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A Beating Heart: Chapter 7
"Give me something more to keep on breathing for
Please give me something to believe"
When 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 "
"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
A Beating Heart - Chapter 5
"One of these days letters are gonna fall from the sky
telling us all to go free
But until that day I'll find a way to let everybody know that you're coming back
you're coming back for me "
When the door snapped shut, the small group stood in the hallway in dumbfounded silence. They all found themselves wondering the same things. Had that really just happened? Was that really Alice? Why was the little girl calling her 'mummy'? Tarrant found that the last question had a greater affect on him, and he wondered with detached curiosity why the thought of Alice loving someone upset him so.
After a few moments of simply standing there, the trio snapped out of their stupor just in time to see the other two men attempting to sneak away. "Captain, I would like a word with you," Mirana said calmly, yet with a firmness that Hamish hadn't heard before.
The small man turned around slowly, his expression a mask of indifference. "Yes, your M
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