Disney's World Of Adventures: Princess Alliance
Chapter 05 - The Witch, The Dragon, And True Love’s Kiss
The five heroes (and Gruber) hacked their way through the forest of thorns until they neared the end. Upon leaving the thorny thicket, and having worked up a sweat from their hacking and slashing, they stopped to catch their breaths and wipe the sweat from their brows. Gruber, who had barely lifted a finger to lift his own sword, merely brushed the dust off his trousers with a huff.
“About time we escaped those dreaded thorns.” He pressed his hand upon his heart and lifted his chin proudly as he flicked his hair back. “No need to thank me.”
Susan rolled her eyes behind his back and muttered under her breath, when she finally caught it, “No one was going to.”
Gruber pointed to the path ahead of them. “Onward, fellow adventurers. Time is of the essence, and the darling princess—my princess!—awaits her rescue.”
If Susan wasn’t disgusted at his refusal to help them through the thorns, she was appalled now that he dared imply his efforts would rescue her friend. Unfortunately, she and the others were too exhausted to rebut him. All they could do was follow.
The six of them traveled by foot the rest of the way. Their horses remained tied to their posts on the other side of the forest, as they refused to travel through the thorns. Fortunately, their equine companions, having been fed and watered, would be safe alone for the time being.
Along a winding road among rolling hills they traversed until they reached the foot of the mountain range bordering the kingdom. Their path soon led them to a ravine. At the end of the path spanned a stone bridge, where stood a tall tower on the other side. Along the bridge rose a series of pillars, each bearing the worn, faded colors of hanging banners. Both the bridge and tower were hewn of stones that appeared much older than even the surrounding mountains. At the top of the tower was a stained-glass window, its panes the only hue among the gray stone. No doubt this was where the witch had trapped the princess.
“At last, we’ve arrived!” Gruber stretched forth his arms to greet his destination. “And in yonder tower, dreaming of her true love, awaits the lovely Princess Marianna.”
Once more, he pressed his hand against his heart. Closing his eyes and gleaming his pearly whites, he gesticulated to the others.
“I have no further need of your assistance, thank you,” he said. “It is I who will brave the tower and rescue the princess from the clutches of the wicked witch—”
He turned to gaze into the sickly green eyes of the witch herself as she stood before him, her crooked yellow grin inches from his face. Her sudden appearance startled him and forced him to leap a yard back.
“Bruja Dama!” Reflexively, he drew his sword and aimed it at her with trembling grip. “Stay back, foul wretch, or I shall smite thee with my—”
“¡Venga ya!” she rolled her eyes with arms akimbo. With a single slap, as casually as if she were swatting away a fly, she sent his sword flying from his grip and across the ground. “I take it you’re the príncipe valiente who’s come to rescue fair maiden?”
With a yelp, Gruber rose both fists in front of his face. “Y-y-yes! I am the man who will fight for her honor. Now unhand her at once.”
“Come to bargain, have we?” The witch studied her fingernails before glancing back at the poor, pathetic excuse of a prince cowering before her. “Pues vale. I will trade the princess for the entire kingdom. I very much want my pueblo back on the top of the hill, though the castle will suffice as a suitable upgrade.”
Susan, from where she stood yards away from the Prince, pointed an angry finger at her. “You will hand my friend over at once, or you will have to contend with us!”
The other four nodded in agreement as their hands hovered near their weapons.
Gruber nodded furiously and pointed at the others. “Y-y-yeah! What she said.”
Bruja Dama flicked her wrist. “Have it your way.”
She rose several feet into the air and stretched forth her arms. Her eyes glowed green as she chanted: “Ahora deberás tratar conmigo, y todos los poderes del mal.”