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The King Is Gone

Title: The King Is Gone
Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Labyrinth
Character/Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
Rating: PG/K+
Challenge/Prompt: gameofcards: Writing Pass It On: Snow Ghosts' And The World Was Gone
Warning(s): Character Death
Word Count: 300
Date Written: 1 May 2017
Summary:
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Henson, not the author, and are used without permission.




She wakes in the middle of the night, her breath gasping, her heart aching. Tears stream down her face. Somehow she knows. She knows. Her lips tremble. She wants to call out his name, to scream his name aloud, to tell him finally what she should have told him so long ago, but though her mouth opens, she can't find her voice.

She weeps. A howl catches her ears. Sarah stills for a moment. Is that the Goblins she hears? But no. No, it's only her, crying, crying and calling as she should have so long ago.

She falls, and there's no one there to catch her. She hits her knees hard; the sound echoes in her still bedroom where there are no shadows dancing on her walls any longer. Nothing scurries. Nothing breathes except her ragged, catching breath.

A tree limb scratches her window, but it's only that: only a limb, only a plant, not a man, not a King, not her King. An owl doesn't look down his regal nose upon her trembling form. The shadows are no longer alive.

Her tears won't stop. Her breathing won't stop though she wishes it would. Her heart won't stop aching, and she knows it never will, but she knows, too, that he has stopped. He told her he'd wait forever. He promised her everything. She should have taken it. She should have taken all he offered.

She should have taken him. That would have been enough. To be his love, to be his bride, to be his Queen would have fulfilled her every, deepest wish, but now her chances are over. Now -- Sarah knows, although later she'll wonder how -- now his life is over. He's gone, never to return to her again, and she sobs the whole night long.

The End

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