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The Fairy Queen

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Marianne sits on a stone park bench while playing with her sun and moon necklace, near a tree with Merlin the English Sheepdog sitting beside her on the bench. In a medieval dress, Sarah runs across a small stone bridge before stopping in front of Marianne and Merlin.

"Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom is as great...for my will is as strong as yours, my kingdom as great…" She repeated with a frown before muttering, "Damn. I never remember that line."

"Would you like me to tell you?" Marianne asked her.

"Sure," She said, looking as if she was still trying to remember the line.

"Very well. 'You have no power over me'," Marianne told Sarah. Marianne stood up from the bench and walked toward Sarah before placing a hand on her shoulder, "Don't worry, Sarah. No one remembers all of their lines."

Just then, thunderclaps causing Merlin to bark.

"Oh, Merlin," Sarah said to the dog. Clock tower bells start chiming, "Oh no, Merlin. I don't believe it, it's 7:00! Come on. Come on!"

"We better hurry," Marianne urged them. As they ran, rain began falling from the sky. When the two were close enough to Sarah's house, they went their separate ways to return to their own homes.

When Marianne was inside her home, she went into the sunroom to check if anything was open and watered a few plants. After she was done in the sunroom, Marianne lit the fireplace in her living room. She grabbed a book that contained the stories written by the Grimm brothers. Marianne was almost finished with one story when she heard Sarah's voice.

"Once upon a time there was a beautiful young girl whose stepmother always made her stay home with the baby. And the baby was a spoiled child and he wanted everything for himself and the young girl was practically a slave. But what no one knew was that the kind of the goblins had fallen in love with the girl and he had give her certain powers. So one night when the baby had been particularly cruel to her, she called on the goblins for help."

"Oh, no," Marianne breathed before she put the book down and rushed out of her house to get to Sarah.

"Say your right words," the goblin said. "And we'll take the baby to the Goblin City and you will be free'," Sarah spoke.

Marianne ran as fast as she could through the pouring rain. She knew what would happen if Sarah spoke what she wanted to say. Marianne tripped and fell into a small puddle before getting back up and running to the house.

"But the girl knew that the king of the goblins would keep the baby in his castle forever and ever and ever and turn it into a goblin. And so the girl suffered in silence until one night when she was tired from a day of housework and she was hurt by the harsh words of her stepmother and she could no longer stand it - Oh all right, all right! Knock it off. Come on. Stop it, stop it! I'll say the words. No, I mustn't. I mustn't say."

Marianne soon reached the house and tried opening the door, but it would not open. She began banging on it in hopes that Sarah would hear it, but it remains closed. Marianne knew that someone was preventing her from getting inside the house, and she knows exactly who that someone is.

"I wish - I wish... I can bear it no longer! Goblin King, Goblin King, wherever you may be. Take this child of mine far away from me!"

After hearing Sarah's words, Marianne took a breath of relief because Sarah did not correctly phrase what she wanted.

"Oh Toby, stop it! Oh, I wish I did know what to say to make the goblins take you away. I wish...I wish..."

Panic soon arose once again in Marianne when she heard Sarah spoke again. Marianne hoped that Sarah would not finish her sentence but those hopes were soon dashed.

"I wish the goblins would come and take you away. Right now."

"No!" Marianne exclaimed. She manages to get the door open and rushes inside the house. Marianne runs up the stairs and into the room Sarah was in. When she entered the room, the balcony doors burst open and the owl flies in. It flaps around Sarah before it turns in Jareth, the Goblin King.

"You're him, aren't you? You're the Goblin King. I want my brother back, please, if it's all the same," Sarah pleaded.

"What's said is said," Jareth said.

"But I didn't mean it," She told him.

"Oh, you didn't?"

"Give the child back, Jareth," Marianne demanded, making her presence known to Sarah and Jareth. She stepped forward to stand beside Sarah, "You hold no power over the boy. Return him at once."

"You know the rules, my Queen. What is done is done. What is said is said," He replied.

"Please, where is he?" Sarah asked.

"You know very well where he is," Jareth replied.

"Please bring him back to me. Please," She begged him as tears were beginning to form.

"Sarah, go back to your room. Play with your toys and your costumes. Forget about the baby," Jareth told her as he stepped forward.

"I can't," Sarah said.

"I've brought you a gift," Jareth held up his hand and a crystal ball appeared.

"What is it?" She asked.

"It's a crystal. Nothing more. But if you turn it this way and look into it, it will show you your dreams," He explained, "But this is not a gift for an ordinary girl who takes care of a screaming baby. Do you want it? Then forget the baby."

"I can't. It isn't that I don't appreciate what you're trying to do for me, but I want my brother back. he must be so scared," Sarah said with worry in her voice.

"Sarah," Jareth said as the crystal turns into a snake, "Don't defy me."

Jareth throws the snake onto Sarah, but Marianne catches it before she throws it to the ground, then it turns into a goblin who scurries away. Marianne saw goblins in the corner of her eyes laughing at her and Sarah, but when Sarah turned around they disappeared.

"You're no match for me, Sarah."

"But I am, Jareth," Marianne said with a glare in her eyes.

"But I have to have my brother back," Sarah told Jareth.

"He's there, in my castle," Jareth points outside the balcony.

Sarah looks out the doorway and sees a great labyrinth with a castle in the distance on a hill.

"Do you still want to look for him?" He questioned her as he, Marianne, and Sarah was transported not far from outside the labyrinth and the house they were in is nowhere to be seen.

"Is that the castle beyond the Goblin City?" Sarah asked before she turns around to Marianne and Jareth

"Turn back Sarah. Turn back before it's too late," He warned her.

"I can't," She told him, "Don't you understand that I can't?"

"What a pity," Jareth commented as Sarah turned back to face the labyrinth.

"You won't get away, Jareth," Marianne told him.

"It doesn't look that far," Sarah voiced.

"It's further than you think. Time is short," Jareth pointed to a clock, "You have 13 hours in which to solve the labyrinth before your baby brother becomes one of us forever. Such a pity."

Jareth fades away out of sight, leaving Sarah and Marianne alone.

"The labyrinth doesn't look that hard. Well, come on feet," Sarah said before she and Marianne began their journey to save Toby.