sees something others miss. We’re all different! Nice story to remind us.

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  5. Sandra November 4, 2018 / 1:39 am

    We each take what we can from the games people play. Good one.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Abhijit Ray November 4, 2018 / 6:40 am

    Danny has his priorities. He cared more for a living spider than an inanimate chess piece.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. leigha66 November 10, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Love the way you wrote this… so true to what a kid would do.

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