The Players Legacy: The Saga Begins is a 14-chapter narrative poem that is set to launch on January 21, 2023. This is an excerpt from Chapter 11 in which Vallenbee the Wise speaks to the main character, Abelbee. The answer disappointed Abelbee,who hoped to hear about his destiny,a predetermined story bound by fate,but not some future that he must create. In sensing Abelbee’s dissatisfaction,wise Vallenbee addressed the youth’s reaction:“Though many benefits amount from preaching,an illustration is what does the teaching: “The gift to choose becomes its own reward.For if we’re just two rooks upon the board,then winning has no honor-prized esteemand no real powers granted king or queen. “If sweeping moves are not by our own choosing, then who’s the player and the one who’s musing?Who moves the piece that gives the pawn promotion?Whose mind and strategy directs the motion? “The gliding knights, and jumping castles too,move freely on this board as all can do.We’re not controlled by anyone’s demand.We are the players, not a piece in hand.” . . Michael Pietrack is a writer, businessman, and former baseball player who resides in Colorado.