Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @Sotet_Angyal #LoH

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Game Faces
by Angela Yuriko Smith

“Checkmate,” one god said.
He smiled with self-assurance.
There was no answer.
The other god reached
across the board for her queen—
an overlooked threat.
“Maybe a stalemate,”
she said. “This time, no losers.”
He narrowed his eyes
seized hold of the board
and flipped the pieces skyward—
pawns shattered on tile.
“Everyone loses,”
he said. “I win or no wins.”
He stomped on the shards.
“It’s in this moment,”
she said. “That we all collapse—
humanity lost.”
She knelt and retrieved
a pawn, crushed beneath his heel
and set it upright.
“Without every piece
there’s no more game, no more wins—
every pawn matters.”
Beneath them the world
continued in its orbit
unaware of us.


Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
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About Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She's an UrbEx adventurer who suffers from unquenchable wanderlust. She loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old grave yards. Nina is a co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founder of the horror writer's group 'Pen of the Damned', founder and administrator of the Ladies of Horror Picture-prompt Monthly Writing Challenge, and if that isn't enough, put a check mark in the box next to owner and resident nut-job of Dark Angel Photography.
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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @Sotet_Angyal #LoH

  1. afstewart says:

    A haunting beautiful poem.

  2. Marge says:

    Good one, Angela. Wise U R! I take it that the god (or goddess) made the crushed pawn whole again when she picked it up from the floor.

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