Entry 113: Behind The Scythe #2: Ren

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!

*Sigh*

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

Happy?

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!

WHAT?!

*Sigh*

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-

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Entry 113: Behind The Scythe #2: Ren

    • Some souls just love their alcohol! Xp

      You never know. I just thought it was funny he was so serious about it. Mm….it’s a very important Entry actually, despite the humor involved. Thank you so kindly for reading and I always look forward to your thoughts.

      I just poured my first glass of wine for the night so…

      Cheers! ^_^

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    • Thank you so much! I try to do the Behind The Scythe series as much from the perspective of the Reaper in question as possible, but I also like to experiment with perspective when possible.

      I also thought a little humor never hurts every now and then, even in the horror genre. Xp

      Thank you again for reading and for your thoughts. It means a lot!

      Cheers! ^_^

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