A Quest Complete, A
True Life Story
Being the psychotic
fan that I am, I've been pestering the people at the local FYE all
week about the Trish dvd. Today I decided to stop by after classes to
just make sure they weren't putting it out a day early. I was
disappointed to find out they didn't put it out yet, but the helpful
Managed (that I just happen to bump into *grin*) showed me exactly
about where it would be the next morning and assured me that they
won't be putting it out till tonight AFTER they close.
The Labyrinth, A
True Life Story
A new journey began on the 18th of February in the two thousand and sixth year of our lord. The Maiden had returned to the Island so Long. The journey was long and perilous across highways and parkways that would end at a cleverly hidden castle. Hidden within those high towering walls of stone, what some would call a shopping center, held the Maiden. After a wrong turn and circling for more then what should have been needed I arrived. Almost a full thirty minutes later then I expected!
Things had been carefully planned, timed, but everything had gone wrong. The moment I arrived I headed to the Trader. Prices had increased! But that did not matter, that would not prevent me from reaching my goal. I paid the scoundrels what they wanted and climbed the staircase to see what awaited. I stood and stared, a terrible feeling entered my stomach. So many where already there, hundreds, maybe even thousands awaited her arrival, what if there were more then she could handle.
I quickly took my place in line and watched the trolls that stood as guards. One was barking and snarling at another attendee about a camera he was using to take pictures of his children while two others watched on. Disgusting! Any other day I wouldn't hesitate to slay them, but today was not a day of violence, but instead, one for celebration. I would wait.
And wait I did. The remaining time passed. Then five minutes passed. Another ten. The Maiden was late! Fifteen went by and many were getting anxious. I could see the hunger in the eyes of those around me. As if the Gods could hear my silent swear, there was a roar from behind and I turned. There she was. Her small but proud frame entered, surrounded by Knights. Her blonde hair contrasted the blast leather jacket she wore to keep her safe from the bitterly cold wind blowing outside. Even at this distance she was beautiful.
As more people took notice, the cheering grew louder, and when she smiled and waved, the cheers became deafening. I realized that I was amongst those cheering, too caught up in the moment I smiled at myself and looked around some what embarrassed. No one noticed, everyone's eyes were on her, just like mine had been.
She sat and made herself comfortable. A poorly constructed wall blocked my view of her but it did not matter. I knew she was there now, nothing else mattered. Several minutes went by, the line did not move. What was going on! Unreal. I dared not look at my time piece in fear of what it might reveal, I instead focused on the objective ahead of me. The maze of ropes and tape I had to make my way through, this Labyrinth that stood between myself and Trish.
Too keep my mind off of going Diablo on the imps ahead of me, I looked down at the items I'd brought with me. Where they the right choices? I'd had known what to bring until moments before I left. Would I regret these choices? I hoped not. They would have to do, the choices the Traders below offered down below were no better.
We moved forward slowly. It seemed almost drone like. I watched the trolls that had taken up position around the Maiden hurry people along. People that had brought gifts and hopes for the Maiden. Their homage was surely appreciated, but the trolls did not care. They would not stop me, nor rush me. I would have my day with the Maiden, it had been overdue. Too long overdue some would say.
I did not want to look, but I had to now. So much time had seemed to go by and when I looked at my time piece my heart was broken. Nearly an hour had gone by since the Maiden arrived and I'd only made one turn in the maze. Another 3 turns. The one ahead was the shortest. If only I'd prepared, a few well placed spells would devastate those that separated me from her. I remind myself that most of those that stood before me were innocent and if I was worthy I would make it.
Another half an hour went by. I made two of the remaining three turns. I was half way to the last, if I could make that turn, nothing would stop me from reaching the Maiden. I would go Doom 3 on anyone that tried to stop me if I had to. Nervousness filled me as I approached the last corner, was within reach of it.
Fewer then a hundred people stood between us now, I could see her smiling. How easy it would be to cut threw them all. The troll guards would be the hardest to get through. I glanced at my time piece now, ready to do whatever it took. Fifteen minutes remained from what the advertisements had said. Would she leave or stay will everyone that came met her. I looked behind as I moved forward again. The line was as long as it was when I arrived. More had come to see the Maiden. Would we all be denied.
I watched as the minutes continued one. I knew I was close, I could feel the anticipation in my stomach when I could hear the sound of her voice from where I stood. The Gods had smiled on my this day, blessing me. When it was just me now I forgot everything. What was I supposed to say, what was I to do. The trolls took my items and places them before her. Another grunt for me to stand on the side while they used their magical device to capture our images together.
This was my chance, I had to say something. So I did. I said hello, told her who I was, where I was from. She smiled, but didn't recognize it right away.
Stupid! You should have abbreviated, I berated myself silently. When I corrected myself, told her Stratusfaction411 instead of 411 her eyes lit up with recognition. She was as happy to meet me as I was her. The compliments and the appreciation flowed from her in sweet words. I couldn't believe she was even asking for my help. She was amazing and I wanted to say more, talk to her more. But I knew there were others waiting and that she had some place else to be, as did I, only she had to get there there a lot sooner then I did.
took my items she had signed, I smiled at her, she smiled back. I
looked into her eyes, her into mine, I wished her good luck tonight...
was that the right thing to do?... and said my good bye. She turned
back to those that waited for her and I walked away, not looking back.
She was everything everyone said she was and more, that's the last way
I wanted to see her.