You hold your ground, thinking that you are an armed hero and the person coming couldn't possibly do you any harm.
A face appears through a slit in the gates. "Hello, there, mister. Whaddayou want?"
You swallow, clearly not expecting this. It's an old woman with a wrinkled face and cat-like eyes.
"No, don't tell ma. You're tryin' ta rescue tha' princess?" The old woman bursts out into wheezy fits of laughter. "You ain't gonna succeed, I can tell ya that much!"