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She didn’t know when the colors had been chosen, leaving her with black.
*Pawn from e4 to e5*
Maybe it had been way back when they’d played on a real board at the Centre instead of the invisible one spread over the globe. That difference aside, the game hadn’t changed. One move after the other, a step towards him…
*Knight retreat from f6 to e8*
… only to have him evade…
*Knight c3 to e4*
… leaving them empty-handed…
*Pawn g3 to g4*
… and him time for a counter-move.
*Queen from f4 to g4, taking over the pawn*
Both sacrificing pawns, playing what started as a game when they were kids and became anything but.
*Bishop from f1 to f3*
A game of strategy now their lives; act - react, plan – observe. Their goal the same:
*Queen from g4 to g8*