A Crow And An Eagle
October 29, 2018
1 Nov 2018 #TellTaleThursday
October 31, 2018

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.


  1. Iain Kelly says:

    A ten year old with some serious chess skills – and perhaps some other more sinister talents.

  2. Varad says:

    lot of sinister takes this week. btw, was she literally on fire?

  3. Sandra says:

    Some kids just can’t stand losing. 🙂 Good one.

  4. Dear Priya,
    That’s one hot game of chess. Well done.

  5. Ooh, horrible, wicked child! Great read, Priya.
    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  6. michael1148humphris says:

    A flash with a splash, I enjoyed it.

  7. ceayr says:

    Cheating at chess, what is the world coming to?
    Cool tale.

  8. Ouch… sometimes the dormant villain wakes at the tender age of ten.

  9. Dale says:

    Not your average chess game… to be expected on this scary day…

  10. 4963andypop says:

    What kind of a trick is this! Sounds like an urchin hoping to steal her wallet!

  11. Not the vacation he was expecting. He certainly didn’t think he would be burned by a 10-year old. Nicely done.

  12. granonine says:

    Evil little booger. Great story 🙂

  13. Abhijit Ray says:

    Was actual part of the game was to make you jump into the pool? That was the actual game, wasn’t it?

  14. James McEwan says:

    Sore loser! spoilt evil little ten year old will one day might his match.

  15. StuHN says:

    Never knew Damian went on a cruise.

  16. jillyfunnell says:

    Someone wrote “Give me the child at seven and I will show you the man”. I think we have trouble ahead here. Great story, Priya.

  17. lisarey1990 says:

    Part 2 of this story would be interesting! Great job.

  18. I enjoyed your sinsiter tale. Did he put something in the beer? =)

  19. subroto says:

    That kid has a few burning issues. That will teach her to play chess with Devil’s spawn.

  20. Wow I wouldn’t want to meet this kid on holiday. Very sinister take

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