Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
TheSilentWitness would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Frost

By TheSilentWitness All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Drama

Memories in Glassdust

Glass clinks on glass, frosted castles slide across the checkered tiles. A seeming eternity of silence passes by as my hand hovers above its destination, my mind uncertain as to the choice I intend to make. I settle on my move and the bishop glides from its square to pin the enemy rook to its position guarding the king. Silence follows as she ponders her next move, pale amber irises fixed on the board, her left hand absent-mindedly twisting the frayed edges of her hair.

The board state is nearly empty, only three of the pawns remaining, myself with a knight, bishop, queen and singleton pawn of frosty white facing off against the transparent pair of castles escorting the enemy king and two pawns. My knight is committed to the edge of the board, preventing an enemy infantryman from promoting while my bishop and queen maneuver to keep the enemy regent locked in place. A quick glance her way prompts a quick flash of a smile, not quite reaching the edge of her lips. After a moment a smirk reappears on her face as she slides her second castle over three squares to attack my knight whilst defending its fellow.

Sunlight pours in from the window, sending scintillating rays flashing across the glass to scatter into dozens of miniature rainbows before a passing cloud shrouds the board once more with subdued greys. The barest hint of a breeze has the curtains by the window fluttering ever so slightly, and she seems to stare off into nothing as she waits patiently for me to ponder my next move, chin resting comfortably in her palm as she leans against the arm of the couch.

I stall for time, mobilizing my queen and bishop to keep her king pinned in check, forcing her to respond while I search desperately for a way to free my knight from its impending doom. The felled pieces scattered lazily on the table seem to stare at me with gazes of infinite intensity, as though reminding me not to repeat the mistakes of the past as they lie idle in their places, waiting for the game to reset. Three times I force her to respond to my aggression, and three times she casually slides her king away with the slightest motion of her wrist, her hand constantly hovering over the towering pieces' cross.

It takes just a single mistake from me to break the stalemate; an oversight has her forking my bishop and knight with a rook. As I bite my lip and move the bishop to safety her hand is already zooming across the board to knock the knight over, sending him spiralling off over the edge of the board to join the fallen. A ray of sunlight sneaks through a crack in the clouds turning her king into a shining gem, and for a single instant the grey of the room is flush full of colour.

Then the moment is gone, and the cunning general is sitting there facing me again, a slight smile slowly forming on her lips as the inevitable end begins to play itself out. Piece by piece she chips away at my forces until all that is left is my queen and king; in the end my queen is knocked from the glass board and I am forced into submission, the checkmate undeniable. I stare glumly at the board; yet again I am defeated. As per usual she sits and waits, but at the first sign of any outcry she laughs and leaps up running off for me to follow.

I sit there in that same chair looking upon the glass board, glinting in the sun, thirty one pieces standing in silence. The wind still drifts by carrying its gentle breeze through the room, and the light still shines its brilliance through the pieces, but the shattered queen of crystal lies where you left her. Like each time before, I play through the motions, looking desperately for the mistake, that one single flawed decision.

But as always, the chair where you sat is empty; the queen is gone.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, TheSilentWitness
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

abbiekelly18: I was hooked quite quickly like I am to other books but I liked how this was a biker gang and she had ties to another biker gang. Overall it was good but I didn't like how Jax was nice and then suddenly horrible to Amber. There is grammatical errors which normally makes me stop reading but I kept...

Prime Rabel: Love the writing and explaining the whole world was simply magnificent. The writer kept the pace up and was eager to finish this novel although it ended so soon. Would be waiting and love to read its next part. Thumbs up to the writer for such a great peace and taking me back to medieval times of...

Catherine Kopf: This novel has an interesting perspective on a broken mind that obviously the author took a lot of time into creating. The main protagonist is very fleshed out and complex, allowing the readers to root for and feel empathy towards him. There is enough in there to really give the reader an emotion...

Isha Chaudhari: Amazing book ...the most beautiful part is the kind of relationship Carla has with Peter. However, the epilogue was the one that surprised me the Most....Carla getting married to Peter....when in the book her relationship is mostly discussed with Ridian.Was a bit confusing thus.Lovable book that ...

dd1226: I love reading about other countries and I think this story about Cambodia after Polpot creates awareness of the tragedy that happened there and the actions of the U.N. to hold elections. The heroine of the story is easy to relate to, a modern, middleaged woman looking for an adventure, wanting t...

Swostika Ghimire: Seriously, now I am in love with this story.This story is making me crazy. Beginning was awesome and ending is mind blowing.I loved all the characters of this story. Thankgod I found this story here. I was about to be crazy eating for updates in wattpad.And mostly I appreciate author of this stor...

Diana123: Wow! This story is very emotional to begin with. And then it is also exciting, interesting and amazing. There are so many moment and situations in this story that really moved me and made me want to cry (to begin with – the story about little Norm not knowing what a hug is, then the death of his ...

Bernsigns: This is an age old story, but with excellent plot twists that I didn't see coming. I truly liked how the story slowly, but steadily revealed the secrets. There were secrets I didn't expect, which kept me wanting to read. I always love a happy ending, with a little bit of real life mixed in. Th...

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

More Recommendations

Nicole_Jackson: Must read for all romance lovers. Very well written for a first time novelist. This story was absorbing and entertaining, it was deeply enthralling and kept you captivated throughout the whole novel. Definitely hope there is a sequel. Highly recommended.

Books17: This is my first book review.I found the story to be very intriguing.The beginning of the story starts and you are immediately thrown into wanting to know what will happen next, The action, or intrigue is established early, so there isn't the feeling of the story dragging on, or thinking about wh...

ArgyrisMetaxas: Thrilling story which builds layer ontop of layer. A few mis spellings every few chapters. What I found special was that it took a modern day problem and took it to its logical conclusion and plays this realism with gritting precision. I'm always on edge ready to shout from adrenaline. This is gr...