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Games: Dragon Age: Fanfic: A Strategic Play

  • Apr. 28th, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Title: A Strategic Play
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: G
Length: 200 words
Content notes: No content warnings apply.
Author notes: Written for the ‘games’ prompt in fan_flashworks.  Intended to be a little bit of character building work.
Summary: Fenris has a surprisingly strategic mind.

They were reading in the library when he spotted it.

“Is that a shatranj board?” he asked.

Sara glanced up from where they had been working on A Young Messere’s Guide to Thedas.  “Do you mean chess?”

He stood up and walked over to the shelves before carefully extricating the game board from underneath a pile of books.

“It is, this is shatranj,” he said.

Sara stood, curious about why he would become so animated over a game board, of all things.

“We always called it chess,” she said.  “My father taught me how to play.”

“Danarius taught me,” Fenris said.  “It was a joke for him, I think.  Until I beat him at his own game.”

“Oh really?” Sara said, eyebrow raised and a smile hovering on her lips.  “That sounds like a challenge to me.”

The reading discarded, she dug out the pieces and set the board up in front of the fire.

“You go first,” she offered.

It was over embarrassingly quickly.  In only seven moves, he had pushed her into an untenable position.

“I yield,” she said, knocking over her King – which Fenris persisted in calling an Archon.

The humiliation was worth it for his smile.

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