The smell was getting worse.
"Hello Boss. All alone? Looks like you're playing
chess on your own again," said Sally. She will ask
about her job later.
"Yes," the Boss looked up. He didn't want to chat in
his office for he knew who was on the redundancy
"Looks like you're going to win again," said Sally.
The Boss moved a pawn with a proper click that can
only be made with real wooden pieces on a proper
A piece was missing and substituted with a toy
dinosaur. Sally said nothing about this either but she
wondered if the boss knew who had hidden it.
She opened the window a little wider, and left.
Back with her pals, they all had a good giggle.
"Is he still pretending he's winning," someone said.
"Yes, still pretending," said Sally.
"So, does he know his office smells like a cathouse?"
someone else said.
Sally tapped a manicured finger to her nose as she
said "The Boss probably knows all about that but he
hasn't found the little sardine yet."
Chess Master was published in
Pure Slush, Hobby
16 Oct 2013.