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 anticipate Dionysus stepping in to complicate concerns. With legendary beasts and kooky gods confronting them at each flip, Ariadne and Theseus needs to locate their approach via a maze of occasions which are as twisted as they're dangerous.
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The skin was grayish overall, mottled here and there with shades of blue. Matted locks of almost colorless hair fell in coils on either side of the thin, beardless face, and at first the young soldier thought there was something wrong with the high brow. But then Alex realized that what he was looking at was not exactly a defect. There was a third eye, browless, no trick of decoration but a real organ, centered in the forehead, perhaps an inch above the usual two. Not everyone at first recognized the newcomer.
Oh, yes! " She jumped up lightly and walked about, unable to sit still. " This time Ariadne almost sang the word. I was happy for my sister, but also already beginning to be jealous, in a way. "Yes, I understood that the first time. So, who is Theseus, where does he come from? " "He is one of the youths of the Tribute. What is he like? How can I tell you? Like a god, strong and handsome beyond my powers of description. He is really a prince, who was taken prisoner in one of those foolish mainland wars, and then .
Minos was speaking again. "There is nothing in this world that I want more than to provide my Lord Dionysus with a secure place to rest during the tiresome winter that is only now beginning. " The king paused for a deep breath. He seemed to have finally found the tone, the manner, that he wanted to use; one that might have been appropriate speaking to an important ambassador, a human from one of the kingdoms ringing the shore of the Great Sea. " "Ah, hum. Yes, I supposed there would be. Everyone has problems.