AN: I didn't have much time to write this, so I'm sorry if there is mistakes or if it isn't as good as other chapters. Try to enjoy!

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You say your time has come
You're tired of waking up
Don't be obscene, I can't conceive of
Living without you

(The Beacon ~ A Fine Frenzy)

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When Alice awoke, Tarrant was gone. She searched the whole house for him, but he was nowhere in sight. Alice decided to try looking outside. She held up her dress as she rushed towards the doors, but Mr. Ascot ran out in front of her, to stop her.

"Where are you going?" Mr. Ascot asked as he held onto her shoulders.

"Oh...well...its such a lovely day for a walk." Alice replied as she tried to get away from him. But his grip was too tight.

"Its raining. Clearly you need some rest." Mr. Ascot demanded. Alice began feeling angry.

"No, I don't think I need rest. I'd very much like to go for a walk." Alice sounded slightly annoyed. Mr. Ascot seemed a little surprised and he let go of her. Alice didn't hesitate for a second before running outside. The rain felt nice and cool against her skin and she didn't care that her dress was being ruined. She hated dresses, they were so restricting. How was a lady supposed to climb a tree with a dress?

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Alice had been searching for so long, she was about to give up. She was now standing at the edge of the forest, leaning against a tree. She had so many emotions getting to her: anger, regret, confusion, love. She wanted to cry and let it all out.

"You can cry you know." a voice said, scaring Alice. She quickly turned her head to see the source of the voice.

"Absolem." she whispered as she approached the blue butterfly. "What are you doing here?"

"I was sent by the White Queen. Stayne has escaped from the Outlands. Word has it that he is looking for you." Absolem told her.

"Stayne? What about the Red Queen? What happened to her? And why is Stayne looking for me?" Alice asked. She began to feel even more emotions that she was before.

"There is no word on what happened to the Red Queen. As for why Stayne is looking for you...he seems to have a love interest in you. It has turned into an obsession, actually." Absolem answered as he flew behind Alice and landed on a tree branch, causing her to turn around.

"I already have too many love problems in my life. I really don't need this." Alice complained.

"Don't worry. The White Queen has many people working on it. But there is a chance that he might have gotten out of Wonderland...and come here." Absolem said as he walked down the branch to the edge.

"What should I do?" Alice questioned eagerly.

"Stay here." He replied as he started flying again. This time he didn't land, he just kept flying.

"But I'm not safe here!" Alice yelled.

"You'll be fine!" He yelled back. Then he was out of sight.

"Thats no help." Alice mumbled as she started walking back home. She only took a few steps forward, when lightning came down and hit the ground in front of her. In shock, she fell backwards and hit her head, knocking her unconscious.

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"Alice!" I voice whispered as her whole body was shaken. "Wake up!" The voice sounded eager. Alice's eyes slowly opened and the person holding her became clear.

"Tarrant?" Alice mumbled, still feeling disoriented. "Where am I?"

"You're by the woods, where I found you, my dear." Tarrant replied as he picked her up and began walking.

"How long was I--" Alice tried to say.

"Not long. But I must get you back to Mr. Ascot. You're safe there." Tarrant told her.

"Safe? Am I not safe with you?" Alice asked.

"You are." Tarrant replied. "But the queen requested that I bring you back to Mr. Ascot. His house has many people guarding it, which ensures your safety." Tarrant's face grew sad.

"But I do not wish to go back there. I hate it! I really do!" Alice told him. Then she paused before speaking again. "I'd much rather stay with you."

"I'd rather that too, but its the queen's wishes." Tarrant said as he stopped walking. "Can you walk?"

"Yes." Alice answered. Tarrant slowly let Alice down and put his arm around her to help her walk better. They continued walking towards Mr. Ascot's house.

"Does the queen know?" Alice questioned.

"Know that I love you? No she does not. I haven't found the right time to tell her. But I'm guessing she already knows. She never misses a thing." Tarrant said as he smiled. Alice smiled too. She loved that he loved her.

"Thank you Tarrant." Alice said as she stopped walking and turned to face him.

"For what, my dear Alice?" Tarrant asked as he stopped and turned towards her.

"Looking after me. Caring for me. Loving me." Alice answered. Tarrant stepped forward so that they were face to face, only inches apart.

"How could I not?" Tarrant whispered, sending shivers down her spine. Then he wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her in for a passionate kiss.

"I must go now." Tarrant whispered as he pulled away from the kiss.

"You can't stay?" Alice asked.

"I have some things to do in Wonderland." Tarrant said.

"Will I see you soon?" Alice questioned.

"Of course, Alice." Tarrant giggled as he kissed her on the forehead. Then he turned around to walk away. Alice was now alone, in front of Mr. Ascot's house.

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"Where on earth were you?" Mr. Ascot was furious.

"I went for a walk, like I said I was going to. I guess I lost track of time." Alice told him as she started walking up the stairs. But Mr. Ascot grabbed her wrist and swung her around.

"I don't think so!" Mr. Ascot yelled. "No wife of mine is going to disobey me!"

"I'm not even your wife!" Alice yelled back. Mr. Ascot was silent with anger.

"But you will be tomorrow." he calmly replied.

"Tomorrow?" Alice asked, as she started to feel nauseous.

"Yes. We might as well just get it over with. No need to wait any longer." he answered as he let get of her wrist.

"I think we should wait." Alice said, as she thought about Tarrant. She needed to figure out a plan to get away from Mr. Ascot and one day wasn't enough time.

"What did I tell you? You obey me! The wedding is tomorrow. No questions." Mr. Ascot angrily replied. Then he turned around and walked away.

"What a miserable man." Alice mumbled to herself as she continued walking up the stairs. Now Alice had even more stress. Not only was she engaged with a man she hated, she was in love with Tarrant, Stayne was obsessed with her and now her wedding was one day away. How was she ever going to manage?