Alice is a little OOC. I wanted to do something different with her. I'm sick of Blood being the top-dog all the time and initiating everything. Anyway, this is pure BloodXAlice fluff.

"You're beautiful," he whispered the sweet words, holding her hair up with his hands as his lips brushed across the tip of her ear.

Then he twined her fair hair between his fingers, delicate strands shining in the light, and ran it across his lips. He was very close to her at that moment, his body hovering over where she sat in the plush chair.

Although she smiled, an annoyed crease formed on her brow. "Blood! I'm trying to read." She set the book in her hands down.

"Nonsense. You can read anytime." He nuzzled her cheek. "I want you, Alice."

"Nonsense. You can have me anytime," she retorted. "I want to read, Blood." She smiled to herself.

"You think you're clever." A devilish, wicked grin she knew all too well cracked on his face. It seemed so contrary to his smooth, handsome face, and yet…it was something she knew so well. It was just another thing that made Blood who he was. She loved it, just as she loved everything else about him. She even loved the forcible way he approached everything.

She knew he definitely was not a man to let something he wanted go, but that didn't mean she was going to go down without a fight.

"I am a little clever," she said, but her words almost barely came out, almost died in her throat as his lips came close to hers.

"You're a clever little minx then?" he said, stroking the underside of her chin with one finger. "My clever thing."

Eyes lidded, she stared into his face, his messy black hair falling into his blue eyes.

She couldn't say anything. She was entranced, caught and he knew it. Dammit! How did he have such an effect on women?

She wouldn't give in. She wouldn't lose.

She stood suddenly and swirled away, snatching the book into her hands. Smiling, she said, "You're good, Blood, but I can get the same thing out of novels, right?"

He stared, an eyebrow quirked.

"You think that's a substitute to what I offer?" Looking irritated, he adjusted his hat.

She laughed, coming towards him and placing both hands on the sides of his face, bringing him down to her level. "I don't know. You should show me. I'm not quite sure what you offer…" She placed her head on his chest, the tick of his clock faint in her ear. She gripped his shirt tightly, breathing lightly.

"Is that a challenge, Miss?" A smirk played on his lips.

Her fingers played traced circles on his chest. "Take it as you will, Blood."

"It's a challenge." Satisfaction marked his voice.

He was always so sure of himself, almost to the point of arrogance. It was a trait she used to despise, but as she grew to know and love him she realized that this was simply another part of him she liked and even admired. She was constantly second-guessing herself, tormented by thoughts of her sister and her decision to stay in Wonderland. It was nice to have someone as sure as Blood in her life.

She never used to be this forward, but a little bit of him had rubbed off on her since they had been together. A little bit of her had rubbed off on him. Just a little. She sensed the slightest bit of her own compassion had formed in him. Knowing that they had influenced each other so much sent chills down her spine. It made her happy.

Wrapping her in his arms, he tilted her head down and gave her a kiss that made her legs quiver and heart race.

"You're beautiful," he whispered.


She knew what the word meant.

Knew without doubt.

It meant love.

BTW, I'm running low on fic ideas. Anyone who wants to send some to me can. They have inspired fics before. I think the DeeXDumXAlice fic was inspired by someone's comment.