was perched atop the leader of the Spangores. It was easily distinguishable from
the rest of the birds because of its silver harness that sparkled with inlaid
jewels of various colors. The birds flew in a V-shaped formation, the flock
closing in on Jareth's castle. It was night, perfect for a surprise attack. They
would rescue the captured elves, come Hell or high water.
stretched his spindly arm toward the sky and signaled for the great flying
beasts to surround the castle from the sky. They did so without a second
inclination and, once the command was given, they set down at the foot of the
castle, prepared to do battle with the goblins of the Goblin City if the need
dismounted from the grand birds in threes and placed their hands on the hilts of
their light elfin swords. Some went as far to draw them out, while the less bold
merely held them, keeping them in their sheaths but ready to bring them to light
the instant they saw reason to.
guards, equaling the hundred or so elves in number, came out of hiding places
around the castle to face them. They held their weapons at the ready. Jareth had
been prepared for this.
King!" Vindar shouted, facing the lowest parapet where Jareth usually came
out to make his speeches. "Come out! We have some business to settle!"
came onto the balcony and peered over calmly at the group of elves. His whispery
black garments rippled in the wind. "What business do you have to settle
with me, son of Sage?"
my father and the other elves go! You have no right to keep them as prisoners!"
cocked an eyebrow and shifted the staff he was holding to the other hand. "Is
that so? It seems to me your father is the one who has betrayed my trust. Since
I accepted him into my domain as a brother of this kingdom, I think he should be
punished as a traitor of this kingdom. You would be in my dungeons, as well, had
you not escaped your deserved punishment!"
is a violation of the Code of the Seven Kingdoms! If you had a score to settle
with my father, he must be sent to his own kingdom to have his punishment
play me for the fool, Vindar. I know your people would slap him on the wrist in
order to appease me and let him go on his merry way!" Jareth said with mock
amusement. "I appease myself."
are fighting words, Goblin King!"
they are." Jareth examined his nails and buffed them against his sleeve
you wish! We will crush you in battle and get our people back!"
what you like." Jareth nodded to his troops and disappeared back into the
flew through the room in a flurry of silk and chiffon, his boots clip-clopping
against the stone floor. He swung the door to Sage's quarters open violently and
called angrily for the elf.
was nowhere to be seen.
swept out of the room, slamming the wooden door behind him and turning blue with
he screamed, losing all control of himself.
goblin scurried into the hallway and cowered before him.
bit off his words. "Go... find... Sage. Put out the remaining troops and
throw him in the dungeon! Swallow the key! I don't want to see his scheming face
Goblin King rushed out of the room and clanked his way to the throne room. He
seemed to think better of it and brought forth a crystal, sweeping his hand over
its curved surface and transporting himself to his destination.
walked to the long, oval-shaped mirror and Toby's image appeared in it.
you ready to see Sarah?" he asked the little boy with a wide smile,
struggling to force back the venom that was discharging from his spleen.
declared that he was and stepped back to reveal all of the items on his bed.
Atop the pile of clothes, toys, and books was the stuffed bear, Lancelot,
alongside the ceramic unicorn.
discontinued the use of his talisman once again.
it's Sarah's brother that Jareth has been making promises to, has it?" he
mumbled to himself. At the present he had found safe haven within the bedchamber
of the goblin, Sooty.
opened the door, having just arrived, and closed it carefully behind her. "Yer
elves'er out there, right now, doin' battle with the king's men," she
had hoped it wouldn't come to fighting," Sage remarked pensively. "I
hope Vindar will be all right out there."
wouldn't worry 'bout it if I was you, sir. Them goblins are just a bunch'a
scaredy cats, s’all they are. They get pricked on the figner and they go to
howlin'. Believe me, I bandaged lots'a pricked fingers."
will take your word for it, dear lady," Sage replied. "But meanwhile,
I have to send warning to Sarah about her brother. It's too bad I used up the
last communication on her talisman. If her powers were stronger, I could have
given her one of stronger magic..." Sage looked at a worn tapestry from his
seat in the corner of the room. Pictures of brightly colored birds that were
woven into the fabric nearly caused a light bulb to flicker over Sage's head.
"That's it! I shall contact the Magicmockers! They will gladly bring the
news to Sarah!"
of all colors and shapes called the Magicmockers gathered in a circle at the
clearing at the foot of Shadow Mountain to listen to a scrawny red bird who had
news to tell.
brother is in trouble," he continued in his high-pitched voice, "and
Sage wants us to go warn her!"
is she?" a bird of a gruffer voice asked from his position in the circle.
the very edge of the Whispering Forest, where the wood meets the grasslands.
Who's gonna go with me?"
bird in the ring raised his wing to indicate that they would accompany
what are we waiting for? Let's go!"