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Ariana Storm

Try not to you lose your head, things aren't always what they seem

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a character in “On the Wings of a Dream”, as played by Syn_Maxwell

Description

"What is better? To be born good. Or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?" -Paarthurnax

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Full Name: Ariana Storm

Nick Name: Aria

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Personality: Seems shy but really is adventurous, carefree but keeps to herself.

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Teal Blue

Quirks:
●Bites her lip when thinking
●Fiddles with the bracelet on her wrist when nervous


Appearance Description: Her skin is fair which makes her hair and eyes stand out. Ariana is well toned and has a normal build for her age, she's not too skinny or big but just in the middle. She prefers to wear clothes that fit her frame because she doesn't like clothes that are loose. Ariana usually has on a black tank top and dark blue jeans with boots. She has a bracelet that her mother gave her on her wrist that has a heart and a skeleton key on it.

Quotes: "We're not born evil, but we're not born good either. It's the choices we make that make us who we are."


Likes:
●Anything Thrilling
●Long hair
●Unnatural eye colors
●Any music except rap and gospel
●Reading, Singing and Writing

Dislikes:
●Normal things
●the color pink
●people who are judgmental

Powers: N/A at the time

Weapons/ Things They Are Carrying: Ariana carries two daggers and a bow n arrow, also knows martial arts

Back Story: : At the time Ariana's history is unknown

So begins...

Ariana Storm's Story

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Looking at the sky Ariana stood up and began walking down a path in the woods. "No point in just sitting around right? There has to be at least someone around here." Mumbling to herself was something that always occurred when she had to much on her mind. As she was lost in thought a sweet aroma invaded her nose and caused her to inhale deeply, "Is that tea?.." Stopping in her tracks Ariana took in another deep breath, "Sure smells like it...so there is someone!" She had the urge to run but Ariana knew better. If she tired she would just wear herself out and being in a place she doesn't know very well she needed all the energy she could save. So deciding it would be best to take her time and take everything in, I mean there's no rush. I don't have a clue about where I am, who I am or what is going on. So nope, I refuse to rush things. Chuckling at herself Ariana followed the scent hoping that she would find someone there who knew what this place was.

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Hearing voices Aria stopped walking and looked in the direction the voices came from, "Are there people?" She changed her course and pushed some brush aside but saw no one. Furrowing her brow Aria walked onto the path and sighed in frustration, "I could have sworn I just heard people..." Looking down the path Aria just realized that the world seemed to change, "Great this place has a mind of its own now?" Running her fingers through her hair Aria headed what she was going to assume was south hoping that she didn't back track. This is such a pain! Moving a tree branch out of her way Aria saw that she was at the top of a hill and could see a castle in the distance. "It looks so far away...maybe a four day walk at the most."

Biting her lip she was debating if she should head towards the castle or turn back. I do want to find someone but I don't want to be a prisoner for trespassing either. Groaning in frustration Aria sat down at stared at her charm, "I remember that my mother gave me this...and I know that I'm nineteen but that's all. I don't know how I got here or why I'm here..." While she was sitting she felt something in her pocket and pulled it out. "My ipod!" Feeling happy for once since she's been here Aria put the ear buds in her ears and pressed play. Hearing the song Memories by Panic! At the Disco come on she had to contain her laughter. How fitting.

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Sinistra "Tweedle Dee" Lato Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Rhiannon Jakalyn Pierce Character Portrait: Isaiah "Grey" Gris Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts] Character Portrait: Belca Character Portrait: Yumika "Ivory" Rae Character Portrait: Ariana Storm
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Cheshire

She continued to float higher, her body still limp. The words of the Chains were lost to her as she ignored everything below. She was irritated and bored and was almost to the top of the ceiling. She was preparing herself to leave, to disappear back to her tree when the Queen suddenly revealed The Great Hall. She twisted herself around, happily surprised at the change of scenery. Who had done it? Were they fighting already? She looked down upon the Chains with interest, but the new contestants caught her eye. They seemed lost, too uptight to be creatures from Her Wonderland, then again being in the Queen's company does that to people. She twitched her ears and flicked her tail, letting her jewelry sing to her as she studied them. They seemed 'normal', almost dreadfully so and this excited Cheshire immensely. She hadn't seen a 'normal' creature in her Wonderland for quite some time.

Allowing herself to fade, besides her manic eyes and wonderful grin, she makes herself known to the children. Appearing a nose length away before the first child she takes a few seconds to study before moving on to the next. A variously coloured mist follows suit, emphasizing her bright wide eyes and glowing teeth. "Well aren't you all dull," she croons in her ectasy, her eyes changing rapidly from yellow to blue to green and back again. She counted the children. Two males were present in this little crowd, which surprised her. Female's for some odd reason were more common to venture into her Wonderland. Interested in these two, she swept around them, taking note of their traits and composure (or lack of one). The young one with the long silvery hair, put her off, reminding her of that wretched White Rabbit. However, the other seemed boring as well, though the short blue hair was at least something fun. Her eyes widened looking over the blue haired child in sudden recognition. Her grin grew exceptionally larger. "Oh, aren't you the clever one?" she exclaimed, swirling around the kid, "You're not at all what you seem to be are you?"

She decided to try this one out. The surprise was refreshing and hopefully the child would be too. She jumped away from the trailing mist and landed upon the child's shoulders as a cat, nestling against the neck. Pleased to finally be resting against something warm and soft, she can't help but purr. The short hair was a plus. She wouldn't have to dig around to get comfy. Oh yeah, Cheshire decided, this one's a keeper.

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Sinistra "Tweedle Dee" Lato Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Rhiannon Jakalyn Pierce Character Portrait: Isaiah "Grey" Gris Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts] Character Portrait: Ariana Storm
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Ariana saw other people and creatures of the world she thought to be wonderland. Looking around the room, Ariana didn't make a move. She didn't like to jump into action without knowing what she was jumping into to, and on the other hand she did. Any thrill that was thrown at her she would face it head on. Seeing a cat and a man with mint color hair talking to two of the people that were there, Ariana put her ipod back in her pocket and wondered what was going on. "Last time I recall I wasn't in a room but on a hill...such a fickle world this is," Ariana mumbled to her self.

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Isaiah "Grey" Gris Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts] Character Portrait: Eve V. Kimberly Character Portrait: Belca Character Portrait: Yumika "Ivory" Rae Character Portrait: Ariana Storm
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Cheshire

Her closed eyes seemed to smile in that content way felines do. She stopped purring, her ears twitching as her contractor spoke. "If it's not too rude to ask, who are you...what are you?" If it's not too rude? Was she serious? She opened one eye upon her child and then to the others around. They all seemed to be taking things in stride. Her grin shrunk a bit, assuming their abilities to adapt so quickly was because each child was 'gifted'. Why else were they in her Wonderland? She sighed. At least this Rhia creature wasn't dull. Though fear tinted her voice, she kept it well under control, which would be useful later on.

Lazily, she opened her other eye and began kneading the child's neck. "Your manners are surprising for one who's been kidnapped from their world." The marks in her fur shimmered as several shades of purple and indigo rippled across her form. Unsatisfied in her current state, she faded only to reappear on the child's other shoulder. She snuggled once more against the girls nape. Now that things were finally in motion her mood was lightening up. Now was the time for fun, for molding her future underling. She would not fail in this aspect. She clears her throat ceremoniously before speaking. "I am The Majestic..The Knowing," her smile grew as her list of names rolled smoothly off her tongue, pausing dramatically for emphasis. "I am The Shifter..The Powerful..The Lost-And-Found." She shrugged her head, suggesting her contractor to follow her gaze across their surroundings and the Chains near them. "You, like them, are in my Wonderland." It was difficult remaining composed. Having knowledge over a person who was so 'out-of-the-loop' was exhilarating! She would enjoy it to the fullest. "Call me Cheshire," she said simply, "That name seems to tie everything together."

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Aria slowly opened her eyes and saw that she was once again back outside, "What in the world..." Standing up she remembered that she was in a hall but now it seemed she was back to where she started. Sighing she started walking down the hill and ran her fingers through her hair. "This is just freaking wonderful..." Hearing some water she followed the sound and smiled when she found the stream. Getting something to drink Aria continued to going straight wondering what was going on or what was going to happen to all the others that she saw. "This wonderland is becoming more confusing by the minute."

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Walking along the path Aria smelled an alluring aroma. Taking a deep breath she ventured off the path and pushed some tree branches aside to see a flower field. "This is beautiful!" Looking at the mix of flowers she saw a patch of roses next to a cherry blossom tree. Smiling she walked over to the tree and sat on one of the roots. Leaning towards a rose Aria inhaled once more and sighed, "I like this spot. I've been walking for a bit so taking a rest wont hurt." Resting her head against the cherry blossom tree Aria looked up at the pink petals and watched them fall giving off a tranquil feeling. "I guess this is a good part of Wonderland." Chuckling Aria continued to watch the petals enjoying the peace.

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Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Belca Character Portrait: Ariana Storm Character Portrait: Queen of Spades [Millace Fiore Liddell]
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Belca ... ? That sounds about right ....


Belca frowned, clearly the Queen wasn't a very good one. In fact, she sounded downright tyrannical, what with this game and ...

Something just occurred to her.

"She's a dictator, isn't she?"
There was just something in the way the Duchess had laughed when she suggested the Queen should protect Wonderland. The way she had dismissed the idea as an absurd one.

"Did you people even take part in this stupid... whatever this - " she indicated her own self and the Duchess in a swiping gesture - " - thing is willingly? Or did she force you into going along with her? And if so, then why?"

She sulked when the Duchess said she was transparent.
"Fish is fine." scowling, she marched to the table and began picking at the food. She didn't want to be treated like a spoilt little kid. Besides, she wasn't really hungry after all those tea cakes., and said so.

"So you mean there's no way to defeat the Jabberwocky except with ... the ..." she scrunched up her face, trying to remember what the Duchess had said. "Vor... pal Blade? How do you get that? And why hasn't someone used it yet?" Letting out a snort, she nodded. "Yeah, like you said, you don't need to tell me to keep a strong head."
Fidgeting a little, she added, "But th- I appreciate it all the same."



♠ The 'Queen' of Spades ♠


Millace was lying peacefully under a random cherry blossom tree in his garden - all the trees were in full bloom, even though it really wasn't their season to be so in, that was one thing he appreciated about Wonderland - and practically the only thing he did - except for the whole immortality thing. That was an added perk, especially since Alde couldn't touch him here, in his own turf.

Pink petals rained down on him, and he drowsily opened one eye, wondering what the tree was trying to tell him, before finally realising and sitting up, startled.

Why is someone here?
Frowning, he got up, not bothering to dust himself. Petals of cherry blossom clung to his flowing robes, but he didn't care.
Well, to say he didn't care would be wrong. He liked it this way.

Strolling around the garden, trying to locate the intruder - it would have been much simpler if he had just asked a tree, but he had already confirmed that the newcomer wasn't one of Alde's men - and he had absolutely nothing else to do - not that he was complaining, he preferred it that way. Milling about without any worries...... - he came across a girl lying under a tree. In his favourite patch, nonetheless.

Intrigued and somewhat annoyed by the strange presence, he walked closer, noticing she seemed to be an Outworlder. Probably here dut to Alde and her twisted games.

Alde had informed him of her 'game'. It was a sick little game, if he might say so. But he would be the first to admit that it seemed interesting, since he couldn't figure out her motive, what she hoped to achieve with this one. It was far less twisted than her previous ones, and while it was just like her to make the Chains fight each other without any reason just for her own entertainment, he would have put it beneath her to involve Outworlders in it. Besides, teleporting Outworlders took up a hell of a lot of energy, and Alde wasn't stupid enough to waste hers without any reason.

He wasn't participating, of course. As rulers, it was required of Alde to issue him a formal invitation to whatever events she held, and that was why he had been informed. Even though he was below Alde in rank, ruling over a small portion of Wonderland - the part known as ChessWorld, in fact, a portion which contained only two Chains - he was still a ruler.

"Hello." he gently called out to the girl. He didn't take kindly to people trespassing in his world, but the girl might provide him with some information.
"Who are you? What are you doing here?"
But that didn't mean he would be polite to her, did it now? Especially seeing as how she was intruding on his favourite space.




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Startled, Aria sat up and saw a man looking at her. She didn't hear him coming which isn't a good thing, this meant she let her guard down and Aria mentally frowned. Hearing him ask who she was and what she is doing here Aria did her best not to come off rude. "My name is Aria. I was just wondering around hoping to find the others that I saw back at the grand hall." Standing up Aria took in the man's appearance. He wore robes that flowed around him, his hair and eyes a violet color which instantly caught her attention, and he also carried fans. Of course Aria shouldn't be surprised because he resides in Wonderland, but she still couldn't help but be slightly mesmerized.

Clearing her thoughts Aria began to fiddle with her bracelet while keeping eye contact, "If I was intruding I didn't mean to. I was simply resting before continuing on finding everyone." Feeling a petal caress her cheek, Aria held out her other hand and watched as a petal landed in her hands, "This place is beautiful though, it's one of the good parts of Wonderland that I have come across." Lifting her gaze back to the man she lightly smiled, "May I know who you are?"

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♠ The 'Queen' of Spades ♠



"My name is Aria. I was just wondering around hoping to find the others that I saw back at the grand hall."

Millace raised a slim eyebrow. She had seen others at the Great Hall? How was that possible? And yet, she didn't look like she was lying ... in fact, she looked rather honest.

Thankfully, Millace wasn't about to be fooled by appearance alone. And yet, if what she was saying was true, then this girl bore some looking into.

The girl fidgeted a little.
"If I was intruding I didn't mean to. I was simply resting before continuing on finding everyone."

He was about to tell her that whether she had meant it or not, she had been intruding all the same and that she should get out of his sight before he changed his mind, made use of the powers vested in him and turned her into a heap of petals being blown away by the wind, when she moved.

A petal floated gently down on her open palm, which she had held out. The movement reminded him so much of his own self that he couldn't help but watch her, frowning inside although his expression remained as serene as ever on the outside. He also noticed that she hadn't once broken eye contact, even while fiddling. The girl definitely had spunk, if nothing else.

Well, he didn't particularly like spunky people, though.
But if the girl was being truthful about being able to see others in the Great Hall - which he thought she was being - , surely it wouldn't hurt to talk to her for a while?

Besides, she seemed to love the flowers as much as he did, and she wasn't doing the human things - a quick glance around the garden showed him that she hadn't picked a single lovely flower, or trampled them, or poked them, and she wasn't being loud and annoying or disturbing the flowers either.

Millace sighed. This battle had been lost from the beginning.

"This place is beautiful though, it's one of the good parts of Wonderland that I have come across."

Violet eyes snapped open, head tilted to one side.

Now that she mentioned it, he couldn't see any Chains with her, and even if she did have anyone with her, only the White and Red Queens could have actually brought her inside the Chessboard.. Even their servants, the White and Red Knights didn't have the power to access this ChessBoard from Outside, unless accompanied by their Queens - and the two Queens working together, at that -, far less his Garden, which was accessible only to himself, and the Queen of Hearts, had he not forbidden her from entering the Garden at the moment due to some feud he had already forgotten, but no doubt the Queen was still fuming on. It was for his own safety, really!

A small smile bloomed on his face.
"Yes, it is." he agreed, wondering at his lack of suspicion. He would have to do something about this instant letting down of guard whenever someone treated his Garden gently. But that meant she couldn't be a harmful person. Maybe she was something he hadn't seen before, but anyone nice to flowers was worth talking to in his book.

"I'm the Queen of Spades." he gave her a wry smile. 'Queen', indeed.



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♠ The 'Queen' of Spades ♠


Millace found the ends of his lips curving upwards in a sheepish smile, and caught himself just in time. This really was getting out of hand. He needed to get away and think for a moment, find out chinks in her armour that he could exploit. He didn't actually need to know what Alde was up to, but he might as well. It wasn't as if that could do him any harm, could it now? And as someone said so aptly, knowledge was power. Events in Alde's Wonderland Proper wouldn't directly affect his little Chess Board, but there was always that what if. Because as much as he hated to admit it, some of their kingdoms still overlapped ... something that was very, very unfortunate, but also unavoidable, if one asked Millace. He couldn't do anything about it as of now, and probably wouldn't be able to in the near future either.

This girl was a way into Alde's game.
The only problem was that he couldn't tell how exactly to go about manipulating her. And the fact that she was different from the people he had met so far, in that she was honest beyond logic, and completely baffled him.
Besides, there was the fact that she caressed the rose petals so gently, the look on her face one that he knw he had sported himself on several occasions ... it made him feel that little bit unwilling to use her.

"That's just how things work in Wonderland." he found himself saying, shrugging the 'Queen' remark off. In truth, there was just that little bit of a story behind it, but he had told her the bottom line : that really was how things worked in Wonderland. You didn't like it, you got the hell lost from there .... if you could, that is. If you couldn't, Alde took it upon herself to see to it that you 'vanished'. Though ... it wasn't really Alde he feared. It was someone else, someone much, much worse, and yet someone he held dear to his heart.

"Yes, you are right. This indeed is my garden. Say, Miss Aria, do you know why you were brought here?" he asked, watching the girl closely for any reaction.





My Name Is Alice


A red mist swirled inside the ice cavern, spiralling gently, flowing through the ice pillars, lending the whole cave and the stream that flowed out of it a pale red colour.

What was more, the mist was glowing. A red, hellish glow that looked entirely unnatural and fake, and yet beautiful and mesmerising at the same time.

It waited, and watched, biding its time, as it had been for centuries.

A voice laughed. It was difficult to tell if the voice belonged to a girl or a boy. It was more of a voice to be sensed than heard.

The laugh echoed off the cavern, shaking the pillars dangerously as everything changed.
The ice melded into glass, clear and transparent. The pillars melted away into thin air, and the red glow now, instead of seemed to be seeping in through the white walls, bounced off all directions, reflecting in the mirror-like glass.

Jabberwocky was free, and now the little fool of her brother seemed to be bent on entering the games.


My, my, this is going to be interesting. I wonder if you know what you are doing, foolish Brother.




❤ The Queen of Hearts ❤


Far away, Alde's eyelids flickered, thoughts racing in her unconscious mind.

As always, the subconscious and unconscious know of many things the conscious mind never notices or simply skims over. Alde, in spite of being the ruling Queen of Wonderland Proper, was no exception.

Something was wrong with her dear Wonderland.

There was something Alice was not telling her.

There was something she needed to know.

And her eyelids still kept on flickering, caught in an endless dream she couldn't wake from.


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A small frown graced her lips, "It seems we're here for a game." Straightening her posture she faced him fully, "I over heard one of the others talking to a man with mint colored hair and apparently they made a contract with each other." Shrugging Aria chuckled, "That's all I really know so far but I know there's more to it. I mean I forgot who I am, where I'm from and I somehow end up in Wonderland." Walking closer to him she ran her fingers through her hair, "It's like someone erased my memories for their benefit or entertainment." Clenching her fist Aria inhaled and relaxed.

"Then again maybe this could be better for me." Aria looked around the garden and her expression changed, "Of course I won't make that final decision till I regain my memories." She stopped walking once she was close to him but not to close to invade his personal space. I wonder if he has another name he prefers to go by... Shaking her head Aria decided it couldn't really hurt to ask. "What's your name? I know you're the 'Queen' of Spades but what's your real name?"

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A contract?...I would have to make a contract to regain my memories, can I trust him? She didn't feel any bad vibes coming from him but that didn't make him good either. It made him right about the matter at hand. Suppressing her gasp Aria knew that the reference she just made came from a play. I believe it was called Into the Woods. Mentally smiling she knew that making this contract is either going to make or break her. Did she care at the moment? Not really. Aria was determined and if she had to play the game then so be it. "Fiore I will make a contract with you."

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Aria was in awe of how the contract was formed. Looking at her arm she touched it with her left hand and looked back to Fiore, "Tea is one of my favorite beverages." Sitting on the ground as well and smiled, "I'm open to converse about anything. I'm not really picky about topics." She was hoping that she had answers for what he wanted to know since her memory is still clouded and filled with blanks. At least I know my name...or so I think, I like a wide range of music because I still have my ipod, I can't help but like the fact he has long hair and has a unnatural eye color. Well this being Wonderland his eyes are probably normal here. Just talking to herself was beginning to make her head spin.

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Looking at her reflection in the tea she began to list off what she knew, "I know that my name is Aria, or so I think. I like a wide range of music because I still have my ipod." She paused and wondered if she should tell him about how she liked long hair and unnatural eye colors.I want him to trust me right? So I lied and said that's all that would ruin it...I need him to regain my memories and he needs me for whatever. Aria wasn't blind, she knew that making a contract that there had to be something to benefit Fiore. Sighing she decided she would since it's suppose to help her, "I also like long hair and unnatural eye colors." Taking a sip of her drink she closed her eyes and enjoyed feeling the liquid run down her throat. Hearing him mention how Wonderland was old fashioned and the endless tea party Aria nodded her head, "My mother always made the sweetest tea when I was growing up. We would always have a tea party with my younger brother." Setting the cup down it took a few moments for her to realize what she just said. Stifling a gasp Aria looked at Fiore, maybe making a contract with him was a good idea after all.

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Belca ... ? That sounds about right ....


A smile spread on her face as she heard the Duchess list off so many weapons, completely at ease. She wondered why the other knew of such things, but why should she care? Talking about steel and blood made her feel much more at home than her - sh couldn't help thinking of the word 'foreign' - kindness and sensitivity.

"I have tried tantos and dai katanas, not wakazashi though, but I feel the most comfortable with this." she raised her slim katana. "Its not too heavy, its simple and clean."

Apparently even though she had forgotten her past, it had a way of catching up with her through unexpected interactions. Not that she was complaining but ... something told her she was just fine without any memories of her own.

Belca was startled at the sudden 'whoosh' and even more so at what appeared, staring at the thick volume pointedly. Anyone could tell the Duchess liked her drama, but really? Really?

Being a sensible girl herself, she found it rather unnecessary and overdone.

A wave of bitterness washed over her, gone as soon and abruptly as it had appeared.
You wouldn't have found time to be so extravagant if you had grown up in the real world.

Narrowing her eyes, Belca reached for the pen.

"I really should read the fine print, but it's not like I have a choice, right? Why delude myself?" she shrugged, speaking aloud mostly to her own self. For some reason the words sounded useless and fake to her own ears.

Trusting someone this easily, you really are a fool.

'Go away.' she sulkily told the voice in her head. It wasn't like she was trusting the Duchess or anything. WHat she had said was true, even if it rang false right now. She had no other choice than to sign or go wandering off all on her own in an unknown land - which would have been pretty fun if something like the Jabberwocky hadn't been running around.


♠ The 'Queen' of Spades ♠


Fiore nodded, looking a little absent minded as he stared at the rose bushes surrounding them but actually paying attention to the girl, smiling a little at her comment about long hair and unnatural eye colour - was this a contributing factor in the girl's readiness to form a Contract with him? - before he heard the surprise in her voice and looked sharply at her.

"I take it the last two sentences mean you just remembered a part of your memory?" he offered casually. To keep things smooth and casual was the best way to make the mind lower its guards. If their conversation was flowing naturally, bits and pieces of her past might come back to her - just like this one obviously had.

Thinking back, something else piqued his interest.

"An I-pod, you say? Would you mind telling me what exactly this I-Pod is, and what it does?"

From her words, it must have something to do with songs and though he liked silence the best, he was also somewhat fond of music. He couldn't remember such a device when he 'split', so to speak, from Reality. Even though he had the power to visit his real world at any time - just like his sister, Alice - he preferred to stay in his own little world - or to be more precise, his own little garden. It was comforting and familiar and it was everything he could ever want.


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Aria nodded and grabbed her i-pod, "This device stores music, anything you want you can put on here and listen to whenever you want. I have classical, pop, rock, heavy metal, country, punk rock. Well anything besides rap and gosspal." She held the i-pod out to Fiore after turning it on and smiled, "You may try it if you like." Aria didn't understand why she felt the need to make sure he was happy or pleased. Never before had she felt compelled to make sure that someone liked her. This was a new feeling that she had to learn to cope with before her composure broke. Taking another look around the garden she still couldn't believe how lucky she was to stumble across this place. It truly was amazing and she wouldn't mind to stay here. Would Aria admit that to anyone else? Of course not. This was a thought that would stay in her mind for as long as she wished. "One of my favorite classical songs is Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven."

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♠ The 'Queen' of Spades ♠


Millace took the ... thing, I-Pod, held out towards him somewhat hesitantly. He wasn't very good at adapting himself to new ... anything, really. He tended to react badly to change and newness, which was why he had carved a world for himself within Wonderland, his own safe corner where nothing from outside could reach him.

He frowned a little. He had never actually thought very deeply about why he hated change. Was it because he was afraid of losing the things important to him?

....more likely, he was simply too lazy to deal with change. That sounded like him alright.

Adventure and curiosity had always been Alice's and Vivaldi's strong point, not his.

Still, he took the I-Pod from Aria's hand, turning it around and pressing a button....

Soft music filled the air. Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata?

"Ah, this happens to be one of my favourite pieces as well." he spoke up, unable to hide the little excitement from his voice, before he remembered who she was, and that he must behave in front of her. He couldn't let her get under his skin, for all he knew she could be part of some new plan of Alde's. The woman had always hated him ever since he broke into her territory and created the Chess Board, breaking away from Wonderland. Honestly, the Queen of Hearts was a spoilt, air-headed, vain, egoistic brat.

Realising he had a gloomy aura about himself thanks to his dark thoughts, he shook it off, taking another sip of his tea, letting the music play on till it ended.

"It truly is wonderful, the advances made by the world ...." he trailed off, as if just remembering Aria was still there. "Ah, and weren't you saying something about unnatural hair and eye colour earlier? I think you will find Wonderland much to your liking if that is the case. Many Chains have strange hair and eyes .... there was a Chain in Wonderland with turquoise hair, and another with pink ... I think. I can't really remember, it has been so long since I have set foot outside the Chess Board - or the garden, really."


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Aria smiled at his comment, "Yes, unnatural eye and hair color are one of my quirks." Taking a quick sip she set the cup down, "I like things are not normal because it's different, unique, exciting." A small blush stained her cheeks, "Sorry, I just like going against the crowd." Standing up Aria stretched and enjoyed the gentle breeze, "You mentioned the Chess Board, is that where I am?" Curiosity got the better of her since this was a new world that she had to adapt to in order to remember who she is and why she's here.

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He hid a smile. Typical youth ... always with the rebelling, non-conformity ... but wasn't non conformity a way of conforming, and rebellion a mere way to fit in too, just like not believing in anything was a kind of belief in itself? However, he let it be. It wasn't really any of his business what the girl did, as long as she served her purpose to him. The rest was her own choice, and he wouldn't interfere as long as it wasn't causing him any inconvenience.

"Yes, that's where you are. How and why you found your way here and were actually allowed in are things we shall leave for further contemplation in the future." Although he had a strong suspicion his sister had something to do with it he didn't voice it. No one knew Alice was his sister - or rather, no one in Wonderland knew there was an Alice at all, save Jabberwocky, but that .... thing was completely another matter.

Dismissing thoughts of the dark, tainting beast, he smiled at her over the rim of his teacup, having finished his tea and seeing she had, too.
"Would you like to follow me to my home? Its not grand like the other Chains' homes or anything, just a little cottage ...."
He looked at her, waiting for an answer, a little smile playing on his lips at the thought of his haven without him being aware of it.



Belca ... ? That sounds about right ....

Belca let out a strangled little cry that died in the back of her throat when she saw the ... the ... really, she had no idea how to put the sight that greeted her eyes when she went to the window on hearing the ... voice.

At first there was the stench, slowly growing over-powering as seconds ticked by, then there was a squealing ruckus as all the pigs and momeraths ran inside, and then there was a voice that was just wrong.

And then there was this sight.

Belca could say with some pride that while she might not be the bravest person in the world, she would definitely count as being braver than normal. However, this horror that presented itself in front of her eyes....

She was broken from her stupor by the Duchess pulling on her arms. She could see the Duchess cry as they ran out, dooming the others and leaving a burning house behind them. If it were under other circumstances, she would have berated the Duchess for sending them to their deaths, but somehow, after seeing that, she just understood.

"Don't cry." she muttered, for once embarrassed at herself and her lack of feminine comforting words, "It would be even worse if you fell in their hands. I mean, you are obviously powerful enough to be a damaging tool, and since there's no way for you to stop ... stop it, then ... I mean, there's nothing else you could do, so... And I'm sure." She went on with a sudden surge of conviction that was only half-faked, "I'm sure there must be some way to help them ... return, you know? Because even if they have been tainted, they're still who they are deep down."

I hope, she added mentally to the end of her sentence.

It probably wouldn't help the Duchess - after all, she knew far more than her about the Jabberwocky and possibly would have known if there was a hope of recovery, but Belca felt she had to say something to the other woman.