Picture by Jamie Griffin



Kelvin M. Knight

Rhona pressed her ear against the king then the queen and grimaced. She tried the bishop, then the knight. Harrumphing, she stomped from pawn to pawn, prodding each one.

‘They’re fake,’ she screeched.

‘Perhaps they’re resting, ma wee lass.’

‘Why?’ she demanded.

‘Because they’re tired?’ Her father dabbed his brow with a tartan handkerchief.

Rhona grabbed the knight by its mane and shook it. ‘You don’t understand, Pa!’

Hoping this Celtic holiday would help deter them, he plodded towards a castle. Closing his eyes, he ran both hands around the crenelations. Minutes later, he groaned.

‘What?’ Rhona skipped over to him. ‘What!’

‘They’re not fake, ma wee lass. They are made of stone.’

‘I knew it!’ Rhona grinned as she bounced. ‘What did they say? Tell me!’

With a trembling heart, he whispered, ’That you’re going to abandon me like your mother.’

‘Because they have work for me, too, Pa!’

(150 words)

The above story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw prompt, which this week took us to:

Portmeirion Village, Wales

To read the other globetrotting contributors’  stories inspired by this week’s prompt, please click the la’al blue frog below.


7 thoughts on “VOICES in PIECES

  1. Poor Pa! His daughter sounds keen to be about her business, and then he will no longer have her company. It’s a hard lesson for any parent, but we are only responsible for teaching our children to fly – where they subsequently choose to soar is their choice. It must doubly hurt that father, as the girl’s mother has already gone.
    You capture the melancholy well, Kelvin.

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  2. Wow Kelvin, you’ve packed a novel into 150 words. Love all that is said between the lines. I hope he’s wrong about her leaving. I hope she can do some growing up and not running away.

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    1. Thank you for your kind and astute comment, Karen. Strangely enough I was thinking novelular when I wrote this, intrigued by a chair of judges comment by Professor Kate Williams who told the Guardian newspaper, “Fiction, right from the beginning of the novel in the 18th century, has been there to explore identity. Novels are deep explorations of personality, identity and what makes a person. That is what Freshwater, and all the books on our longlist, are doing.”

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  3. Nice magical father and daughter scene.

    She does not appear to have his wisdom or eventempered nature. Yet she wants his power over his chesspiece minions. And giving it to her may spell his downfall.

    A lot said, both in plot and in emotional content. His anguish at her instability, and his need to trick her, to save her (and his domain) from her overweening ambition, shows his underlying love for her. Nice work!

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