title: Queen's Sacrifice
fandom: Gundam Wing
characters/pairings: Quatre, Relena, Zechs, Heero, Duo, Trowa, Wu Fei, Hilde
rating: G/Teen
warnings: character deaths
summary: Quatre has to make a hard choice.
notes: for the lovely merith, for this request on fic on demand. prolly not as specific as she wanted, whoops. i did look up an actual chess match, tho. ^_^

Quatre bit his thumb. Everything was finally melting away... the terror, the exhaustion, the confusion, the doubt... It was now all as clear as the pieces on the board, clear as life and death.

He'd already lost two Magunacs, and Hilde. Two pawns, and a knight. He hadn't really understood, when the game had started. He tried to save everyone, tried on the boat, and he tried here, but...

This was chess. War. There was no way to save everyone in either.

Sacrifices had to be made, and there was a way to win, in six more moves. It would require sacrifice, though. If he could think of a way to save everyone...

He could feel Zechs' eyes on him. It was the fastest way. In just six moves... he'd lose a bishop. (Heero) He'd lose his other knight. (Duo)

He'd sacrifice the Queen... Relena...

Zechs would never forgive him. He could feel Zechs watching him, knew that Zechs knew...

Six moves. Only three sacrifices.

He had to think of them as chess pieces. Only as chess pieces. The sacrifice... it would win the game.

Save the rest of them.

Relena... The Queen...

Quatre cleared his throat, and looked into the manic eyes of their captor.

Six moves.

Heero, Duo... Relena.

He cleared his throat. "Bishop at E3 to capture the knight at B6."

His captor laughed. Another of his minions died. Heero will die, too.

Zechs glared at him.

They should have died in the crash.

the game played here can be found at John Pratt's chess games, under Queen's Sacrifice.

in case you were wondering, the pawns are all magunacs (q kept Rashid off to the side, just to be safe), and from the left side of the board, we have...

rook - Dorothy
knight - Hilde
bishop - Trowa
Queen - Relena
King - Zechs
bishop - Heero
knight - Duo
rook – fei

(might have some of those out of order, actually... erm, as in, having the right and left mixed up...)