Wednesday 31 October 2018

Queen In Quicksand

Gia remembered her childhood visits to the much-awarded Chess Grandmaster's home.

He taught her moves and played with her.

Not just using the Chess-board...
PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold
When Gia won the under-10 Chess Championship, he had kissed her and forced himself on her saying, "You're my Queen."

Gia felt trapped in quicksand.
She never played Chess ever again in her life.

It had taken Gia years to free herself and to come to terms with it.

The Chess Grandmaster died bequeathing his palatial home to his "Queen".
Pic Prompt by - Jade M. Wong
"Queen hates quicksand", Gia thought seeing her inheritance.
She quickly donated the home to a charity.

How many stories are hidden and will perhaps never come to light? What do you feel about the #metoo campaign? 

100 Words story for Friday Fictioneers
Also linking with FFfAW challenge , #MidWeekFlash
& ABC Wednesday- Q for Queen, Quicksand, Quickly


  1. Horrific in its understated menace about what goes on behind closed doors.

  2. I like the double entendre of "he taught her moves and played with her"

  3. That was powerfully done, Anita. And who could blame her for wanting nothing to do with that property?

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  4. How smartly you've brought the metoo campaign in the forefront of the story!

  5. Dear Anita,
    Five prompts stand
    To Quickly mire the Queen in Quicksand
    I would never play chess again.
    (You are the queen of multiple prompting.)


  6. This really worked well, Anita. A danger when putting so many prompts together is the story can get muddy. I must admit you succeeded this time. Quite well!

  7. Nicely joined two prompts. Child molestation scars a child for her life. Sad and unfortunate.

  8. Who is the grand master of combining prompts? The title goes to Anita.

  9. At least someone benefited in the end. A poignant piece indeed.

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  10. Well... to be honest…. that campaign, triggers lots of misery that is burried deep down inside me.
    On one hand I think it is a good thing to make people more aware… on the other hand, every time to get confronted with it when one is a victim, and/or a parent of victims (I am both) ...that is very hard to and makes it not easier to cope with those trauma's.

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    ♫ M e l d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

  11. I am not a big fan of multiple prompt stories, but you make this one work

  12. She never played chess in her life time...... something that happens to all of us .....

  13. Multiple-prompt stories often strike me as a bit forced but I honestly didn't notice any awkwardness in your story. I only realised it was a multiple-prompt piece when I read Rochelle's comment. Well done! Jilly, Sugar on the Bee

  14. I quickly understood what was happening here. This was a hard one for me to "like" because several of my clients are victims of this evil, horrible behavior. I despise it, and the perpetrators who indulge in it.

    I think the "metoo" movement is good in its inception. I worry about its misuse.

  15. Yikes... what a terrible man... hope the house could be used for something good.

  16. Wow - powerful, yet nothing overly explicit!

  17. This is so powerful. So sad. Well-told.

  18. You wrote about a touch subject very sensitively. Though Gia will carry this trauma her whole life, she seems to have grown into a strong individual, donating the house to charity and avoiding the quicksand.

  19. Powerfully poignant tale narrated so sensitively.


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