Hood of the Great Hunt
I wish to be wise.
I have been here a hundred cycles. A thousand? I cannot recall.
Before, [the Queen] came often to visit. We made [bargains]. Most of those who [bargain] with me do not win. We take care with those. It is how we [feed].
But she won.
I remember when I carved this cage into the face of reality. I remember when she [wished] me into it.
[The Queen] is vulnerable. I can see her far away, facing into a storm.
The light around my cage fades. [Darkness] fills the chamber as a sheer force of will passes over it.
Before me stands a [King]. He offers to take me away. But I know he will not let me leave, either. An unfavorable position.
I never made a [bargain] with a [King]. I would like to try it. I tell him to take whatever he [wishes]. As long as he [wishes].
He agrees. I make an ugly sound with my mandibles. I cannot help myself. I find this scenario mirthful.
Then so does he. We do it together. Loud gusts of sound from our faces for whole moments.
Most of those who [bargain] with me do not win.