Friday, 2 November 2018

He was not a king; just a patriarch of a large family. But everyone called him a king. He liked it.
He moved a pawn and murmured, “Never treat anyone like a pawn. Treat them like knights, bishops…..”
“Why?” the son had always felt that the king treated him like a pawn.
The king looked at a pawn that was about to turn into a queen and brooded for a long time. He was mortally scared of losing. He raised an eyebrow, almost imperceptibly. A man hidden in the shadows nodded, silently.
“You never know when a pawn would become a threat……”
Word count 103
A post for Friday Fictioneers.


  1. Excellent, the fear of losing his power. Says a lot about the world of today.

  2. Clearly the patriarch does not see himself as others see him. But he may have to soon. Good story, Jilly, Sugar on the Bee.

  3. Very deep, many layers here. Nice.

  4. Thought provoking story! Nicely done.

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    1. yes, they can be horribly tyrannical. thanks for reading the story

  6. Such a lot in this story. Well done.

  7. Great message. Never treat a man like a pawn. Only a pawn can be a queen. So there is no need for competition and rivalry.

  8. Treasuring the pawns is a good strategy.