PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

As I sprawled on a deck chair under a parasol, taking in the sun, a ten-year-old came running to me “up for a challenge?”, he squeaked. 

The chessboard was set. He played his move, a pawn forward. My knight moved next. The game went on for about twenty minutes. I kept capturing his pawns and rooks.  Taking a sip of my beer, I exclaimed: “check!” He played his move. With a smirk, I tried to move my queen ahead. Suddenly I felt, my entire body was on fire. I jumped off the chair and dived into the pool.

He hissed in a whisper “CheckMate!”

This story is written for Friday Fictioneer hosted by Rochelle.

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