The King, the Queen, Ruben, and Scarlet leapt from the Loop platform the moment it eased to a halt at the Center o’ the Kingdom station and the doors whooshed open. They made a beeline for the gleaming red metal gates of the Refactory, which they could already see from the station exit.
“Right through here!” said the King. “Quickly now!” As they approached, the two guards manning the gates hastily pulled them open, trying to salute at the same time.
The four of them sped through the gates and down a long paved road. The Refactory loomed ahead: a huge red metal block of a building with a dozen chimneys puffing a pleasant-looking pink smoke.
They arrived at a large set of gleaming double ...