His opponent eyed him with a blank expression, trying to calculate a perfect defense against his offense…

Many have tried to win, but they called her the 'unbreakable queen' for a reason…

All it took was a few moves for her to corner her opponent before knocking them out.

Clearly this time won't be different…

Much to her surprise, her opponent smiled as he eyed his pieces, several maneuvers making themselves known in his mind…

What she didn't know was that she was playing a pre-determined game…

He moved first, throwing out a knight right off the bat…

An unexpected move, but it meant nothing to her as she moved a pawn.

The first few moves were always the easiest to program, both players knew this…

Nothing was going to happen unless two pieces interacted.

It would be chaos when they touched…both understood this

She already had a plan to protect her king. He had a plan to snag it…

Shrugging, he moved one of his pawns. The two continued moving their pieces, she building up her defenses while he seemed content with mainly moving his knight in random directions…

Eventually, his knight managed to grab one of her pawns and the real game began…

She took out his knight with a pawn, unaware that he planned for this to happen.

With a calm smile, he changed up his strategy, moving all his pawns towards her side of the field.

Confused, she sent her pawns to deal with them, only losing a few in the process.

Glancing at him, she wondered why he was so calm.

He was losing, all his pawns were being destroyed

How could he still smile?

What she didn't know was that he had willingly thrown them away

A large sacrifice, yes, but a sacrifice with purpose…

Staring at her, he moved his bishop to the left of the board…

Not seeing what he was planning on doing, she moved her knight, aiming for the bishop. In one move, it'll be out of the game…

Seeing this, he smirked. The game was almost over…

Picking up his bishop, he moved it to her queen, taking it out before it could even do anything.

Witnessing this, she was now nervous

Her most powerful piece was gone, but she wasn't out of the game yet…

Sliding her king, she took his bishop as he moved his second knight. There was no way she was going to lose…

Regrouping, she began adjusting her plan to keep him out, to keep him away from her king.

He however gave her little breathing room, moving his remaining pawns towards her.

She took them out with ease, but not without some casualties.

Her wall of pawns were almost depleted and she lost one of her knights, but there was no way she could lose…

He was down to his essential pieces, something he had planned for.

Moving one of his rooks, he went full on offensive, destroying her defenses, using the holes he punched in with his pawns…

She was panicking now…

Her rooks went down after taking on his bishops and one of her bishops fell victim to his remaining knight.

She had lost the lead she worked so hard to obtain, but she was going to fight until the end…

With her final knight and bishop, she began moving towards his king, hoping she could stop the onslaught of her team.

Sadly, she forgot about his queen in her haste, one of three pieces he has yet to move.

With it, he stole her bishop, something she was helpless to prevent. Her knight went down afterwards, getting taken out by the rook he didn't move earlier.

All she could do now was maneuver her king, hoping that she could position herself in a way which would allow her to tie the game by removing the rest of his pieces…

What she didn't know was that he spent the entire game making sure she would be in such a position.

Moving his queen, he put her in check.

She kept moving, trying to avoid his most powerful piece.

While doing so, she forgot about his knight, which she was getting closer to…

When she made her final move of the game, he struck.

His knight pounced on her king, ending the game.

For a few moments, all she could do was stare at the board in shock.

Losing wasn't something she was used to, what the hell was she going to do now?

"There's no need to worry," he told her, extending an arm. She cautiously eyes him, looking to see if this was some sort of trap. With teary eyes, she took his hand and allowed him to guide her.

It felt warm…something she hasn't felt in a long time.

'Perhaps this won't be so bad,' she thought to herself. 'But what's stopping him from leaving?'

"I'm not going anywhere."

It was like he had read her mind.

She tried rebuilding her walls, only for it to crumble back down as she looked at his smiling face.

It was that face that made her concede defeat.

Wrapping her arms around him, she began crying.

All her life, she's been beaten, betrayed, and broken…

She was once hesitant to trust again, but he came into her life.

He didn't have much going for him, but he was the one who managed to pass through her pawns, beat her queen, and steal her king.

He was the only one who managed to do break down the 'unbreakable queen,' so there was no way she was going to let him leave…

Feeling her squeeze him tighter, he held her.

He was ignored, pushed to the side, and mocked.

He had originally retired from the game, but then he saw her.

She was like him and he couldn't let that stand.

So he played one final game and was glad he won, for he won the best prize he could ever ask for…

"I'll stay with you for as long as you need me to…"