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I paced anxiously across the palace floor, biting my nails in anticipation.
It had been a week since the big fight went down and all of the criminals were incarcerated, all of March's limbs destroyed and Jack was king again. He and Duchess would be married soon and after the funeral I would be heading home.
I still couldn't believe it.
The memory of that day assaulted me vividly.
I watched the TV in absolute horror.
The plan had been for Hatter to give the Resistance time to set up a sniper aimed at Mad March and others slowly infiltrate his palace. When everyone had been moved to the Mausoleum it had been altered only slightly.
I bit the inside of my cheek as I watched all of the events unfold and I thought that everyone would be safe when Hatter ran, but when he turned back I knew there'd be casualties.
When the shot rang out I didn't look I just pulled up a chair and sat staring at the door.
A few Resistance members carried Hatter and Julia in. I knew that one of them would never wake up.
Hatter entered the room quickly, breaking me out of my stupor.
He looked dashing in his black tux and matching black fedora. However, his face was contorted very visibly in pain. His arm was in a sling from one of the bullet wounds he'd sustained. I was glad that he was trying to mask his emotions anymore, but his pain almost hurt me. I loved him and wished that I could have taken it away.
I remembered holding him when he came to while he sobbed in my shoulder. He looked so broken. So lost.
"She's gone. I might as well have been holding the gun. I've killed everyone who has ever been close to me, except for you," Hatter sobbed. I knew how hard it must've been for him.
"And I'm not going anywhere. Hatter this isn't your fault. This is March's," I answered soothingly.
He sniffled and pulled away slowly. He looked at me sadly and stated, "I love you, Alice. I can't lose you. Marry me, please."
"What? No. Hatter I know you're sad, but I'm not marrying you out of pity!" I exclaimed.
He shook his head and argued, "Alice, I know how this sounds, but I've been thinking about this for a while. Julia's… death, has made me realize that life is precious and I'm not going to waste any of it anymore. Marry me, Alice."
I felt tears form in my eyes and I nodded eagerly.
I twisted my ring anxiously around my finger. Hatter had found his mother's old ring. I didn't even know that he had it, but apparently he had been wearing on a chain around his neck. I had never noticed it before, but that was probably because he didn't want me to.
It was really pretty. It had a simple silver band and a small heart-shaped diamond. On the inside it had the words, My Love, inscribed
The funeral had been short and incredibly sad. We had ducked out on the party because it would've bummed Hatter out.
"Tell me what you're thinking," I commanded softly, pulling him down on the seat next to mine. We were in Mad March's office. I hadn't thought it was a good idea, but Hatter wanted me to see some of his past and surprisingly March had a bunch of it on his wall.
"I'm thinking that I've lost everything that once mattered to me and I'm tired of the pity," he replied seriously, grabbing my hand easily and giving me a serious look.
"I'm sorry," I murmured soothingly.
He nodded and replied, "It's not your fault. I'm so sick of being sad. I need to move on and this funeral gave me a lot of closure. I didn't go to my family's funerals, so it seems like this was theirs by extension. I owe Julia so much. I can't believe she's really gone."
I nodded sympathetically and added, "I love you, Hatter."
He smiled at me halfheartedly and stood, pulling me up lightly. He led me March's psycho wall, although without him there it seemed more like an homage than an obsession, and gingerly plucked off a picture of a younger version of him with two adults and a baby.
"This was taken after my mom had Sophie. She was so cute. I wanted a little brother and when I heard it was a girl, I thought I'd be bummed, but one look at her and I was hers. She looked like my mom when she got older. My mom was the prettiest girl I'd ever seen," he reminisced happily, pointing at his mother.
She was lovely. She had Hatter's dark brown eyes and soft blonde hair. Her eyes were kind and her smile was knowing. I wished that I had met her. His dad was tall and had dark brown hair. His smile was cocky and his green eyes had a mischievous twinkle in them. I could see why they were close.
It was like looking at two forms of Hatter. I smiled softly at the picture.
He handed it to me and pulled another one off. It had a young Hatter and he was laughing. He didn't look like he knew about the picture being taken.
He was so handsome. His hair was slightly longer and it was very messy. His pale skin glowed against the harsh sunlight. I loved this Hatter almost as much as the one I knew.
"This was taken by my mom after I started high school. I was 15 and I was complaining about something when Sophie got up and exclaimed, "Cows go moo" and started dancing. She had gotten it from one of those stuffed animals that were supposed to teach her to talk. Her first word was moo so she just kept saying moo over and over again," he explained, laughing at the memory. He looked like he did in the picture.
I smiled widely and pecked him on the cheek.
Someone knocked gingerly on the door and announced, "The Looking Glass is ready in the foyer."
Hatter sighed and pecked me on the cheek before heading for the door.
"You coming?" he inquired at the doorway.
I nodded, my eyes not leaving the wall, and replied, "I'll be right there."
He nodded and left. I glanced to make sure that he was gone before I yanked off all of his family pictures and shoved them into the pocket on my black dress before running out to catch him.
We walked to the Looking Glass hand-in-hand and people immediately came up to say good-bye.
"You're not leaving without saying good-bye to me, are you?" a familiar voice inquired from behind me inquired.
I turned to find Charlie, still wearing his dirty knight's armor, standing expectantly.
I immediately enveloped him in a hug and exclaimed, "Charlie!"
Hatter clapped him on the back and stated, "Nice to see you, mate."
I pulled away and Charlie replied, "It is indeed. The cosmic forces tell me you don't intend on returning."
I smiled and Hatter reclaimed my hand before replying, "I hope not. We're going home."
He smiled and commented, "That's a nice ring on your finger Just Alice."
I smiled widely again and exclaimed, "Yeah. We're getting married."
He nodded and hugged me again.
"I'll miss you two, but I'm confident we'll meet again, hopefully under better circumstances," Charlie stated before skulking away.
I gave Hatter a baffled look and he said, "Good to know some things never change. Charlie's still crazy."
I smiled and nodded.
"Let's go home, Alice."
"Hatter, home is all I want right now."
And, hand-in-hand, we stepped through the Looking Glass, without looking back.
A/N: I really hope that wasn't terse or bad. Please tell me if you wanted me to write a prologue or something, because I'd be happy to. Review and thanks again for all of your guys' support. Please try to read my future stories, too. You guys are great!