By Fred Saberhagen
Theseus is a tender guy sentenced to be sacrificed to the gods. Ariadne is deeply in love with him. She conspires to avoid wasting him from his grisly destiny, yet doesn't expect Dionysus stepping in to complicate issues. With legendary beasts and kooky gods confronting them at each flip, Ariadne and Theseus needs to locate their method via a maze of occasions which are as twisted as they're dangerous.
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Her cries of grief were not as loud as Ariadne's, but Alex had no doubt that they were every bit as sincere. "Father! " The scream seemed torn from the bottom of Ariadne's heart. If he were now to dart quickly across the room, and thrust with his spear for the usurper's throat . . But it was almost certain that the other soldiers would be quick enough to stop him before he could kill Perses. Also, Alex thought that Shiva was watching him, from the far side of the room, and the Third Eye could dart death as quickly as thought.
Three or four of the ordinary household servants of the palace had also spent the night in the great hall, standing by to serve the king and his magician, though so far the servants had had little to do. Now, somewhere in the background, at least two of these people were being drawn into interaction with some of the entourage of inhuman attendants who had come with the great visitor. Alex could hear a man and a woman in low-voiced talk, but he did not want to spare a moment to see what they were up to.
His entourage of satyrs and invisible, discordant singers had vanished with him, leaving only a residue of vomit, and grape leaves, and crumbling, dying vines. The servants who had taken part in his last celebration went crawling and slinking away, as well as they were able. The man who had been retching was silent now, perhaps terrified into a semblance of self-control. The smell of wet leaves had been covered, smothered, by the sharper smell of blood. "I am now Minos," said the old king's brother, speaking clearly into the sudden silence.