on an alien field

Magnus allowed himself a moment to stretch, easing tension from cramped shoulders, then closed his burning eyes, briefly shutting out the desolate field of battle he’d studied so intensely for days. He became conscious of the silence, knowing they were out there, analysing his every move.

He refocused, stared through fatigue at the alien landscape before him, its irregular patchwork an ongoing distraction. He must concentrate on strategy and pursue it to victory. His next tactic would be crucial.

Reaching out, Magnus grasped the weird, stooped figurine, repositioned it, faced his opponent, and mouthed, ‘Checkmate.’

The audience roared approval.


Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts the weekly writing challenge ‘Friday Fictioneers’ on her blog ‘Addicted to Purple‘. Writers are challenged to contribute a complete story in 100 words prompted by a picture. This week’s photo is courtesy of Dawn Q. Landau.

19 thoughts on “Endgame

    • I did consider developing that side of it, but couldn’t get it to work as I wanted. A couple of other stories this week pursued that idea really well, I thought. Thanks for your feedback.


  1. Margirene, Good surprise twist at the end. I was also thinking of an alien battlefield. I guess games are mini battles of sorts. In fact, I know of at least one game that was used in ancient times to plan battles. Well written. 🙂 —Susan


    • Yes, better that we do battle in games than slaughter each other for real – at least some of the time. I wanted to develop the ‘alien’ setting a bit more but – word limits. Writing these mini-stories is a great discipline, I’m finding. They really force you to focus on your key ideas. Thanks for reading and responding.


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