At the end, he had given her a choice, His love or her brother. She chose her brother. Can a little girl's wish give them the happy ending they deserve?
A small smile graced the girl's face, "But what no one knew…."
"Time for your medicine, Anna." The nurse said as she walked into the room, holding a small container. She smiled when she saw what she was reading.
"The Labyrinth again? You have read it maybe a hundred times since you got here."
"I love this book! It's my favorite and it makes me happy. I just don't like the ending to it, it's too sad. I know she could have negotiated some kind of deal to be able to get her brother back, but also stay with him." Anna stated.
"Negotiate? That is a big word for a eight year old to be using."
"My daddy says that I am very smart, it's from reading so much. I just wish he was here, mommy too. But I am glad they are in heaven now. They are happy now, I know it."
The little girl took the small cup, took the three pills out and took them one by one with little sips of water. She didn't see the nurse trying to hold back the tears. She looked over at the theater poster. It was for a play based on the red bound book Anna was holding. She was a very precocious eight year old who loved theater and dancing, especially Ballet, she thought it was graceful.
Anna and her parents were on the way back from the play when an eighteen wheeler slid on a big patch of black ice and jack-knifed in front of them. Her father tried hitting the brakes, but it was too late. They hit the semi and flipped six times and hit a telephone pole. Her mother was killed instantly and her father died three days later from an infection, that was four months ago. Anna was still critical due to her age and the leukemia. She had beaten it before and her mother and father decided to celebrate by going to see the play, The Labyrinth. Sarah Williams was in the starring role. It was like she was born for that role with how she just naturally fell into it.
The injuries she sustained from the crash weakened her body and the leukemia got stronger. She just had a week left.
The nurse wiped a falling tear from her cheek, smiled, and turned to Anna.
"If you need anything, anything at all…"she stated, and walking out the door, she closed it behind her.
"Don't worry, I'll call." The bright, smiling, little girl went back to reading her book, waving a hand at the nurse. As soon as the door closed, the girl fell into a coughing fit. She wiped her mouth with a nearby tissue and it came away stained with blood.
"Not long now. I have to try it, just to see."
Anna set her book on her lap, closed her eyes, and took a deep breath.
Her eyes and her mouth opened, "I wish the Goblin King would come and visit me!"
A man sat on a throne made of white stone gazing into the crystal ball within his hand, watching intently as the figure inside sat reading to a small blonde haired boy. The figure was a dark haired woman with piercing green eyes, and a lithe, shapely body. She sliced one of her hands through the air and made a funny face at the boy, making him laugh. The woman's face broke into a smile and she tipped her head back and a breathy, musical laugh filled the air.
A strange emotion tore through his body, and a single tear slipped from the corner of one of his eyes. Angered by the power she still had over him, he threw the crystal across the room, not caring as it shattered into dust against the stone wall. "Gahh! What in the nine hells is wrong with me! You! What have you done to me? To my Kingdom? You believed in everything, yet nothing at once and still you beat me, foolish girl!"
His anger faded to a deep sorrow as he conjured another crystal, once again watching the familiar green eyes sparkle with happiness. "Sarah, my precious Sarah, how you turned my world into a living nightmare! I can only watch from a distance as you forget more and more as time passes. Why can't Fate be kind to my kin just once in our blasted existence."
A gust of wind stirred the dust upon the ground and a tight feeling gripped his chest.
A small raspy voice filled the air, "I Wish the Goblin King would come and visit me!"
The crystal he had just conjured shattered into a shower of glitter. His brows furrowed, What a strange wish for a child to make. Even stranger still that the Labyrinth would grant such a wish. Foolish wish that it was. The sooner I leave the sooner this will be done with.
The man stood, flicked his wrist, and a crystal appeared in his hand. He threw it to the ground, and in a shower of glitter and light was gone.
A lone owl could be seen soaring through the Underground, making it's way Aboveground to grant the wish of a little girl that he didn't know was going to change his life in more ways than one.