DISCLAIMER: If it's a character, setting, idea, etc, from the Labyrinth, I don't own it, but it's (c) Henson, Lucas, Froud, etc. If it's any other mythical / cultural creature, than it belongs to the oral history of that people-group. If it's goblin-kicking boots, then it probably belongs to Lixxle (Seriously - go read the fics posted in her gallery!) If it's the song "Knock Three Times," it's performed by Tony Orlando & Dawn, go watch / listen. Not owned by me in any way, shape, or form. And, sadly, the idea of sulking isn't mine either. Not sure who owns it, but I know several people who do it well.

Stay tuned for A/N at the end.

The Goblin King was sulking.

Of course, he'd deny it, if anybody, goblin, dwarf, Fae, elf, whatever, happen to mention it. It wasn't his posture that gave him away. After all, he NEVER sat upright, "correctly" in his throne, and he frequently had his hand on his chin while thinking. AND he also frequently held his riding crop while doing so.

One tip-off was the expression on his face, although you'd have to be a brave chicken (or very very fool-hardy) to try for a close look.

Another was the weather in the Labyrinth itself: not an outright storm, but building clouds and unpredictable winds.

And, oh yeah, there was the appearance of the armor. The FULL ARMOR. Black, with spikes. And his most sturdy goblin-kicking boots.

For at this moment, various mortal bromides circled in his mind, as indistinct as the mist within one of his crystals before it would show the image.

"Third time pays for all…"

"Bad things happen in threes"

"Third time's the charm"

"Three strikes and you're out"

"Knock three times on the ceiling…"

What if everything with her was his third chance? How many chances did he have with her? Or what if he only had one chance?

And what if that one chance was already gone?

No wonder he was sulking.

A/N: NOW, for the important bit - I don't know if this is a real story trying to climb out. It shouldn't be, as I already have at least two going, and one that would like, someday, to have additional story to it. This idea has been rattling around for several weeks, and I was able to tweak it into something worth posting.

HOWEVER, if you give lots and lots of feedback and ideas, then maybe I'll be inspired to continue. :) Otherwise, who knows what mischief our glitter Goblin King will cause if you leave him to sulk, undistracted and unsupervised!