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Title: Check.
Challenge/Prompt: #170 - Puzzle
Original Fiction or Fanfiction: Original
Rating: G
Summary: “So men claim when they lack incentive.”


“But that’s impossible—Your Majesty!”

“So men claim when they lack incentive,” the king refuted. He considered the chessboard, arranged mostly in starting position and in black checkmate. “I have faith in your ability, and I have given you incentive.”

Please, Your Majesty―”

“I understand.” The king’s tone warmed, but not his eyes. “You want to live. We want Iridia. May we both have what we desire in one year… and Tandor will honor your service with a duchy. You may leave.”

Tandor’s chess master obeyed. Maybe plastered, he would believe that he could steal a country from a goddess.
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