Not Quite Alice-2Jordan frowned and stood to look at the clock on the wall. It was 6:25. "I wonder who that could be." He walked over to the door as the doorbell rang once again. " I'm coming! Hold on a minute!" He called, obviously getting annoyed. He swung the door open and Alois could hear his father's voice from the kitchen, though he couldn't see him or whoever was at the door.
"Hello? Can I help you, sir?" Jordan's voice asked from the foyer.
Alois heard no answer. In fact, he didn't hear anything. After his father had spoken, everything became totally silent throughout the house. Even his mother, who had been eating her green beans, stopped her chewing to listen for a response.
Any response, Thought Alois, ears straining, just somebody say something, please!
Then, all of a sudden, there was a sharp gasp from his father and a single shout of, "ELIZABETH!", cut abruptly short.
In a single moment, Elizabeth leapt to her feet, sending her dinner plate crashing to the floor. She grabbed onto her son'
Not quite alice-1Never was there a line this long in human history. Or at least not by the standards of the students at St. Jane's High School. There were roughly 630 students in the entire school. Not that many for a school in New York City. But it seemed much more than that when more than half of them were waiting in line to buy lunch. Usually most of the students (both boys and girls) who attended either brought their own lunches or didn't eat. But no. today, it seemed, everyone had forgotten to pack so, they would all be stuck in a line longer than whole cafeteria. This was not an exaggeration, mind you. About five or six students trailed out the double doors and into the hallway. One of these poor, unfortunate souls was Alois Arkwright. He had fallen asleep in his geometry class again and not heard the bell ring. But it did. And he was late to lunch, and therefor cursed to wait at the back of the ridiculous line.Not quite alice-13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
No wonder he was late. No one cared to wake him or tell him where to go. He had spent
Modern Alice 1This is how it always ended, this reocurring nightmare of mine.Modern Alice 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I would fall. I would always fall. The strange thing is, that when I wake up and even while I'm falling, I have no idea what led to it.
I'm falling now. I take the chance to look around me for a few seconds. I can't see the ground or where i fell from but I seem to be falling down a vertical tunnel. The light was strange and full of mixed colors, as though picasso had painted lamplight. It takes me until now to notice that I'm screaming. Screaming as though I though someone could hear me. As though someone would save me from this certain death. But by now, I remember that no one is coming.
My screams, The freezing updraft from whatever was below me, The way my throat started to ache as my screams grew louder and more urgent, even the weird tingly cold feeling I get in my toes when I'm not wearing shoes.
I give one last final shriek and...
And I wake up...
I shift in my sleep. The sound of my screaming fades
Child of Wonderland-4(Vorpal)Child of Wonderland-43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As we walked deeper and deeper into the Tulgey Wood, I began to feel overwhelmed. Like something was pressing down on me. Crushing my lungs. Making it hard to breath. I looked around to see if anyone else was feeling the same way. As far as I could tell, they were all in great discomfort but only Cyrille looked like he was in physical pain. His face was pale and each step he took made him wobble dangerously.
I watched the expression of determination in Cantharis's face soften to one of concern. He went back a few paces and slung his servant's arm around his own neck and put an arm around the smaller boy's waist to steady him. Cyrille looked up at him with a heartbreakingly adorable look of confusion on his face.
"I'm sorry, Master, am I slowing you down?"
Cantharis frowned and his eyebrows knitted together. "That isn't what's important. I'm worried that you might not make it on your own."
"Master, there's no need to worry about me." Cyrille looked away.
Cantharis rolled his ey
Child of Wonderland-2(Alice)Child of Wonderland-23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I waited outside the door of my son's room. I was as impatient as ever and not at all ashamed to admit it. I had already sent Vorpal to come make sure Cantharis was awake but, I hadn't heard back from her either. I was ready to find my son hurrying to get ready and ready to hear him sputter out an argument for why he shouldn't have to attend the conference. Neither I nor Quinn liked these stupid meetings anymore than Cantharis but we all had to show up for them. We couldn't simply act on impulse.
I knocked once and waited.
I knocked again and waited.
Still no reaction from the other side of the door. I frowned and opened it. It was empty of life entirely. His bed was unmade and a few books were stacked on the desk. The curtains were thrown open as wide as the could go and the window was open. I frowned and chewed on my lower lip. I was not shocked at all. I wasn't upset either. I actually felt a small swell of pride. My son had escaped boredom yet again.
I left his r
Modern Alice-20(Alice)Modern Alice-203 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I awoke the next morning to blinding sunlight streaming through the curtains over a large bay window. I felt groggy and my eyesight was fuzzy. I curled up and realized, I was no longer on the ground in the Ex-Queen's throne room. I was in a large four poster bed, wrapped in a large, fluffy white blanket. I sat up weakly and noticed a sharp pain in my neck. I touched my skin lightly and felt large bruises where the Queen's hands had been wrapped around. I yawned a little and stretched.
I looked around the room. Apart from the bed, there was a round table with a chess pattern on it and four stools around it. There was an large blue arm chair in the corner by a pretty looking fireplace. There were two book cases, all full. And a small bedside table with a silver crown and a white rose in a pretty blue vase. I smiled a little.
Just then, the door swung open. A small, thin girl, perhaps a year younger than me, stood there, holding a tray of food in both hands. She had long silver-wh
Child of Wonderland-5(Cyrille)Child of Wonderland-53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The further we went into the Tulgey Wood, the darker the sky got and the thicker the air seemed to get. A few feet further and the stench of rotting flesh caught my nose. I noticed my master double over and almost vomit. I bit my lower lip. If it was sickening to me, his hightened sense of smell must have made it near unbearable for him. I noticed Aurelia's eyes widen a little in realization.
Ivan glanced over with a glare on his face. "remember what?"
"I remember why I'm in this damn forest in the first place!" She took off running towards the smell. Ivan growled, obviously irritated and chased after her. Cantharis tried to follow him but the smell overwhelmed him almost imediatly. He fell to his knees and crawled back a little. I crouched down next to him and placed my hands on his shoulders comfortingly.
"Master...We should just let Ivan handle this..." I said sadly.
He nodded shakily. Vorpal unwrapped a cloth from her arm and tied it over his mouth and nos
White Rabbit-3The police arrived at the scene of the second murder the next morning after getting a call from the man's roommate. Rabbit pushed past several police officers, ducked under the 'do not cross' tape and pushed his way into the bathroom where the victim lay in the tub, fully clothed and swelling from soaking in the water so long. Rabbit felt himself gag at the scent of blood and death but willed himself to move beside the body.White Rabbit-33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Mr. Mouse. Drowned. How inventive..."
That's when he spotted the note. Just a scrap of yellowing paper stuck inside the first 'M' cut into the victim's head. He made a face but reached out and plucked the paper from the wound. It made an odd squishy sound as it was removed. Rabbit unfolded the note. It was written messily and some letters were smudged but it was ledgible anyway.
Rabbit read the note twice. Well, technically he read it once and then glared at it the second time, not really taking in the words. "DAMNIT!" He cursed, louder than he had intended, and l
White Rabbit-2In a matter of moments, the man had lowered his guns and placed them on a table. He smiled at the officers innocently enough and sat in a swivel chair, which spun slowly. "So, what, may I ask, brings you two to my dank, dark, little cave of a room?" He tilted his head. "And so early in the morning. It can't possibly be later than 7:30."White Rabbit-23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Well, we've been up since 4 AM." Officer Carton spoke up, already disapproving and unsure of 'White Rabbit'. "Girl of about 28 was murdered in her apartment building last night by the looks of it. Got the call this morning from the man sharing the building with her. He and his younger son saw her first. Poor kid's traumatized." He shook his head sadly.
White Rabbit frowned and raised an eyebrow. "People get murdered a lot in New York. Not all of them are a job for me. What sets this apart, hm?" Officer Porter bit his lip nervously and spoke up for the first time. "We think it'll turn serial. Please, sir, just come see the body!"
The young man thought f
White Rabbit-1A sickening THUNK filled the humid air on a warm summer night, causing a sudden, earily silent peace to fall over the old, sparcely furnished apartment building. A beautiful contrast, in his opinion, to the screaming chaos that beat against his eardrums only moments before. There wasn't much blood to show for his work either, which was a good thing in it's own way. He prefered a quiet, clean death. Unfortunatly, this woman hadn't stayed quiet.White Rabbit-13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Infact, her frantic reaction to the sight of a strange man in her apartment building, holding a knife had caused her death without him having to lift a finger. She had screamed, backed up a step too far, and fell over the stair railing. She fell three floors, screaming all the way and landed perfectly on her head with a THUNK. He had to restrain himself from bursting out laughing as he calmly decended the stairs to the woman's body. He didn't mind the screaming so much, given the circumstances. He had found that this weekend, as saturday as it we
Not Quite Alice-3In a flash, Alice was on her feet and pulling Alois up beside her. She turned her head towards him and whispered quickly, "You have to go. The only way to save Elizabeth and Jordan is to go to Wonderland. I wish you didn't have to but wishing rarely serves our family well. There's a special dagger in the bedside table drawer. Take it. You'll need it."Not Quite Alice-33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was a lot for Alois to process but at the moment, his body was running on auto-pilot. He nodded his head jerkily, like a marionette being controlled by some other force. Alice pushed him away from her as Klaus drew something shiny from his pocket. It glinted brightly in the light from the moon. He shone it towards Alice and Alois caught what it was. It was a watch. A large silver pocket watch. The hands began to move faster and faster clockwise but Alois couldn't tell what was happening.
Until he looked at Alice. He gasped in horror. His mother was aging fast. Her skin wrinkled and cracked and her eyes became dull and blind. There were
Learning to Love Insanity-1Learning to Love InsanityLearning to Love Insanity-13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
That's what my life has consisted of for the last four years. For the last four years, I had been shot up with more drugs and medication than I could fathom. I was so sick of my daily routine. I woke up every morning at 7:30. I was then injected in the arm and taken downstairs for breakfast. Breakfast was usually the same. Toast and oatmeal. I would kill for a plate of eggs and some bacon.
I was then taken for my daily examination/therapy session wher some bastard in a pin stripe suit asked me about my 'problems' and what I needed to feel more comfortable here. I always replied the same in my mind, 'I need less needles in my arm and fewer pills in my food.' but in life, I kept silent. I didn't talk to people who thought they could 'understand' me and 'help' me. I've had enough of their kind of help.
I was then taken outside to the courtyard where all the grass, trees and flowers grew, Shot up some more and had 3 hours of free time to sit outsi
Child of Wonderland-3(Cantharis)Child of Wonderland-33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As we walked, a few scattered trees began to show up. The further we walked the denser the clusters of trees got. I came to a point where we could barely see each other among the trees. Then, all of a sudden, the trees gave way entirely to a large clearing. There was a large table, left long forgotten in the middle of the clearing surrounded by chairs and stools of all shapes and sizes. There was food rotting and cold tea in the cups and kettles.
"The Mad Tea Party..." Vorpal whispered. "Don't touch anything." '
I frowned. "Why not?" I inched forward, eyes fixed on a clear bottle marked 'Drink me'.
"Just don't!" She grabbed my hand and pulled me along after Cyrille, who was already on his way. I reached out just in time and snatched the bottle from the table, slipping it into my pocket. I don't think anyone noticed, or at least if they did, no one said anything.
Cyrille looked back. "We're almost there. Turn left in a minute." I looked around and we were surrounded by trees
Child of Wonderland-1Ever since I was little, I never did what I was told.Child of Wonderland-13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There was always something I was being told to do or expected to do. And I went out of my way to do exactly the opposite. Rules and expectations. My life was full of them. Whether they were introduced by the kingdom or by my parents, they were always there.
The people's thoughts on how I should dress and behave were what I detested the most. I was to always have my hair brushed twice a day if it was to remain long and if I were to cut it short then It would have to be ridiculously short. I once joked that if I were to keep brushing it so much, my hair would fall out anyway. I earned quite a few annoyed glances from that remark. I was never to have dirt on my face or clothes, it was 'unsightly'. My clothes were always to reflect my station as a prince, therefore, limiting all ability to move aside from walking and shaking hands.
I hated it.
My parent's rules were a little more practical, and according to them, 'for my own safety'. 1.
Modern Alice-19(Alice)Modern Alice-193 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As I walked through the hall of mirrors, I didn't bother to look at my reflection. I caught it in my peripheral and knew it to be different each time. In one mirror, I looked as I had when I was four. In another I looked around 20. In a third I was an old crone. And in a fourth, I looked exactly as I do now.
I smirked and took off the gauntlet on my right hand. I looked at my true reflection and grinned. Something red was glowing behind it. I tested the metal glove's weight in my hand and then threw it right at the mirror. Hard. It shattered inwards, displaying more of Wonderland's questionable physics. Behind it there was a small red door, almost too small for me to fit through. I managed to squeeze through by crawling. Once I made it through, I looked behind me. The door was now regular sized. It snapped shut and locked.
Clap. Clap. Clap.
I heard applause from above me. I looked up. The queen of hearts was beautiful, that much was true. She had long black hair in a pony tail.