The Risk

15 year old Cassie Acquah doesn't realize what "risk" is until she gets herself stuck... The thing is, a board game isn't really the same as real life, so how will she survive when she gets thrown head-first into one. Well, I suppose she COULD fall in love with the troop leader, become a soldier and explore the world on horseback, but how will she ever get out?


5. The Knight

I laughed subtly through a big spoonful of marshmallow fluff as I foresaw my next move. One more, and I would have conquered Europe. I spooned out another bit and my steady hand transferred a troop from France to the UK.

Suddenly, I felt a weird adrenaline rush through me like an electric shock, consuming my body and making me shiver. My eyes transfixed on the board, I noticed the base of my lone piece dissolve into the card. I picked up the piece, holding it just in front of my nose to inspect is closely.


My piece had just blinked at me, and shaken out one arm. It was moving. It stamped furiously on my hand as I gawped, fascinated at its detailed face and armor. I put it down in the board, to see what it would do, and it marched resolutely up to the top of the UK, and stopped, reaching down and grabbing something invisible, or so miniscule I couldn't see it, from around where Aberdeen would be. It started ambling backwards, drawing the little thing with it. It was like the whole of Scotland and England were gradually being unzipped, leaving a giant gash in the map. Then the little figure let out a high-pitched sigh and turned expectantly to me, making a vague gesture in the direction of the hole.

I looked up at Ben, bewildered, but he looked like a statue. My heart lurched arount inside my ribcage. I shook him vigorously, letting out a small squeak of terror. All his limbs had frozen up and- I heard a faint coughing noise. I looked back down to the impatient night, who once again pointed his hand at the unzipped blackness. I shook my head in puzzlement, wondering what he meant. The soldier started clambering over towards me, looking menacing, and I gave in.

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