Chapter 26… Epilogue

Jareth lay beside the girl with green eyes, contented and spent. He had watched her drift off into sleep while she lay curled against him. He had won, perhaps not fairly, but he had won and the girl would never leave him again. He had won.

Sarah stirred, rolled to her side, opened her eyes to slits and closed them again. "I'm dreaming," she murmured.

"No, Rabbit," he said tenderly. "Not this time."

Sarah's eyes flickered open, as memory flooded. "You cheated."

"A little," he admitted slyly.

"You forced yourself on me…" she berated him, as she began her accusations.

Jareth sat up, with a wolfish grin on his face. "I didn't have to force myself on you… you invited me…"

"After you …." She blushed and covered her face. "Oh my God."

"Well if you want to be vulgar about it, yes," he teased priying her fingers free. "And you liked it."

"You're a pig," she accused.

"Oink." He answered.

Sarah looked at him, then at their surroundings. "Where are we?"

"A place in the middle," he answered; "Away from the mortal realm and away from my castle."

Holding the sheet she was under to her chest, she sat up and looked at him. Her hair was disheveled, and her lips were swollen and bruised from the rough kisses they'd shared. "What happens now?"

He touched her face tenderly. "What happens at the end of all good fairy tales, Sarah… We live happily ever after…." He sighed. "I won…"

Sarah cocked one brow up. "You cheated…"

"I won," he repeated.

"Not fairly," she scorned.

"I won!" he crowed.

"Bullshit," she stated.