Yes. The end is near. Prepare for some shockers!
"Stop it!" Alice screamed out. "Please stop!" At once any fighting stopped and all the role holders looked at the outsider. "Stop, I-I don't want any of my friends to die." She cried, wiping tears from her eyes.
"Are you saying you will come with me?" Vex asked, smiling widely.
"I… I will if my friends will be left alive." She whispered before glancing at Elliot who was clutching his wound, panting in pain.
"Oh, they will not be harmed."
"And returned to their original roles."
"Eventually," He replied, eyeing the girl. The other role holders were staring at her in disbelief.
"Alice! You couldn't possibly be considering going with this beast!" Blood shouted.
"Don't do it big-sis." The twins echoed as they looked at her with their ears folded down.
"I would rather die than see you go with this b*stard," Boris spat.
"I… I have to." She pulled out of Gray's grasp and walked toward the nightmare of a man.
"You have made the right choice, outsider." He cooed, holding out his hand for her to take. She took it gently and the man pulled her close. He held her tightly against his body as he glanced over the other role holder's faces. They were all in shock. They all hated him. And this made him happy. He loved to see others suffer, to see them defeated. But it seemed the one person he loved to make suffer most was absent. The sound of a gun being cocked made Alice freeze.
"Let her go, Vex." Nightmare said, calmly. The barrel of his gun was pointed at the back of the man's head.
"You wouldn't shoot your own brother, would you?" Vex asked. Alice could almost hear how thrilled he was in his voice. There was silence. Brother? Like siblings? Vex and Nightmare are brothers? "You couldn't do it last time. That is why you had me locked away. But now that I am out, and I will make you pay."
"You are in no position to be making threats." The park owner growled coldly. He pressed the gun against the man's head. Vex could easily disarm him but he knew Nightmare couldn't do it. He was Nightmare's little brother after all. "Why are you doing this?"
"Because I am interested in the outsider. It's a rule, isn't it?"
"You and I both know you hold just as much interest in the girl as the hatter." Alice looked at the hatter, Julius. His glare was cold and distant. He clutched his cane as if he would instantly turn it into a gun and shoot them both. "You only wish to play with her."
"So what if I do? At least then she will be mine and not yours." He hissed. "I always got your hand-me-downs. Your clothes, your shoes, mother's love."
"Mom loved us both the same." Nightmare said.
"Oh, that's a load of bull sh*t!" Vex spat, his grip on Alice tightening even more, crushing her. "You were always mother's favorite. With your silvery hair and lavender eyes. You were always her favorite. Everybody's favorite. But not today. Today, I will have the outsider and I will be the outsider's favorite."
"You don't actually love her. You only want to have her so I can't."
"Do you have a problem with that?"
"If she truly loves you back then I have no problem with it."
"Oh, brother. You and I both know you have a problem with it. You love the girl. You would do anything for the girl. But could you shoot your own brother for the girl?" his question was only met with silence. He smiled widely. "Now if you don't mind, I will be-"
There was blood. Blood everywhere. Alice couldn't understand why there was so much blood until she realized, Nightmare had fired the gun. She couldn't hear with the ringing in her ears. As Vex's corpse fell she could see the cold glare on Nightmare's face. He had shot his own brother. Alice saw his lips part as if he murmured her name but she didn't hear. Everything was blocked out by the incessant ringing.
"It's your turn." Was the only thing she heard. The voice that said it was inside her head. That's when everything started to go black. She couldn't help it; she felt so exhausted. So tired as she let the darkness overtake her.
"Alice?! Alice, please wake up!" Nightmare pleaded, gently patting her face. He had caught her when she blacked out. Her body was limp in his arms.
"I-is she okay?" White asked.
"I think so…." he muttered, "She is breathing."
"What are we going to do?" Julius asked. "The Jabberwock is dead. How will we get to the board realm?"
"The board realm can wait, you prick! Right now our first priority should be Alice!" Blood yelled.
"Did you just call me a-"
"Enough you two!" Gray shouted, attempting to push the two away from each other. "Fighting is most definitely not the answer right now."
"Then what are we going to do?" Pierce asked.
"I think our best bet is the incubus." Nightmare sighed, looking at Elliot. Vivaldi was attempting to help the large man up as he clutched at his bleeding wound.
"I'm taking him back to the tower for proper care." Vivaldi said, "If he is our last hope then we need him better asap."
The dream realm, or should I say the board realm. That is where Alice found herself. Nobody was there except herself and the board. How did she get there then?
"It's your turn." The board whispered, coaxing her to step closer. The board was clear of all pieces except one right in the middle. It didn't look like anybody or even human. It was a dragon; slender body, sharp claws, and wings. Alice couldn't help but be curious as to what it was. She picked it up and turned it over in her hands. The bottom read 'The Jabberwock'. So this piece was that of the Jabberwock. No new role holder had been chosen as of yet so the piece had returned back to its original form. There was no role holder for the Jabberwock. Which meant...
Alice snapped the piece into two. The Jabberwock was no longer a required role. The incubus could take over the nightmares just like Nightmare had. The piece fizzled and crackled after she broke it and it began to burn within her hands. Fortunately, the fire was not hot or scorching. It only burned in her hand until there was nothing left of the Jabberwock. The Jabberwock was no more.
"It's your turn." The board muttered again. The pieces appeared, floating before Alice. The role holder pieces. She took the one that looked like Peter into her hand. She glanced at the board. In each corner there was a symbol. The top was a red heart and the bottom was a blue spade. On the right was a yellow diamond and the left showed a green club. The center was made to look like a clock. At the top in the heart area Alice found little emblems in the squares. One of the images was a heart with rabbit ears. Was that the Prime Minister? With great hesitation, Alice placed the piece in her hands on the emblem. In a flash of light the Peter figurine was given rabbit features. She took the next piece. She looked at it and found it looked like Gowland. She glanced at the many emblems on the board until she realized they meant the different territories. The heart symbolized the castle. The club represented the clover tower and the spade was the hatters territory. There were only 2 emblems in the diamond area. One showed just a diamond and the other showed a cat skull and cross bones like the one Boris had on a flag in his room. Alice shrugged and placed Gowland on the diamond emblem and reached for another piece. This piece had two people in one. The twins. She looked at the blue spade area and put the twins down on the emblem with the two axes.
The next piece she grabbed was Gray. She looked at the clubs area and put the piece down on the emblem with a lizard. Boris went on the other emblem in Diamond, Vivaldi went on the queen's crown in the heart section and Jordan went on the king's. Ace was placed on the emblem with two crossing swords while Blood was placed on the image with a large hat on it. The clockmaker emblem was the center of the clock and on either side there was a prison cell and a jester hat. She put the pieces back where they belonged. Elliot went on the emblem with a spade with rabbit ears and Pierce was placed on the one with a shovel.
The final piece floated in front of her. Nightmare. She gently took the piece in her hands and, with care, placed it on the clover emblem. With a flash of light the roles were sealed. She glanced at it once more. All the pieces were now where they belonged. She sighed, relieved that it was all over.
"Thank you." Someone said from behind her. It was Nightmare. THE Nightmare. The incubus Nightmare. He smiled slightly to her.
"For what?" Alice asked.
"For everything," the dream demon muttered. He floated closer to her.
"I… I didn't really do anything." She whispered, looking away from him. A light blush dusted her cheeks.
"No, Alice. I really mean it." He said, gently taking her chin to force her to look at him. "You have done a lot for me even though I kept you in the dark."
"That's what friends are for." She looked away.
"Is that how you feel about me? Only a friend?" Nightmare asked. He frowned.
"Y-yes. W-well I-no. I-I" Alice said, fumbling for words. Her mind was buzzing. And every thought that she had, Nightmare could read. A smile started to spread across his face.
"You're so cute when you're like this." He chuckled, "Now let's get you back to the real world. Everybody is worried about you."
Finished~ Hope you enjoyed the story~ if you enjoyed it, then perhaps you would enjoy reading some of my other stories that I have worked on~