A yarn

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Edge.






“I’m bored with this game Henry,” said Queen Matilda, “constantly bickering with our neighbours across the border, we’re at the edge of disaster and it’s time we threw down the gauntlet”.

“It is no game dearest,” said the King “and I agree, it needs to be resolved, and so this eve I will hold a meeting with my knights”.

“Your Majesty,” said Sir Thomas “I understand the Rooks have flown our foe’s palace, a sign of their impending misfortune so it is expedient that we take them on in battle”.

The following morn, Henry’s army stood atop a hill facing the enemy across the valley, the Bishop sitting upon his steed before the heavily armoured Pawns, making the sign of the cross.

“For God, King and country, go forward” commanded Sir Thomas.

Soon the battle was over and the King turned to his battle-weary soldiers and cried “Checkmate!”


Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting.


30 thoughts on “A yarn

  1. Spira Jun 2, 2022 / 09:40

    The King may have cried “Ckeckmate” but often it’s the Queen’s Gambit that turns the tides of war!

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  2. Tom Jun 2, 2022 / 11:24

    Nice one Keith… what wasn’t a game to start with, became a game in the end! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Doug Jacquier Jun 3, 2022 / 00:17

    Glad you got that one off your chess, Keith. Hate for you to be board. (I’ll let myself out.) 🙂

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  4. jenne49 Jun 3, 2022 / 20:51

    I have to say chess is a mystery to me, Keith, but I enjoyed the story.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. classypoetryandwine Jun 5, 2022 / 09:18

    The way that I read it as if it were real people only to understand it was a game of chess later. Well written and engaging!

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