Land of Confusion

The Never Ending Quest - Episode 98496

"Well of course it's Minestus," Belboz's voice said irritably. "Why tell me the obvious?" Then the light returned, and the princess saw that where the naked Lady Astra had been chained up Belboz now stood.

"Hello Belboz," said Minestus. "You ready? Our dinner reservation at The End bistro is at eight thirty."

"Quite," said Belboz, accompanying Minestus as he walked out of the chamber. Astra was, once again, alone.

"Don't go!" she yelled as they walked out. Her voice sunk to a soft sigh, "Not again...."


Astra wasn't sure whether she had been hallucinating, or if all that strange stuff at the Enterprising Inn, not to mention all the variations of Fred and Belboz and the alternate version of herself had actually happened. Well, there was no use worrying about that now, she decided. The endless silence was really on her nerves. However she had the strong feeling that Fred - she hoped that she hadn't only hallucinated him - ought to be appearing at any moment to free her.

The worst thing was the boredom, she had decided on that long ago. About fifty yards down the tunnel, a torch attached to the wall gave just enough light to prevent her from being in total darkness. Watching its flickering was the nearest thing to sensory stimulation that she had available.

More silence. She realised that she couldn't tell if it had lasted minutes or hours. Maybe it was days. No, it couldn't be days, she decided, as she didn't feel hungry or thirsty. Unless the dragon had cast a spell on her to prevent her becoming hungry or thirsty?

"Hello!" she called eventually, more to break that oppressive silence than with any expectation of a reply.

  1. As expected, there was no response.
  2. But there was an answering "Hello!" Then she saw a flickering torch flame in the distance, the torch presumably being carried by the person who had answered her hail.
  3. Conflicting memories about being chained up with Belboz, Lady Astra, and Fred flit at the edge of Astra's memory. Astra realizes she may be losing her mind. She has to escape! But how?

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