Great Journey Part 2: Conquests of Love, Life, and Liberty
Disclaimer: I don't own Labyrinth. I have created some characters. Some were borrowed.
Author Note: Sorry for not having a stable rating. It's not finished yet.
Chapter 1 : Tough Love
Jessie awoke after a long bought of rest. The sky was red with the setting of the Labyrinth sun. Jessie groaned and moved to sit up. She had managed to sleep for almost an entire day and she felt like she needed a few more hours of rest.
Forcing herself out of bed, Jessie took a quick shower and was soon dressed in loose, old clothes. Jessie tooled around the house, eating spiced creamed wheat and reading the mail that she had received. Most of the mail was composed of letters and magazines, but standing aside from everything was a small box that was only a few inches in height and width with no return address.
Pushing the rest of the mail aside, Jessie tore open the box. Inside was a small jar of sand with a note attached to it. Jessie ate her wheat while reading the note.
'My dear knight, I wish to see you again. Sprinkle the sand at your door and you will have safe passage into my kingdom. – Al-Shairan'
"Oh geez" Jessie grumbled. She finished her wheat and went to wash her dish. As she finished washing her dish and drying her hands, a knock came from the front door. Jessie moved to the front door and opened it. "Yes?"
"Darling" Robin said with a smile. He moved inside after Jessie gestured for him to enter. "How are you doing tonight?"
"I'm tired" Jessie said closing the door. She moved to light one of the large lamps. "What can I do for you, Robin?"
"Well, I've been sent to see if you would join Jareth and me for a drink" Robin replied. Robin gracefully sat on Jessie's couch. "Perhaps a change of clothes would be in order."
"Please" Jessie said sitting next to him. "Jareth's seen me in worse." Robin reached out and pushed a strand of wet hair from her face. "Robin."
"Hush" Robin said with a smile. "Jareth wants to see you and I suggest you at least look decent for him."
Jessie pushed his hand away and stood up. She went over to her table where her mail was and pushed the letters around.
"I don't feel like dressing up" Jessie said. "And, I don't think I want to have Jareth berate me about this last journey."
"I think he's just happy that you're safe" Robin replied turning to face her. He pushed his hair behind his ear, exposing his long fae ear.
"Well, tell him that I have some other plans for tonight" Jessie said looking over at the jar of sand. Robin followed her gaze.
"What is that?" Robin asked. Jessie picked it up.
"A gift" Jessie replied solemnly. Robin moved over the couch and stood next to Jessie. He gently moved her hand until the jar was on the table. His other hand brushed her cheek.
"Jessie, how long have I known you?" Robin asked softly.
"Only for a few years" Jessie replied.
"So little time between us" Robin said. He moved his hands so they were holding her neck and face.
"Robin" Jessie said looking up at him. "I'm already being courted by Jareth and it seems as though Al-Shairan is interested as well. I don't think—"
"You're not a princess" Robin said sternly. "They're both attracted to your power, your independence, your strength."
"And what are you attracted to?" Jessie asked. "My great personality?"
"That's part of it" Robin said. He brushed his thumb across her bottom lip. "You also…" Robin sighed. "You're also one of the only women that has ignored my advances. You've piqued my interest more then any other—"
"I am not a trophy" Jessie said. She stepped away from him and headed for her bedroom. Robin followed.
"I didn't mean that you were a trophy" Robin said. Jessie went to her closet and pulled out a long black, Arabian dress coat. She pulled open a drawer and started to go through it. "I….I really…I mean, I think…..I…."
"The great Robin Goodfellow, tripping over his own words" Jessie mused as she pulled out a pair of black brocade baggy pants that looked to be a cross between genie pants and aikido pants.
"Stop harassing me" Robin said quickly. Jessie tossed the pants onto the bed and started to go through another drawer. She held up a crimson shirt and a blue shirt. "The blue one. Are you not attracted to any man? Don't you feel pangs of love?"
"I don't believe in love" Jessie said quickly. She turned her back to Robin and took off her baggy shirt. Robin watched and cringed as he saw the scars and bruises that graced her back.
"Stop" Robin said reaching out to touch the scars on her back.
"Robin, please" Jessie said. She pulled the shirt on and turned to face him. "You can't think that I haven't been hurt since I started my knighthood."
"I just…I suppose I never realized the damage you sustained" Robin replied. "At the handful of balls that I've seen you at, I've never seen your back."
"Its not something I like to advertise and Sir Hugo has obliged with glamour spells" Jessie replied. She grabbed her pants and started to put them on. Robin sat on her bed and watched Jessie tie her pants in the appropriate places. "Stop staring."
"I'm sorry" Robin said. "But, you're very attractive."
"Right" Jessie replied. She slipped her feet into a pair of black slippers. She turned around and started to pull her coat on. "Look Robin, you're a wonderful man, you're funny, you're witty, you're—"
"Incredibly good looking?" Robin chimed in. Jessie smiled.
"Good looking" Jessie said with a small nod. Robin leaned forward and looked up into Jessie's face. "I'm just….I don't feel like I should be too involved with anyone, kingly or otherwise."
"Jess" Robin said leaning his head against her stomach and holding her hips. He took a deep breath and stood up, still holding her hips. "Indulge me once and then tell me you don't want to be involved."
"Robin, Jareth would tear you apart" Jessie replied.
"Jareth would not" Robin replied resting his forehead against Jessie's. "I am his liaison between him and Oberon. He wouldn't risk it."
"You're thinking foolishly" Jessie said. "Jareth is possessive."
Robin raised his hand so Jessie could see his fist. He opened it to show a necklace with blue stones and glass that had appeared from thin air.
"Wear this" Robin said. He moved to place it around her neck. "It matches your shirt."
"Okay" Jessie said when the necklace was in place. She stepped back. "Suitable for Jareth?"
"Yes" Robin said in a defeated tone. Jessie went over to a trunk and opened it. She retrieved a knife and a belt, strapping it on under the coat. "Must you wear a weapon?"
"If anything should happen I will be responsible" Jessie replied. Robin nodded. Jessie picked up a gold acorn pin from her dresser. "Robin." Robin looked at her. Jessie stepped up to him and placed the pin in his hand.
"What's this?" Robin asked. He looked at the pin. It had a Latin inscription on the backside of the pin. "An acorn?"
"You'll be able to find me wherever I go" Jessie replied. Robin placed the pin on his doublet. "Robin, I just….I make no promises."
"As long as you consider me" Robin said. He leaned in and gently kissed her. Jessie's cheeks turned red and she pulled away. Robin smiled and kissed her forehead. "I didn't know that you could blush."
"Funny" Jessie said. She stepped towards the door. "C'mon, let's not keep Jareth waiting."
Jareth waited for Jessie and Robin in his study. It seemed to take forever before Jessie and Robin came into his study.
"Ah, Jessie" Jareth said as the two entered. "I'm glad that you decided to join us."
"Well, it took some convincing" Jessie replied. Jareth poured some peach wine for his two guests.
"Then, thank you Robin" Jareth replied. Jessie and Robin took the offered wine and sat down. Jareth sat down next to Jessie. "How are you faring?"
"I'm exhausted" Jessie replied. She sipped her wine. "I did receive a strange package today."
"Anything interesting?" Jareth asked.
"Al-Shairan is interested in having relations with me" Jessie replied.
"I'll forbid it" Jareth replied without much concern. "You won't have to worry about him."
"What if this is keeping him on good terms with you?" Jessie asked.
"You want a relationship with that tyrant?" Jareth asked disbelieving his ears.
"Some people would ask the same about you and me" Jessie replied. She glanced over at Robin and he just shook his head.
"I am not a tyrant" Jareth said with a scowl. Robin leaned forward.
"Jareth, I don't think she meant it to upset you" Robin said. Jareth narrowed his eyes and looked between Jessie and Robin.
"You're attracted to her" Jareth said with a sniff to the air. "I can smell it."
"Jareth" Jessie said. Jareth's gaze stopped her words.
"What kind of magic do you possess?" Jareth asked Jessie. He stood up and refilled his glass. Jessie finished her glass of wine and stood up. She held her glass out to Jareth and he took it.
"I don't want to argue with you Jareth" Jessie said. Robin stood up. "I'll just go back to my cottage."
"I have not dismissed you" Jareth said arrogantly.
"Dismissed me?" Jessie asked, her temper starting to take off. She pointed at him. "You can't just—"
"I can" Jareth said. "I am king." He filled up her glass and handed it back to her. "You will stay until I dismiss you."
"Jareth, arguing with her is pointless" Robin said. Jareth turned to him and looked him over.
"You would dare court her while I am?" Jareth asked. "You're dismissed, Robin."
"Jareth, you're blowing this out of proportion" Robin said. Jareth simply gestured to the door. Robin set his glass down on a side table and left the study. Once Robin left, Jareth sat down on the couch opposite Jessie.
"What do you want Jareth?" Jessie asked. "Why did you call me here if all you were going to do is yell at me?"
"I didn't intend on yelling" Jareth said. He sipped his wine and leaned forward. "I actually wanted to make sure that you were alright."
"Well, I'm fine" Jessie said. She moved to stand, but Jareth stopped her by touching her knee.
"Stay with me tonight" Jareth said.
"No" Jessie said. Jareth's face fell. "I can't deal with you, Al-Shairan, and Robin. I don't want to deal with you guys."
"Deal with us?" Jareth asked. "All you have to worry about is me."
"And what do I do when I see Al-Shairan or Robin?" Jessie asked.
"You just tell them that you're taken" Jareth said. He set his wine down and moved to sit next to Jessie. He brushed his knuckles against her cheek. "You know, you really had me worried when you left."
"Right. You and everyone else" Jessie said moving to sip her drink. Jareth took her drink and set it aside.
"I want you to remain by my side" Jareth said softly, returning his hands to touch her face. "Be my queen."
"Jareth, I can't" Jessie replied. She heard Robin's voice in her head and tried to push it out of her thoughts. "Besides, you're a king and I'm just a knight."
"So…what? You'd rather have Al-Shairan or Robin?" Jareth asked.
"I don't think I want anyone right now" Jessie said.
"Hogwash" Jareth said. "When was the last time you had relations with anyone?"
"Its been a few years, but—" Jessie said.
"You're just scared" Jareth replied. He moved his hands from her face and stood up. He paced around until he found his usual spot in front of the fire.
"I am not scared. I'm just not ---" Jessie was saying.
"You're lying!" Jareth bellowed. He turned towards her. "I know that deep down you feel the need to love."
"This is completely ridiculous" Jessie said standing. She headed for the door. "I'm leaving."
A crystal shattered against the door and Jessie gasped, taking a step back.
"I told you that you're staying until I dismiss you" Jareth said.
"Look at us Jareth!" Jessie yelled. "We can't even be in the same room without some kind of argument!"
Jareth started to walk towards Jessie, stopping only to fill his glass.
"Shall I prove to you that you are in love with someone? With me" Jareth asked.
"How would you do that?" Jessie asked. She watched as Jareth produced a crystal that formed into a peach. "I don't have time for this."
"Eat it" Jareth said tossing it to her. Jessie caught it and stared at it. "Eat it and you will see."
"We both will, won't we?" Jessie said. Jareth nodded. Jessie took one bite and handed it back to Jareth. "You take a bite too."
"For it to work, I cannot" Jareth said. Jessie flinched as she swallowed her mouthful of sour peach. She took a few steps towards the couch before feeling her head start to swim. Jareth went over and picked her up, whispering for her to relax.