ACT III 3
Ariadne stands with the guards and her father to welcome the sacrifices. THESEUS, 18 years old, is the first sacrifices to walk off the boat, standing proudly.
The sacrifices are lined up in front of King Minos. looking frighten. Theseus looks angered.
As custom, the sacrifices from Athens will have one night to feast and rest before going to the labyrinth.
THESEUS (Whispering to other sacrifices)
Feast and rest, he makes it seem like this is supposed to be an honor.
Ariadne looks toward Theseus, overhearing him. King Minos carries on talking, not noticing what else is happening.
KING MINOS CONT'D
To be sure the cowards do not try to run from their duty, the room where you will rest will be locked, you will remain chained, and the guards present will remain your escorts until you enter the labyrinth.
Cowards? He is the coward, the demented king, feeding humans to a monster to keep his power. (speaking up to Minos) Is it true that should a person put in the labyrinth find their way to the end, they will be free?
That is a part of the contract made with Athens. For the sacrifices to have a chance. Unlike my son did.
Theseus looks determined, Ariadne seems contemplating.
KING MINOS CONT’D
The mistress of the Labyrinth will be the one to lead you to the Labyrinth and be the one to see if any had reached the end or met their end in three days’ time. You will follow her to the feast.
(determined) Follow me.
INT. FEASTING ROOM-EVENING
The sacrifices sit at a table, most seeming downtrodden, chatter quietly to each other. Those closes to Theseus seem hopeful. Ariadne makes her way to Theseus’s side, wary of the guards.
What would you do? should you reach the end? This would not end. King Minos would likely just order for your king to send him a different sacrifice in your place.
THESEUS Then I will end the horrors completely before leaving this kingdom with my people.
No one can truly find their way. the maker made it, so it is ever changing. No one has made it through the labyrinth alive.
Then how do you check with in.
I am the only one.
Theseus turns back to the table, dismissive.
I can help you.
Theseus interested, focuses on Ariadne.
I need your oath in turn.
My oath, why should I give my oath to one who leads us to death.
I would also lead you to victory in your mission. I may be mistress of the labyrinth, that only means I watch over it and its inhabitants.
what is it you want?
My sister wants to leave this kingdom and our fathers’ rule. Take her with you when you leave, and I will help you find your way. you can lead the others out with you and avoid the- the monster completely. DO not kill it, take only my sister with you and your people as you leave, promise me this.
how would the monster be avoided.
I will distract him, his focus will not be you or yours, you can slip by unnoticed.
you have my oath.
this will lead you to where you desire. Hold it tightly in your hand and will your destination, only do this in the labyrinth and don’t let anyone else see it.
Ariadne slips her yellow thread off her wrist and passes it to him under the table before getting up to leave. Theseus tucks the thread away and begins to talk with his people in quiet tones.
Theseus and the other sacrifices stand in front of the labyrinths. Ariadne stands in front of the door. The guards stand to the side.
you will enter one at a time. there will be five minutes after the door shuts on the first person between entering for the next person to go through. This is to ensure- this is to ensure the sacrifices are in different parts of the maze. In three days should you have found the exit you will be free.
The maze can be heard shifting. Theseus steps forward.
I will be first.
so be it
Ariadne leads him to the door.
(whispering) do not forget, whatever destination, human or object, it will lead you.
Theseus steps through the door
EXT. Labyrinth- Noon.
Ariadne hurries through the side door, unnoticed by the guards. Making her way to Asterion.
hush, hush Asterion. can you do something for me, will you please.
Asterion, sits before Ariadne, inquisitive and willing.
Good boy, such a sweet boy. Just focus on me okay, only me, and I’ll tell you stories.
Time passes, and Ariadne starts to doze. Asterion starts to get up. waking Ariadne
no, Asterion, stay here, stay with me. I’ll hum to you your lullaby.
Ariadne hums the lullaby with closed eyes, Asterion focuses on her. Theseus slowly comes up behind Asterion with a sword raised and swings. Cutting off Asterion’s head. Blood splatters Ariadne, she freezes, eyes opened wide.
Theseus grabs the head by the horns to carry out while grabbing Ariadne’s arm and dragging her with him. The thread pressed into her hands.
the others are outside, lead the way so we can go.
Ariadne, in shock, leads them to the exit and opens the door to the night sky.
Phaedra stands at the docks with the sacrifices as they prepare a boat with black sails to leave. Theseus and Ariadne arrive as they finish preparing.
Ariadne what happened I thought yo-
Phaedra notices the head and blood, becomes shocked.
get on, we push off now.
They get on the boat, Theseus tosses the head on a white sail, staining it red. and starts to order the men. Phaedra focuses on Ariadne who is still in shock staring at the bull head.
Ariadne, sister please you’re not acting like yourself. I know it meant a lot to you but isn’t this better. It was a monster there’s no way it could live outs-
Asterion was no monster!
Well, Prince Theseus is a hero, not any hero either but a son of Zeus. If he decided to kill ASTERION, then he saw Asterion as a monster and that is confirmation enough for me.
Ariadne angered, turns from her sister and faces the sea. Time passes as they come closer to a new island.
SACRIFICES 1 Theseus the island of Noxas is ahead, we have full stock of wine and meat shall we let everyone enjoy your victory before continuing home.
AYE, Let’s celebrate!
EXT. NOXAS BEACH- late night
The sacrifices and Phaedra celebrate around a fire. Ariadne sits close to the shore, Theseus comes up to her, drunk, pulls her with him to a blanket pile hidden from sight of the other behind rocks. Theseus coerces her to lie with him.
EXT. NOXAS BEACH-SUN RISE
Ariadne wakes with the sun on her face, seeing no one around her becomes frantic.
the boat is no longer anchored, and only a dead fire and the blankets she was on remain.
Ariadne spy’s the ship in the distance sailing toward Athens.
You bastard! You Betrayer! You Oath Breaker! Thief! Murderer! I Curse you, Theseus of Athens! I Curse you! The Blood of my brother stains me! May you know the pain of losing a loved one as I have!
Ariadne weeps as the ship sails. The sun reaches mid-morning.
Ariadne stand determined.
He was right. That man when I was young was right. Heroes are not heroes to everyone.
Ariadne starts to make her way to collect the blankets.
I’ll just have to find my own way. Noxas was said to have a small vineyard, which means people. I won’t let Asterion’s death be in vain. I’ll live for the both of us, and see all the places I told him of in stories
A man in his 20s, with purple eyes and a long thyrsus starts to come up behind her.
Do you need any help miss?
I can manage, though I would not be remiss some directions... DO I know you.
Dionysus smiles at Ariadne, offers her a hand up.
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