Fandom: Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass

Title: Queen o' the May

A sequel to Merry Month of May written for the scifibigbang. It isn't necessary to read MMM, but you might want to do so.

Pairing: Alice/Tarrant

Rating: T for allusions to adult concepts

Summary: Underland once had seven kingdoms. Laid out like a chessboard, the kingdoms of White, Black, and Red reigned over the lesser kingdoms, the suits: Hearts, Clubs, Spades, and Diamonds. With the Red Queen exiled, however, only one monarch was left to reign in Underland, an unnatural state. And the Grumblers were astir.

Disclaimer: This is a work of fanfiction for which the author receives no compensation.

Acknowledgements: First, thanks must go to my oh so lovely beta manniness, who went above and beyond this time around, fielding numerous angsty e-mails that heralded gloom and doom over this fic. She talked me off the proverbial ledge and made excellent suggestions that helped shape this fic. Also, thanks to Jess, who not only is a mod for the scifibigbang, but also encouraged me to get off my butt and write for this.


Queen o' the May

Prologue

Alice had made a pretty little Queen when she was precisely seven and a half with blonde curls that needed cutting, black patents, and stripped tights. However, if Tarrant was Honest—and he made it a practice to be so!—Alice as a little girl had made him rather nervous. That pixie of a girl with rude tea party manners had seemed to have a touch of destiny about her, and Destiny could be a weighty presence.

Thus far her destiny had been a good one: her destiny was to slay the Jabberwocky, to live in Underland, and to love him, luckiest of all hatters. Underland had ordained it and the stars had charted it. Although, as Alice was fond of reminding him, how she went about all those things was entirely up to her Discretion.

If this was not the extent of her destiny, however, if it was to be her destiny to wear a crown, she balked at the prospect. His May Queen had resolutely refused to take up her proper crown even upon her final return to Underland, and everyone was aware that Alice could be rather Stubborn. She tossed her head and frowned when he would tease her by reciting the lines that would name her queen:

"There's many a black, black eye, they say, but none so bright as mine;
There's Margaret and Mary, there's Kate and Caroline:
But none so fair as little Alice in all the land they say,
So I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May."[1]

'You may have my crown if you are so very fond of it,' Alice was given to saying. Only, he was much too pleased with his storied Hat to trade it for a Crown. A fact his Clever Alice no doubt anticipated.

Never mind: she was his and that was enough, he wagered. Destiny would have to be content. And so, one day Tarrant stopped asking her to be a Queen.

Just as Underland desperately needed one.


[1] This verse is from "The May Queen" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, published in 1833.