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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: Make your Move
By Tessy Fuller


His skin stretched across his forehead into a mound of disconcerting wrinkles. He tried to drown out the tippity-tap-tap rhythm of his opponent’s foot trying to break his concentration. A bit of hesitation filtered through his outstretched hand. It was not because he doubted the next move on the board. He always knew exactly what piece needed to be moved with a very keen awareness to the importance of the timing of that move. The hesitation filtered from knowing that a counter attack would quickly follow. He knew that as soon as the pawn was pushed forward it would be eye to eye with the enemy. He knew the strengths and weakness of each of the pieces. He knew the limits of their movement and direction.

“Are you going to just sit there?” his opponent asked a snarl of a smile protruding from his lips. The tapping of his foot had been abandoned due to boredom. He eyed the pawn of interest barely able to conceal his eagerness to ensnare it. His eyes traveled across the alternating sections knowing that one wrong move would be checkmate.

He did not bite upon the dangling question, ignoring it completely as his eyelashes swept downward blotting out his opponent’s image. He knew that the next move was vitally important. His outstretched hand severs through the hesitation, fingertips resting upon the intricately carved wood. He knew the piece by touch and the direction of its current location was mapped out in his mind.

“Go ahead, try to make your move but it won’t matter.” The taunting voice of his opponent echoed through the room. “You of all people should know that at this point, you don’t have a chance.” His last question steeped itself in mockery. “Do you not recall the countless times you have been checked already in this game?”

He let the questions sit idle in the room, cradling the well-worn piece in his hand. He bent low toward the board and began to whisper these words… You have encountered many hardships through this life but I am still here. I have always been here. Your opponent has ripped from you many important pieces, creating an illusion that you cannot win this game. But believe me when I say I can redeem each of them. You may seem outnumbered, but I am the most powerful piece in this game. This game was not intended for you to move on your own accord. It was designed for us to make our moves together. Will you let me guide your next move? I am the way. As the whispers ceased, finger by finger the piece was released revealing upon his hand the scar of redemption.

So in your game called life, who is making the moves?

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Joy Faire Stewart09/19/08
The discriptive writing is excellent and what a message! You won't be in Level I for long.
Valarie Sullivan09/19/08
This was good! Had me on the edge of my seat, wondering how it was going to finish. Very good descriptions!
Joanne Sher 09/20/08
Incredible descriptions and imagery. I agree--you are clearly more than a "beginner". Excellent.
Shelley Ledfors 09/24/08
Excellent! I really like this. You drew me right in to this story, and I love the way it ends. I agree that I think you will be moving on up soon. God Bless!
Marijo Phelps09/24/08
Wonderful piece and good question @ the end.
Chely Roach09/24/08
Ooooh, this was so good, I only wish I actully knew how to play chess, lol. Very well written!
Karlene Jacobsen09/24/08
Only the Master can play this game of chess. You've painted that picture well.
Deborah Engle 09/24/08
Very impressive writing. Loved it from beginning to end.