"Well." Yugi rubbed his hands together in glee once the sparkly man had left. "To the entrance!" It was pretty simple to get to the wall, but no gates were readily apparent. Though by 'readily apparent' Yugi was ignoring the ones he could sense hidden with his Shadow Magic. Fortunately, he was able to play the first game by finding an odd looking monster as tall as his chest hauling a fish trap out of the small pond, full of squirming, tiny blue women baring their teeth at him. "Hello good sir!" Yugi said cheerfully.
"Who are you, then?" The amanojaku asked.
Yugi ignored the query. No way he was giving an oni that kind of control over him by just saying his name. "Which entrance is the most difficult?" He asked instead.
The amanojaku's eyebrows shot up. "Now that is an interesting question."
"And the answer is?" Yugi prompted.
The oni shrugged. "The sphynx's entrance is definitely hardest."
"And how do I get to that one?" Yugi asked eagery.
"You are an odd one." The amaojaku chuckled. "Right over here." He waved and the illusion on the door dropped.
"My thanks, amanojaku." Yugi bowed.
"Well. Polite, too." He huffed. "But the name is Hogwart."
"Of course, amanojaku-san." Yugi agreed, humoring the little monster. That was obviously a fake name. Honestly- wasn't that some building in the British book of magic that everyone liked? The one with wands instead of cards. "It has been good to speak with you."
Yugi pulled open the door and slipped inside. In front of him was a large, glorious sphynx. Though female where he was more used to males, she was fantastic. More 'natural' than the monsters in the Shadow Realm and lacking armor, but she did not need it. She flexed her claws against the stone floor, giving off multi-colored sparks. Her wings mantled to briefly hide the corridor stretching behind her.
"Human. You must have insulted the dwarf to end up here." She hissed.
"Oh, no." Yugi breathed. "I asked for this."
The sphynx huffed out a surprised breath. "You are an odd one. Are you ready for your question?"
"Oh, yes." Yugi replied eagerly.
"Alright- Brothers and sisters I have none but this man's father is my father's son. Who is the man?"
"Hmm." Yugi tapped his chin. "Ah- his son!"
"Correct. You may pass."
"What... that's it?" Yugi pouted. "Come on, one more!"
"Um... alright." The sphinx flicked her wings uncertainly. "What is greater than Zeus, more evil than the the most wretched demon, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it, you'll die?"
"Are you defining 'Zeus' as the father of the gods, and thus the most powerful being?" Yugi clarified.
"Indeed." She sniffed, flexing her claws. "Don't insult me."
"Oh, I would never dream of it. You are the most gorgeous thing I have ever laid eyes on." Yugi replied earnestly.
She huffed but looked pleased, turning to preen a feather. Which Yugi watched in rapt fascination as she had human teeth... how was that working?
"Well, if you don't have the answer, I'm afraid I will have to eat you. Normally it is just one riddle, but you asked for this one, so the forfeit is the same."
"Oh, I have the answer." Yugi smiled. "Nothing."
The sphinx smiled. "Correct." She began to move to the side.
"Wait, wait! I have one for you."
"Hmm." The massive creature cocked her head to the side. "If you imagine I have nothing better to do with my time than trade riddles with you, human..." She trailed off menacingly, growling.
Yugi pouted. "It's a really good one."
The sphinx threw back her head and roared, startling Yugi, until he realized it was a laugh. "Human, you amuse me. And, I actually do NOT have anything else to do. It is rare that a human ends up with me as the entrance. I get so bored waiting. And then they usually just stand there muttering to themselves until they come up with some terrible answer and I have to eat them." She sighed gustily, almost making Yugi topple over. "And they never taste very good."
"Ok!" Yugi smiled eagerly. "If you look you cannot see me. And if you see me you cannot see anything else. I can make anything you want happen, but later everything goes back to normal. What am I?"
"Ooh, nice one." The sphinx grinned. "Imagination. Very appropriate for this place. I see that you are on a level higher. How about this one? I will grant you a boon if you answer it."
"Sure!" Yugi grinned.
"There was this competition where the contestants had to hold 'something'. At the end of the event, the winner was a person who was physically disabled (he had no hands nor any feet)! What was that 'something'?"
"Oh!" Yugi danced. "Breath!"
"Correct." The sphinx purred. "I shall take you to the castle."
"Oh." Yugi said unhappily. "But aren't there more puzzles in here?"
"For certain." The sphinx nodded. "But it is easy enough to get to the castle with the correct questions. I have no doubt you will get there."
"Well, I don't doubt it, either, really." Yugi sighed. "I guess it is best to rescue the captive first, instead of gambling on his life." Yugi said dubiously. It was harder to be so worried since a) he could now sense his aibo again and b) puzzles!
"Tell you what. I'll bring you to a door puzzle. You can solve that one, and take a bit longer to get to the castle." The sphinx compromised.
"Alright!" Yugi cheered.
"I'm starting to get a really bad feeling for some reason." Jareth muttered.
"I propose it is because you realize how terrible your dancing is." Yami drawled.
Jareth gasped. "What did you just say?"
"Your. Dancing. Is. Terrible." Yami said slowly.
Red fire started to glow from behind Jareth's pupils. His hair puffed up indignantly.
"Do you want to play, then, Jareth? King of Goblins?" Yami said silkily, his own eyes glittering yellow as the ghost of a third eye nestled just below his extravagant hairline.
"My dancing is fantastic."
"I'm sure the idiot goblins tell you so." Yami said patronizingly.
Jareth began to clack his teeth together ans sway his head.
"And now you just look silly." Yami scoffed. "What the!" He nearly toppled over to avoid a face full of enraged owl. "That's not fair! Where are the rules to this game!" Yami laughed, ducking as the owl dive bombed him.
"Telling the rules would be giving away!" Squeaked a goblin, safely perched on a shelf and watching the chaos gleefully. "Finding rules is solving puzzle!"
"You Northerners are so odd. Truly magical puzzles have declined since their height in mighty Egypt." Yami sniffed. And ducked again to avoid irate, feathered death. "You are more fun to tease than my aibo!" Yami cackled.
"Oho! Two doors. This is classic." Yugi cheered. Four heads looked up at him from behind the two shields on the respective doors- one blue, one red.
"Indeed." The sphinx nodded. "Are you sure you don't want me to drop you off at the castle?"
"And miss this? No way."
"As you wish. If you get sent back to the beginning, feel free to come by. But you will need to answer more riddles."
"Naturally." Yugi nodded. He waved as she took off, covering his eyes to protect them from all the glitter that got kicked up. He sensed a shifting of the shadows and turned to see the doors gone. "Aw. That's not fair!" He whined. He really wanted those doors. Besides, he could sense a short cut to the next area quite close. Where would be the challenge in that. Although, at his words, it had seemed to activated something in the glittery darkness. "Hmm." He mused. He looked away again and then back. "Aha!" A special pass code- interesting. To teach a lesson, maybe?
"Hello. One of us tells the truth, the other lies." A blue head said.
"Yes, and one of us leads to the castle. The other to certain doooom."
"Well, that's odd, isn't it. You've already made a statement. But if you are the door that tells lies, you couldn't have said that one tells lies and the other truths. That would be the truth. So if you are a door that tells lies, then you both must tell lies."
The doors' mouths all snapped shut.
"Uh." A red one looked to the side. "Is that right?"
"It's only for the riddle that that is true! We have to give the rules, don't we?" The other red one replied.
"Well, I don't know. I've never really understood it myself." The top blue scratched his head.
"Also, there are two of you each, so really it would be 'one pair of us' or 'one color of us' or something of that sort, rather than 'one of us'." Yugi continued.
"He's hurting my head." The bottom red one complained.
"I think he's right, though- we're not doing it right." The top blue said worriedly. "That girl got the wrong answer, didn't she? But she asked the right question."
"There are three questions, at least, that could lead to solving this riddle. You could ask what the other would say, ask what a known object is, or ask if both of you would have the same answer. And those I only came up with from the top of my head."
All four stared at him. "I vote for him taking over door duty." The top red said flatly.
"Amen." Both blue added.
"Truth is, being fairy creatures, we can't lie, only misdirect." The bottom blue confessed.
"Excepting that we can lie, cause we said we would, for the purposes of the riddle." The top red clarified.
"I think that's got it right, don't it?" The bottom red asked.
"And anyway, none of those questions is how to avoid certain death." The bottom blue said sagely.
"Ah, you're right, you are!" Top blue agreed.
"Oh, really?" Yugi was intrigued. So it wasn't the classic riddle at all. "How would you all say that I do to avoid certain death?"
"Wait, wait! We haven't started yet!" The top red complained.
"But that's the right question, isn't it?" Bottom red argued.
"But he didn't ask a specific one, and anyway, I forget which I'm supposed to be."
"I'm leaving." The top blue grumbled. "We don't get paid enough for this."
"You get paid?" The top red asking, incised.
"Well, no." The top blue dropped the shield, stepping down and straightening, revealing a lanky creature with two heads.
"Ah, I see." Yugi nodded.
"Well, I'm glad someone does." The left blue head grumbled. "Anyway, the trick is to jump- there's an oubliette right past the entrance. The doors open to the same place. Our houses are right past. Would you like to come in for some tea?"
"Oh? What kind of tea?" Yugi asked, intrigued.
"Poison tea!" The top red shrieked. "Since he's a traitor."
Blue pulled the door open and hopped over the illusioned hole in the ground. "I have Earl Grey, Lady Grey and a nice green."
"Ooh!" Yugi followed. "That sounds lovely. I'm a bit parched." He paused. "If I eat here, I won't get stuck here for a decade or some other trick, will I?"
The right blue head grinned at him.
"Right then. Well... I had better pass, sorry. Maybe some other time, when I have Reverse Time activated. But I want to solve this labyrinth correctly." Yugi declined sadly.
Blue looked intrigued. "Sure thing. The sphinx can get you back here. Or just go back to that section and say the proper phrase."
"Thank you, Blue-san." Yugi bowed.
"My pleasure." The two heads chorused.
A/N: Lots of people have been requesting a continuation. It is a fun story, so I thought- why not? I was thinking maybe of doing it non-sequential, but that would get really confusing. I had to watch Labyrinth again and do some research on puzzles and Yu Gi Oh cards. /s Not fun at all. /sarcasm off
:D Any ideas, feel free to give them to me! I got a lot of inspiration from reviewers. You all rock!