Chapter 0:

Prologue

Spirit Chess


I had always won my games. Every time I beat my opponents, I had always looked down on them. It was hilarious, seeing their faces in despair. Sometimes, I even laughed at them. It was a pleasurable experience. But that all changed on that day. At the semifinals of the national chess cup, I was sitting in front of him. I was shocked by his last move. I...was...finished.                          "And the winner is Kokuo Takashi!!!"                                                                                       As the commentator announced those words, my mind went blank. I was in disbelief. I pointed my head down while thinking,                                                                "How? How?!! How did I lose?! That's Impossible." I was ranting inside of my head. I wanted to flip the table. I wanted to let out my frustration on him. No, I wanted to let it out on everyone in the room. I managed to control it and kept it to myself. I continued ranting in my head.                                                                                                  Bookmark here

"Why? Why did I lose?!! Why to HIM?!! Why now?!"  As I continued flipping off in my mind, he suddenly stood up and went to go to the bathroom, but before he went he stopped on my side and said,
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"Don't be so prideful next time. Learn your lesson. If can't even do that, you don't deserve to play the game."Bookmark here

He left after saying that statement. I was furious. I clenched my fist. I wanted to punch him. "How dare he look down on me!" I thought. But even so...I was shocked by his words. I...started crying. Tears flowed down my face. I gritted my teeth. As I did so, I can hear some people in the crowd whispering about me. I happened to hear some of them.Bookmark here

"He deserved it." A girl said to the person beside her.Bookmark here

"He should've never looked down on us." A boy said to his friends sitting beside himBookmark here

"Heh. You deserved to lose. You ****." A senior said to himselfBookmark here

They weren't afraid to say what was on their minds. They were vulgar. Even my classmates were mocking me. I never cared about comments about me. Why would I? I was on the top. They could never beat me. But now, I was being bombarded by criticism. I couldn't take it anymore. I grabbed my pieces, threw them in my case, and quickly ran outside the stadium. I carried the case while tears came down from my suffering eyes. Bookmark here

"I...don't care anymore." I let out my stress as I was sprinting out. I didn't care about anyone or anything in front of me. Then, I made my decision.Bookmark here

"I'm...quitting chess. I don't care about it anymore. I'll focus my mind on something else."  As I declared my decision, I looked up at the setting sun, then, I threw my case to the ground. The pieces inside bursted out as the case broke from the impact. I ran to the opposite side of the case. Bookmark here

"I will never care about chess anymore. I'll never play it again. Nothing will change my mind." I thought to myself.Bookmark here

But little did I know, something, or should I say someone, will come to change my mind...Bookmark here


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