"Time for breakfast, Your Highness," I say. Amber Verdan is smiling when I come into her cell. Weird. She never smiles.
"Greetings, Arthur," she says. "Today is a glorious day."
"Yeah?" I ask as I set her tray down. "Why's that?"
Verdan's smile grows wider. "Arthur, I finally have recovered all my power. Today I shall escape this place and return to my kingdom."
"Oh, ok." I mentally note to have a watch put on Verdan, though I doubt she'd try anything. Except for the fact that she thinks she's a fairy queen, Verdan's harmless. Almost sane, really.
"Arthur, you have long been my favorite. I would have you come with me and be my knight, if you would pledge your fealty to me. I long to show you my kingdom. Will you do it?"
"Sure, Your Highness," I say. "Why not?"
Verdan frowns. "I am serious, Arthur. If you would be my knight, swear it. Pledge your fealty to me forever."
"I pledge my fealty to you as your knight forever."
She stands, beaming. This is really weird.
"Oh, Arthur, you shall not regret this. I have so much to show you."
Then I notice the vines.