Short Story: Chess Board

ShortbreadSuzanne MaysShort Stories › Chess Board

Please log in or join for free to download, rate and comment on this story. You can read online without being a member!

About this Short Story

Written by
Suzanne Mays


A woman solves a mystery with many questions.


  • 1249 Words
  • 6 Comments
  • No Ratings Yet
  • 1040 Views

Add to Bookshelf

Competitions & Prizes

This story has not yet been entered into any short story writing competitions.

This piece has not been edited by the ShortbreadStories team.

Margaret Miller was the only person I knew who disappeared. For awhile our sons played chess together in high school. Most of the other parents were into chess but Margaret and I went to support. “It’s too complicated for me.” she said and I agreed. The knights moved this way, the pawns moved that way, and you had to think moves ahead.

Saturday mornings they held the district matches and while the other parents sat engrossed on the sidelines, Margaret and I went for coffee. Even in old jeans and without makeup she was pretty. Her hair waved out and her eyes were turquoise blue. But she didn’t flaunt it - just the opposite. Sometimes, I’d think if she fixed herself up she’d be a movie star.

One day she sipped her coffee and said, “You have a nice life, Sissy.”

I laughed, frumpy me with the four kids and Predictable Ed. We were…

  Read Short Story     Download Short Story


Please login or join for free to rate this story.


This story has yet to be reviewed!


Dennis STONER said "Really enjoyed all the moves and counter moves in your story , Suzanne, just like a real game of human chess it absorbed me! Best wishes Dennis"
5 months ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Dennis. My sons played chess in school and they could see moves ahead and it drove me crazy. Anyway thanks for reading and all the best. Suzanne"
5 months ago
Keith Snell said "Great story. Felt it would have benefitted from a little more of Margaret's home life or character to give us an insight into why she legged it. As I saw the last paragraph approaching I had concern that there wasn't going to be a resolution, but it was perfect. Cheers Keith."
1 year ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Keith, for reading and commenting. It's over two years since I've been able to submit to Shortbread because of a software glitch, and its fun to be back. All the best, Suzanne"
1 year ago
Daniel Mays said "Liked this story! Good weave of writing that keep me reading. You should post more of your stories, please. Thanks, Daniel"
1 year ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Daniel. I'm glad you liked it. For the past two years my computer software wasn't compatible with sending stories to Shortbread and its fun to be back. All the best in writing, Suzanne"
1 year ago

Read and Download Crime Short Stories

Read Chess Board by Suzanne Mays and other Crime short stories at Shortbread!
Also, write short stories, enter short story competitions and listen to audio short stories online for free!