Alice's Fight For Hatter
After recuperating for two weeks inside Jack's palace, Alice and Hatter stood in front of the mirror as they said their goodbyes to their friends in Wonderland. Jack, Duchess, Charlie, and Ten of Clubs waited for their chance to say farewell to the once again heroes of their world.
Ten of Clubs went first as he bowed before them and said, "Thank you both for everything you've done for Wonderland. You have done more than you know."
As the advisor stepped back, Jack and Duchess stepped forward as he said, "Ten of Clubs is right. You once again stopped my mother from taking over. We cannot thank you enough, even you, Hatter. You are a good man and a very lucky one."
"Thank you, Your Majesty!" Hatter replied and he held his hand out to Jack for a shake. "I am a very lucky man for having a woman as beautiful as Alice. And by the way, you're not so bad yourself. Take care of things here and don't make us come back to save you again."
"I promise, I won't," Jack replied.
Hatter bowed to Duchess and said, "Your Highness."
Alice gave both Jack and his wife a hug and then they stepped away, as Charlie stepped forward. Alice reached up to give Charlie a hug as well and Hatter reached out to shake his hand. Charlie then curtsied and smiled.
"Thank you for all of your help, Charlie," Alice said. "You helped me care for Hatter when I needed you. I owe you more than I can ever repay."
"Alice of Legend, it is I who am indebted to you and Young Harbinger here," Charlie replied.
Hatter glared at Charlie and responded, "You know, you really need to come up with a better name for me than that one. Alice doesn't need a herald to let people know she's coming. She does all on her own."
The three of them laughed as Charlie said, "You are absolutely right, Hatter. I am glad you have recovered fully."
"Oh, he hasn't fully recovered," Alice interrupted. "When we get back home, he's going to take it easy for a while, while we make our wedding plans. Speaking of the wedding, you are going to come to my world for it, aren't you?"
"Of course I'll be there," Charlie answered. "I wouldn't miss it."
"Good, cause I want you to be my best man," Hatter replied.
Charlie responded, "It would be my honor."
Alice turned to Jack, Duchess, and Ten of Clubs and said, "We would love it if each of you came as well. After all, we wouldn't be together if it weren't for you."
"We would love to come," Duchess answered. "I'll make sure to get Jack there. Thank you, Alice and Hatter!"
Once they finished saying their goodbyes, Jack pulled the Stone of Wonderland from off of his finger and opened the mirror's portal to Alice's world. Alice and Hatter then stepped through and returned to where they belonged. They landed hard on the cold, hard ground back inside the construction site where all the trouble began. Hatter tried to get up, but because Alice landed on top of him, he struggled to do so. His wound was still healing and his shoulder was still very sore.
Alice quickly rose up and leaned down to help him up. Together, the two of them walked hand in hand back to Alice's home. When they arrived, Alice found her mother sitting at the desk in their living room writing some letters. She stood up and walked over to them to give her daughter a hug as they walked in.
"I was worried about the two of you, but then I figured that you both may have gone back to the dojo and had fallen asleep," Carol spoke.
"How long have we been gone," Alice asked?
"You've been gone since you left for your party last night," Carol replied.
As Carol hugged Hatter he gave a soft cry, backed off slightly, and said, "I'm sorry, Mum. I hurt my shoulder a little, old wound. It's nothing to worry about."
Carol responded, "I am so sorry, David. Come sit down. Let me take a look."
Before he or Alice could do anything to stop her, Carol pulled him over to the couch, sat him down, and unbuttoned the top buttons of his shirt. She gasped at the sight of the wound. Hatter looked up at Alice and then back at Carol, unsure of what to say.
"David, this is no old wound," Alice's mother replied. "This wound is ugly and it looks to be a few weeks old. When did this happen and how?"
"You wouldn't believe us if we told you," Hatter answered. "Alice, I think we need to tell her the truth. There is no way to explain how this happened two weeks ago of Wonderland time and without me being in a hospital. We can show her the mirror to prove what we say is true. The portal will still be open."
Alice nodded her head as Carol looked at both her and Hatter with a very confused expression on her face and asked, "What are you talking about? What mirror? What on earth would I not believe?"
Alice sat down on the couch next to Hatter and then took her mother's hands in her own. She thought about how she was going to explain everything. If someone tried to tell her that Wonderland was a real place and that each of the characters from a child's book were real people, Alice would have told them they were crazy. Now, she was the one who had to explain to her mother that the love of her life was not from this world.
"Mom, back when I disappeared for an hour and David found me unconscious in a construction site, the things that I told you weren't exactly true," she began. "I didn't just fall and hit my head after chasing after Jack down there. This is going to sound crazy, but I promise you it is the truth. David isn't from here and his name isn't David. It's just Hatter and he's from Wonderland."
"Wonderland?" Carol replied as she grew more confused. "As in, Alice and Wonderland? Alice, please. I don't want to hear some ridiculous story. You can tell me, please."
Hatter responded, "Alice is telling you the truth. I am just Hatter and I am from the world you believe to be just a child story. Although, my character doesn't do me justice. I promise you that I am not mad, a little eccentric maybe, but certainly not mad."
Alice laughed and continued telling her the story saying, "The mirror is a portal to Wonderland. Long story short, Hatter helped me to discover the truth about Jack being the Queen of Hearts son and saved my life a number of times from the Queen and others who were just as bad. Hatter helped me to get home and we fell in love."
"Time is different in Wonderland, you see," Hatter added. "To you, Alice was only missing for an hour. However, we were in Wonderland for three days. We went through a lot and the more I got to know your daughter, the more I fell in love with her. I just wanted her to be happy and keep her safe. I didn't realize that she loved me back until she was happy I followed after her."
"Anyway, yesterday at the party I saw someone from Wonderland who was a very dangerous man," Alice replied. "I chased after him and he nearly killed me, but Hatter saved me, again. He took a poison arrow to his shoulder. In order to save him, we had to go back to Wonderland for an antidote and to warn Jack about Dodo, the dangerous guy we chased after. We were in Wonderland for over two weeks so that Hatter could have time to recover."
Hatter interrupted, "Alice saved my life this time."
Alice finished saying, "Anyway, we are back home now and I promise that we won't be leaving to go back there again, at least, not for anything besides a visit. I know that this sounds like an odd fairytale, Mom, but it is the truth. We can prove it to you if you like."
"Your right, it does sound like an odd fairytale, but from the looks on your faces, I can see that you actually believe it," Caroline answered. "I just don't know what to say."
"Would you like us to show you the mirror?" Alice asked. "We can take you right now, or at least I can. I want Hatter to stay here to rest."
Hatter glared at her and said, "Alice, I have been resting and recovering for two weeks. I am perfectly fine."
Caroline stood and shook her head as she responded, "Do not worry about showing me anything tonight. I need some time to think about what you've told me. In the meantime, Alice is right, David. I mean, Hatter. I am sorry. It is going to take some getting used to."
"You can keep calling me David, Mum," Hatter replied. "Here in this world, everyone has two names, except two girls in a magazine named Madonna and Chair?"
"That's Cher," Alice laughed. "By the way, Mom, Hatter and I have some good news to tell you as well. We are getting married!"
Alice held up her left hand as she told her and Caroline answered, "Oh, I am so happy for the both of you! When David told me he wanted to marry you, I was so pleased. I knew that you would find the right man one day, Alice. He is perfect for you. This calls for a celebration! Tonight, we are going to have a fabulous supper and a special wine that I have been saving for just such an occasion."
Alice, Hatter, and Caroline spent the rest of the day and evening laughing and sharing stories of different experiences they have each been through throughout their lives. Alice and Hatter shared more about their journeys in Wonderland.
Hatter was the first to retire to bed. He fell asleep on the couch, while Alice and her mother moved to talk in Alice's room. Alice then told her mother the truth about what happened to her father. Caroline was saddened and they cried for a brief time, but Caroline was also relieved to learn that her husband didn't leave her as she had thought he had.
Six weeks later…
Alice, Hatter, and her mother made the preparations for Alice and Hatter's wedding day. Alice told her mom that she wanted it to be very small with only a few close friends. When Caroline asked Alice who she wanted to have there, Alice explained that she had invited Jack, his wife, and two other friends from Wonderland, Charlie and Ten of Clubs.
On the night before the wedding, Alice and Hatter guided Caroline down to the now abandoned construction site and to the mirror. Caroline was still unsure of what to think of the stories Alice and Hatter told her, that was until the mirror suddenly shimmered and four people came tumbling out from it.
Caroline stood there completely shocked, while she watched as the man whom her daughter once thought she was in love with, stood along with two other men and a woman. The woman had long, full, blond hair and she figured that she was Jack's wife. One of the men was young with dark hair and had a small beard and mustache. He reminded her of a Spaniard from one of the classic novels, like The Three Musketeers, she liked to read. The other man was much older and a bit taller. He too had a mustache and an odd looking goatee.
Jack walked over to Caroline, bowed, and as he stood up straight once again, he said, "Caroline, it is so good to see you again. I am sorry that things did not go so well the first time we met. I am sure Alice must have explained things to you?"
Caroline answered, "Yes, she has. I just can't believe that everything is true. It is good to see you again as well, Jack. I mean, Your Majesty."
"Please, just call me Jack," he replied. "I would like to introduce you to my wife, Duchess, although, you can call her Diana while we are here."
"It is an honor to meet you, Ma'am," Duchess said. "Jack told me about you. I have been looking forward to this day for a long time."
"Mom, these are our friends, Charlie and Ten of Clubs, uh…" Alice began to introduce the others.
Ten of Clubs responded, "You may call me Julius, Ma'am."
Caroline smiled and said, "It is a pleasure to meet all of you as well.
Charlie stepped forward and said, "Madam, I am Sir Charles Eustace Forthering…"
"Charlie, here in our world, your name is just Charlie," Hatter interrupted as he laughed. "Most people don't have five names."
"Hatter's right," Alice replied. "And his name here is David. We have a few more friends and family members coming. They would think your all insane if you acted like you usually do."
Charlie nodded and responded, "Not to worry, Alice. We will be discreet. Now, I believe the two of you have a wedding tomorrow. You need to get to bed."
Everyone walked over to a hotel down the street near Alice's dojo and Jack pulled out a wallet from an inside pocket of his jacket and paid for a room for him and Duchess, Charlie, and Ten of Clubs. Hatter walked both Caroline back home and kissed Alice goodnight when they arrived. As they went inside, Hatter walked back to the dojo to sleep.
The next morning…
Noon on the day of the wedding had finally arrived and both Alice and Hatter were glowing. Everyone gathered together in a small chapel, where Alice's mother had married her father years ago.
Hatter stood at the altar, while Charlie stood on his left and Jack, as well as Ten of Clubs stood next to them. Hatter and the rest of the men each wore a tuxedo. They stood patiently, waiting for the music to begin.
Alice stood in front of a mirror as she admired the gown she and her mother had chosen for her to wear. It was long and satin white, with a veil that fell to the floor. Her mother stood by her and then guided her to the doors that would lead her to her happily ever after with a man whom she loved with all her heart.
As she walked down the aisle and all eyes were on her, Alice looked at Hatter, who grinned just like the day when she had first met him. She couldn't help but laugh, while tears formed in her eyes.
The wedding was beautiful and it was by far the happiest day of both of their lives. As a gift, Hatter surprised Alice with a new home outside the city. He had saved as much of his money as he could because he wanted to be the one to care for Alice as he should. Alice was thrilled.
Jack, Duchess, Charlie, and Ten of Clubs went home to Wonderland after Alice and Hatter left for their honeymoon. Their honeymoon to Paris was Caroline's gift to them. She had saved money to take a trip with her husband, but he disappeared before they got the chance to go. Alice was thrilled that she would have the opportunity to travel to Paris with Hatter.
As they were on the train, Hatter leaned over and whispered in Alice's ear, "I am honored that you chose me to be your husband, Alice. I love you more than you will ever know."
Alice answered, "I chose you because you were there when I needed someone the most. You helped me to discover the person that I needed to become and loved me even when I treated you shamefully. I love you too, Hatter. I will fight for you for the rest of my life."