Through dangers untold and hardships un-numbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the goblin City. Blah blah blah. I KNOW ALL OF THIS!" Sarah said very excitedly. Her high school was putting on a performance of Labyrinth and Sarah was Natalie! Nobody knew she had actually gone through it.

Sarah had been sitting in the lobby of Mercy high school for half an hour before Karen finally called.

"Sarah I am so sorry."

"It's okay Karen. Where are you?"

"At the hospital. Toby fell off the roof at school today and split his head open."

"Is he okay?"

"Yeah, he's fine, but I'm going to have to stay here for a few days. "

"What was he doing on the roof?"

"You know your brother."

"Yeah. Well tell the little monkey I said hi and I love him."

"I am not a monkey! I am a chimpanzee!"

"Yeah, Sarah, you're on speaker phone."

"I can tell."

"Well, okay Sarah, I have to go. They just brought in some food for Toby."

"Let me guess. Bananas?"

"No! I get pancakes! Haha! None for you Sarah."

"Okay Toby. Well I'll try to get down there tomorrow to see you."

"Sarah, if you want I can come and pick you up. Toby can sit here for an hour
while I come and pick you up."

"No Karen. I'll be fine at home alone tonight."

"Oh, Sarah, that reminds me! Your father called. He has to stay in France for an

extra month."

"That stinks!"

"Yes, well, we need the money. Especially if you want us the put you through

Mercy."

"Yeah I know Karen. Well I got to go you're using up all my minutes!"

"Okay Sarah. I'll see you tomorrow."

"Okay Karen. Bye. By chimp!"

"By Sarah."

Sarah got up and started walking. It was already 6:45 and it was getting dark outside. She was walking to the convenience store to get some food. She had made $20 today for kissing the nerd of the class. The stuff Shane and Natalia made her do.

When she got to the store she saw two boys from school there, Mike and Corey. They had been on trial for murder and rape and Sarah always thought they were guilty.

"Well if it isn't Ms. Sarah Williams. What are you doing here this late?

"Rehearsal ran late. I am hungry. Now if you'll excuse me."

"What if we don't want to?" Corey said pushing Sarah against the shelves on the wall.

"Leave me alone!" Sarah yelled pushing out the emergency exit. She was not going to be their next victim. She knew they would follow her. They always did. So Sarah ran as fast as her legs would take her. Soon she was running out of breath, so she slowed to a fast walk. Suddenly, she felt strong arms grab her from behind.

"What's a pretty little thing like you doing out here all alone?" She turned around in his arms to see Jareth. He was always popping in and out of her life. About a week after she returned from the labyrinth, she realized what a horrible mistake she had made. She missed him terribly, so one night she called on him through the mirror. They started talking and became friends. Sarah had given him permission to come and go as he pleased, and he took advantage of that. Whenever one of them were having a bad day, they would meet up.

"I'm trying to find a place to get away from you!" She said, playfully pushing him away.

"You know that's impossible." He said staring into her eyes.

God, those eyes, how I love them! "Sadly, I do know."

"So do you care to answer my question?"

"Well, Toby decided he was a monkey, sorry, a chimpanzee, and jumped off the roof at school. He split his head open and now Karen is at the hospital with him."

"Where's your father?" Jareth was worried that something had happened again between the two of them. He always told Sarah she needed to grow up. Needed to get out of the fantasy world. He had no idea that the things she would read came from Jareth, and that he was as real as all the other stories.

"He's in France on a business trip. He'll be gone for another month, so I'll be home alone tonight. Not like I'm looking forward to it."

"Why aren't you at the hospital with your brother?"

"I had rehearsal."

"For?"

"Oh I forgot to tell you! My school is putting on a play of Labyrinth. And guess what!" Sarah said practically screaming.

"What?"

" I am Natalie!"

"Oh by the underground! That's great! You get to relive the labyrinth all over again!" He was almost as excited as she was.

"Yeah, only this time, the goblin king's not so good looking."

"Oh, I am sure. Well, do you want me to transport us to your house?"

"Um… No. Let's walk!" Sarah said grabbing Jareth's hand.

"So, how was your day?" Jareth said in an attempt to make small talk.

"The usual. Jay and May giving me money to do something stupid. Melony and her gofer's being pains. Having fun with my friends. Knowing every single line at rehearsal. How about you?"

"Same old stuff. Stopped a food fight. Taught another goblin not to try to take flight off the tower. Only I can do that. Why can't they learn?"

"They are goblins. What do you expect?"

Before either Sarah or Jareth knew it, they were home. "Jareth will you come inside? I really hate being home alone."

"Well, I don't know. I have things to do. Goblins to kick. A bog to… smellerize." He said in a joking tone.

"Smellerize?"

"Yes. Make it smell."

"Doesn't it smell enough?"

"No." He stated simply.

"Please come inside." She said with the puppy eyes that always did Jareth in.

"Okay." Just as Jareth stepped inside, his hands flew to his head.

"What's wrong?"

"Someone wished a child away. I need to go."

"Will you come back?"

"I'll try. Goodbye for now Sarah."

"Bye." She said sadly as he faded from view. Sarah started up the stairs. She was still in her school uniform and it wasn't very comfortable. She started up the stairs and went to her room. She opened the door and, "AHHH" Sarah and Jareth both screamed.

"What are you doing here?"

"This isn't my castle!"

"No my house is definitely not a castle!"

"What's going on?"

"How should I know?" Sarah and Jareth sat staring at each other for a few moments. "Guess you're not leaving now, huh?"

"I guess not." Jareth said chuckling. Sarah always knew how to make a horrible situation funny.

"Do you want to stay here until you can figure out what's going on?"

"That may take days, even months to figure out."

"Well, I don't think it would be good for you to stay in a hotel."

"I guess you're right."

"Of course I am. How I'm going to explain this to Karen I don't know. But anyways, you can't be walking around like that." Sarah said as she looked at his attire. All black. A cape, a poets shirt, tight breeches, and his knee high boots. "Come on, I'll get you something out of my dad's closet.

Sarah got Jareth blue jeans and a ravens shirt. "There. Now that's taken care of, are you hungry?"

"Yes."

"Okay. Popeye's or McDonald's?"

"Who?"

"Right, you don't know what they are. Okay, chicken or hamburgers?"

"Hamburgers?"

"Okay, since you don't know what they are, Popeye's it is!"