The Pawn: A Short Story

Tritone Literary Publishers
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<i><b>Some games can never be won…</b></i>


My new neighbor warned me about you—she said you’re “weird.”  


And she’s right—there is something a little… <i>off</i> about you. You invite people over for a barbecue without bothering to clean. You wear T-shirts with divisive political statements on them, make jokes about genitals in mixed company, and don’t seem to care what people think of you.


<i>Weird, indeed.</i> Because I’ve spent my whole life proving myself to others, trying to fit in. Trying to live a better life than the little girl who was tortured at school, who had holes in her shoes, who cowered under the covers while her parents’ screams shook the walls. 


And I’ve finally done it. This quiet, upscale community, the stunning homes and well-coifed families who live in it—this is the perfect place for my family. The life I always dreamed of. 


But somehow, despite all my resolve to fit in here, I’ve ended up across the table from the “weird” girl. Your kitchen table is smeared with paint, and the tea you’ve served me tastes suspiciously like dirt. 


Between us sits a gleaming chessboard. 


And you are about to introduce me to a game I can never win.


<b>Angsty, discomfiting, and low-key erotic, “The Pawn” explores the razor thin line that separates jealousy from desire.</b>

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About the author

Kristen Mae lives on the Atlantic coast of Florida with her two beautiful children and a fuzzy, giant-eared little dog named Gizmo. In addition to being a novelist, she is a classically trained violist, an avid runner and yogi, and an artist.

For more from Kristen Mae, sign up for her newsletter at kristenmaebooks.com, and follow her on social media at facebook.com/AbandoningPretense and at Twitter @AbandonPretense.

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Tritone Literary Publishers
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Published on
Apr 14, 2019
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Pages
32
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ISBN
9780997541878
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / LGBT
Fiction / LGBT / Bisexual
Fiction / LGBT / General
Fiction / LGBT / Lesbian
Fiction / Romance / LGBT / Bisexual
Fiction / Romance / LGBT / Lesbian
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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