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Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)
TITLE: Make your Move
By Tessy Fuller
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“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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