Queens are Wild

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Robert Ballentine's hostile takeover of America in 2036 goes remarkably well until the so-called king decides to choose a teen queen. A king may beat a queen in poker, but Ballentine's top choice is wildly dangerous. She bluffs like a poker player, but she's actually playing chess.

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King-sized Balls

Submitted: May 16, 2012

Robert Ballentine's hostile takeover of America in 2036 goes remarkably well until the so-called king decides to choose a queen. A king may beat a queen in poker, but Ballentine's top choice is wildly dangerous. She bluffs like a poker player, but she's actually playing chess. Read Chapter

Shatranj

Submitted: May 17, 2012

Ventana makes contact with Area 52 and prepares to line up the white pawns. Read Chapter

Spitballs and Asbestos

Submitted: May 18, 2012

Spanish class turns into a zoo and Margeaux gets in big trouble. Read Chapter

Space Invaders

Submitted: May 20, 2012

The boys get distracted by video games, but Margeaux senses Ventana is up to no good. Read Chapter

This Chess Board is Not Flat

Submitted: May 21, 2012

Margeaux realizes she and the boys are literally pawns and the game they're playing is way above their heads. Read Chapter

Mission Target

Submitted: May 23, 2012

As pawns begin dropping, Margeaux learns she is the most important one on the board. Read Chapter

Bishops, Rooks, Queens and Towers

Submitted: May 24, 2012

Three more pawns fall while Margeaux is subjected to an overwhelming glimpse at the future. She learns her 1984 prom date Danny died in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Read Chapter

Feeling Invincible

Submitted: May 25, 2012

Robert Ballentine woos the Chinese prime minister and gets covert support to attempt an overthrow of the U.S. government on New Year's Day, 2036. Read Chapter

Five Fallen Knights

Submitted: May 26, 2012

Mrs. Pina finds out five of her horrible students died under bizarre circumstances during detention with Mr. Ventana. Read Chapter

Shot in the Leg

Submitted: May 27, 2012

Margeaux's glimpse at the future offers great news and awful news: She'll become president in 2032, but she'll be targeted by assassins during a New Year's Eve party. Read Chapter

Black Flag

Submitted: May 30, 2012

Robert Ballentine makes his move, alters some flag designs and addresses the new United Kingdom of America for the first time on New Year's Day, 2036. Read Chapter

Grooming a Queen

Submitted: June 01, 2012

Margeaux accepts her mission as the hunt for King Ballentine begins with a plot hatched in Area 52. Read Chapter

Sheworthy

Submitted: June 05, 2012

King Ballentine thinks he may have seen the pretty young face of his soon-to-be-queen for the first time. Read Chapter

Lunch with the Alien

Submitted: June 07, 2012

Margeaux and Bake get to meet G52, who helped engineer their chessboard-like trip to 2036. Read Chapter

Saturday Night at the Movies

Submitted: June 09, 2012

Cyr and Ventana show Margeaux some videos and the popcorn goes flying. Read Chapter

Ass Kicking

Submitted: June 10, 2012

Margeaux and Ventana finally come to blows and she's in charge for a change. Read Chapter

Green Dress, Red Wine, Black Limo

Submitted: June 12, 2012

Dressed to kill, Margeaux takes on the identity of Victoria Kensington and begins her long journey to meet King Ballentine with a limo ride to Las Vegas. Read Chapter

Stripped and Probed, Robbed and Robed

Submitted: June 13, 2012

Victoria Kensington finds out pretty quickly that she'll have zero backup in her risky battle with King Ballentine. Read Chapter

Chutes and Ladies

Submitted: June 15, 2012

Victoria Kensington and her three rivals for queen get unceremoniously dumped from 10,000 feet. Read Chapter

Trojan Horse

Submitted: June 16, 2012

Cyr and Ventana realize they've got no idea where their promoted white pawn is, but Ventana believes Victoria Kensington will act on her own as a secret and deadly weapon. Read Chapter

Half-drowned Sea Hags

Submitted: June 17, 2012

Victoria Kensington and her fellow queen contestants are dragged through hell on the high seas before reaching the helipad of King Ballentine's yacht. Read Chapter

One Hundred Benjamins

Submitted: June 19, 2012

Victoria Kensington settles into her private cabin on King Ballentine's yacht and immediately collects $10,000 for pain and suffering. Read Chapter

A Ballsy Question

Submitted: June 20, 2012

Victoria Kensington and her three queen rivals get a tour of the spectacular Rendezvous Two, but she quickly ticks off King Ballentine's flak with a probing query. Read Chapter

The King's First Choice

Submitted: June 22, 2012

King Ballentine and Victoria Kensington have an intriguing first encounter. He knows she's a risk and he wants her to be his queen anyway. Read Chapter

Bow Down Before The One You Serve

Submitted: June 22, 2012

Cyr, Bake and G52 watch on TV as Victoria dances to Nine Inch Nails for her king in the semifinals of the queen contest. Read Chapter

Down and Up

Submitted: June 23, 2012

Victoria gets caught searching for President Quigley. Then she receives an interesting dinner invitation. Read Chapter

Threat Assessment

Submitted: June 24, 2012

King Ballentine and his security chief Andre Belanger clash over just how dangerous Victoria Kensington might be. Read Chapter

King Beats A Pair

Submitted: June 27, 2012

King Ballentine has dinner with two Margeaux Quigleys and things don't go very well. Read Chapter

Messing With The Wrong Card

Submitted: June 28, 2012

King Ballentine's guards strip young Margeaux Quigley naked and interrogate her, but all does not go according to plan. Read Chapter

Ghost Stories

Submitted: June 28, 2012

Andre and Walter find out they're not the only guards seeing strange things happen on the ship while both Margeaux Quigleys are held captive. Read Chapter

Black or White?

Submitted: June 28, 2012

Cyr fears young Margeaux may have been killed when he sees she has been disqualified from the queen contest finale for lying about her identity. G52 is more optimistic. Read Chapter

Shark Food

Submitted: June 30, 2012

Young Margeaux conjures up powerful reinforcements in her showdown with King Ballentine's bodyguards. Read Chapter

Checkmate, Mate

Submitted: July 03, 2012

The dramatic showdown between Margeaux Quigley and King Ballentine interrupts a poker game and takes place on live TV. Read Chapter

A Queen at Eighteen

Submitted: July 03, 2012

NOVEL COMPLETE: Resolution and coronation of birthday girl Margeaux Quigley, America's first ceremonial queen. Read Chapter