Physically he hardly stands out from the other thirteen sacrifices. While a tad taller than the rest, there’s barely any muscle on his body. Far stronger and faster sacrifices have graced their labyrinths, and those have all shared the same fate: death. What chance should he possess?
Still there’s a startling clever in his eyes. While he is slow to speak, his eyes are always darting around, as if studying every scrap of inspiration that his eyes caught. There’s something reliable about that gaze, so when it comes time to walk each of the sacrifices to the labyrinth one by one, Serena makes sure to take her time with him.
The silence between them is overwhelming. After all she’s walking him to his certain death. Still if there’s a moment to act, it’s now so eventually she blurts out,
“I can help you.”
More silence, the sacrifice seems to barely react. For a minute Serena began to wonder if she really spoke out after all, but eventually he replies,
“You can help?”
Relief floods through her veins. Quickly she nods her head. “I can help you slay the Minotaur.” It feels caustic to refer to Yuri so caustically, but she doubted there was any of him left in that monster. “But will you help me in return?”
“I can’t make a decision until I know just what you’re suggesting.”
Discretely, she pulls out a ball of thread and a sword. “The first will make sure you don’t get lost, and the second will give you the means to fight. Once you’ve slayed him, find your friends, follow the string back out, and depart for Athens at midnight. If you do this then my father will be unable to stop you.”
He trains that analytical gaze to study her now, picking and probing for any cracks in her plans or signs of deceit.
“Very well,” He diverts his attention back to the items, and Serena remembers how to breathe again. “How do I help you then?”
“Promise to take me with you.” Green eyes bear into him, demanding nothing but honesty; however the sacrifice remains as cool and collected as always.
“Then you have my word.” With that, he steps in the dark maze, his figure lost in the matter of seconds.