26/100 Days of Creativity: Checkmate

General Mokyliov an accomplished chess grand master carefully positions his men using classic castleruddery tactics.

Troops of masked men quickly disembark from twenty military helicopters and board transport trucks. They surround and take up defensive positions around key strategic locations in the city but make no move to attack. Yet.

Meanwhile General Mokyliov mutters to himself quietly about the audacity of the opposition to prevent access to what rightfully belongs to his country. Protesters gather from all quarters and the tension between the two sides intensifies.

Will the opposition resign or watch a hopeless position turn into a checkmate? The world watches. And waits.


For 100 consecutive days I will write and post a short story (about 100 words) incorporating a randomly selected word from Afterliff: A new dictionary of things there should be words for.

Today’s word:
castleruddery n.
Psychological warfare at international-level chess.

Tomorrow’s word:
volimes pl.n.
People who turn the television up when eating.


  1. Chris Taylor says:

    Didn’t intend to be anonymous.

    1. Sally says:

      Thanks Chris. Poor editing on my part 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Enjoying your stories. Just noted that castleruddery is a noun so tactics is superfluous.

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