one more // superchick
I have awesome time management skills. Yeah. Sorry this is barely in... and probably not that great. I'm sitting here with no idea what to write. :P I apologize for the riddle... I got it off the internet. Because I am really bad with riddles and puzzles.
My heart pounds as I approach the maze. This is it. The Triwizard Tournament. I grip my wand tightly and take a deep breath, running over the list of items in my head to look for. Could I do this?
The other thirteen competitors and I got into position, in front of fourteen different entrances to the maze. At the signal, we all bolted in. "Lumos," I said softly to my wand, slowing down and scanning the walls. The small things - like the paper clips - could be anywhere.
I didn't see any of the other wizards through my first three turns. I couldn't decide if that was comforting or nerve-wracking.
I walked for what seemed like a long time, my heart racing. I felt totally turned around now; I had no idea how to get out of the maze, should I need to. Not that I planned on needing to.
Finally, I came to a little opening in the maze. I ran to the center of it, where a copy of the Quibbler waited under a glass case. "Yes!" I cried.
I circled the glass once, looking for what the puzzle might be. Nothing looked like it was going to attack me. I stepped up to examine it.
A bronze plaque was mounted on the class case, with a little dial below with five spaces on it, each marked with letters. The plaque read: "Five hundred begins it, five hundred ends it, five in the middle is seen. The first of all figures, the first of all letters, take up their stations between. Join all together, and then you will bring before you the name of an eminent king."
"What?" I whispered. I hate riddles! I've always felt like I should better at them than I am - because of my mother and all.
For a minute I considered the riddle. I had no idea what it meant... but I definitely couldn't leave. I sighed and went to work. The riddle could maybe have numbers standing for letters... one through twenty-six. But no; it mentioned five hundred.
For what seemed like a long time, I fiddled with the dial. All the letters were capitol, I noticed. It was only when I saw the "i" on one of the dials that it clicked in my brain: a capitol I... the "first of all figures" in Roman numerals. I gasped. Quickly, I read the riddle again. I turned the central of the five dials to V - five in Roman numerals.
What was five hundred? I sat still, thinking for a moment. Finally, it clicked - D. I turned the first and last dials to D. I had D_V_D. What was left? First of all figures: I. First of all letters: A. DIVAD? No, I realized: DAVID. An eminent king - King David, from the Bible.
My hands shaking, I turned the dials. A lock clicked, and the glass lifted from the Quibbler.
"Yes!" I cried, and grabbed it, pushing it into my bag. I turned and bolted deeper into the maze.
Twice, I came across empty cases, much to my distress. Finally, I found another item - Advanced Potion Making. It required me to - what else? - solve a riddle and make a potion using the answer. I did so, then added the book to my bag and went on.
After about another half hour, I found the copy of the Daily Prophet, guarded by jigsaw puzzle. I worked that out and claimed the paper, trying to estimate how much time was left. Not much, I was guessing.
I walked for a while longer. I was beginning to get tired of the maze.
Something caught my eye, deep in the hedge. I crouched down and peered under the bushes. The Chocolate Frog card! I pulled out my wand, determined to get it. But just then, a voice echoed through the maze:
"Wizards! Your time is up!"
I couldn't believe it. I was barely able to put my wand away. An official arrived to escort me out of the maze. I looked over my shoulder as I went... If only I'd gotten that card!
Would three items be enough?
I'm sorry, @hungergamestintin1d. I know that wasn't very good. =\ I hope you like it anyway.
We're about to go decorate our tree. :D Merry Christmas, everybody!