Chapter 1 - A Secure
The so-called defenders of
the realm were nothing more than yellow bellied
cowards as they ran from my might. Who did the king
of Aval think he was for sending such a puny group of
amateurs to do battle with me? I was engaging war
with his decrepit kingdom and all he had to defend
himself were these untrained, unintelligent and
totally outclassed gang of rouges who actually
believed they stood a chance. Just me, all alone,
without my army behind me was no match for all six of
them as they ran like headless chickens straight into
the trap I had set for them, straight into their
prison where I intended for them to remain for the
rest of their short sorry lives.
The moment they entered what
they believed to be the secret entrance to my castle
the reinforced portcullis slammed down, while I
calmly walked over casually closing the thick oak
door in front locking it securely. They had no chance
I laughed internally before
letting out the booming laugh of a stereotypical bad
guy who had gotten rid of his enemies. I hoped they
overheard me through the secure wooden door, although
it was very likely due to their stupidity that they
had yet to realise they were defeated.
They had also been deceived
in another way of which I was certain they still had
yet to notice. While they ransacked my stolen
treasure one of them had taken a golden necklace
placing it directly into his pocket, no doubt to
present to their king in return for a handsome reward
in the form of money or honour. But what he failed to
realise was the pendent contained more than just a
diamond, it also held a talisman that allowed me to
overhear everything they spoke, like a tiny little
bug whispering to me all their sordid secrets. I
intended to listen in and see if I could gain some
foreknowledge of their king's plans.
I calmly entered my castle
and walked through the huge hall while my fully armed
guards stood proud guarding each of the many doorways.
I continued walking ahead, not even acknowledging my
men as I headed up the magnificent stone stairway,
lined with red carpet, towards the throne room at the
top. The two guards either side parted their spears
allowing me to enter as I continued ahead and stood
in front of the throne.
I may have been a king but I
never sat upon the throne for if I did I would grow
fat and lazy. I was a solider at heart and considered
myself as a king in name only, not like the old,
decrepit, lazy, cowardly king of Aval who I was very
soon to defeat. I could have simply waited and let
old age remove him from his rule of Aval Kingdom
allowing me to take over, but I was an impatient man
at heart and preferred to take his life with my own
My kingdom was far smaller
than Aval but every single one of my subjects were
trained soldiers not puny farmers, by right I should
have been the king of both kingdoms and I intended to
claim that right very soon.
However I had more pressing
needs and I wondered how my prisoners were doing in
their self imposed trap. They had entered the doorway
to an old distant relic of the kingdom, known as
Eadgar's Labyrinth, with only one entrance and one
exit both of which were securely locked. I wondered
how long it would take for them to figure out they
were not in my castle at all and whether they'd
attempt to navigate their way out. Some parts of the
labyrinth were pitch dark with water traps, spike
traps and bottomless pits which would cause
difficulty even for experienced soldiers let alone
those cowardly amateurs. I was going to enjoy
listening in and hearing their screams.
I walked over to the far side
of the throne room over to a table where I placed my
magical trinkets including a very large crystal ball
that I stole from a wizard who died from being
impaled with my sword. The sunlight from the window
reflected against the shiny globe surface before I
waved my hand in front of it activating the link
between the crystal ball and the talisman hidden in
one of the prisoner's pockets. Alas I could see
nothing within the mist formed within the crystal,
but I could overhear every word my prisoners spoke.
"When I get my hands on
that fake King Redwald I'm gonna strangle him before
plunging my sword within his belly," a voice
"Well I'm sure his
chamber must be around here somewhere," said
I laughed out loud and only
wished the communication worked both ways. They still
had no idea they were prisoners.
"Why are there so few
guards?" Said another voice, "We were
chased through the gate then they suddenly vanished."
There was a slight pause
before anyone responded.
"They surely ran off
with fear once they set their eyes upon us,"
I continued to chuckle with
uncontrolled laughter. Was their no end to their
Chapter 2 - A Sudden
Night was already drawing in
as I continued to listen to my prisoners'
conversations. It was most enjoyable and a good way
to pass the time. They had already activated one of
the water traps soaking some of them with freezing
water and I wondered how long it would be before they
activated a far more dangerous trap. I couldn't wait
to hear they cries of agony.
I calmly walked around the
throne room to stretch my legs while sipping some
"Stop, stop!" One
of the prisoner's voices yelled.
I quickly turned to face the
crystal ball listening intensely wondering what was
about to be said.
"The guards never
followed because we're in a trap, this entire place
is a maze, we're not in Redwald's castle," they
said with a tone of panic.
It had only taken them three
hours to figure it out. I was impressed, they weren't
as stupid as I had first thought.
"Oh my God!"
Shouted another voice causing the crystal ball to
vibrate as it carried the sound.
There was then silence. I
walked closer to the crystal ball resting upon the
table making sure its link with the talisman was
still active. To my relief it was.
"If we are where I think
we are then, well, God only knows what'll happen to
us," one of the prisoners said.
"What to you mean?"
"If we're in Eadgar's
Labyrinth then not only have we got to navigate the
near impossible maze we've also got to avoid lethal
traps, and I don't think that..." said the first
prisoner only to not complete his sentence out of
"But we can't see
anything in this darkness so how can we possibly
avoid any traps?" Cried out a female voice.
I leant closer to the crystal
ball, concentrating at its mist within, previously
having no idea any of my prisoners were female. It
was the first time she had spoken and with only six
prisoners in total it was a surprise to suddenly hear
a feminine voice. It may have been my imagination, it
could have been a male with a higher toned voice.
Either way I continued to listen.
"Well I can barely see
my hand in front of my face," someone said,
"We're just going to have to be extra careful
Lora and take one step at a time. Just watch where
I was right she was female. I
was intrigued at the thought of a female solider sent
to kill me and I wondered what my own reaction would
have been if she had come at me with a sword.
"Everyone just stop
moving for a moment we need to think," one of
the prisoners said, "Now there's an exit
somewhere, this maze is near impossible but not
totally impossible, remember that. There is a way out
of this we just need to figure it out."
I was impressed that they
were trying, however I was still impatient to hear
their screams of agony, so I left the throne room
monetarily to refill my wine.
Chapter 3 - A
After taking a moment to
refresh myself and to fetch a new bottle of wine I
hurried back to the throne room eager to overhear my
prisoners discussing their predicament. They appeared
to be quiet apart from the occasional sound of metal
hitting stone as one of them must have been trying to
smash through the wall using his sword. He must have
known it was futile.
"Tell us more about this
labyrinth," said one of the prisoners.
"It's called Eadgar's
Labyrinth," replied another, "I've only
heard about it within drunken discussions at the
local inn. I thought it to be a legend but all
legends have some basis of truth about them."
The blazing fire in my
fireplace gave the throne room a cosy feeling and I
could only imagine how my prisoners felt within the
chilling cold of their stone prison. I sipped my wine
then leant on the table next to the crystal ball and
continued to listen.
"It's been said that
after navigating through the maze and avoiding the
traps there are a series of riddles to solve and only
after that the exit will be revealed," the man
continued to speak, "Where it's been said that
only a virgin maiden pure of heart can open the door."
"Well it's fortunate for
us we have Lora here," another man added.
"It's all nonsense
anyway," said the first man, "As I said it's
legend. I'm sure as long as we reach the exit we can
open it, just as long as we make it there alive
without falling into one of those blasted traps. And
as for the riddles, well let's hope that's legend too."
It was a legend I had never
heard before. I knew all about Eadgar's Labyrinth and
the traps it held but it was the first time I heard
that a virgin was needed to open the exit. It was
clearly all made up. There was no way a physical
wooden door could know if the person pushing it was a
virgin or not.
"Well at least we still
have that option just in case," said another
"Stop talking about me
in such a manner," the female voice said softly.
It was only the second time I
had heard her speak. She was clearly someone who
spoke very little.
"We don't have that
option anyway," she continued, "I'm no
longer a virgin and I'm certainly not pure of heart.
I wish I still were but alas I'm not."
There was a slight pause of
"But you're not married,"
said one of the prisoners, "Are you a widow?"
"No," she said
"But I thought..."
said another prisoner, "Um."
There was another pause of
silence. It was clear within their community, run by
their old fashioned king, that sex outside marriage
was an outrage. I personally had no qualms on the
matter and anyone under my rule could basically do
what they liked, so long as I had their complete
loyalty. It was clear all the male prisoners were
shocked by Lora's revelation.
"It's not what you think,"
"As I already mentioned
before," said another prisoner more forcefully,
"This is all legend, we don't really need a
virgin to open the blasted door. It's a myth. We'll
hammer it down if we have to."
"Please don't misjudge
me," Lora said, "Do you remember when we
did battle with the Nolin Pirates and they kept me
prisoner for three days?"
"All too well,"
said another of the prisoners, "That's when we
lost Wilfrid when they cut him from ear to ear."
There was a deep grumble from
the prisoners as they remembered the incident.
"I know we all miss
Wilfred and what they did to him was ghastly,"
Lola continued, "But I wasn't left unscathed
either. During those three days I was, um, humiliated."
Lola cleared her throat.
"Yes," she said,
"Do you understand?"
"No," said one of
the prisoners, "What's that have to do with you
not being a virgin?"
I laughed out loud before
taking another swig of wine. I was sure to be tipsy
before the morrow. The prisoners clearly were
imbeciles and couldn't read between the lines as to
what Lola was explaining to them.
"They took my virginity
from me!" She blurted out.
"It was the one thing I
held precious that I was intending to give to my
future husband but they stole it from me!" She
"Calm down," said
one of the men, "The pirates were all hanged
anyway, and it's not like your future husband will
"Well that's hardly the
point," she said.
"Everyone just settle
down," said another prisoner.
There was silence for a few
moments before another man spoke.
"Virginity cannot be
stolen it can only be given," he said.
"I don't think it works
like that," said another.
Lola cursed loudly causing
all the prisoners to immediately stop talking while I
laughed from my throne room.
Chapter 4 - A Tipsy
Staggering around the throne
room I found myself with no choice but to sit on the
throne in case I fell like a drunkard onto the stone
floor. It wasn't like me to get so tipsy on wine but
I had stayed awake for most of the night listening to
the pathetic prisoners trying to make their escape.
I let out a loud yawn and
stretched my arms up into the air as I stood myself
up, then casually walked over to the table containing
the crystal ball. I waved my hand in front of it re-establishing
the link with the talisman hidden within one of the
prisoner's pockets then continued to listen.
"Well that was easy,"
said one of the prisoners, "I expected the spike
to shoot out."
"It looks as though the
mechanism's rusted up. The spike's rotten through,
see," said another.
I could understand some of
the traps deteriorating over the many years since the
labyrinth was built, but I didn't understand how the
prisoners were able to see the damage. I wondered if
they had managed to light a flaming torch.
"If that wall wasn't so
damned high we could climb through the damaged roof,"
one of them said.
"I saw some wood back
there we could use," Lola said.
"Never mind that,"
said another, "If the rest of the traps are in
this condition we'll soon reach the exit."
I laughed loudly to myself.
The prisoners possessed more luck that skill but
either way they were soon to come to a dead end, for
the exit was securely locked just as with the
entrance albeit without a portcullis.
"Remain calm everyone,"
one of the voices said, "It's possible some
traps may still be effective so let's take this last
one slowly and not be too hasty."
My eyes lit up. Why had he
stated the last one? Was it just a slip of the tongue?
How could he possibly have known how many traps there
were? None of it mattered anyway for the wooden
locking plank holding the exit closed was firmly in
place, or so I thought. I then started to have self
doubts. Was it possible that the wooden plank could
have rotted in the same way as the traps? It wasn't
as though it was protected from the elements. The
exit of the labyrinth led directly into the nearby
forest fully exposed to the weather.
I needed to make sure. I
quickly left the throne room and headed straight down
the stone steps of my castle taking care not to fall
on my wobbly legs. I didn't dare to ask my guards for
help for I would have been a laughing stock if they
discovered my prisoners were about to escape.
Chapter 5 - A Good
The moment I left the castle
gates I headed straight towards the outskirts of the
forest and hoped my tipsy brain would remember where
the labyrinth exit was to be found. Two of my guards
instinctively followed me but I quickly waved them
away. The cold chill in the air ate through my palace
robes but I pressed ahead rushing as fast as I could
into the forest.
Once under the trees I
traversed the muddy path to where I expected the exit
to be. It was then that I realised I had no weapon at
hand and if by some chance the prisoners had escaped
they could have easily struck me down for they were
still fully armed. But I then remembered their innate
cowardice so wasn't so worried.
The muddy path twisted into
separate lanes and I headed towards the path on my
left leading to the labyrinth outer walls. I let out
a sigh of relief as I discovered its thick oak door
and sturdy wooden locking plank still in place. The
prisoners had no chance of escape. I turned then
calmly proceeded to walk away.
"It's over here!" I
head a muffled voice yell, "I can see daylight!"
I quickly turned my head back
toward the exit door as I heard the prisoners on the
other side rushing around inside.
"Give it a push!"
One of them shouted.
another, "Test it for traps."
I quickly rushed over and
stood beside the door totally intrigued and absorbed
in their discussion. I was tempted to speak back at
them through the gap in the doorway just to taunt but
I decided it would be more enjoyable to listen to
them trying to figure a way out.
"I don't think it's a
trap," one of them said.
"Okay well you first,"
another said, "Push it open."
The door rattled in its frame
as one of the prisoners tried with all his might to
get it open but to no avail.
"Let's all just heave it
as hard as we can," said another.
There was a slight pause
before the wooden door wobbled again. The men were
straining themselves but they were no match for the
thick oak door and its locking plank held securely
within its iron hinges.
Shouted one of the men before cursing.
There was then the sound of a
sword repeatedly striking at the door as one of the
prisoners hit it with frustration.
"We've come too far to
give up now!" He yelled.
My grin was wide and I had to
bite my sleeve to prevent myself from laughing out
loud. This was the kind of thing that could keep me
entertained for days on end, they reminded me of a
group of jesters.
"Maybe you should have a
go," said one of the men.
"If you lot can't get it
open then what little chance do I have?" Replied
the timid female voice of Lora.
"You know," the man
continued, "A virgin maiden with a pure heart.
Maybe it'll work."
"I explained that
already," Lola replied, "I can't."
"Have a try anyway,"
said another of the prisoners.
I stared at the door
wondering what their reaction would be if she did
manage it then grinned widely as an idea swiftly
entered my mind. I raised the heavy locking plank as
quietly as possible then dropped it to the ground
before quickly hiding myself out of the way but
making sure the door was still within my sight. I
wasn't sure why I did it. It may have been simply as
a prank to fool them or because it was a nice thing
to do, either way I felt happy by my actions.
Lola cried with happiness as
the door opened with very little effort, her
virginity and pureness of heart restored.