Reunion of the Titans

copyright Roger Bultot

Reunion of the Titans

They arrived together, monstrous ships blotting out the sun as they landed. Trash dervished in the still air.

Security forces poured out, forming concentric perimeters around the Meeting Location, scanning for threats in three dimensions.

The two Titans descended, walking towards each other like a Wild West re-enactment. Either of their outfits could have bought a whole block of the dilapidated neighborhood.

The Titans met, smiled, then embraced.

They sat at the graffiti-tagged bench, and now they were just Cassie and Maddie, like old times.

Cassie laid down the board and dumped the pieces out.

โ€œWhite or black?โ€ she asked.

27 Comments Add yours

  1. James McEwan says:

    I like the build up to some SciFi pending battle followed by the release into a friendly chess game. Of course, a possible battle may resume depending who wins.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Lovely misdirection at the beginning

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  3. elmowrites says:

    haha, I wondered where it was going but I like the ending. Cassie and Maddie are surely a spectacle.

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    1. The neighbors definitely know whenever they come back to visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Nitin Lalit says:

    I thought it was a sci fi piece, but the chess ending made me smile. Very clever.

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  5. Bill says:

    I like this story. Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I’m glad you liked it.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    A build up worthy of the battle about to commence!

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    1. Good point, Iain. It’s a confrontational situation leading up to a battle on the board.

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  7. Michael Humphris says:

    Full of imagery, with an interesting end, I enjoyed reading this

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    1. Thanks, Michael. I like subverting expectations by switching tones midway. Glad you liked it.

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  8. Oh! Boy! this made me smile. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! Glad you liked it.

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  9. All I kept thinking was, Titans at High Noon with Gary Cooper bringing up the rear. You’re always so great at flash fiction. You should go back to doing these on a regular basis.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. I always intend to but some weeks inspiration and energy elude me.

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      1. Today is always a new day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. CGraith says:

    Such drama! Totally see the two sitting down at that table, game pieces spilling out!

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    1. Hi Clare, yeah it’s quite a production getting two powerful people together for a simple game of chess. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Dear David,

    I loved “Trash dervished…” Such a clear mental image. You had me gearing up for a clash of the Titans. You clever guy. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. A little misdirection in flash fiction is always fun, haha. Thanks for reading, as always. I always appreciate your comments.

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  12. msjadeli says:

    Whomever or whatever they’ve become, they are friends first. And may it always be so. Good descriptions in here, David.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. Yes, that is most important. It would take a lot of effort to remain close in a situation like this, I would think, but all the better for it.

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re welcome and heck yes.

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  13. Linda Kreger says:

    Whimsy and imagination. Really good writing.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I appreciate your reading my story.

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  14. authorfleurl says:

    Not a battle of aliens, but a chessboard. Great storytelling.

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    1. Thank you! I like to subvert expectations whenever I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

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