Friday Fictioneers




‘Forgive me questioning your wisdom sire,’ said the Knight, ‘but I am unassured of our readiness for battle’

‘We need to speak privately husband’ said the Queen. The King’s concerned advisors shuffled back and retired.

His mind unchanged, the army assembled atop a hill. A thousand pawns stood in nervous anticipation; scores of cavalrymen sat astride spirited steeds. The Bishop made the sign of the cross as the king lowered his flag. A rook squawked as the troops advanced.

Despite a hundred loyal souls perishing the fray was won.

Later at Court, a triumphant King raised his goblet, stuck out his tongue and shouted ‘Told you so!’


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71 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers

  1. neilmacdon Oct 31, 2018 / 12:47

    In chess, of course, the king does not give battle (at least not until the very end). Though the king is th most important piece on the board, it’s the queen who moves and mates and slays

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  2. Iain Kelly Oct 31, 2018 / 13:26

    I wonder if this is how chess pieces see each game, as part of an epic battle that is fought over and over again! Great fun Keith.

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  3. Sandra Oct 31, 2018 / 13:29

    A hundred souls… a mere bagatelle to a king of such masterly strategic powers.

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  4. ceayr Oct 31, 2018 / 19:19

    In a grown-up mature sort of way, followed no doubt with ‘na na na na na!’

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  5. rochellewisoff Oct 31, 2018 / 20:52

    Dear Keith,

    The maturity level of the king is underwhelming. 😉 Nicely played.



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  6. JS Brand Oct 31, 2018 / 21:51

    True to life, Keith. I’ve never mixed with royalty, but I’ve worked with a few people who adopted this king’s management style.

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  7. hilarymb Nov 1, 2018 / 01:59

    Hi Keith … sadly that was the way it was, and still is in places … loved the story line … fun to read – cheers Hilary

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  8. KB Nov 1, 2018 / 02:16

    The Queen needs to work on her powers of persuasion. Love it!

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  9. Dale Nov 1, 2018 / 03:54

    That was a fun one… only because of how you ended it…

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  10. anuragbakhshi Nov 1, 2018 / 04:29

    The world needs more mature rulers like him. Oh wait, some countries already have them 🙂

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  11. Abhijit Ray Nov 1, 2018 / 07:24

    Battle was fought despite not being prepared. Pawns were sacrificed at the altar of victory while the King drank his wine.

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  12. draliman Nov 1, 2018 / 07:55

    You managed to get all the pieces in there! Surely someone with such an attitude would never be in charge… 😉

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  13. Keith's Ramblings Nov 1, 2018 / 13:37

    …hence the Queen taking him aside, but he chose to disobey her. Cheers Jo


  14. mjlstories Nov 1, 2018 / 20:40

    The sort of king who bounces on the four-poster. I kind of like him, but for those dead souls.

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  15. Priya Nov 2, 2018 / 07:33

    Haha.. I like the king, already.
    A great story. Elements of tragedy and comedy combined.

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  16. jillyfunnell Nov 2, 2018 / 10:05

    He might be the king but he is also a naughty boy. Stop pulling the footman’s ponytail this minute!

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  17. 4963andypop Nov 2, 2018 / 11:30

    Not a terribly dignified expression of triumph. One would expect more of a king, or any leader, for that matter, no matter how crushing or unexpected the victory. 😊

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  18. granonine Nov 2, 2018 / 14:39

    It is interesting to me that in chess, the Queen is the one to defeat; in reality, so many queens down through the ages have been nothing more than pawns themselves.

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  19. plaridel Nov 2, 2018 / 16:58

    the battle was won, but at what cost? poor subjects dying for the king’s amusement.

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  20. Piyali Nov 4, 2018 / 10:58

    I loved the ‘told you so’ moment. Awaiting a reaction from the queen 🙂

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  21. Brenda's Thoughts Nov 4, 2018 / 13:44

    One hundred loyal souls, was that worth the win? I guess for the king it was. Creative take on the chess set and entertaining tale.

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  22. subroto Nov 4, 2018 / 20:53

    Ha! Ha! Now that is how mature adults should resolve arguments.

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  23. Laurie Bell Nov 5, 2018 / 10:33

    Bahahahaha! Hilarious last line. Great story. Epic war


  24. Prior... Nov 8, 2018 / 07:32

    The ending was silly but also nice twist to the seriousness of battle – and nice way to use the chess pieces like this – Keith – you are creative with the wit

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