Lia sat at her desk sadly. Her parents were fighting again. She looked at her math homework in despair knowing she would never get it done. She sighed and put her head down on the desk, trying to ignore the shouts of anger made by her parents.
This only worked for a few minutes, at this time she jumped out of her chair frustrated and plopped on her bed. She covered her head with a pillow but it did nothing to block out the noise. She needed something to do. She decided she would read, since reading with noise never bothered her. She looked over at her bookshelf and skimmed the books; she finally came across one she thought looked remotely interesting.
The Labyrinth. That sounded like something that would hold her interest and distract her from the havoc outside her door. She was quickly caught up in a story of immaturity of a girl, who asked for the goblins to take away her infant brother, and the Goblin King was forced to intervene and give her a chance to redeem herself.
The ending was what got Lia most, he had been in love her, and when he offered her a life with him she turned it away. She wasn't sure if she did it out of love for her brother or just being too young. Lia put the book down and laid on her stomach. She rolled her eyes when she realized her parents were still fighting. She felt frustration take over her and she mumbled sarcastically,
"I wish the Goblin King would take me away right now."
Suddenly she felt bed move out from underneath her and she was suddenly plopped on a hard stone floor. She felt the breathe get knocked out of her and she shut her eyes in pain. She sat up and took a deep breathe. She looked around and saw she was in a dark castle. She stood and recognized the description from the story, the castle beyond the goblin city.
Lia stood and walked around, this had to be the thrown room. There was a large throne and sincerely large amount of empty space. Lia spun in a slow 360, looking around cautiously. As she turned fully around she jumped. There in front of her was the Goblin King.
She approached him slowly. He grinned at her demeanor and she noticed his teeth, they had somewhat a fang to them. She liked it immediately. His blonde hair was cut and pointed in every direction, giving him a fairytale effect. His eyes were mismatched and his taste was impeccable. He wore elegant attire, but Lia was surprised when she saw that he wore tights. She realized that she liked the message he sent, mystical yet sensual. She asked quietly,
"Please tell me you're not the Goblin King."
At this he made a confused face and cocked his head to the side,
"And why ever not? You did summon me."
She looked away. He drew closer and it took a moment for her to be able to speak. She felt his intimidating presence circling her and she explained poorly,
"I didn't really believe it. It was stupid. I was upset and I said that, but I thought it was a fairytale. I didn't really wish it."
"What's said is said." He replied simply.
"So there's no way to take it back? I can't run the Labyrinth or something?"
"No." he said shortly. She jumped at the response and he stopped for a moment to collect himself, "No you cannot."
She began to grow desperate,
"Then what do you plan on doing with me?"
He stroked his chin in thought and continued to circle her. He said amusedly,
"I'm not sure at the moment; maybe I'll make you my slave or maybe I'll throw you in the Bog of Eternal Stench. I can always think of something..."
He tossed her a mischievous grin, but she gave him no reaction. She looked away for a moment in thought then met his eyes cautiously,
"Please…let me run the labyrinth."
"No." He said. He grin disappeared and he turned to walk away. She clutched at his sleeve and said,
"Please, give me a chance."
He looked down at her looking a bit confused. He looked down at her hand and she slowly let go of his sleeve,
"You realize the Labyrinth is not the same?"
"Yes." She said simply.
He looked away painfully and said in a solemn voice,
"You have 10 hours in which to solve the Labyrinth."
She looked at him and said,
This surprised him. He looked at her oddly and walked toward the door. Just as he was about to leave he waved his hand and she felt her surroundings change. She stood outside the Labyrinth and looked at it nervously. She said in a concerned voice,
"What've I done?"