Postlude:

"'The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of men change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it. That which may be thought right and found convenient in one age, may be thought wrong and found inconvenient in another. In such cases, who is to decide, the living, or the dead?'"

The shadows covered the group that were meeting and they were silent, listening to their leader.

"That was said once about government. Our leaders are being controlled by the age past. That age is inconvenient for us now, but they do not see it."

"But our kings desire to work with those people that call themselves hero, Majesty," someone said from the crowd. "They do not want us."

"Their minds are clouded," the Red Queen said simply. "But they shall see. We do not give up. We do not quit or leave our brethren. We shall save our brothers and sisters they tried to lock away. And then we shall serve Justice to those that would corrupt our leaders."

She looked over them all and the remaining members of the Carroll Gang nodded as one.

"Let them think they have won, for now. We gather and wait. For this is our world! I have said it twice: That alone should encourage you. This is our world! I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true."

As one, knowing the tradition and ritual, the gang replied:

"Is all our Life, then but a dream

Seen faintly in the goldern gleam

Athwart Time's dark resistless stream?

Bowed to the earth with bitter woe

Or laughing at some raree-show

We flutter idly to and fro.

Man's little Day in haste we spend,

And, from its merry noontide, send

No glance to meet the silent end."

Their business concluded, their mission understood: lay low and be patient until their Queen summoned them once more.

In a jail cell across the city, the police stared at the members of the Carroll Gang that were in their prison. All of them had just simultaneously recited some weird poem..

But what really disturbed the police was the fact that all of the members of the Carroll Gang... were now just sitting quietly and smiling. It was creepy and weird, but after a few hours, the oddness had been forgotten and the officers had moved on to the more threatening prisoners while the members of the Carroll Gang continued to just sit and watch, silent and patient.