Oswald stood at the window, stroking his strawberry blond beard as Eathwing gave the field report. A casual observer might think he wasn’t paying attention, but Eathwing knew that the king’s mind was taking it all in and planning the next move. Although known as a hot tempered man, Eathwing knew that this king was perhaps the greatest strategist of his generation. That was how he, starting as a thane of a small town, now had one of the largest kingdoms on the isles.
When the report was finished, Oswald swung around, eyes flashing under the flaming red eybrows.
“Gather the knights and let them know we ride at dawn with me at their head. We will join the siege of Domnall’s sea fortress. I feel it is about to fall and if I ride there, it will surely topple. That is the last defence on the sea route, so if it falls, Domnall the White will not be able to withstand our advance. We will have him yet!”
“A squad of Domnall’s best foot soldiers stand between us and our men on the siege.”
“Those pawns? My knights will wipe them out! We will taste victory!”
Eathwing nodded. “As you wish, sire.”
After talking to general of the king’s knights, Eathwing went down to the deepest dungeon, the one others called “The Wizards Coop”. Making sure nobody saw, we went into a secret side room. A giant chessboard was set up, a game in progress.
Eathwing waved his hand. The red king and one of the red knights lined up against a white castle and three white pawns.
He scanned the board. Yes, if they took out the pawns and the castle they’d have the white king in check, but could they force a checkmate?
It all depended on how Domnall moved his own men.
Oswald the Red may be on the right track, but this game of chess was not over quite yet.
This was written for the writephoto challenge that is hosted by KL Caley. The photo at the top was given by KL, as well as the key word, “Chess”. Hope you enjoyed :)