Disclaimer: I own nothing pertaining to this story other than the concept of the white knight and Princess Lily.
Um…I realized that in the last chapter the squiggles didn't work out so well. Well, the squiggles don't really matter for this chapter. Again, I will get to the oneshots, but I hafta get this done first.
As the Hatter, Thackery, the Dormouse, and Mallymkun arrived at the castle, Charles stepped out to greet them.
"Ah, Tarrant. It's great to see you again." Charles said, shaking Tarrant's hand.
"Great to see you as well, Sir Charles. Oh! There are some people I'd like you to meet. This is the Dormouse and his daughter Mallymkun," Tarrant introduced as Mallymkun curtsied.
"Pleasure to meet you." Mally said. Charles bowed.
"Milady." He replied. The Dormouse lifted his head.
"Pleasure comes in a little blue box." He said nodding off once more. Charles looked at the large sleeping Dormouse with befuddlement. Tarrant waved.
"Oh, he does that sometimes. And this special lad is Thackery Earwicket. Thackery, this is Charles, the White Knight." Tarrant explained.
"Pleasure to meet you, Thackery." Charles said shaking his small paw.
"Uh…hello." Thackery replied not sure what to make of him.
"Well, Tarrant, my mother is expecting you all if you'll just come with me." Charles said leading the party inside as the Dormouse's dart wheels sqeeked. As Thackery carried the try of cakes, he looked around at the castle. Everything was what he expected and more. Sure, everything was white, but he didn't expect to see such a beautiful radiance that appeared to be glowing from the walls and the blossoming trees. As they walked inside, many of the other subjects were already conversing and dancing.
"Mother!" Charles called. "The special guests have arrived." Mirana stood up with a soft smile on her face and gracefully approached the party. As she came closer, Thackery started to become more nervous and started to shake. Mirana gave a Tarrant a hug.
"I'm so glad you could make it, Hatter." She said joyfully.
"But of course, you majesty." Tarrant replied with a bow.
"I understand that introductions are to be made." Mirana said noticing the dormice and a quivering young hare.
"Mallymkun, your majesty." Mallymkun said with a curtsy. "And this is my father, Dormouse." Mallymkun introduced he very sleepy father.
"And this is Thackery Earwicket." Tarrant said. Thackery couldn't speak. "He's quite the chef. In fact, he made these cakes for the party."
"Oh, mind if I try one?" Mirana asked Thackery sweetly. Thackery nodded as Mirana took a small bit out of one of the cakes. Her face lit up. "These are wonderful!" she complimented. Thackery stopped shaking.
"You think so?" he asked.
"Of course." She replied.
"Why…why thank you, you majesty." Thackery said bowing. Mirana chuckled.
"Thackery, there is someone I'd like you to meet. Tarrant, you, the Dormouse, and Mallymkun don't mind if I borrow your hare for a moment?"
"Not at all." Tarrant replied. Mirana gave him a single nod and brought Thackery over to where Princess Lily and Nivens were talking.
"Thackery, this is Nivens McTwisp, my royal page. Nivens, this is Thackery Earwicket. Seeing as you two are the last of your kind, I was hoping that you two could become friends."
Both Thackery and Nivens didn't know what to say to each other. They just stood there and looked at each other. They were the last of the hares and the rabbits, but they didn't have much to say nor did they want to say much of anything anyway.
"How about I leave you two to get acquainted?" Mirana said taking Lily's hand. "Come along Lily. Let's leave these two alone."
"Okay, mommy." Lily said looking back at Nivens.
The two stood there for an awfully long time until Nivens cleared his throat and offered Thackery his paw. Thackery stared at it before finally taking it.
"Nivens." The white rabbit introduced.
"Thackery." The hare replied.
"So…you were from the hills then?" Nivens asked.
"Yes. You uh…lived here yoour whole life, huh?" Thackery asked in turn. Nivens nodded.
"Yes. Me and my sisters and our father before…" Nivens stopped and looked away trying to hold back tears.
"The knave?" Thackery asked.
"Yes." Thackery gave a weak smile and rested his hand on his shoulder.
"I know how you feel. Feelin' like yoour the only one left? It feels…"
"Empty?" Nivens finished.
"Yes. Empty." Thackery replied. Nivens looked back at Thackery and smiled.
"I'm just glad that I don't need to feel that way any more." Nivens said.
Once the two got started, they sat down and talked for many an hour about their escape and about Niven's heroic feat to save the Princess from the clutches of the evil Red Queen, Iracebeth of Crimms. Every now and then, Mirana glanced over at the two rabbits and smiled.
But alas, the party was nearing it's end and as the guests were leaving, Mirana stopped Thackery.
"Thackery, your cakes were given the most wonderful compliments of the subjects." Mirana said.
"Thank you." Thackery said blushing.
"In fact, if you would wish, you may live here in the palace and cook for me." She offered. "The kitchen would be all yours and you could make anything that you desire."
"You mean it!" Thackery asked excitedly. "But wait…the Hatter?" Thackery said looking back at Tarrant and the dormice.
"Don't worry about us, Thackery. You may stay if you'd like and you can always come back for tea." Tarrant said happily. Thackery looked back at Mirana and was about to decline from her offer until he noticed Niven's ears start to fall. He just couldn't leave his new friend.
"I accept, your majesty." Thackery said.
"Oh, wonderful!" Mirana said. "Thackery, Nivens will show you to one of the spare rooms while I say good bye to the other guests."
"Alright. Bye Tarrant. I'll see you tomorrow or…something." Thackery said anxiously running off after Nivens.
"This…will be your room." Nivens said opening the door to a very large room decorated with soft white curtains and a full bed complete with matching dresser and nightstand, all in birch wood and white comforter.
"Thanks, Nivens." Thackery said.
"You're welcome." Nivens said about to take his leave.
"Nivens!" Thackery called. Nivens stopped and looked at him over his shoulder. "I'm glad that I'm not alone anymore." Nivens smiled and nodded.
"Me too, Thackery. Me too." Nivens replied before hopping back down the hall.
That evening, Nivens tossed and turned as he had nightmares of being chased down by the Knave before waking with a start. It was still dark outside, but Nivens couldn't fall back asleep. So, he threw back the covers and set out down the hall. He finally got to a door and pushed it open.
He tiptoed into the room and crawled in bed beside Thackery who was sound asleep. Nivens smiled and nuzzled into Thackery's chest where he too fell fast asleep.
A/N: Yay! Done. I went through this kinda quick 'cause I just wanted to move on. Now, for the next story. It's a oneshot and it will be filled with drama, angst, and it will turn out to be true tragedy. REVIEW!