A/N: yes I know that this starts out exactly how the last scene w/ Jareth and Sarah ended, but be patient, it has a twist; all I ask is that you sit through the beginning of this and read on.

BTW I don't own the labyrinth, unfortunately.

Chapter 1: a twist

Sarah was falling. The castle had come apart as soon as she had jumped to get to Toby. She landed and there he was, standing before her. Jareth. The source of her aching feet and back. Tall and thin with mismatched eyes and platinum hair.

"Give me the child." She demanded quietly.

"Sarah, beware, I have been generous up until now. I can be cruel." Jareth said, his eyes never leaving hers.

"Generous!" Sarah exclaimed "What have you done that's generous?"

"Everything!" Jareth barked "Everything that you wanted, I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside-down, and I have done it all for you!" he sighed, it was the first time Sarah had ever seen him truly tired. "I am exhausted from living up to you're expectations, isn't that generous?"

Sarah bit her lip, she needed to do this, she needed to get her and her brother back above ground, no matter how much her heart protested. The truth was that she wanted to stay here. With Jareth, and all the other creatures of the underground.

"Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered. I have fought my way here. To the castle beyond the goblin city, for my will is as strong as yours and my--"

"Stop! Wait! Look at what I am offering you" he conjured up a small crystal ball "your dreams." she could hear the desperation in his voice.

Choking back a sob, she went on "and my kingdom as great—"

"I ask for so little, just let me rule you and you can have everything you want."

She blinked and it dawned on her. "Everything?"

He nodded. "Love me, fear me, do as I say, and I will be your slave."

Would it work? She thought wildly. "There is only on thing I want."


"I will stay with you. On one condition."

"Name it and it is yours."

"A trade. Give up Toby and I will be yours."