The Labyrinth felt the faint stirring that was occurring in its Champion's mind. Once it recognized the stirring's intent, the various faces hidden throughout the massive structure smiled a tiny smile.
Finally… the time had come for the Champion and the Goblin King to reunite once more. Soon the Goblin Kingdom would be complete again, like it had been before Jareth had taken the throne.
The ancient magical structure knew, however, that the Champion was still very wary of the Goblin King… and rightly so, considering how she had perceived the situation between she and Jareth. It also knew that Jareth had no idea on just how he had impacted Sarah Williams, on how his games during the girl's run had in fact caused quite the negative effect upon the poor girl. It was no wonder, indeed, that she had rejected him the first time around.
Yes, she had a strong connection to him… however that connection was blocked by fear and mistrust. Jareth, in order to finally claim what was rightfully his, needed to earn that trust. The boy would help greatly in this regard, however the final steps to finishing the bond that had begun to form in the enchanted peach dream could only be taken by the Goblin King and the Champion.
No doubt Toby would wish to take on Sarah's inner Labyrinth himself, and Jareth would naturally accompany him in order to keep him safe from the various dangers that Sarah unconsciously borrowed from the original Labyrinth. However, those two alone would not be enough… they would need the help of the three that Sarah had befriended here Underground if they wanted to convince her to rejoin the waking world once more. The dwarf was already there… all that remained was the rock-caller and the knight.
And so, the ancient structure sent out a pulse of magic to the ones known as Ludo and Sir Didymus, bearing its message- the time had finally come to free the Lost Champion from her self-imposed prison, and they needed to get to the Castle with haste. Once it felt their acceptance, the Labyrinth then bided its time.
The next step would come soon… and then Jareth and Sarah's true battle would begin- the battle of understanding another's heart.
"So, did you enjoy the tour?" came Jareth's voice.
Toby, not expecting him to be back so soon, jolted with surprise as he spun to see where the Goblin King was. He soon found him leaning in the doorway with tiny smirk on his face.
"Yes, I did," Toby replied, nodding. "Did you take care of everything that you needed to, Your Majesty?"
In response, Jareth formed a crystal in his hands, then tossed it at Toby. "Catch," he ordered.
Toby, using skills from when he was five years old and his parents had 'encouraged' him to play for the local Little League team, caught the orb. He was promptly stunned when it melted to reveal two very familiar books.
"I was able to tell from reading the aura on those that you loved them very much," explained the Goblin King as Toby speechlessly verified to make sure that, yes, it was indeed his and Sarah's books in his hands. "So, I decided to give them to you now. Everything else that you owned, however, has been placed in an alternate storeroom for you to sort through at your leisure. As of right now, according to the Aboveground the Willams siblings have never existed. Your parents believe that your mother miscarried you several months before your birth, and the young lady that enabled you to return here believes that she had been at her school preparing for some sporting event during the time she actually spent at your former home."
Finally finding his voice once more as the Goblin King walked towards the bed where Sarah lay unresponsive to the world, Toby stammered, "Thank you, Your Majesty."
"Call me Jareth." As Toby looked at the Goblin King with confusion, he elaborated, "Technically, due to being Sarah's brother you are considered nobility yourself here in the Underground. It would be completely appropriate for you to do so, and quite frankly I'm sick of all the 'Your Majesties' I hear on a daily basis."
"Wait, how does me being related to Sarah make me nobility?"
Nodding towards Sarah, Jareth explained, "She's the Champion of the Labyrinth. If she so wanted, she has every right to claim it as her own kingdom, being the first to beat it within the allotted time during my reign. Since she has no children of her own, thanks to being her younger brother you are considered her heir."
Toby suspected that if was anatomically possible, his jaw would not only be hitting this floor, but the floor of the room below. He was a prince… kinda?
"Well, then I guess I gots to start calling you 'Your Highness' now, huh?" asked Hoggle, whose presence until now Toby had forgotten.
Turning towards the dwarf, Toby immediately protested, "No, Hoggle, you don't have to do that! You can still call me Toby!"
Jareth opened his mouth to add to the conversation- whether it was to agree with him or to order Hoggle to ignore that request, Toby didn't know- however before a sound came out of his mouth they were interrupted.
"Your Majesty! Your Majesty!" cried a goblin with a long white mustache wearing what appeared to be a Viking helmet, rushing into the room.
Turning towards the newcomer, Jareth drawled, "Yes, what is it?"
"Sir Didymus and the monster are here in the castle, and they claim that the Labyrinth sent them here!" the goblin explained, bobbing his head respectfully.
Jareth's eyebrows rose with surprise. "Did they say why?"
"No, your Majesty. Only that they needed to see you at once!"
The Goblin King seemed to think on this for a moment, then ordered, "Bring them here."
"Yes, your Majesty!"
As the goblin scurried out of the room, Toby looked towards Jareth as he asked, "Should Hoggle and I leave the room?"
Shaking his head in the negative, the King replied, "No. The fact that shortly after you return to the Underground, the Labyrinth sends Sarah's other two friends here… this may be a conversation that all of us here need to participate in."
Toby nodded, then turned towards his comatose sister. Only one question was running through his mind- did that mean that the Labyrinth knew of a way to finally wake her?
Little did Toby know that Jareth was wondering the same thing. After all, in the past whenever he had consulted the Labyrinth for help concerning its Champion, it had been notably silent.
He restrained himself from grumbling. Not only would it look unseemly for a King to be grumbling, but he had a feeling that the Labyrinth was watching and he really didn't want the ancient structure to laugh at him. Jareth still didn't understand why his great-grandfather had to build the thing… but he couldn't deny just how useful it was when it chose to cooperate.
However, the truly interesting thing was for Ludo to be coming here. If it had been the years before Toby had wished Sarah away, the rock-caller would only even bother dealing with him if it was a matter of emergency thanks to the torment his goblins had given the poor beast in the past. However, ever since Jareth and Toby had saved Sarah he and the gardener had started to give the Goblin King more respect than they had previously. Still, it was obvious to Jareth that, despite the respect he now had for his King, Ludo still didn't like to be anywhere near the castle if he could help it.
Soon enough, the two brothers-of-heart walked into the room, Sir Didymus notably without his steed Ambrosius. And, as always, the fox-terrier was the first to speak.
"Your Majesty," greeted the knight, giving an elaborate bow. Next to him, Ludo gave a more clumsier bow. "Please forgive us for leaving our posts, but the Lady Labyrinth sent us here to finally fulfill a quest long uncompleted."
"What quest?" interrupted the dwarf.
It was Ludo who shocked everyone in the room by answering simply, "Wake Sarah up."
As she searched the oubliette, Sarah could faintly hear not only the voices of Toby and Hoggle, but now Ludo, Sir Didymus… and him. However, she paid little attention to them as she tried to think of a way out.
Hmmm… she thought to herself, I wonder if this oubliette has a door like the one Hoggle got me out of…
Figuring it was worth a shot, she tried to recall exactly what Hoggle did. He had found a door… but where?
Shrugging her shoulders, she got to work on searching for that all-important door.
"Wake her up?!? Are you serious, Ludo?" Toby blurted out.
Turning towards the youngest person in the room, Sir Didymus' eyebrows rose as he noticed the youngest person in the room. "Young Master Toby!" he cried, "So, 'tis you that is the reason my Lady's beginning to awake!"
"Explain," demanded the king.
Needing no other prompting, the loyal fox-terrier proceeded to do so. From what Toby gathered in his explanation, apparently the Labyrinth had finally felt the signs that Sarah was beginning to wake up. However, since it had been such a long time since she was last awake the ancient structure realized that its Champion was going to need help.
That was where the five of them came in. Toby learned that while he and Jareth were to give Sarah reasons to fully wake up, she would need the support of her three closest friends for the strength needed to finally banish her inner demons.
When Sir Didymus finished his explanation, Toby glanced towards the King. "Well, you Maj- er, Jareth? What do you think?"
Jareth mulled over what he had just learned. So, all he needed to do was to take Toby, Hogsmeade, Ludo, and Sir Didymus with him into Sarah's Labyrinth?
For a brief moment, the Goblin King felt like there was something that the Labyrinth had not revealed, something vitally important. However, if there was one thing that was constantly drilled into his head during his lessons on the ancient structure, it was that the Labyrinth knew what to do in any given circumstance. Whether it was to completely prevent someone from returning to the mortal realm because they would never change their ways or to teach a valuable lesson to spoiled brats, it had not yet been wrong.
Which just left him with one viable option.
Summoning the necessary crystal, he laid his free hand onto his beloved's head. Extending the other, he ordered, "Everyone, touch the crystal if you're coming along."
Toby and the others needed no other prompting as one by one they laid a finger onto the larger-than-normal orb. In a flash of light, the five of them vanished from the room.
Sarah cried out with triumph as she finally found the door that Hoggle had once used. Placing it against the wall in the same way that her memory showed, she attached the knob that had somehow appeared in her hand to the left side of the door and twisted it.
"Stupid broom closet," she muttered as a mop and other various things fell out. Smiling as she remembered Hoggle having the same problem, she quickly closed the door and transferred the knob to the right side.
Taking a deep breath, she turned the handle and walked out into the bright light.
The Labyrinth felt the simultaneous surges of power, and instantly pushed its own power into its Champion's mind. Once it felt the necessary bindings, it retreated.
It had done what it could… the rest was up to them.