#FF — The Middle Ground


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Unless you live in our ‘hood or do business in it, you avoid it. It’s a place that makes the news, which always tolls loss. It’s a place where you either huddle behind deadbolts or play hard in the streets. Few walk the middle ground.

Barry arrives at nine sharp and starts setting up his board. His now-gray hair ruffles in the breeze as he whistles, remembering the first time he stopped at the old men’s laughter; he’s one of the old men now. Jimmy arrives around nine-thirty. By noon, the table’s full and bystanders watch.

Chess is life here.

[100 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the host with the most of Friday Fictioneers.

37 Comments Add yours

  1. Time passes by but the cycle is much the same.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and agree.

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  2. Mike says:

    Chess is a great game,

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  3. Dear Lisa,

    I’m reminded of Joni Mitchell’s Circle Song. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you very much.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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      1. You’re quite welcome, Lisa.

        Shalom,

        Rochelle

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  4. neilmacdon says:

    Chess may be the only middle ground available

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  5. Sadje says:

    Great take Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje!

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      1. Sadje says:

        My pleasure dear friend

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  6. Danny James says:

    It’s one game I could never beat my dad. And he loved that!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha! Glad you have that memory to share with you and him.

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  7. Tannille says:

    I hope his car is safe. 😀
    We need more middle ground in the world.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hope so also, but I think he may not have a car. Well-said on more middle ground needed in the world ❤

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  8. Chess will be life for future generations too I’m sure.

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  9. Iain Kelly says:

    I could see them all gathered there, nicely evocative.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks so much, Iain.

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  10. Bill says:

    Love it. Gives movin’ on a much improved perspective.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bill, thank you 🙂

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      1. Bill says:

        You’re welcome, Lisa.

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  11. CGraith says:

    Well done! A full story in 100 words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks so much.

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  12. A lovely, light-hearted take on the prompt. Thank you.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Alicia.

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  13. James McEwan says:

    Fresh air, a chess board with concentration to take your mind off your surroundings, with an added bonus of an audience. There should be more like this.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      100% agreed, James. Thank you for reading.

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  14. Nitin Lalit says:

    Playing chess on the street is so much fun. I’ve done it once or twice when I was young. Great piece.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Nitin, happy to hear you’ve done it. There is such a community spirit that gets built in such things. Thank you.

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  15. GHLearner says:

    A great story, I love it. Chess is fascination through the ages and will remain so, I’m sure. (I’m too dumb for it, and I’m a bad loser. 😉 )

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Gabi. Mine isn’t a chess mind either, but I can play scrabble all day long and win.

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  16. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh this is a lovely moment. There is a peace expressed in the writing regardless of the danger of the location. Beautifully done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Laurie, thank you so much.

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  17. granonine says:

    I’ve seen those old guys! Always wished I were good at chess 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 So neat, Linda. They are games but they are also so vitally essential in the ‘hood.

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  18. Dale says:

    I love the atmosphere you have created here. Isn’t it funny how chess has become life in so many down and out areas?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dale. It’s a good way to keep your mind active in a war zone beyond just surviving it. I’ve seen boxing clubs serve the same function, but that’s beneficial in other ways (but also drawbacks.)

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      1. Dale says:

        It really is. And yes, boxing can be good to get the stress out – in a controlled environment, of course.

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