The Soldier's Dream 8
The Labyrinth
The door opens on the Labyrinth and darkness.  The Soldier is making his stealthy
penetration as he has done before.  Two things are different from all previous
entries.  First, he carries a leather bag, perhaps like a small saddle bag, with some
kind of metal seal and, secondly, he does not unravel any thread to lead him out
again.  An understanding viewer will see meaning in this.
The Soldier, of course, knew from the first instant he
saw (and more importantly--felt) the Minotaur, he had
entered upon impossibilities--irresolvable
conflicts--There was, first, his mission from the Great
Goddess which must be accomplished--else all that he
was and had ever been was dishonored and negated and
it would be far better that he had never been born.  
Then, secondly, there was what he had not foreseen,
although perhaps the Goddess had known it, that he
was powerless before the Minotaur--Of course, he was
not equal physically to the strength of the Beast--That
was foreseen--What was not foreseen was that he was
powerless because he loved the Minotaur.  He had been
completely shocked to find himself, although sent to
kill him, loving the Beast, loving his mastery and power,
and his own delight in his service.
It was odd that the Minotaur had never spoken a word to the Soldier and there had only been one time
when the Soldier knew the Minotaur had actually looked at him, although the Soldier was pretty sure
the Minotaur had "felt" him on many occasions in his mind.  The Soldier had become quite addicted to
creeping into the Labyrinth at night and gazing on the Beast as he slept.  Of course, it was part of his
duty to learn of the Beast and the Labyrinth, if possible, that some way might be found to carry out
his fate-ordained mission from the Goddess.  As it happened, though, the Soldier knew the heat he
always felt coursing in his veins as the did this was because the Beast excited him erotically and, as he
watched him, he was almost always erect and he suspected the Beast felt his presence and consented
to it.  He may even have enjoyed it--the Soldier was not sure.  The Soldier was, however, too old a
hand not to know that the fact there were no guards at the Labyrinth as he slipped into it could be no
accident.  He felt quite sure the Minotaur "wished" it to be so--possibly to lure him into depths of
servitude he could not even imagine before the doors closed forever or possibly for...what?

During his journey to the Labyrinth, the Soldier decided a critical element of his plan must be that it
be no-plan. (the negative of a plan just as many images in the Labyrinth appeared in negative of the
positive image)  The Minotaur was widely reputed to know men's thoughts.  The Soldier, of course,
found this to be true.  The Minotaur knew all his thoughts--The Minotaur scarcely bothered to look at
him--He "felt" him.  So, the only possible defense against this was through the Soldier having a rigid
mastery of his own mind.  There must be no-thoughts, no-plan for the Minotaur to know and "feel."  
Such as they were must be hidden in a locked and leaded box of the unconscious, and possibly safe
there until the coming forth by day --which had now come--but by night.