The King, the Queen, Ruben, and Scarlet spiraled down staircase after staircase toward the Royal Stables. Just when Ruben and Scarlet thought there would be no end to the twisty maze of stairs, the Queen reached a huge set of heavy oak doors and threw them open. They all ran blinking into the sudden light of the fields behind the palace, and only a stone’s throw away stood the entrance to the Royal Stables.
“Over here!” said the Queen. “Quickly now!”
They ran to the front gate of the stables, where two of the Queen’s guards were waiting. Each held a very familiar-looking Senior Apprentice to the Royal Plumber by the arm.
“Haldo!” gasped Ruben.
“Now, now,” said the King. “I’m sure there’s a ...