Here I sit playing this game
I had hoped the old man playing me
Would have thought it too cliche
To challenge a Reaper to a game of Chess
Seriously, look at this guy
He has no wife, no kids
Nothing left to go back to
They are all here with me
They all died in a landslide
This prick wanted his family to move on!
He pulls me aside and says
Wait, I want to ask you something if that is okay?
Go on my family I will catch up
I am slightly amused that he thinks they are going anywhere
If they tried they’d just be lost
They wouldn’t know where to go and only bad comes of that
Looking at the old croon who waved me over I come up to him and he whispers
Take my family where they need to go, I challenge you for my soul…
…I want a chance at life again…
Don’t tell that crazy old bat though!
That’s my wife if you didn’t know…
I feel a headache coming on old man!
How are you even privy to this information?
I’m not…figured it couldn’t hurt to try!
According to Article 132b Subsection 6
A Reaper is not required to tell a soul about the Game rule
However…if challenged said Reaper must comply
Basically you old bag of wind
YOU CHALLENGED ME SO I HAVE TO PLAY A GAME OF YOUR CHOOSING!
It doesn’t say I have to be nice about it though….
A smile in his eyes he says
I choose Chess!
Well fine, I’ll be back
Out of the blue I heard another annoying voice say
NO WORRIES REN! I’LL TAKE HIS FAMILY, YOU JUST WIN THE GAME!
Whatever Rae, JUST GET OUT OF MY FACE!
OKAY! BYE! *Whispers* Don’t mind him, he’s having a bad day
I’m the guy you want to have take you to the next place anyways…
I CAN HEAR YOU RAE! JUST FUCK OFF…okay?
Soon after he disappears
As he does a table appears
In its center lay a single Chess board
Soon after comes two chairs
Also an all too excited Gina appears…
LISTEN UP! A GAME OF SOULS IS ABOUT TO COMMENCE!!!!!
ARE YOU READY LESTER THE OLD JESTER?!
The man smiles and nods…he seems too entertained
REN! ARE WE READY TO BEGIN?!
JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!
LET THE GAME OF SOULS…BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!
I didn’t bother to tell her she enjoyed her job way too much
For the next seemingly eternity we waited for this old man to make a move…
Then he made the most obvious one!
What took you so long to move your pawn?
It’s a game of souls…I have a lot riding on this…
The look in his eyes was dead serious
Confused I made my move
So, what is it you need to go back for?
Old Lester gave me a smile and said…
I’m keeping that close to the vest young man
What’s it like doing what you do?
Intrigued by his next move I said
I’m in the business of souls, what do you think it’s like?
What aren’t you telling me old man?
We played our game of Chess
As we did our game of conversation continued…
I’d say there is a fair bit to be intrigued about playing this game of Chess
Not everyday you play a game of Chess against Death…
Fair enough, it’s an eternal fate of escorting souls to where they need to go
Is it like an office? Do you have a boss?
Yes, your point?
Curious is all…
Back and forth the game continued
I couldn’t help but feel something wasn’t right
Enough with the stall old man, you are going to lose
I invoke a timed duel…
Gina smiled with delight and said
Timed Duel approved! Participants have 10 seconds to make a move
If you don’t make a move in this time, YOU LOSE!
I wanted to smile but the old man just sped up his game
He was quite good at this…
You been playing Chess your whole life?
Ever since I was 2, and I’m 98 now so…
I get it, you’ve been at it a while
To answer your question from earlier I have many a boss
I may look young but I’ve been in the field for 900 years today…
I’m up for a promotion…it would be a nice change from my everyday
Interesting…well good luck to you. I’m going back though so…
You seem quite confident old man, especially since you are losing
A smile crossed his face like he knew what was going to happen next…
He made a curious move then suddenly Sara ran by…
I forgot about the timed duel…
It all happened so fast
I was distracted by Sara’s pace, and what I felt from her…
Something was very wrong…
I felt dread, saw a kid, then…
The vision ended with…
LESTER WINS! REN IS DISQUALIFIED FOR MAKING NO MOVE!
FUCK! Congrats you old coot…do you mind my asking…
What is it you are headed back for?
With a grand smile he said…
I want to drink all the booze I can and live in peace until I die again!
Fair is fair, go back, just know you can only invoke the game of souls once
Next time, you are done…
Corporate is going to displeased
So much for that promotion…
-Behind The Scythe #2: Ren-