She loved the adrenaline rush of competition.And she hated him.

For he was a threat. In studies, in sports.

Sometimes he topped, sometimes she. She beat him in tennis. He beat her at swimming.

Beneath the rivalry, everyone else sensed camaraderie. It was only a matter of time before they could sense it too.

And when they did, the rivalry, the hate, slowly, gradually, sweetly turned to love. 

Passion replaced hate.

And when they got married, after their vows and the celebrations, he whispered to her.

“Checkmate.”

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