It’s that time again! If you have Labyrinth blot bunnies bouncing around you’re brain in need of new pastures, be sure to check out the LabyFic community where a new challenge has just been posted! Anyone can take part and all are welcome. If you have any questions, just shout.
CHALLENGE #17: For this challenge, you are to change one decision or action that Sarah makes in the film. You can treat this as a very straightforward and traditional prompt (What if Sarah said yes to Jareth’s offer, remaining with him?) or as something a little more unusual (What would Jareth have done if Sarah had not said the words to begin with? Would he give up, or resort to new tactics? Would he even notice?) If you like you could even have a slow-burn story where a seemingly small change (What if Sarah had refused to give the Wise Man payment?) has consequences further down the line.
The deadline for this challenge is 27th September - a new challenge will be posted the following day, so please comment to let me know what you’d like to see from the next challenge!
For more information, visit the community and have a dig around!
First of all, apologies as I appreciate that this has been a long time coming! I have a good excuse in that I have been away in Berlin, but I now wish to put things right and share more fanfic goodness with you all!
The New Fic on the Block
New as of August 2014, this is an exceptionally well-written and gripping tale. Jareth weaves a trap for Sarah that seems practically inescapable, but she’s no easy conquest. I’ll quote a dialogue exchange below to demonstrate why you should read it.
“Why will you never see, Sarah? Why do you refuse to understand that our bargain is tilted so steeply in your favor?” Jareth said, seeming to grow, looming over her where she sat in the pool. “You receive so much, all of me, an infinity of dreams, and all I ask in return is—-”
“My submission,” Sarah said, setting her jaw. “Power over me. It’s not nothing. It’s everything.”
While marked as complete on AO3, this story still seems to be a work in progress.
The Golden Oldie
This brilliant story is one of the most mature and fully realised takes on the Jareth/Sarah relationship I’ve ever read. It begins with a twisty pursuit, but in a brilliant inversion of the typical way of things the story gets really interesting after our favourite twosome enter into a relationship and acknowledge some difficult truths rooted in the past. The sequel, With a Heart as Willing, is just as great and is quite unique in numerous thrilling and unpredictable ways.
This story is complete, though its sequel is a work in progress.
The Hidden Gem
This story is very different and really breaks the mould. It rotates between the perspectives of various characters (namely Sarah, Toby, Jareth and Hoggle), and realises all of them as complex personalities dealing with incredible difficult situations. Jareth has a plan afoot, and while I won’t spoil it with details I will say it lives up to his reputation for cruelty.
Although currently unfinished, the author posted an update (relatively) recently declaring her commitment to the story.
As always, if you enjoy any of these stories show your support for them and leave reviews!