14. The Curse of the Minotaur, Part VI   1 comment

Meanwhile in Space…

Episode 14: The Curse of the Minotaur, Part VI- Running of the Bull

 

The minotaur looked Timmy up and down, trying to decide whether it wanted to eat him or Petrina. It took a deep breath and breathed in Timmy’s scent, it was pleasing. Then it moved over to Petrina and sniffed her. Yes, this one would do nicely for now.

Petrina slowly opened her eyes and when she saw the minotaur in her face she screamed. It jumped back for a moment and then it reached out to grab her.

“Hey! No, over here!” Timmy shouted.

The minotaur brought its eyes to Timmy. Its cold gaze sent chills down Timmy’s body.

“You don’t want to eat her,” Timmy continued. “She’s not very tasty and she’s high in fat.”

“Excuse me?” Petrina said, taking time out of screaming.

The minotaur moved towards Timmy as if it understood what he was saying. “Oh, yeah. I’m high in fiber and two full servings of vegetables.”

It looked like the minotaur was going to go for Timmy when it suddenly stopped. It lifted its head up and sniffed the air. It growled and quickly turned away from both of them. There was an axe leaned up against the circular wall. The minotaur grabbed it and marched out of the room, its footsteps stomping off into the distance.

Timmy and Petrina let out a sigh of relief.

“Fat?” Petrina asked.

“Sorry.”

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Sundance and Astralyn heard the minotaur’s roar from across the maze. They knew that it was coming for them. They didn’t know how to express the sense of urgency to the light they followed, but it seemed to get the idea. The light sped up and it winded through the many twists and turns of the maze. Sundance was impressed by the fact that they hadn’t needed to stop at any dead ends. The light seemed to know exactly where to go. He just hoped that it would lead him to Timmy soon.

“Is it just me or does it sound like the minotaur is getting closer?” Astralyn asked.

“I was hoping that it was a figment of my imagination,” Sundance replied.

The light seemed to know the danger they were in and continued to fly ahead. It stopped as the walls lowered and rose again. Sundance looked behind them and saw that the minotaur was nearby. It honed in on them and made its way towards them, dodging the establishing walls as they rose.

“Must go faster,” Sundance said to the light. “Must go faster!”

The light waited until all of the walls had stopped before it zipped off down the new hallway. Unfortunately, the minotaur had gotten close enough to follow. Astralyn kept looking back to see just how close it was, causing her to slow down. Sundance looked back and grabbed her hand, pulling her along.

The light took a sharp right turn. Sundance missed it and turned left. Astralyn looked to her right and pulled Sundance in that direction. This wasted precious seconds and allowed the minotaur to get closer.

The light sped on, but Astralyn and Sundance were beginning to slow down.

“I can’t go on,” Astralyn cried.

“You have to!”

“I can’t. I need to rest.”

“We don’t have time for that.” Sundance looked behind them and saw that the minotaur was getting closer. At the rate they were running, it would be upon them in mere moments. He looked at the light and saw it flicker. “We just have to hold on a little while longer. The walls are going to change soon.”

“Not soon enough,” Astralyn huffed. She tried her best to run faster, but she couldn’t catch her breath. Her sides burned with each step. The walls started to change but she didn’t care. She needed to rest. She slowly pulled her hand out of Sundance’s and slowed down.

“Astralyn, no!” he called out. The minotaur stomped towards them. “Get up! You can do it.”

Astralyn got on her knees and took shallow breaths. She shook her head and waved for Sundance to continue on. “Go! Go and save Timmy.”

Sundance walked over to Astralyn and grabbed her right arm. “You’re coming with me whether you like it or not.” He lifted her over his shoulders and ran as fast as he could. The minotaur picked up the pace and ran instead of dramatically stomping.

The light was waiting for them amongst the chaos of lowering and rising walls. Sundance ran towards it, never taking his eyes off of it, never blinking. He saw that a wall was beginning to rise where he needed to be. No, I can’t lose the light, he thought. He ran faster. “AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!” he shouted as he neared the wall. As soon as he reached it, he stopped and tossed Astralyn over the side. As the wall rose, he pulled himself up and flipped over the wall just as the minotaur arrived. The wall was in place and the minotaur could no longer reach them. It begrudgingly stomped away to find another route.

Astralyn rolled over onto her back and looked up at the lit ceiling. “Sundance, was it necessary to heft me over like a sack of potatoes?”

“Potatoes are lighter,” Sundance said, stretching his back.

“Excuse me?” Astralyn sat up and looked at him.

“I’m just saying that I can normally bench press 250 pounds, but I must be getting soft,” Sundance replied.

Astralyn just rolled her eyes. There was no use getting upset; he didn’t know what he was saying.

Sundance looked at the yellow light and saw that it was frantically flashing. “Come on. We’ve got to go while the walls are still in this configuration.”

“I can’t go on like this,” Astralyn said, still panting. “You should just go on without me.”

“Don’t be stupid,” Sundance huffed. “We need to stick together. Come on!”

“Go! Find Timmy while you still can! I’m only going to slow you down.”

“I don’t buy that!” Sundance reached down to pick her up, but she resisted. The light flickered urgently. He knew he needed to go soon. He growled under his breath as he realized that he had no choice. Astralyn saw this in his eyes.

            “I’ll be fine,” Astralyn said. “Go find Timmy, then come back and find me. I’m sure the light will guide you back.” Sundance reluctantly agreed. He followed the light around the corner-leaving Astralyn on her own.

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One response to “14. The Curse of the Minotaur, Part VI

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  1. Seriously XJ, this is the best chapter yet! I really enjoyed this one – the action is well-written. I love how you’re developing the characters. I thought Petrina was a goner for sure. Astralyn really shined again in here and Sundance too. I’m so excited to see the next chapter!!! 😀

    Save Timmy! AHHH! D:

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