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A Beating Heart: Chapter 9"We were holding the future in handA place to fly, and a place to land."Chapter 9"Well, what about this one? 'There are four turtle-ducks swimming in a pond; two are startled and run away. How many are left, my dear?" Tarrant, not looking up from his work, asked the little girl next to him. Mia was currently perched atop one of the many tables in his hat-making room, her swinging feet dangling off the edge, and she seemed to focus solely on the project in her hands. That was, however, not the case, as she looked up from the little fabric doll and cocked her head at the madman.After it had been declared nay, decreed by Mia that there was fun to be had, both the Hatter and the little redheaded girl had gotten right to it. However, after a rather loud objection from her stomach, it was decided that a visit to the kitchens and, inevitably, Thackery was in order. When they had arrived, it became apparent that no, the March Hare was
A Beating Heart - Chapter 8 "The threat is real, When his sight goes red again. Seeing red again." Chapter 8 "Stayne!" A shrill voice screeched, causing several birds that had been resting in the overhead trees to scatter. "Yes, my Queen?" the named man hissed through clenched teeth, telling himself for what felt like the hundredth time that morning that no, he couldn't kill her yet; not until his plan was fulfilled. Then, and only then, could he wrap his gloved fingers around the horrid woman's neck and squeeze until there was no breath left in her disproportionate body. Oh, how he longed to watch her face turn another color than the angry red that so often covered it. Blue
or purple, maybe. Both rather delightful colors onc
A Beating Heart: Chapter 7"Give me something more to keep on breathing forPlease give me something to believe"Chapter 7When Tarrant and Alice finally stepped back through the trees, the group waiting for them at the castle door breathed a collective sigh of relief. That is, until they noticed that something was amiss. While Alice was smiling softly despite her mussed hair, dirtied dress, and red-rimmed eyes, the Hatter's forehead was creased in thought. His colors were faded slightly, and his eyes bordered on a yellow as opposed to their normal lime color. Before anyone could ask, though, Mia was racing to her mother's open arms, Mally clutching to the girl's hair for dear life. "Mummy!" The little redhead cried happily. The Hatter momentarily forgot his somber mood at the heartwarming sight that is, until he spotted Hamish standing by Mirana. He sent a quick, cold glare toward the oblivious Englishman, before turning back to Alice and her daughter."I must ask your forgiveness, ladies,
A Beating Heart - Chapter 6"Broken angel, you've got to learn to fly
Get up, and earn your wings tonight
"Chapter 6"Now, my dear, what trouble have you been causing now?" Alice asked the grinning girl in her arms."Nothing, mother," Mia giggled. "I've been good." Alice raised an eyebrow at her, but the little redhead only kept on smiling."Alrigh', will someone please tell meh wha's goin' on?" Mallymkun huffed loudly from Tarrant's shoulder. Alice jumped slightly and clutched her daughter protectively, turning her head to fully face the others present. By the look on her face, it seemed that it was the first time she had noticed the others present. She sent a confused glare towards the little group, and blinked several times. As she did this, someone behind her placed a hand on her shoulder."It's alright, Alice," Hamish said gently, stepping outside. Apparently, he had been with her the whole time, but no one had seen him. Everyone had been too focused on the presumed-dead Cham