Lost in Wonderland : PD

Once they followed the White rabbit through the door, they fell down the Rabbit hole that led them directly into the World of Children’s imagination – Wonderland.

 

Lost in Wonderland.
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The mad world of Wonderland. Access can be gained through the mirror in the Greed Kingdom’s ball room or the Rabbit Hole.

Razorbackwriter:

Wonderland

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No sooner had the door slammed shut, that the white rabbit disappeared from view. The floor was like that of a chess board, that started to spiral downwards like a huge slippery slope at a carnival. With a loud whoosh and a scream, the first to fall was Alice, who was followed quickly by Scar and of course, Mariela’s family : Tessa, Sam and Sean. Around and around, down and down they went in what was the longest slippery slip in history. As they passed, there was blackness, which suddenly flashed pictures of memories of their past. For each they would see a different thing. For Scar…he only saw himself as what he was in Wonderland – the Mad hatter. The white rabbit had tricked them, and now they were falling down a virtual rabbit hole into the other world. One would think the mirror was the only way, but the rabbit, whoever it really was had created another hole in time and space. How had he done this? Easy….the time piece – the same one that had been spun when the Prince of Gluttony took the right hand of doom. The domino effect had now come to Greed of all places. The one place that had suffered so much already.

Their screams soon died down as the spiral ride was taking so long. In fact it was easy to forget that they were sliding to what might well be their doom.

“Not again…not again.” Scar kept repeating, while Alice was giggling. She always chose the wrong moments to have a giggle fit. “Hope there is a cushion pile at the bottom!” she sung out to the others.

Faster and faster they went, till finally there was a bright light coming from below. The end was in sight. And then like out of some prize shoot, they all were spat, landing on a large grassy knoll. Alice landed first, with Scar landing on top of her. Tessa, Sam and Sean would come out last. Like being projected from some sort of canon. On looking at what they came out of, it would appear to be a large tree with a trap door, that shut and sealed up the moment that they had all landed.

All around them was a massive garden. Tall grasses that towered over them, and flowers as big as dragons. Behind them were ginormous mushrooms. A gate that was on a path nearby, suddenly started to open. The gate was made from gold, and glistened in the light. Scar’s face fell as soon as he saw it. Rummaging around, he then looked for his hat. It wasn’t on the ground and it certainly was not on his head.

“My hat?!!” He screamed, looking at the other four in fright. Scar gripped his hair and started tearing at it. “I’ve lost my hat….My hat….Oh no. Oh..no.”

“It could be worse, Hatter.” Alice pipped up, getting off the ground and smoothing out her dress.

“How?’ Scar was now getting angry.

“You haven’t lost your mind yet.”

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~RB~

Dessy:
Why were they following a rabbit? Tessa had no clue, but she really didn’t have time to speak on it because Scar grabbed her hand, and she had to quickly link arms with the brothers. They were sliding down a slope, that seemed like a slide. As they slid down, memories passed around. For Tessa, she saw memories of when her and Marie were young – little kids. For the brothers, they saw memories of their family – and the memory of the day they lost their sister, when she burned with their house.

What first started as screaming, had eventually stopped because of how long this damn thing was. Scar was repeating “not again”, and Alice was laughing. Seeing there was light, Tessa sighed with relief as it seemed to be the end. After Alice and Scar fell, Tessa fell first – then the brothers fell on top of her. Tessa groaned and shoved them both off, before standing up and dusting herself off. She looked around, seeing a large tree and then a door… that closed. Well. Looks like they couldn’t head back that way.

Tessa turned when Scar started freaking out about his hat. “What’s so important about the hat?” she spoke, but she turned to look at Alice as Alice spoke. What did she mean that Scar hasn’t lost his mind? Wait a minute… This all sounded way too familiar. “Wonderland?” she then asked. “Why did we go to Wonderland, of all places?” she added, looking around her. “Wonderland?” Sam questioned. “You mean like… Alice in Wonderland? As in the book?” Sam spoke again.”Woah, wait. That can’t be possible. Alice in Wonderland is just a book. It can’t be real.” Sean spoke.

“Well… My best friend is a witch, and her brothers are witches, and we were just in Hell, which is also in a book, that said best friend got sent to and is now ruler to Greed…” Tessa began listing, moving her hands as she spoke. “I think at this point anything is possible, and as we can see, Wonderland is apparently not just a book but also another reality in Hell.”Tessa continued talking. “… Or something.” she continued. “Well… It’s okay. Marie will get us out of here. We know that.”Sam said. “Sure…” Sean started. “But she has to figure out a way to Wonderland first…”

 Razorbackwriter:
Wonderland

“What’s so important about the hat?” It was a simple question that Tessa made. Surely she remembered the hat’s significance. It was how he had found the trio in the first place, after being sent into his hat by Raul when in the maze. Mariela used the same hat to bring him back, but the question was…did he lose it before or after he went through the door? He simply could not remember. Running up to the large oak tree that they had been spat out of, the alp kept pressing at it, hoping that the trunk would open the trap door. Feeling and panting hard as he looked completely panicked. They had slid so far and for so long, that maybe the hat would be the last to emerge. With the tree having turned into just a normal tree however, it was now impossible to tell.

“My magic….that hat. That hat….is my magic.” Words coming out backwards then forwards. Was the madness starting to already take hold. Scar certainly didn’t talk like this in Hell…not the Scar they knew. Still patting the tree frantically, and then listening with his ear to the trunk before knocking again, a tiny window opened in the tree and a squirrel wearing a night cap tossed out a chest nut at the head of the hatter, before chittering angrily in his own little language, before shaking a curled fist. Scar must have woken him up. The nut donked the alp’s head and bounced off, as the alp glanced up to see the creature, who blew a raspberry before slamming his window and going back to his little bed.

“Even the squirrels are against me.” Scar muttered, before he turned back to the trio who were now asking each other about Wonderland. Sam and Sean were both debating on it being real, and Tessa began listing all the crazy things that were real in their life, drawing the conclusion that anything was now possible. Her strong belief that Mariela would figure it all out in time being their only real hope.

“But she has to figure out a way to Wonderland first…”

Scar then blurted….“The mirror!” His eyes flashed so you could see the whites as he took off, but calling over his shoulder for the others to follow. “I know where it is!” Scar as Hatter knew where the mirror was….or at least he thought he did.

If the others followed, they would be lead through the giant garden of flowers, that all bent their head and stared down to watch the tiny group make its way down a golden path…a little road made from…yellow bricks?

There was one however that didn’t follow. The girl in the blue smocked dress stood there with a wide grin, before turning tail and skipping in the opposite direction, whistling as she went. The rabbit had skedaddled, and now it seemed that Alice was doing the same thing. The big question was….why?

Reaching the clearing that was at the center of the start of what looked to be a maze very similar to that of the Maze of Greed, Scar screeched to a sudden stop, with the boys and Tessa coming right behind him. The frame from the mirror still stood…..but the glass was missing.

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“No….no no no no….NOOOOOOO!” He screamed, tugging at his hair and running around to the back of what was the mirror frame and putting his hand right through it, as it came out the other side. No hat….no mirror….no way back. It was then he peered past the others and noticed Alice was missing.

“Where’s Alice? ALICE! Alice you bitch!” Scar was looking all around, trying to see where the girl had gone too. In his haste to find the mirror, or what was left of it he forgot all about the girl. “You stupid HOE!” There was clearly no love lost between Alice and the alp now. The penny was starting to drop for the Alp. No hat….no mirror. Something must have happened in that ballroom. There was no Jabberwrocky….no rush of card soldiers. The most frightening scenario was starting to play out in the alp’s head.

Suddenly the sound of horses hooves was heard, coming down the yellow brick path and when the Alp turned he saw what was a White knight on a white horse. He was huge, much bigger than the Alp and his friends. Rearing up as he reached the area, the White knight lifted his helm to reveal his face……a very familiar face to those that knew….

“You finally returned, eh, Hatter?”

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“The White Queen wants a word.”

~RB~

Down the Rabbit hole – The Greed Kingdom : PD.

In the Princess diaries series, we go back to Greed.  The Homecoming was the last chapter, and now the world of imagination and wonder has entered the Kingdom of Greed with disastrous consequences for Mariela and her kin.

Razorbackwriter:
Re: [RP]Kingdom of Greed – Castle

Oh what strange things were occurring. The Jabberwocky had not been the only creature to arrive via the mirror. The red and black army was well before the beast but before that, there had been a rolling mist that had seeped and crept its way through the ballroom, and up the stairs. With all the excitement of the arrival of the lighting girl, and the battle that had begun, there was the setting for a wonderful distraction, that had very serious implications. Lavinia had asked if anything strange had been happening at Greed. Little did the new Princess know, that this was only the beginning. Words echoed by Esme, the apprentice to Lavinia and probably the only witch that Mariela could really count on. Pity that Mariela left before getting to speak with Esme further, it may well have served her to have done so.

So many things were happening at once, it was hard to keep track, but if we were to go to Mariela and her ever faithful Scar she had begun to issue orders. First, to a guard. Telling him to throw a shield for the lightning girl to catch and be used as defense against the Jabberwocky, who was now getting seriously pissed off with the little warrior.

“Scar. Go get Alice. Bring her with Tessa and my brothers and make sure they are out of harm’s way. Stay with them and do not enter the ballroom.”

As much as Scar wanted to do her bidding, he couldn’t help but feeling that he should stay by her side. He could just feel that this was not going to end well, and while he wasn’t a great warrior like Miss Zippity Zap with the spear, that he would give his all if he was called to do so. Instead he could only nod in response that he understood what he had to do. Taking a last look at the scene, he ran out of the ballroom, where he was to see Alice talking to a floating cheshire cat’s head…..Yes…a floating head. Scar blinked at the sight, and when he reached Alice’s side, she quickly grabbed his hand.

“The cat knows a place where it is safe for Mariela’s family.”

“That cat? Oh come on!” Scar didn’t trust the beaming feline with his life, let alone that of Mariela’s family. The cat twirled its head around till it was upside down. It didn’t belong in Greed at all, it belonged in Wonderland. “What is that cat doing here anyways?”

“Oh…Hatter, I knew the Jabberwocky was coming for Miss Alice and I came to rescue her. But…I can save you all too. Just follow me.” It said with a cheeky voice. But then, another voice was heard.

“Don’t listen to him! It’s a trap! Follow me, Hatter, Alice….People.” The white rabbit in the waist coat and holding a time piece in his hand looked up at them pleading.

“Time is all over the place. We must hurry. Come…come.” In a trice, the rabbit took off down the hall, hopping this way and that before reaching a door, that suddenly burst open. “In here….this way!” The rabbit bounded inside, and Alice pulled on Scar’s hand. “Then we follow the rabbit.” She blew a raspberry at the cat, who just popped out from sight leaving behind a trail of sparkling dust and a titter of laughter.

As Alice pulled Scar along, he grabbed Tessa’s hand, and urged the boys to link together, to keep them altogether. Once they reached the doorway, Alice was first to go through….then Scar….as each was pulled in, a violent force sucked the three remaining into the room…..and then the door slammed shut!

At that precise moment, the mirror that was in the ballroom, exploded…..sending shattering pieces of glass in all directions. This meant one horrible thing. The Jabberwocky could not be sent back….and others were now lost…..to Wonderland.

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Who was….the White Rabbit?

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(TC – Wonderland : Alice, Scar, Tessa, Sam and Sean)

Down in the armory, Suda was busy working on crafting a new type of battle axe, when he heard the scream of Mariela, singing out for the sword that Mammon last wielded in battle. When she appeared, you could see that she was very much in need of it, for with the roars that were now filtering down from the ballroom, Suda knew that it was time for the Princess of Greed to be prepared for her first real test.

 

The blackened faced dwarf took up a cloth to wipe his hands, and bowed before the Princess, who looked to be in a real hurry. “Nice of you to finally pop down and introduce yourself, your Highness.” this was said with a deep and raspy voice, as he then went to wiggle a finger in his ear, before smacking his lips and musing about where he kept the sword.“Ah yes….Lydia wanted it polished. I have it here.” Turning around he went to a display case and undid the lock, before lifting the glass top. He brought out the most magnificent looking sword you had ever seen. ‘Isn’t she a beaut? Crafted by the dark elves…and carries many souls of those that died in battle. Be careful with it though. It’s call is painful….especially to your enemy.” Suda presented the sword to the Princess with a flourished bow, before standing upright again. “Won’t you be needing armor?” he asked. “A helmet? Maybe a shield?” He had many to chose from, some were even her size. “I took precautions of making you something, just for this sort of occasion.” Walking over to what looked to be something Mariela’s height, Suda whipped off the red velvet cloth to reveal a highly polished silver looking suit, complete with helmet, and gauntlets…boots too.

“Isn’t it splendid?” All she needed to do was try it on.

Up in the ballroom, the Jabberwocky was taking in a deep breath before releasing another blast of the purplish coloured energy at the young warrior. The girl had started to use some funky new power, associated with her viking heritage, or at least that was how it looked. Rising up again to slam the Jabberwocky’s head down to the floor with a sickening crunch, but as she went to flip away, the beast reared and spun 90 degrees, its tail swinging out with full force to knock the electric sprite right off her feet, right as she was shouting at him with all the ferocity of Valhalla. Spinning back the opposite way, it cracked it’s jaw, before it started a tirade of abuse.

“I’m going to make you cook and eat your own BUTTOCKS!” This was of course followed by yet another fiery purple blast, enough to singe her fringe.

~RB~

Kiri:

Re: [RP]Kingdom of Greed – Castle

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Thank God for the help of the Princess and her guards, with one of them throwing a shield at her she reached up and caught it, just in time to fit her arms in the straps as she did so and spin around; catching the full force of the tail as she landed and roared out at him. She was thrown a good several feet, but her intention to piss off the beast definitely worked wonders considering his response. She barely pushed herself up on one knee long enough to take the fiery blast of purple energy on the shield, letting it raze about around her as she growled under her breath. She waited till the exact moment before it stopped, then she dropped the damn shield and stood up in full, giving a cocky little smirk as she raised up one hand and brilliant lightning coursed around her.

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“Oh forget killing you, I’m going to enjoy breaking you.”

That was her response to his little tirade, now it was her turn to return the favor in full; switching to her spear, she picked up the shield again and wreathed her body in lightning once more as she charged forwards with a crack of thunder.

“Thundering Dash!”

Within a second she was inches from the beast’s nose, but she didn’t stay there, flashing around him she wreathed the spear itself in a large amount of lightning as she thrust at blinding speeds that were nearly impossible to follow. These would have felt like wasp stings to the beast, but of course they weren’t intended to kill, their real effect would be realized to the Jabberwocky when he was unable to move properly. In fact, once the barrage had ended, the amount of electrical energy that would have been in his body would have made his muscles convulse and seize up to the point he wouldn’t be able to even so much as shift a talon. With her standing in front of him with a slightly… unnerving smile as she decided to speak slowly but surely. Her actions during that moment were creepy too, if you had known anything about the curse at all, you might have thought that those were just her suppressed emotions coming to the fore; in a way those people were right, everyone had an inner sadist, without control of the power that mentality leaked through on occasion… this was one of those times as she dropped her shield and called on her sword instead. Lifting it slightly as she spoke with some very chilling actions that would probably make the guards shiver with chills going down their spines.

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“Well then, time to play.~ How should I break you first?~”

Dessy:
Re: [RP]Kingdom of Greed – Castle

Mariela seriously hoped that her brothers and Tessa made it out fine. As well as Alice and Scar. She had no clue that they went into the mirror, or that they were in Wonderland. All she told them was to get to safety. Where they went? She had no clue. But right now, she was in a desperate need to find this sword, and end the Jabberwocky. Hearing Suda talk, Mariela turned her head. “Yeah, yeah. I should’ve introduced myself sooner. But I haven’t had a ten second break since I killed Lydia. Apologies.” she said, looking around again.

Mariela turned to face him and walked over to where he went to a display case. She watched him pull out the sword, before he turned to face her, holding the sword out and giving a bow. Mariela reached out to grab the handle, holding it in her hand and turning it. “Hm.” she said in thought, running her figners over the blade. She turned to face him when he mentioend armor.

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“Armor?” she then asked, before following him where a plate of armor was standing. “That might be useful.” she said. She turned and placed the sword on a nearby table, as well as the stone tablet, before turning back to the dwarf and armor. “Hand it over. I wanna try it on.” she then said. Did this armor have special properties? She didn’t know. But she knew the armor would actually be a bit of a good thing right now. Especially with the Jabberwocky.

Razorbackwriter:

Re: [RP]Kingdom of Greed – Castle

If it was one thing to be noted about the blacksmith dwarf, it was the pride he took in his creations. Not just able to bend certain metals beyond their normal capabilities and resistance, he was also charmed to generate powers within the metals, or to enforce the wearer’s power therein. Mariela was in a hurry, sure – but she was new to all this side of being a royal and a warrior of heart. She had proved her worth against the likes of Lydia, but done so without the need for special protection. The time had come however for her to step up to the plate and be equipped properly for what dangers lay ahead, namely a rather angry Jabberwocky that was now destroying the newly refurbished ballroom.

“Armor?”

“Aye…armor, the likes that be fitting for a woman of your stature.” It was not like Suda had to do whole sales pitch. Everything he made was for either the reigning monarch or the army which served under them. Loyal to Greed till the end.

“That might be useful.”

Hearing the din coming from above, with the odd tremor and some grit and dust falling from the ceiling due to the fight currently going on, the dwarf rolled his eyes.

“Might? Bloody will, I say.” Suda confirmed, showing the suit to the girl, while she set down the tablet and the sword that she had already been given.

“This suit….is enchanted, M’lady. Think of it as a power booster for your magics. Say…like you inherited Lydia’s fire power, yes? Well, this suit here….this is like an amplifier…the bass to your killer beat.” Suda was emphasizing this with his hands. “When the helmet is fitted on your head, it locks on and engages a protective aura right around you. it lessens the affect of say…a fire attack, and you can still cast your own spells and magic from within. I know witches don’t normally get about like a Knight…but then again, you aren’t no ordinary witch, are ya?” Suda handed over the suit for her to try on, even though time was of the essence.

“Think of this…as an enchanted exoskeleton.” Smiling he offered her the gauntlets. “Heh, any beast will soil himself and turn tail when he gets a load of you, M’lady.”

While the metal appeared to be lightweight, it was incredible strong and flexible, allowing freedom of movement. You could say that this was well ahead of its time. A glorious tribute to the new Princess of Greed.

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Suda folded his arms and waited for the Princess to try the armor on. No doubt she was going to look spectacular.

Meanwhile….in the ballroom.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

Oh that tricky little lightning bitch. She was a girl that was wickedly fast, insanely so. Able to speed her way around the Jabberwocky before he could even turn his head and shower her with more blasts of the same purplish energy. He did however roar loudly in protest when the spear struck him again and again, each time like it was a very sharp electric cattle prod. He was no cow! Dare she treat him with such disrespect. At the end of it, yes he was finding his muscles were seizing and locking, convulsing in pain – oh but this pain fueled the inner fires that burned in a place that she found herself staring into. What gaul to assume that the Jabberwocky relied on size and of course his energy blasts. There was more to this creature than met the eye. A flash and he watched the girl who now proclaimed;

“Well then, time to play.~ How should I break you first?~”

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“After I roast you like a marshmallow, it’ll be me breaking you!” From his eyes there was the glowing fire like embers that burned hotter than the sun. In a trice he fired what was known as a Heat eye beam blast. It was enough to not only char his victims but burn off their skin. The Jabberwocky was a master of this power, and while he was confined in the binding of electrical energy, his eyes were not part of that. The trick to the beam was also that it was able to bend and warp and follow the direction of movement of his target -ie…the cheeky lightning bitch.

~RB~

 

The Homecoming – The Kingdom of Greed : PD

Mariela, Scar and her brothers had returned from their visit to the Witches Circle, where things hadn’t exactly gone as well as one would hope.  Leaving the Kingdom virtually unattended, it allowed for the start of new dramas…just as Esme had warned.

 

 

Dessy:

Kingdom of Greed – Castle
It was silent as they headed back to Greed castle – with good reason, most likely. Mariela wasn’t sure what was to happen now after the events at the Witches Circle. Considering she just threatened everyone there, as well as the other kingdoms, it probably wasn’t a good thing. But Mariela was prepared for anything they intend to throw her way. She turned her head to look behind her, seeing Tessa and her brothers following behind. She gave a smile, before turning to look at Scar.

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“Well. Looks like I have made a few enemies…” She spoke, clenching her teeth together and making a bit of a face.“Threatening them probably wasn’t such a great idea. Might have been a mistake, actually.” she said, coming to this realization. “But I guess all royals have to have a few enemies, right?” she then said with a shrug. She gave another smile, before looking forward as they climbed up the steps to the Greed castle, giving a nod to the guards.

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She walked into the castle, the door shutting behind them as she turned to look at everyone else. “Now, I suppose the first thing we should do is check on Alice.” she said, moving her hands up to untie the cloak from her neck. “I don’t know the girl, and being how she came from the mysterious place behind the mirror, I don’t much how much she can be trusted.” she said, now taking the cloak and draping it over her arm. “I know she’s a friend of yours, Scar, and you know more about her then I do. I just… don’t quite know what to think of her yet.” she said, looking at Scar.

She then turned her head to look at Tessa and her brothers. “Second thing is to get you three home.” she said, moving her eyes between the three. “You three have been here long enough, and I don’t want you guys to still be here should anything major happen. So we need to figure out a way to get you three home.” she then said, looking back at Scar. He should have a way, right? She certainly hoped so… “Now. Let’s go find Alice. And hope she didn’t get into any trouble…”she said, turning back around to start walking forward again.

Razorbackwriter:
Re: [RP]Kingdom of Greed – Castle

It wasn’t such a good idea, to have left Alice behind in the castle, while the group had gone off to see the Witches Circle. Alice was from Wonderland, a place of magic and wonder but also some very dark creatures. Having snuck out of her room in the tower, Alice was feeling a little lonely. The young girl had some friends on the other side of the looking glass, and since Hatter and the Princess of Greed had left her to her own devices, Alice decided she was going to use the mirror in order to bring in some much needed companions.

Carefully sneaking down the winding stair case, she kept an eye out, as guards walked past on their rounds, checking that everything was as it should have been. Giggling to herself, the girl in the blue smock dress skipped out when the opportunity was right and made a dash for the ballroom. Recently reconstructed due to the damage that had occurred during the Masked ball. The magical mirror that had been loaned to Lydia by Raul was still hanging in the same place that the gardening staff had left it, and oddly enough a mystical fog was pouring out of it, like a rolling mist. Thinking that this meant the mirror was still somehow connected to Wonderland, Alice clapped her hands gaily, and danced up to the mirror, singing out.

“You can come out now and play!” She bent forward and peered into the mirror, thinking that her side kick – the white rabbit would come bounding out of the glass. Instead however there was the sound of men yelling…their feet pounding on the other side of the mirror, till all of a sudden, a whole deck of soldier playing cards both red and black came flying out. Spears aloft, but they were actually running from something…..something large.

Alice squeaked and fell back as the playing card soldiers leapt over her and ran around the ballroom, trying to assemble into defensive formations. You could see that they were terrified…of something.

“But the Queen of Hearts is dead…..What is wrong with you deck of fools?” Alice cried.

One of the soldiers then pointed as he stuttered.

“You…forgot about….about….the…” He could barely finish the sentence, when there was a god awful roar. The mirror was actually growing in size to accommodate the bulk of the creature….the monster that was making its way through to the Greed ballroom.

“It’s the Jabberwocky!”

~ROAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRR!~

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Alice turned around with a horrified expression, her hands coming up to slap against her own cheeks in terror.

“HATTER!!!!!” She screamed as the playing card army all looked up at this most terrible sight.

The creature unfurled each of its wings one at a time, with the tips smashing into the ceiling, before being extended out like massive bat wings. When the wings were unfurled, the elbows came down to the ground, to help the beast to walk forward. Its over sized head had a leathery frill neck that splayed out -with razor sharp teeth that were capable of biting right through skin and bone with ease. it was different to a dragon, but more like a demonic beast with oversized wings. A creature of the purest evil, one that showed no mercy or remorse. It’s pleasure to kill and destroy all in its path.

While Scar had been following along with Mariela, and sadly acknowledging that the whole trip to the Witches Circle had been a mistake, he suddenly heard the terrified screams of Alice, followed by the din of many a soldier. It was only after he heard the mighty roar of the beast….the Jabberwocky, that he knew that Alice was not the only one to have made it through the mirror.

“I think…trouble found her.” Scar cried, as he took hold of Mariela’s hand to run towards the ballroom, and where the newest nightmare to befall Greed had already begun.

~RB~

Kiri:
Re: [RP]Kingdom of Greed – Castle
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You know that moment when you leave somewhere only to get lost the moment that you walk out? That just happened to be Ayana at this very moment, she couldn’t really say she was happy about the fact, because she wasn’t, and why would she be anyway, but she was definitely pleased that she hadn’t come across anything that was really… aggravating. Of course, with the fact that she had to leave Asgard because of something so easy to have avoided was annoying and shameful in its own way, but even then she carried on with what task she had been given; taking control of this damned power that was afflicting her now. Ayana thought she was going to stay lost for a while, till… of course… things HAD to go wrong. The Valkyrie gave a jump as she heard that damnable roar, not sure where it came from, but she had been walking towards the large castle nearby and with this happening… oh the Valkyrie really didn’t think it could go much worse; of course she was wrong as always.

“….Well, time to test this. Thundering Dash!”

~A few moments later~

With the sudden sound of thunder roiling through the kingdom, it probably wouldn’t be clear what was happening at the moment, but with the Jabberwocky running rampant inside of the ballroom nothing was truly clear at the moment other than there was trouble; at least to Ayana that’s how it was. She didn’t know what the beast was, nor why it was running rampant, but it was definitely something Ayana would bite; she was a Valkyrie after all, combat was her forte and something she could do without a thought in her head. Slamming through one of the glass windows, the bolt of lightning only lasted a moment as it slammed into the head of the Jabberwocky, slamming it shut as it prepared to roar once again with the Valkyrie becoming visible with a raging amount of lightning on the spear. Flipping off of the creature, she dropped it midair and called on her naginata, swinging it so that the long bladed weapon had its edge pointed towards the ground with bright white lightning trailing behind it.

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“Well then, been a while since I saw a Dreki(Dragon). …Or a type of one anyway.”

Who was she? She must have been insane… maybe… who knew. Perhaps she was just a battle ready maiden. Obviously, it was the latter.

“I may have to release the seal if this is stronger than I’m expecting… expect the unexpected, huh.”

Dessy:
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Mariela was certain that they could get back to the castle in peace, and not have any other problems. Mariela was about done with today, and was ready to greet the new day. A lot has happened today, and it was a wonder how she managed to stay so calm during all of this. You’d expect her to have rage quit by now… but she hasn’t. She was still somewhat calm during it all.

They were walking back to the ballroom, and Mariela was anxious to get her family home and away from all of this. But at the sudden sound of a loud roar, Mariela stopped and turned her head. “What was that?” she asked, but Scar already grabbed her hand and ran towards the ballroom, the trio following behind them. Mariela stopped and widened her eyes, looking up at the big dragon-like creature. She took a great, frustrated sigh, closing her eyes slightly as she did so, before opening them and looking back. “Scar… what on Earth is that?” she then asked.
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Just when Mariela thought things were over… apparently not. Now, she has some giant dragon-creature-thing ruining her ballroom that they just finished rebuilding. She huffed in frustration, and then whipped around to face some guards. “You. Get them three and Alice out of here. Now.” she spoke, pointing for them to lead them out. She then turned to Scar and opened her mouth to speak, before the sound of thunder was heard. Then the sound of shattering glass was heard, and Mariela jumped back when someone seemed to have came from the window.

“I have no idea who that is, but I’ll thank her for the distraction later.” she said. She grabbed Scar’s arm, quickly running, and trying to avoid the shattered glass, to a hallway. “You know this thing better then I do. Is their a weapon or something that can defeat this thing?” she asked urgently. “I don’t know how long that girl can hold it back… but there has to be something.”

Razorbackwriter:
Re: [RP]Kingdom of Greed – Castle

Scar could hardly believe his eyes. The sight of the massive Jabberwocky took him totally by surprise. Sure, he had heard of the legend, that the Red queen kept one as her favorite pet, but he had never been privy to see it either in a cage or in the midst of battle. The fact of the matter was, it had come out of the mirror, just like Alice, and by the looks of it, both the red and black playing card armies. The Princess of Greed, his beloved Mariela was asking what the hell it was…and Scar tried to answer her the best way he knew how.

“More of a nightmare than I.” Never a truer word was said. The creature was the embodiment of evil, and not only did it roar loudly, it also had the ability to speak common. As it opened its mouth, showing off rows and rows of razor sharp teeth, a loud bang occurred – the window just to the right of the beast was smashed inwards by a force that was beyond that of Mother nature. A crack of lightning struck the head of the Jabberwocky with enough force to make it snap its mighty jaws shut.

Blinking at this sudden turn of events, Scar could not help but whisper to Mariela “Did you do that?” But, it was not Mariela that caused the diversion, it was a plucky girl that had appeared, holding a lightning charged spear, and she had just flipped off the Jabberwocky’s own head and landed with gymnast like grace on the floor of the ballroom.

Who was this girl? A maiden of white and blue, that scar had never seen before. She certainly didn’t come through the mirror. The girl was talking, but maybe it was too herself. A battle with a Jabberwocky was not exactly the place to make formal introductions. One thing was clear, she was here to fight the beast of Wonderland, and the Jabberwocky turned its attentions on the dangerous little sprite. It snarled viciously, splaying out its frilly leather like neck to make its head seem even larger than before. It was smarting from the lightning strike, and the low rumble from it’s belly indicated that it was hungry……Hungry for the little blue lady.

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“GET IN MY BELLY!” The Jabberwocky roared as it opened its mouth again, but only this time it released a purple and mauve coloured spray of energy, that crackled and blasted towards the girl with the spear with as much ferocity as her lightning strike had.

With the girl being caught up in the fight with the beast, Scar waved his hands for the nearest guards to get Tessa, Sam and Sean to safety, while Alice was still hiding in behind a large file of playing card soldiers. She was too scared to move away.

Scar was now trying to get Mariela out of the way too, but she wanted to know if they had a weapon in the castle that could defeat such a beast. It took a good minute or two to think of something, till he suddenly had a flash of memory about a sword that he had seen in a glass display case in the blacksmith shop. The shop run by Suda, the dwarf.

“Mammon’s sword! Down in the work shop of Suda…..its all I can think of!” He had to shout to be heard over the roars and terrified screams that echoed throughout the ballroom.

~RB~

Kiri:
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Oh Ayana was not pleased with the current turn of events at all, but she at least was finding a decent time to take control of the current situation with her powers. Which meant it may be a good idea to get the others out of here, but first… precautions had to be taken to prevent something from going wrong once she did unlock the seal; meaning she did one thing. Turning around for a moment she reached into her armor and hurled a stone tablet to Mariela. It was inscribed in two different languages, one was Old Norse, of course, and the other in the common language. The words inscribed were as such: The trickery of Loki undone, the skill of Thor turned to strength, the all seeing eye of the All Father opened; knowing the desire of her heart. By decree of these words, the seal is done, and the Valkyrie shall be forever masked with a power greater than hers.

“That’s a seal to replace the limiter on my true form, you’re going to need it if I use it! Now get the hell out of here, things are about to get really ugly! OI YOU STUPID FOOLS! QUIT LOLLY GAGGING AROUND AND TOSS ME A SHIELD!!!!!!”

That last sentence hurled at the dumb ass cards cowering from the massive dragon while a maiden fought, it was a sight to see in all honesty. They were supposed to be men, and instead they cowered like school girls. Humph. Pitiful.

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Spinning at the Jabberwocky, Ayana’s naginata was already positioned as it became wreathed in brilliant white lightning while she swung straight at the dangerous, roaring beast with his stream of violet flames. With a ferocious battle cry of her own, the girl lashed out at the spray of energy and sliced through it; creating a wall of lightning which took it on as she wreathed her own body in lightning.

“Thundering Dash!”

Shooting into the air with a crack of thunder, Ayana landed on the roof within the second and then called on her halberd with its ax blade, letting herself fall down within a moment as she brought it down with all of her strength; roaring at the top of her lungs with every ounce of ferocity that lay within her being. That beast may have been terrible, but he definitely had a match here in this Valkyrie.

“Thor’s Hammer Blow!”

With the force of the halberd slamming down on the Jabberwocky with enough power to not only slam his mouth shut yet AGAIN, but it also would have slammed his head flat onto the ground while a massive bolt of lightning rained down through the window and slammed into the blade of the pole-arm, making it hammer with even more force that caused the flooring of the ballroom to erupt outwards around she and the Jabberwocky, creating what could have considered a miniature arena.

Should that have connected, she would have again flipped off of the beast while pointing the halberd at the beast, roaring right back at it with all the ferocity of Valhalla.

“Come at me beast! Dragon or not, I will not retreat!!”

Dessy:
Re: [RP]Kingdom of Greed – Castle
“More of a nightmare than I.” Scar spoke, causing Mariela to sigh in exasperation. She took her hands and ran them down her face. “Oh lord.” she then said. All thoughts were interrupted when the glass from the window shattered, Mariela moving away to avoid getting hit. “No. That wasn’t me.” she said, watching the girl land on the jabberwocky and then flip off. That’s when she had pulled Scar into a nearby hallway.

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Her eyes shifted to the Jabberwocky when it spoke, before looking back at Scar. It talks?! she spoke. She covered her ears at the roaring and screaming, but uncovered them when Scar began speaking of a sword. “The armory.” she said with a nod. Before she could run off she turned her head when the girl spoke. Mariela reached out, catching the tablet in her hand and looking down at it, before looking at the girl when she spoke. “Great. Wonderful.” she said at the mention of a seal, and to get out of there, looking down at the tablet and turning it in her hand. At the mention of needing a shield, Mariela looked at a guard. “You. Throw her a shield. Now.” she ordered.
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She watched the guards remove Tessa and her brother, then turned to look at Scar. “Scar. Go get Alice. Bring her with Tessa and my brothers and make sure they are out of harm’s way. Stay with them and do not enter the ballroom.” she said, looking back up at the Jabberwocky. “I’m gonna go to the armory and get this sword while she’s distracting him.”she said, then without another word she turned on her heel and ran off, making her way down to the armory where Suda, the dwarf, and the supposed sword might be at. “Quickly!” she said over her shoulder as she ran off.

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Opening the door to the armory, Mariela stepped in and eagerly looked around. “Suda!” she called, turning to look around the armroy to see if she can find said sword. “Where’s the sword Mammon carried?” she then asked. “It’s urgent!” she called again, tucking the stone tablet under her arm.

The Witches Circle – Blood Magic : PD

 

Following on from “Just the beginning” – The Witches Circle series.

 

Fudo:
Re: [RP] The Witches Circle.
Witches Circle

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Oridin Lexington:” I see. So what does that entitle for us all ?”

– Oridin had kept quiet the entire time , hearing more and more that has been said it was implied Greed and Gluttony are not on the same boat when it came to understandings and the Apprentice realized this must mean that they had to be enemies possibly. These were all theories however, as the apprentice did not know who these people were or anything and was only going by the context that was given. He walked closer to Esme before looking around at the more empty space since more and more have them left and now leaving barely anyone in this area . Oridin would then ask her where they should go now , since there seemed to be nothing for them out here at this point in time. –

Oridin Lexington:” So where should we go next ? ”

Tory:
Re: [RP] The Witches Circle.
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In the middle of the circle a sudden burst of light spread out and was followed with the second half of the prince’s shrill scream of pain and when the light dissipated and lighting returned to normal, Astaroth was kneeling in the middle rubbing his temples and cursing all that is holy. Especially archangels and their barriers of no-leaving-for-you-mister. After about five seconds or so he stood up and looked around. He could feel there there was no shred of his powers in this golem, an uncomfortable feeling that left him on edge. He wouldn’t be able to protect himself at all, although perhaps he could just remove the crown and be fine.
He saw two people and bowed towards them as their attention would surely be on someone that appeared as suddenly and extravagantly as he had. If it had been up to him though, he would’ve arrived without screaming in pain and blasting out light. He was hoping he’d brought a little bit of his seal with him and thus weakened it. He had suspicions that were not the case though. That would simply be far too convenient.
I do apologise for this horrid entrance. I would’ve chosen something less bright and soundless, but such is not my luck.” he smiled sweetly at the two. “My name is Astaroth and I hold the current title of Pride.” he bowed deeply this time. “I wish to speak with your elder, if that is alright?” he kept it short for the clock continued ticking and Salem had said he wouldn’t be able to keep the golem up for too long. Astaroth hoped the kid wasn’t exerting himself too much. He would feel horrible if Salem would use up too much of his powers when Astaroth really could’ve just sent a raven. All he could do now though, was his best at explaining his situation to whoever wanted to help and make it appealing enough for them to actually try and break the barrier.

 Dessy:
Re: [RP] The Witches Circle.
“Do you even know why the Prince of Gluttony sought a new arm in the first place?”Shamus spoke, and Mariela raised an eyebrow. “No.” she said simply, and left it at that. Shamus then started speaking about Mammon, and Mariela’s eyes narrowed. “I am not like Mammon, nor will I ever be. I can’t be held responsible for the destruction he or Lydia have caused. That’s not my doing, and if it was up to me, whatever destruction they caused would’ve never happened.” she spoke, shaking her head as she talked. Shamus was then stopped by Lavinia, and she moved her gaze to look back up at the Elder.

She moved her eyes to watch Shamus leave, before looking up at Lavinia. “I appreciate the offer, but I made the mistake in trusting the wrong people before. I’m not making that mistake again.” she then said. She turned to glance at her family behind her when Lavinia spoke, before looking back at her with a curious expression, watching the Elder witch walk off with narrowed eyes.

“You were right about the heart. It’s not yours that is needed, but that does not mean that you are out of danger. This….is only the beginning.”

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Another voice spoke, and Mariela turned to look at her. ‘I never said I wasn’t out of danger.” she spoke. “I know fully well the amount of danger I could be in, but I’m not at all worried.” she said afterwards. She turned her head to look back in the direction the other witches had walked to before speaking again. “As much as I appreciate your Elder’s offer, I’ve trusted the wrong people too many times.” she said, looking back at the girl. “One of those times lead to my death.”she then said. “Until I’m proven that all of them can be trusted, I’m not taking any chances.” she then spoke after.

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Mariela heard a scream of pain, and then saw a flash of bright light. She immediately turned her head to the source, taking a few steps back as the person appeared. She gave a small curtsy when he bowed, before turning to look back at Esme.“I think I’ll take my leave now. Give your Elder my apologies.” she then said, nodding her head in farewell before turning and motioning for Scar and her family to follow her, before exiting the Witches Circle. Did she make a mistake? Maybe. She didn’t know. But everyone makes mistakes, and everyone has to deal with the consequences. Was Mariela worried? Not really. Good always wins.

(TC? Maybe?)

Razorbackwriter:
Re: [RP] The Witches Circle.
Witches Circle

Scar hated being right. He knew from the start that going to the Witches circle was a bad idea. He didn’t trust the Elders at all, and the news that another Princess may possibly have been killed in their sacred grounds meant that the likes of the new Princess of Greed being there – she’s have no protection anyways. The alp however was proud of his Mistress. She handled herself with a sense of pride and dedication to the protection of her family, no matter who was making threats with them. She bluntly told them all, she would kill anyone that tried to harm them. So much passion in her voice, that tears welled in Scar’s eyes. She was nothing like Lydia, and he thanked the maker for that fact. Mariela didn’t need these beings protection. He and her family would be that circle of trust…their bonds already proved over and over. In the maze, and back at the castle. Mariela had been burnt by those she trusted. She swore never again to take that chance.

“I think I’ll take my leave now. Give your Elder my apologies.”

Scar stood by her side and bowed politely before Esme and Oridin. “It’s time we went home.” The alp was already making plans on how to help get Mariela’s family home. He didn’t need the Elders to do what he had already done before. But at least now, Mariela had seen what witches and warlocks – the Elders were like. Looking back at Tessa, Sam and Sean, Scar motioned with his head that they start to leave the area. They had a long walk home.

In the forest edge a dark shadow hovered and there was a distinct chuckle that watched the scene playing out before him. So this…was the new Princess of Greed. Pretty. He thought to himself. Watching them depart, Marcus fell back into the shadows. He would make his move….when they were least expecting it. Here, at the Witches circle, there were the ancients that were sure to start whispering their annoyance. Marcus was not about to let that happen.

(TC – Marcus – Scar to Greed Kingdom)

Now that the Princess of Greed and her party had left, there was a great explosion of light from the center of the circle. It seemed that the royals of Hell were continuing to visit the Witches circle. Perhaps news of Gluttony’s murderous spree was starting to filter out to the other realms and more were coming to protect their own interests. Oridin asked where they were off to now. With the newest arrival, Esme knew that they weren’t going anywhere just yet. The apprentice served Lavinia no matter where she was in Dyre.

“I do apologize for this horrid entrance. I would’ve chosen something less bright and soundless, but such is not my luck.”

Fireworks and a light show. It had to be a royal. Esme offered a sideways glance at Oridin as she returned to hear the rest of the introduction.

“My name is Astaroth and I hold the current title of Pride.”

“Pride?!” Esme’s sudden cry of the Prince’s name showed that she was now deeply shocked that the one that Shamus had mentioned was now standing in the Witches circle. Did this…Astaroth know about Gluttony? The introduction showed nothing but good manners, and no real fret or worry. You could see the blood run from Esme’s face, and she stood awkwardly, her eyes darting around to see if the great Glutton would suddenly return unannounced, even though Lavinia had used a banishing spell that meant he could not return.

“I wish to speak with your elder, if that is alright?”

“You mean, Lavinia. She uhm….she’s this way.” With a sinking feeling in her own heart, she turned and gestured for the embodiment of Astaroth to follow. “Lavinia was here, but she left the circle.”

If Astaroth and Oridin followed, Esme would take them deep into the forest. Normally she would lead them straight to the cottage, but from the feeling of magical power, Lavinia had taken a different direction. Heading to a much darker place, where there was a special clearing. Within it stood an ancient tree that was devoid of leaves and flowers. There were no animals except for the raven which sat upon her shoulder. There was a great chair fashioned from the twisted roots that had come up from under the ground. Lavinia was sitting in this chair, meditating. Only when the trio entered the clearing did she open her eyes.

Esme bowed as she approached, with Lavinia staring down at her with a look of disdain.

“I have a guest that wishes to be granted audience….my Queen. It’s…Astaroth…the Prince of….”

Before she could finish, Lavinia bore a great smile and watched Astaroth approach.

“Ah yes….the Heart. Such a proud heart. One that beats so fiercely. It’s a wonder that it is still in your chest, but don’t worry, the Gluttonous one can not enter Dyre….I sent him packing.”

No doubt this was going to bring a series of questions from Astaroth, who knew nothing of the plots of the Prince of Gluttony. If he did feel threatened however, it came from the realms, not the Witches Circle.

“I know you….I walked with you once upon a dream.” Lavinia seemed to be enjoying this now, smiling over at Oridin and then saying to the young mage. “You may well be leaving us to go to a Castle that lay in the center of a lake.” The Elder spoke of the Kingdom of Pride, but that of course all hinged on what Astaroth said next.

~RB~

Fudo:
Re: [RP] The Witches Circle.
Witches Circle

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– Oridin bowed his head in return to the male that had done so to him ; being awkward about the whole ordeal and not knowing who they were personally or their importance and had only done so out of respect . When seeing the Prince of Pride announce himself Oridin felt quite shocked as to how many royals had appeared here today. It had to have been at least 4 . He didn’t know what to say next ; in fact , he couldn’t find any words to leave his mouth at this time but instead respectfully bowed to the male known as Pride as he spoke to them , he allowed Esme to speak for him as he couldn’t find anything to say so he walked simply as a mute with her to where she was bringing Pride . He didn’t want her to go alone , he didn’t have anything to do also and wishing to know more about the Elders is one of the things Oridin wished to do . He wanted to more closely get in touch with the art of magic and get much more close to how it should be wielded and how to do so efficiently . His mind hovered around the thought of how to introduce himself when reaching the Elder ; finding himself in face of Lavinia upon reaching her domain which was quite grim in nature and held solely but a chair and the tree that it was near ; Oridin can only assume the Elder was quite spiritual and he bowed in respect when she spoke to the group and then seemed to have spoken to Oridin about going to a Castle in which Oridin’s behavior broke its structure as his response came . –

Oridin Lexington : ” C-Castle ? I’m going where ? ”

– Oridin’s eyes seemed to have showed the sensation of fear, however it wasn’t the typical being afraid of something but in truth it was him being uneasy about going somewhere where he hasn’t been , a place truly foreign to him . Oridin had gotten use to this realm , and as scary as it sounded he sighed thinking about what may happen when he’s gotten there . He tilted his head down and stared at the ground before taking in a deep breath to say –

Oridin Lexington : ” Wherever it may be , I’ll go if that is the will of the Elders. ”

– There may be some good in going to another land , as it may teach him more about the world as well as expanding his knowledge . He could always use more , more to learn and the more things he could find out while being in the realms beyond the Witches Circle . His fear slowly faded into inquisitive bliss . He felt as if he could really do it. –

Tory:
Re: [RP] The Witches Circle.
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Lavinia’s Domain

Astaroth jumped as his title was suddenly cried out. He had been out of the game for several centuries, if not a few milennia. Appearing nowhere, never sending messages and really just not contacting the world outside of his prison. Such a reaction was to be expected, however, it still surprised him. It was almost rude. He did forgive though as it was justified. Anyone would be surprised to see a man that had probably become a story in his time away. A myth, maybe. Or perhaps that was just Astaroth’s wishing.
Just as the girl had cried out, the boy beside her bowed. Perhaps he held a higher rank than the girl and thus had better manners?
He bowed to the girl again before following her. He caught up quickly so that he’d walk just a little bit behind the two. He was being lead somewhere, walking beside them would be useless and he’d just seem awkward whenever he’d take a step in a different direction than where they were heading. So behind it was. Walking behind also gave him a chance to take in the sight of the forest. There were no forests on his island and he so missed the free nature. All he had was a garden with herbs, a few flowers and an apple tree. It was nothing fancy, but he was fond of it. It provided solace from everything, because despite his lack of appearances he did have duties as a prince as every other prince should have.
Much to Astaroth’s displeasure, the girl stopped in a small clearing with a dead tree. Dead trees of course had their appeal, but Astaroth preferred them alive. This particular dead tree should most likely be considered the elder witch’s throne, he guessed.
He carefully stepped passed the boy and girl when the witch smiled at him and bowed deeply.
I thank you, Elder.” he had been hoping it was something else, but his heart was certainly worthy of this blasted pain in his gut and now chest. “I had no idea it would be Gluttony. Now I’ll be able to prepare properly knowing who to expect.” his lack of questions perhaps came as a surprise, but he’d already known that he were likely to be attacked. Although he did have one question. Why his heart? But that would be a question saved for later for the elder spoke again.
Oh? I do hope I didn’t embarrass myself.” he smirked. “I hope I can take it that you know why I’m here then?” he looked towards the boy with a friendly smile when she spoke to him. Perhaps he was an expert on barriers with extensive knowledge of angelic ones. That would certainly make Astaroth more than willing to invite him to his home.

Razorbackwriter:

The Witches Circle.

Watching Esme, Oridin and the visitor – a golem of Astaroth approach the dead tree throne, Lavinia adjusted her posture so she was sitting more regally upon her knotted wood seat. Another raven happened to swoop down from the skies and landed just on the edge of the throne, bowing graciously with its wings spreading before the Supreme Elder. A note was tied to its leg, and while she could hear the one known as Astaroth give thanks for allowing this meeting and also the revelation about Gluttony, Lavinia untied the note and read the contents that were written in a familiar script. The Queen of witches could not hold back the laughter that bubbled up from the very pit of her stomach.

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How odd. There were now two witches that held thrones of the seven kingdoms. Katrina had somehow managed to get the crown from the Princess Sayaka. It was completely unexpected, but there was a silver lining to this latest development. Folding the note, she tucked it into her dress, before returning her attention with a much more somber expression, when Astaroth had mentioned that he had no idea that Gluttony was after him, nor why.

“Now I’ll be able to prepare properly knowing who to expect.”

This statement brought a surprised look from Lavinia. Preparing for the onslaught of a demon Prince like Gluttony was going to be no easy feat, especially with the current upsets that were being caused by the time piece. Astaroth had not been present when the Lord Gluttony had, and missed the change in the Queen of witches herself, from the disruption in magic and time.

“You might have trouble expecting the unexpected.” By this, Lavinia meant that nothing was set in stone. “You see, there has been a shift in powers to many creatures both magical and not. This is more than some simple quest for power. For you see, there is a power that Gluttony cannot control – though he may fail to understand what that is.”

Rising up from her throne, she slowly walked down each step till she was on level ground and was standing before the gathering.

“You suspect I know why you are here.” Lavinia paused and then nodded to both ravens to take flight, before returning her attention to Astaroth. “A deal was done with a Prince who now wears a specific piece known as the right hand of doom.” The Dark one had explained to Lav earlier about what the consequence of this was, and that in order for Gluttony to keep the hand, he must bring a trophy that was worthy.

“The pain you suffer from. The stomach pains, the headaches. Your bodies way of letting you know that you are in danger. A sense that…serves you well.” It had, since the quest for answers to his ailment had brought him to the Witches circle, rather than going to a simple medicine professional.

“The heart that beats so strongly within you, is one of great power. The one that holds that heart in his hand….gets control of not just the heart’s owner…..but everything and more. A proud heart is akin to the heart of the Great Lion.:” If Astaroth was paying attention and closely, he might realize the severity of danger that he was in.

“You have one good thing on your side, aside from those that are honored to serve you till death. There is a time limit on acquiring the heart as the trade. You have six days remaining. I suggest, you return to your kingdom, but….before you do I shall give you a gift.”

This was when she looked to Oridin. The young apprentice mage that had been keeping close to Esme during this meeting, but eager to learn more about the path he was to take.

Lavinia went to a tree that had a large hollow in it and reached inside. She took out three black candles. Each one bore a special marking that was emblazoned as though by fire. She cut her finger and then with her own blood, she let it seep into each candle’s markings infusing them with a certain type of magic. Lavinia called over Oridin to her side as she went to hand him the candles.

“Take these, along with this.” Lavinia took a ring off her own finger, that contained a special stone that was jagged in shape. The black stone was small enough that it was easily carried on one’s person and remain undetected by others.

“Light the three candles at midnight, on the night of a full moon and place them in a triangle formation. The jewel ring should be placed in their center.” Handing the mage the ring, she added;

“Once all the candles and the stone are in place, speak the following words aloud:

Stone of the earth,
Guard my heart with your strength,
Protect it from evil and harm,
That no danger may pass,
No threat draw near.

Smiling at Oridin, she concluded what must be done after the chant. “Extinguish the candles and break them. Then get the Prince of Pride to wear or carry the stone any time he felt the need for added strength and security against an intrusion on his heart.”

The spell explained, Lavinia returned her attention to Astaroth.

“Take Oridin with you on your return and the gift will be put into play. It is the best I can offer you, and the boy will learn much on his travels. At the end of the sixth day, when the time piece has run out, he shall return to our circle and be raised to that of an Elder for his dedication to the craft.”

It would be a win win…surely. She waited with a smile for Astaroth and Oridin to speak.

~RB~

Guess who is coming to dinner – Part Five – The Greed Kingdom : PD

Guess who is coming to dinner – Part Five – The Greed Kingdom : PD

 

Dessy:  They all seemed to come to an agreement that Tessa and her brothers were indeed going home. That was good – Mariela didn’t have to force them. It made things easier. Sean and Sam chatted, and when Mariela looked to Tessa, she noticed Alice was being nosy and asking a bunch of questions. She eventually turned back to her brothers, joining in their covnersation, as well as Tessa whenever she could get a word in. Otherwise, whenever Alice stopped talking.

She never noticed Scar staring, but she had eventually pulled her hand away from his when the food came so she could eat. She ate the food placed in front of them, talking and occassionally laughing, smiling the entire time. It was nice to talk with them again after so long. Really nice, in fact.

She stopped talking whenever the raven landed in front of her, before laughing at Scar’s comment. The others didn’t notice the raven. She reached over, gently pulling the letter from the raven and watched it fly off. She then opened it, her eyes scanning the letter.

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“Scar, what time is it?” She then asked, her eyes still scanning the letter. “I – as well as you and the others – have to be at the Witch Circle at eight. Apparently it’s very important, and someone by the name Lavinia Ramoska summoned me. Apparently, she has always been… watching me?” she said, confusion on her face as she turned and handed the letter to Scar for him to read. Alice was going to stay here, under very careful watch by the guards. Mariela knew that much. Now, Mariela just needed to know what time it currently was, and where the Witch’s Circle was located.

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Greed – Castle

After flailing his arms at the raven that had now flown away, Scar looked back at the Princess, who was reading the contents of the note that had been delivered by the cheeky raven. The Princess inquired as to what the time was currently. Looking back at the large grandfather clock in the hall, Scar said. “After three, why?” Naturally he was curious as to why it was so important to know what time it was. It had everything to do with the letter she was holding. Only it wasn’t a letter. More like an invitation or summons.

According to the letter, Mariela as well as her family and Scar have been asked to join the Witches Circle at eight o’clock. The Witches circle? Why was it that Scar had not heard of this before? Not even when Lydia was in charge of things, did he know of the other witches in the realms. He assumed, and wrongly that Mariela was the only one.

The more she read, the more worried that Scar became. Some mysterious Elder witch called Lavinia Ramoska had written the invitation, and to add to the mystery of it all, the letter claimed that she had been watching the Princess for some time. The whole thing sounded really creepy.

“You can’t be serious and actually want to go and see some witchy tart that has a fetish for watching young girls do you?” Yes, Scar was totally out of sorts with the idea. He looked at Tessa and Scar along with Sean for back up.

“You three gotta admit that this sounds fishy. Any of you know this…..Lavinia person?” He was looking for support as the last thing he wanted was to see Mariela put in harms way.

Scar could see the confusion and conflict written all over Mariela’s face and he wanted to put her mind at ease. But just as he was putting his case forward, a map appeared magically on the back of the letter – pinpointing the exact location of the Witches Circle. That alone made Scar’s skin crawl.

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“Oh my god….is she watching us right now?” Scar looked around and then even popped his head under the table.

“Stop watching us, you pervy cow!”

 

~RB~

 

Dessy:  “After three. So we still have time then.” Mariela said, looking at Scar. Scar seemed worried, which would make sense. After everything else that’s happened, it made sense to be worried about this sudden invitation out of nowhere.

“You can’t be serious and actually want to go and see some witchy tart that has a fetish for watching young girls do you?”

Scar spoke, and Mariela turned to him. “Scar! I think you’re blowing this out of proportion.” she spoke. “Nope. Never heard of her.” Tessa spoke, looking over to Sam and Sean, and the boys shook their heads. Mariela thought about it before shrugging. “I think it’s worth a shot.” she said, looking at Scar. “Everything will be fine.”

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When she handed Scar the letter, she saw the map appear. She gently took it back from Scar, flipping it over and looking at the map. “We’re going.” Mariela said with a nod. “Finish up here, then we can all go back to our rooms to get ready. We have quite a few hours, so we can also get our guest…” she looked at Alice. “… settled in.” she spoke, before looking at the others. “Sound good?” she said, and the trio across from her nodded.

She then reached over and hit Scar on the shoulder. “Stop it!’ Mariela scolded. “I don’t think she’s watchng us. And if she is, let’s not call her name’s. We don’t know this person or how well we can trust her.”

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Greed – Castle

It wasn’t surprising that Scar had trust issues when it came to strange magical women. He didn’t know this Lavinia from a piece of toast, and yet they were being invited to some Witches Circle. The invitation itself bore magic as it showed the way with a map that appeared on the back after Mariela had wondered where it was. That alone suggested that the sender had a great deal of magical know how. The new Princess believed that Scar was blowing the whole thing out of proportion, and was sure that everything would be fine. Where this sudden certainty came from, the alp didn’t know but he wasn’t fully in agreeance with the young witch on this. Scar huffed a little, whilst pushing himself back in his chair. Mariela deciding that they were going and would leave after getting ready. There was the matter of settling in the guest as well. Knowing full well what Alice was like, Scar jumped up after be scolded by Mariela for calling the unknown witch names.

“I’ll take Alice upstairs and deal with her while you all get ready for this…..circle thing.” He didn’t have a pleasant look on his face, but you could see he was determined to get the young Alice out of the way. For now at least.

The young girl in blue was eating a muffin when she was yanked from the chair she sat in and dragged out of the room at speed by the wily alp. She protested that he was being a bit rough, but it fell on deaf ears till they were well out of ear shot. Alice turned and stomped her foot indignantly at the treatment she received.

“What ever is the matter, Hatter? I barely had something to eat. No cup of tea or treat”

Alice was speaking and rhyming her words with a nasty scowl on her face. It was well known that the young girl had a temper, especially when it came to food, and not getting enough of it.

“I think the Princess is making a HUGE mistake. I don’t trust witches.”

“But….she’s a witch.”

“Yes…but she is not like that. She’s a good witch. What is to say that this lot in that circle aren’t a bunch of child eating old crones? Hmm? Hell bent on gobbling up the life essence of someone….like you for example.” He gestured with his gloved hands at Alice in such a way that even Alice got a fright. “Oooo then I don’t want to go!” It was enough to frighten the poor girl, who could see Scar’s point. Scar patted her shoulder and started to lead her up to a guest room. “Right, then you stay here and don’t get into mischief. No shenanigans. No going where you don’t belong.” He reinforced. Stopping at the door of one of the available guest rooms, he opened it and allowed her inside. “Don’t leave here till we get back, okay?”

‘Yes, Hatter. I get to play Princess trapped in a tower for a day!” Alice wanted to turn this into a game, and kissed the Alp on the cheek before going inside. “Don’t forget to rescue me!”

Scar closed the door as the young girl giggled and talked to herself. That was Alice out of the way for now. But he had more pressing matters, like taking the Princess to these witches. Why did it feel like he was about to hand his love over to the Witches on a silver platter?

“Oh I have a bad feeling about this.”

The Alp then marched off to get ready.

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~RB~

 

Dessy:  It was silent as they headed back to Greed castle – with good reason, most likely. Mariela wasn’t sure what was to happen now after the events at the Witches Circle. Considering she just threatened everyone there, as well as the other kingdoms, it probably wasn’t a good thing. But Mariela was prepared for anything they intend to throw her way. She turned her head to look behind her, seeing Tessa and her brothers following behind. She gave a smile, before turning to look at Scar.

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“Well. Looks like I have made a few enemies…” She spoke, clenching her teeth together and making a bit of a face.“Threatening them probably wasn’t such a great idea. Might have been a mistake, actually.” she said, coming to this realization. “But I guess all royals have to have a few enemies, right?” she then said with a shrug. She gave another smile, before looking forward as they climbed up the steps to the Greed castle, giving a nod to the guards.

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She walked into the castle, the door shutting behind them as she turned to look at everyone else. “Now, I suppose the first thing we should do is check on Alice.” she said, moving her hands up to untie the cloak from her neck. “I don’t know the girl, and being how she came from the mysterious place behind the mirror, I don’t much how much she can be trusted.” she said, now taking the cloak and draping it over her arm. “I know she’s a friend of yours, Scar, and you know more about her then I do. I just… don’t quite know what to think of her yet.” she said, looking at Scar.

She then turned her head to look at Tessa and her brothers. “Second thing is to get you three home.” she said, moving her eyes between the three. “You three have been here long enough, and I don’t want you guys to still be here should anything major happen. So we need to figure out a way to get you three home.” she then said, looking back at Scar. He should have a way, right? She certainly hoped so… “Now. Let’s go find Alice. And hope she didn’t get into any trouble…”she said, turning back around to start walking forward again.

 

New chapter begins next –  The Witches Circle.

 

 

 

 

Guess who is coming to dinner – Part Four – The Greed Kingdom : PD

 

Part four of Guess who is coming for dinner.  If the dinner itself was not awkward enough, a letter was being sent from a mysterious Elder witch from the land of Dyre, that was going to bring an end to the festivities.

 

Dessy:  Mariela still kept silent when Alice asked questions, only looking over at Scar when he began speaking. “Comparing me to the Queen of Hearts is a huge mistake. We are nothing alike.” she finally commented, before giving Scar a warm smile in return. Feeling the squeeze of his hand, her smile grew brighter. Alice then began asking questions, and Mariela turned her gaze back forward. This girl asked too many questions.

Mariela simply nodded her head in approval when he mentioned that great change was coming. It really was. Mariela was so different compared to every other ruler of Greed. First of all, she was kind-hearted and good. And she’d never let her ambition and dreams control her to the point that that’s all she cared about – like Lydia. Both Lydia and Mammon let their Greed get the best of them… and look what happened to them.

“No worries. We were just waiting.” Tessa said with a smile, and Mariela smiled back.“This is Alice. Alice, this is my best friend Tessa, and my two little brothers, Sam and Sean.” she said, gesturing to each of them. Tessa gave a wave, and the brothers both nodded.

She gestured to the chairs where they were to be seated, and the trio moved. But before she could sit down, she turned her head when Alice mentioned the Queen of Hearts. She then turned to the closest guards and pointed. ‘I want this removed. Now.” she said, before glaring back at the picture. “That was Lydia – the former Princess of Greed. I don’t know much about this Queen of Hearts, but from what I understand, they were the same person.”

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Kingdom of Greed – Castle

Turns out that not all of Lydia’s portraits had been taken down in the midst of the remodeling of the castle. To see the image of the grinning former Princess of Greed staring down at them from the gilded frame was enough to put anyone on edge. None more so than Scar who actually jumped back a little to see the haunting image. Thankfully, Mariela was quick to think and react as she ordered the closest guards to remove the picture immediately. Two formally dressed guards snapped to attention at her words, and went to the picture to take it down from the wall. The pair made a little bit of a fuss, grunting and huffing for the picture weighed quite a lot – a lot more than one might imagine. When it was finally down off the wall, Scar breathed a sigh of relief.

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He hoped that he never ever saw that face again, not even in his own nightmares. Alice watched the two guards cart the picture out of the room, and then her eyes shot across to Mariela, who said that it was a portrait of Lydia, the former Princess of Greed. Even though Scar had explained that though the two women looked alike, they were very much different people. There was one thing however, both women were incredibly evil in their own rights.

With the drama of the portrait over, it was now time for Alice to formally meet Mariela’s siblings and her best friend. They were all dressed impeccably for the luncheon, but there was something about them that didn’t fit in with the lavish setting. Alice herself was not a magical creature, nor did she belong in Hell. Her world was a far cry from the modern era, and her dress showed this. The first time she left her world was down the rabbit hole, the second was through the looking glass. Now she had found another looking glass, or was it the same one? The young girl had never bothered to check when she had stepped through it. All she knew was that she had seen Scar or Hatter on the other side. In Wonderland they had a good friendship, as he had helped her out before. Even if he was quite mad at the time.

“So nice to meet you all. Sam, Sean.” She nodded to each with a little curtsy when gripping the edge of her skirt. Alice then turned to Tessa, who was introduced as Mariela’s best friend. “You are so pretty, Lady Tessa…just like the Princess.” The girl was putting on her best airs and graces, as she felt it appropriate now. For some reason, the Princess appeared on edge, though Alice could not understand why.

Suddenly, the gong was struck by one of the footmen, and the announcement was made that luncheon was now served. Alice gave a little clap. A staffer offered to show her to a seat, which thankfully was up the other end of the table. Far enough away so as to no longer trouble the Princess with any more questions. If anything, Scar was happy for that. It had been days since he had a moment’s rest and the strain was starting to show. Being the gentleman that he now was, he pulled out a chair for her highness and gestured for her to take a seat. Sam, Sean and Tessa were seen to by other members of staff, and when all were seated, the wine was poured.

Looking to the boys, Scar knew he was going to have to ask Sam and Sean as well as Tessa.

“Will you all be staying here now?” The alp was wondering if they were prepared to go back, and leave their sister in Hell. No doubt Mariela was going to have something to say about this, but Scar needed to hear it from them. His hat…was the way home. Scar reached for Mariela’s hand before saying anything else.

 

~RB~

 

Dessy:  Mariela watched the guards remove the picture, taking it away, and she gave a nod of approval. She then gave a breath of relief. She’d have to walk around to make sure all portraits were removed from the castle. She turned to Scar, seeing him also breath a sigh relief. “Now that that is over…” she spoke.

She never wanted to see Lydia’s face again. Like… ever. She turned to Alice as Alice bowed, but the trio just continued to smile. They were so out of place in Hell, while Mariela had adjusted to it quite quickly. “Thank you, Alice.” Tessa then said with a smile, before the trio took seats where they were supposed to.

Mariela felt slightly happy that Alice was moved all the way to the end of the table. When Scar pulled out her chair, she smoothed out her dress before taking a seat, crossing one leg over the other after he pushed it in. He then asked the trio if they were gonna be staying, and Mariela looked at them. “You’re not staying.” she spoke before they could answer.

“You guys don’t belong here. You still have lives to live back on Earth. My life is done with. I’m not going to take the rest of the life you have away from you.” Mariela spoke. “I understand.” Tessa started, nodding her head. “But… it is very nice to have seen you again. And seeing you fit in so perfectly up here, makes me really happy. For someone who shouldn’t be up here… you fit in well.”

“I agree with Tessa.” Sam said. “We’re just glad to have seen you one last time.” he spoke, and Sean nodded. Mariela gave a smile, before turning to smile at Scar when he took her hand, then looking forward again. “It was nice to see you guys, too.”

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Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Greed – Castle

It was nice just for once, for everyone to be happy. All seated at the large dining hall table, Mariela and her family, along with Scar and Alice could enjoy a meal that was long overdue. Tray after tray of fine food, and delicious deserts were brought out and each plate filled before being placed in front of each luncheon guest. To see Mariela accept that her family had to go home, brought about a proud smile from her Scar. He knew that it meant she had truly matured and earnt the right to be called the Princess of Greed, even if she was not really of that sin. She would do what other heads had not done, and that was to fall to the spell of the sin. While Sam and Sean chatted and Tessa was being interrogated by a nosy Alice, Scar was watching Mariela – admiring her all the more. She was a beauty both inside and out, and few people in Hell could attest to being both. The Alp hoped and prayed, that nothing would ever spoil her or taint what he considered to be the rose amongst the thorns.

Music was playing softly in the background, and with the chatter of conversation it was easy to miss the sound of the beating wings of a raven. Still the most popular way for the kingdoms and other realms to stay in contact with each other. The black bird flew in through one of the open windows and flew high around the chandeliers, before choosing it’s mark and swooping down to land on the table, right in front of the Princess. It was enough to shock Scar, who dropped his fork in surprise.

“Gah….horrid birdy. Shoo…shoo, last thing we want is bird poo in the salad.” Scar took off his hat and swung it at the bird, who looked quite indignant about the Alp’s display. It was a messenger raven and if the Princess looked closely, she would see that there was a note tied to its leg. If she were to remove the note from the raven, it contained an invitation. A special invitation that had been sent to all the Elder witches in the realms. News it seems had not gone unnoticed by the Witches Circle, or the Elder – Lavinia. The invitation carried her seal, and the bird waited patiently for the Princess to take the message off his leg so he could return to his home base.

My dearest Mariela,

You are required along with those of your kin to attend a special meeting of the Elders at the Witches Circle, tonight at eight o’clock precisely. We fear that great danger is coming, and we need to prepare in order to protect the ones we love. Time is of the essence, and I trust that you will not be late. I know this invitation might appear to be out of the blue, since you would not know of me in this reality…….but child, I have watched you a long time, and it was only after your courage against the former Princess, that I knew you would be ready to join us.

Looking forward to seeing you again,

Lavinia Ramoska
Supreme Elder of the Witches Circle.

Once the invitation was read aloud, the raven would take off from the nearest window.

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~RB~

Guess who is coming to dinner – Part three – The Greed Kingdom : PD

Scar’s past was starting to catch up with him, as Alice would soon reveal.  Part Three of “Guess who is coming to dinner.”

 

Razorbackwriter:

 

Kingdom of Greed – Castle

Having Mariela standing beside him and staring at the mirror, she saw exactly what he did. Mariela was no fool and knew that the enchanted looking glass had magics that she was yet to truly understand. The fact that the gardeners decided to bring the mirror into the castle itself was certainly not approved by Scar, or the Princess. Later on it would have to be dealt with, but for now they had Mariela’s family waiting and it was probably a good idea to get a wiggle on.

With Alice distracting Mariela momentarily, Scar squinted at the mirror and even tried to touch his nose with his tongue, till he heard Mariela call back for him after threading her arm through Alice’s.

“Coming?”

“Yes, of course, your Highness.” He was quick to respond, and it may have come off as being overtly formal. He didn’t say ‘my’ but went to using your highness as a mark of respect. Scar saw the offered hand and quickly took it, coming up along side her with Alice happily skipping on the other side.

Yes, Scar knew Alice alright. She had caused a great deal of trouble over in Wonderland, some of it good, some of it bad. Hopefully, she would be able to keep certain things to herself, and not try to compare the Kingdom of Greed to that of the Queen of Hearts court.

Alice then decided to make small talk as it was something she was fond of doing.

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“You’re very pretty, Princess Mariela. Nothing like the Queen of Hearts. Oh…she was a nasty one. All you had to do was say one wrong thing and it was off with your head.’ her voice had a merry tinkle like sound to it. Child like and yet….something was a bit off. Alice wasn’t a child. In fact she was a young woman. Could it be her heart was forever young? “You don’t lop off people’s heads, do you, Princess Mariela?” The girl was full of questions, as Scar coughed loudly.

“Oh I am looking forward to seeing you eat, Alice.” He said this cause when she had food in her mouth, she stopped talking. Scar rolled his eyes and then offered Mariela a smile.

“What is keeping your family? Hmm?” He looked around hopefully, cause their conversation was going to be a hell of a lot better then Alice’s.

Alice started to giggle when Scar mentioned that he liked to see her eat. “You say the sweetest things, Hatter. Though, I have to wonder. Why aren’t you mad here? You…are far too normal. I find it strange.” She quirked a brow and pursed her lips together as though she was trying to figure him out. “Not scared of losing your head here, are you? Keeping up appearances?”

Oh this girl was getting on his nerves fast.

~RB~

 

Dessy:

 

Scar was being overly formal… and it caused her to raise an eyebrow, but she just shrugged it off. When Scar took her hand, she gave him a smile, before looking over at the very happy Alice. She wasn’t sure how much this girl could be trusted… so wouldn’t tell her too much right now. After Scar took her hand and Alice linked arms with her, she then headed off to the dining room.

“You’re very pretty, Princess Mariela. Nothing like the Queen of Hearts. Oh…she was a nasty one. All you had to do was say one wrong thing and it was off with your head.”

Alice spoke, and Mariela turned and gave her a smile. “Why, thank you, Alice.” she thanked kindly. “I’m nothing like the Queen of Hearts, in case you haven’t noticed.”she then said, turning to look forward again. At Alice’s questions, Mariela blinked before looking at her. “No…” she answered slowly. “I would prefer not to. I had enough blood on my hands today… I’d rather get anymore.” she spoke, both metaphorically and realistically.

At Scar’s comment, Mariela turned to him and glared. Apparently, he didn’t like Alice. At least… that’s what it sounded like. But when he smiled at her, she smiled back. “They’re probably at the dining room waiting.” she spoke. Alice began talking again, and calling his comment… sweet. This caused her to tilt her head and raise her eyebrows at the girl. “I don’t think Scar was trying to be sweet with that statement, Alice.” This girl didn’t seem very bright…

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Alice asked Scar questions, and she stayed quiet. She didn’t know how to answer them, so she decided to let Scar answer those questions. She looked around more as they reached the dining room, before seeing her family and Tessa waiting by the door. They gave a confused look at Alice, but she just nodded, basically telling them she’d explain later.

 

Razorbackwriter:

 

Kingdom of Greed – Castle 

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Was it possible to have a person in one reality and then another version of them somewhere else? From what Alice was saying, in Wonderland, Scar was known as Hatter, whereas in the Kingdom of Hell he was a demon of nightmares. Though he had changed so much since he arrived it was hard to believe that he was the same person at all. Even Mariela would swear to that. She had found him very difficult in the beginning, but he soon proved his worth and repeatedly put his life on the line for her. Ending up back in Wonderland, courtesy of the mirror though was not something he had ever envisaged happening. What was equally weird was that Alice was able to step out of the mirror and into this reality all by herself. Though the truth was more that a fumbling gardener had accidentally activated the mirror into life. The mirror was on loan to Greed from Raul – who was Lydia’s beau for a short time. He was the one that truly understood it, and had used it previously to gain access to other worlds. Planes of existence that was out of reach to most magical creatures. There was one or two that could walk between the planes without the need of a magic mirror and unbeknownst to Scar, the spider that they had been trying to track down from the Blacksmith shop was one such creature with that power.

Alice had been inquiring as to why Hatter was acting the way he did. She even was wanting to know if he was afraid of being beheaded by Mariela. The very notion that the witch Princess would ever do such a thing was laughable. Lydia was known for odd bouts of cruelty, but even so, her mantra was never “off with your head”.

“Alice, I could never say that the Princess would be so terrible that I would fear for my head. Truth is, even though this is hell and a Kingdom of Sin, the Princess is not evil. She’s nothing like the Queen of Hearts.”

As he said that, he gave Mariela a warm smile, and reached for her hand to squeeze it as reassurance. It was a gesture that was seen by Alice, who looked a little bit upset by it. If what she now started to understand being truth, then Scar loved the Princess, very much.

“And you’re not mad…because?” Alice simply couldn’t let it drop.

 

“In Wonderland I had a very good reason to be mad. Anyone would in that crazy place. I won’t say that Greed is perfect by comparison. I’ve not yet been able to experience one normal day, but its now run by Mariela and i know that great change is coming.” Scar wanted to be optimistic on that level. After the lunch, there was going to need to be a few major decisions made. Sean, Sam and Tessa didn’t belong in Hell and as much as Scar wanted Mariela to enjoy her family while she could, eventually she was going to have to say goodbye. How would Mariela cope with no longer having them with her? Scar was starting to think she was going to need all the support that she could get, and he knew that no matter what happened, he would not let her down.

Entering the dining hall, Scar smiled on seeing Mariela’s family assembled. “Sorry for the delay. Unexpected visitor.”He motioned to Alice, who was staring up at a portrait of Lydia….who looked exactly like the Queen of Hearts. The clothing and hairstyle were different, but it was the same woman.

“Why is the Queen of Hearts on the wall?” She asked, her mouth wide open and her eyes widened with shock.

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~RB~

 

Guess who is coming to dinner – Part two – The Greed Kingdom : PD

Part two of Guess who is coming for dinner.  Now we find out just how powerful the mirror really is, as an old friend of Scar’s decides to pay a visit.
Dessy:
Kingdom of Greed – Castle
Scar still had his eyes covered, and Mariela just waited. She had a robe on, so she wasn’t worried about him seeing anything. He had a sheepish look when he moved his hand, seeming to blush and seemed to be… nervous? This caused Mariela to giggle, as she has never seen Scar act this way. The Demon of Nightmares? Nervous? But then, his expression grew serious, and Mariela tilted her head.

“That problem still hasn’t been solved?” she asked with an eyebrow raise. But then he turned the topic around, saying he thought he was done down there. Her face also grew serious, looking down at the floor as she moved a blond curl behind her ear. “Honestly, I thought you were, too.” she said, looking back up at him. “Scar, you don’t have to show or tell me how grateful you are.” she said, shaking her head.

At his next words, Mariela couldn’t help but smile, her smile softening as Scar closed the distance between them. His hand was on her cheek, and Mariela stared up at him. She reached her hand up to put it on top of Scar’s, continuing to look at him. “You don’t have to be, Scar. I was only doing what I’m best at…” she said, giving a soft smile before growing serious. “Saving the one’s I love.” she then said.
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Scar nodded half heartedly. There was no sign of the demon spider in the castle now, so it was safe to say that the drama was over for now at least. Suda, the blacksmith would keep the Alp in the loop as to what else if anything that they found, though it was clear she had moved on to another kingdom. Changes were now sweeping through Greed, and it truly was for the best. Scar found Marelia’s words to bring a great deal of comfort to him. Knowing how she felt about what had happened, how he had almost been lost to her due to the mirror. Now he firmly believed that the power that she had within her would not be used in the same sense that Lydia had used it. Still didn’t mean that the Alp would stop being protective of her. That was a natural compulsion from being in love with her.

Speaking of love, Scar smiled brightly when Mariela said with a smile, that she saved the ones that she loved. To him, that was all he ever wanted to hear. There was so much he wanted to say at that moment, and of course he wanted very much to kiss her, but he knew the time for that was not quite right. Not know. She had her family to focus on, and her friend, Tessa. Scar had not forgotten about them.

“You saved me in more ways than you could possibly know, My Lady.” he spoke with the utmost respect, and with drew his hand, letting it fall to his side.

“I shall leave you to get dressed, I imagine that your family will be waiting for you in the dining hall.” He knew he was keeping her, and the last thing he wanted to do was hold her up. He made a polite bow, and then spun on his heel to head back down to the dining hall, where a wonderful buffet awaited them.

~RB~

Dessy:
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They stood there in silence for a few minutes, Mariela continuing to look at him. Seeing Scar smile made Mariela smile as well, looking down as she did so. She didn’t know what would happen now that she’s the new Princess of Greed, or how things were gonna go. All she knew was that she has a big responsibility, and she was glad Scar was here by her side the entire time. She would need it.
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Mariela removed her hand from on top of his when he spoke, so he could move his. She gave him another smile, before nodding her head. “I’ll be down in a moment.” she said, giving a curtsy when he bowed before watching him walk away. She turned around to the mirror, removing her clip from her hair and then shaking her head to free it. She took a few moments to dry her hair, before turning and walking back into the room.

She placed the clip on the vanity, before grabbing the dress of her choice, and after removing the robe, she began to get ready. She didn’t know what to expect or what was to happen now, but she supposed it could be anything. She felt a new power now… probably from having Lydia’s powers within her. She knew one thing was for sure: Greed would not be run the same way as Lydia, or Mammon ran it. Things would be different. Greed would be better. Much better than it was before.

Razorbackwriter:
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Downstairs, a few garden staff happened to be hauling in the large magical mirror that had been at the center of the maze. There was a lot of grunting and struggling going on as the golden framed piece of furniture weighed a great deal. It was about seven feet tall, and the frame itself covered in various animals and creatures that were both magical and not. One of the staffers tripped on a rug, and he lost his grip on the edge of the mirror. The whole thing was about to fall forward, when thankfully he managed to catch it – but in doing so, pressed on a certain little creature. The mirror shook violently for a moment, but then settled. It was almost as though the man had activated it.

“Blimey, that was close.” The groundsman said, as they hung the mirror on a wall in the newly refurbished ballroom. You see, the works to get the ballroom back into tip top condition had been going on for some time and when the maze had been beautified by the Princess’s magic it was decided that the mirror was too nice to be left in the garden, but instead be used up in the ballroom for the remodeling. The staff had no idea that the mirror was actually enchanted. It was more than just a mirror…..it was THE looking glass.

Stepping away with the mirror firmly fixed to the wall, it certainly looked like it belonged in the ballroom. One of the staffers stood in front of it, and started doing funny poses, even poking out his tongue – much to the laughter of the others.

“Come on, Jonesy. We got other work ta do.” The other garden staff filed outside, and Jonesy winked at his own reflection, before he ran off to catch up with the others. The only thing was, his reflection just stood there watching him go, and then giggled, before he went off somewhere within the mirror. One thing was sure….the mirror was working again, but the question was what would be in store for the people of Greed.

As the Alp came down the stairs and was about to walk through the Ballroom on his way to the grand dining hall, he heard a soft voice.

“Hatter?”

Scar stopped for a moment, looking about the room as he couldn’t see another person there. “Who said that?” Turning around he glanced this way and that. There was no one there.

“I thought she killed you/”

“Who? What?” Flustered now, he reached up and kept his fingers firmly attached to his hat. His heart pounded rapidly as wondered if someone had come for him. It wasn’t until he saw that the mirror was in the ballroom.

“Who put that there?!” A shriek in his voice as he ran towards it only to see the start of a female’s skirt coming out of the mirror. One small dainty shoe placed down on the ballroom floor, followed by another until Scar stopped just shy of the girl who was now fully out of the mirror.

“Alice?”

Scar stared at her incredulously, as she smiled up at him brightly.

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“Hatter, it’s me. Alice. I missed you so.”

~RB~

Dessy:

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Mariela finished up her hair, looking in the mirror as she finished up. She didn’t want to keep them waiting much longer, because Tessa and her brothers were already probably waiting in the dining hall with Scar. She didn’t want to keep them waiting. She smoothed out her gown, before turning around and leaving the room.

She walked down the stairs, looking around as she did so. She had been thinking all of this time about Tessa and her brothers. She decided that afterwards, she was going to send them home. They still had lives to live, and she wanted them to continue living it out. Her life was over it – there’s were not. She wasn’t going to keep them here when they still have lives to live on Earth.

She walked through the ballroom, and she saw that the mirror had been moved onto the wall. She also saw a girl step out, and as she walked closer to Scar, she heard their conversation. Who’s Alice? she thought, raising her eyebrow and giving a look. But she walked over anyways.
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“Hello.” she asked wth a kind smile, walking ovr to stand next to Scar. “I don’t believe we met. You must be a friend of Scar’s.” she then said. “I’m Mariela, Princess of Greed and Scar’s….” she then paused, thinking on how to finish that sentence. She finally just shook her head, looking back over at the girl who came from the mirror. “You are?”

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Scar was just as shocked to see Alice as Mariela would be, who had come down finally from getting ready for the family luncheon. Thankfully, her family had not entered the room yet. The expression on Scar’s face was one of true surprise, and Alice…well she stood there beaming at seeing her old friend again. Course, when Mariela arrived and became formal in her greetings, Scar took a step back and placed his hands behind his back so no one could see that he was fidgeting.

“I’m Alice.” The girl said with a friendly tone as she clutched the edges of her skirt and then went into a small curtsy before the Princess. It was good manners and something that she had learnt to be proper in Wonderland. Mariela looked so pretty and it was almost hard to believe that she was a Princess of the Seven sins. She didn’t look to have an evil bone in her body, unlike the previous monarchs. “You call Hatter, Scar?” It was odd, since Alice only ever knew him as the Mad Hatter in that realm. She had met him at the tea party that was hosted by the Rabbit. What was odd about Scar’s appearance was that he was so much better looking here. He…looked sane.

In the world of Wonderland, Hatter was anything but sane. His outrageous and crazy antics were famous all over and to see him acting..normal was unsettling.

Scar was quick to interject, since this conversation was getting a little strained. Alice’s questions were sure to continue and they were expecting the brothers along with Tessa to come down at any moment.

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“Alice, I am not quite the same creature here….as I was over there.” At this he pointed to the mirror which had gone back to being a simple looking glass. There was no sign of Wonderland. It was like the mirror was playing tricks of its own. “Err…I can see myself.” He was looking at a normal reflection of his image in Hell, and he was now growing concerned. Alice on the other hand was not fazed at all. She beamed at Scar, who was copying his actions in the mirror, as if waiting to see a more diabolical him on the other side.

Alice reached for Mariela’s hand.

“I’d love some tea.”

~RB~

Dessy:
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“Nice to meet you, Alice.” Mariela said with a nod of her head and a smile. The girl instantly bowed, and this caused Mariela to grow curious, but she just gave anther smile. “Yes. Here, he is called Scar.” Mariela said with another nod. She wasn’t sure whether this girl was going to cause problems or not. She’d have to question Scar about it later. Right now, they had other important matters.
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Scar quickly spoke up about not being the same person, after just standing there for several minutes. Mariela’s eyes went over to the mirror as he pointed, and seeing it was normal, she furrowed her eyebrows. Mariela knew the mirror was far from normal, and why they decided to bring it into the castle was beyond her. She might have to tell them to move it elswehere… at least to another room that wouldn’t be used by guests.

Alice mentioned about tea, causing Mariela to look back at her. Seeing her hold out her hand, Mariela raised an eyebrow. Instead, she just gave a smile and linked arms with the girl, before lookign at Scar. “Coming?” she asked, holding her hand out for Scar to grab. “My family’s waiting. Don’t want to keep them.”

Guess who is coming for dinner? : The Greed Kingdom – PD.

 

Mariela and Scar are back with a whole new adventure, as they settle back in with the young Witch now the new Princess of Greed.  But…if they thought their troubles were over….they were mistaken.  Here is part one of “Guess who is coming for dinner?”

 

Dessy:   “Honestly, I think it’s helped all of us to be able to see you again.” Tessa spoke, the boys nodding in agreement. “You seem to be doing well here. And now you’re the Princess of Greed.” Sean spoke, giving his sister a smile and Mariela smiled back.”Everyone here seems to like you. Then again, you were always well liked with others. That’s what Tessa told us, anyways.” Sam said, looking to Tessa, and she nodded her head. “Scar most certainly likes you.” she said with a grin, and Mariela laughed and shook her head.

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“Everyone here has liked me more than Lydia.” Mariela spoke, giving a shrug. “I’m just likable, I guess. It was the same thing whenever we were in school.” she then spoke, looking between each of them. “As for Scar, he was originally summoned to help Lydia. But he took a liking to me instead, and Lydia didn’t seem to like that very much.” she spoke again. “How did you need up being involved with Lydia in the first place?” Sam asked, and Mariela took a deep breath.That is something I’ll explain to you later. It’s a long story.”

She turned to look at Scar when he spoke, looking back at the trio. “You guys hungry?” and when the trio nodded, she gave them a smile, before looking back over at Scar. “Yes. Lunch sounds nice.” she spoke. She then linked arms with Tessa in a friend fashion, before motioning for her brothers to follow and then heading over to Scar, before following him to the dining room.

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Kingdom of Greed – Castle

Scar beamed as the Princess was in a good mood, and enjoying the company of her family. It meant that he wasn’t about to go spoiling her good time by mentioning that there might be a big spider loose in the castle. Scar just kept smiling…all cheesy and it looked kinda ridiculous. If only they could see the sweat bead running down his cheek as he kept looking out of the corner of his eye for the slightest movement on the walls. He didn’t know yet if the spider was gone or hiding in the shadows. Anything was possible in this castle.

“Lunch…lunch lunch lunch. Well, this is Greed so…we do a wicked buffet.” Said with all the showmanship of a circus ring leader, and he did a fancy shoe shuffle as he gestured the group towards the expansive dining hall, but then got a wicked idea.

“You know, we do have a large clothing store room, if you wanted to change before you ate. You know, make this festive. I mean, it’s not every day that you get to have lunch with a dead sister, now is it?” That might have come out a little odd, since in their world she was dead to them, but only alive here in this existence. A butler came up alongside Scar and then whispered in his ear, causing Scar to nod and then shoo him away again.

“They are just setting the tables and the buffet table….the desert cart will be ready in just a few. Plenty of time to get dressed up.” Was this some sort of ploy, to buy Scar more time in the hunt for the spider? If it was, he was doing a damn good job of trying to keep them from looking down at the entrance to the lower dungeons, where a team of pest inspectors were taking down super sized poison backpacks….they looked like a strange group of ghost busters. Special camo suits and goggles. If Mariela and her family noticed, Scar would say.

“Cockroaches. We had a little infestation down in the bowels. They can survive anything, so I am told. That’s why I brought in the experts. So big…you could throw a saddle on them.” Again, Scar beamed and then clapped his hands.

“Chop chop…go find something to wear and I will meet you all in the dining hall. This is going to be a meal to remember, heh.”

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Scar then scampered off, muttering to himself. They may well find his behavior odd, but then again…that was just Scar.

When the group had found the appropriate clothing that was more suited to a dinner party, and ventured into the grand dining hall, what would meet their eyes was the most sumptuous feast imaginable. More food than you could ever hope to eat in a life time. The smells, and the colour…it was the very best of Greed’s Chefs creations, and there was even a ice sculpture in the center of the long food buffet. It was mouth watering and eye popping. Staff lined the walls, ready to help people to their places, and everything was polished and gleaming.

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~RB~

 

Dessy:  Mariela nodded in agreement to Scar, smiling at the trio. “Scar’s right. Our buffets are always the best.” she said. The trio raised eyebrows at Scar’s fancy shoe shuffle thing, looking to Mariela. She just laughed and shrugged. “You’ll get used to it.” she said, giving a smile. Scar suggested about changing, and Mariela took this time to look down at what she was wearing – which was still covered in blood, as well as her hands. “That actually might be a good idea…” she said, turning to nod at the trio.

“Alright, that sounds like a plan.” she nodded again. But then her gaze fell over the entrance to the dungeons, seeing a bunch of pest inspectors. “What’s going on?” she asked, her gaze turning to look at Scar as she spoke.

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“Cockroaches. We had a little infestation down in the bowels. They can survive anything, so I am told. That’s why I brought in the experts. So big…you could throw a saddle on them.”

This caused Mariela to purse her lips. “Hm…” she said, as if not quite believing Scar. “Well, then. Make sure it gets taken care of.” she spoke. She’d go along with it, at least for now. She watched Scar scamper off, her eyes narrowing a bit, before she turned around to face the trio. “Follow me.” she said, before turning and beginning to walk to the clothing store-room.

When they walked into the room, Mariela held her arm out and gestured. “Sam, Sean – there’s plenty of suits and tuxes to choose from.” she said. When the boys walked off, she grabbed Tessa’s arm and pulled over to a section with dresses. “As for us, there are thousands of dresses to choose from.” she said, giving a smile. “First things first: I kind of need to get washed up. So, I’ll be right back.” she said, and with that she walked off to probably take a shower or something and clean the… uh… blood off of her.

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Greed – Castle

Scar clapped his hands to see that everything was just peachy in the dining hall. Food was all being set out, it was going to be a lunch to remember. At the same time however, he had crews searching the castle for what they believed to a big spider lurking. One they suspected had stolen Beserker. As Scar watched a chef wheel in the desert trolley, Suda came up and tapped the Alp on the back. It gave him one hell of a fright.

“GAH!” he practically jumped out of his skin, and put his hand to his heart. Scar thought it might be the evil spider demon sneaking up on him. The dwarf frowned and shook his head as though irritated. ‘It’s only me. Look, we haven’t found a damn thing. Nothing but a large web that was in the far corner of the workshop. I’m not exactly the best housekeeper down there, and I’d say that she…yes she has been down there a while.” This was food for thought. How long had it been down there? Had it been watching Beserker since the armor returned from Wrath? No one in their right mind would dare let it trick them to wearing it, especially after the fall of Mammon.

“So a spider was down there. That we know for sure. Hmm, maybe she cleared off with the armor during the ball.”This was the logical conclusion, there was enough drama and killing to hide someone trying to steal something. Suda shrugged. All he knew was that Beserker was gone.

“Are you going to tell Mariela?” That was the dwarf’s next question.

“And upset her? No no no no.” She was getting ready for lunch, and was taking a while. “I might go see how she is faring. You keep up the patrols until we have something concrete.”

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Suda saluted then waddled off, as Scar took to the stairs in search of Mariela. Her brothers and friend Tessa were already getting changed, and hearing the sound of water running, Scar wandered into Mariela’s bathroom………..

“OH GOD!…I SWEAR…I DIDN’T SEE A THING!”

But did he?

 

~RB~

 

Dessy:  The brothers were in a different room changing into suits, and Tessa was in another room putting on the dress of her choice. This only left Mariela in her bathroom, washing up. She couldn’t exactly go to lunch covered up in blood, now could she? That wouldn’t exactly look good on her.

She threw her hair up in a clip, stepping in the shower and closing the curtain as she stood under the water. The bathroom door was closed, and you would think that and the sound of running water would stop people from walking in… obviously not. The water turned red as the blood washed off of her, and Mariela made sure there wasn’t an ounce left. After awhile, she shut off the water, then examined her arms to make sure it was all off. At this point, she heard the door open, and she narrowed her eyes as she wondered who it was.

She reached her hand out to grab a white robe, slipping it on before stepping out and holding it closed. Once again, you’d think water running and the door being closed would be signs to stay out… apparently to Scar, that was an invitation to enter. She heard Scar’s voice, and finished tying off the robe as she turned to look at him, raising an eyebrow.

She finished tying the robe, turning around to face Scar. “There’s a thing called knocking, Scar. You should learn how to use it.” she spoke, before she ended up smiling anyway. At the current moment, she was practically glowing. Her hair was still held up with a clip, but water still stuck to her skin as she now crossed her arms. “Is there a problem?” she then asked.

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Kingdom of Greed – Castle

Scar stood there, holding his hand up to cover his eyes. Unaware that Mariela had pulled on a robe before he waltzed into the steam filled bathroom. He really should have knocked first, but Scar wasn’t exactly up to speed with social graces. Once a demon, always a demon. Bringing his hand down slowly, when Mariela told him he should learn to knock, Scar appeared sheepish. Twisting his right foot, with his hands held behind his back. His cheeks went a little pink. Maybe he secretly wished he had seen something. Either way, to see her smiling again was worth the trouble he caused. As Scar stood there, he realized that this was the first chance that they had to be alone since he ran with her into the Maze. Though this was not the setting he had in mind to speak to her privately, there was a form of intimacy in a sense. Bringing his hands out from behind him, you could see Scar’s face becoming a bit more serious. She questioned if there was a problem, holding her self in a stance that was a little more formal. Scar shrugged his shoulders, trying to throw off what had been sent him scurrying about the castle like a mad man.

“Just…bugs.” he answered, a little roll of the eyes as though it was nothing important. Something else had entered his mind, and he now wanted to say what he had been thinking.

“You know….I thought I was done down there.” Speaking of the maze and being trapped – headless on the other side of the mirror. “Usually when its off with your head, it’s permanent.” The broken mirror had meant that he had no way of coming back, but thanks to the young witch – now Princess of Greed, he survived and was standing before her now. Scar was truly thankful.

“I don’t know the words to say…or how to show you how grateful I am for what you did for me.” Scar’s eyes showed that he was feeling a great deal of emotions. Emotions that he never knew he had in him. By nature, he was the demon of nightmares and in no way a romantic. Least he didn’t think so.

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“I can see why your family love you so much.” Now he was staring at her, speaking the truth. He had seen how the boys were back in the hat about when she had died saving them. She was truly a beautiful soul…inside and out. The Kingdom of Greed was lucky to have her as their new head. Changes were going to come, and he hoped…no he prayed to be at her side when she took on the role officially.

He closed the distance between them and raised his right hand to cup her cheek gently.

“I’m indebted to you. And I want you to know, that I would do anything for you, Mariela. I’d die for you.”

It was true. Scar was in love with the girl. He could shout it from the rooftops, if he had the courage – but he wanted her to say that she loved him. For all the crazy things he had done in the past, he felt that he may not be worthy of what would be the greatest prize…..her love.

 

~RB~

 

 

 

A New Era of Greed – Seven Sins.

Continuing on after the fall of Lydia in the Maze of Greed, there is a new Princess of Greed.

 

Dessy:  

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Mariela looked at Scar, realizing how much taller he was than her. “You’re taller now.” she stated with a small smile. She had always thought Scar was a charmer – but now he actually looked it. But she didn’t state this out loud, and instead bit the corner of her lip and gave a smile, before turning to Tessa and her brothers.

As they walked through the maze, Mariela took time to look around and notice how truly beautiful it was. Certainly much different than what it looked like before. It was a nice change, and Mariela admired how beautiful the maze was. Made her actually want to walk through it this time. Mariela looked down when Scar squeezed her hand, entwining their fingers together as he did so. She then looked up when Scar spoke.

“The castle is quite grand. It has everything you can imagine, and certainly fits for a perfect castle for Greed.” she said with a small laugh, looking at Tessa and her brothers again. “There was a… incident at the ball. We weren’t there to see what happened, but my guess is none of it was good. And if we walk and it’s completely destroyed, I apologize.” she spoke, turning to look ahead again.

“I didn’t think you could do it. Kill the Princess of Greed.” Tessa spoke, and Mariela turned to look at her. “I’ve killed once before, you know. That’s why I ended up in Hell.” she spoke. “That was different.” Sean spoke up. “You did it to protect us.” he spoke again, and Mariela looked at him. “And I killed Lydia to protect myself, and everybody else. The same exact reason I killed that man years ago. To protect the one’s I love.”

“Lydia was so… powerful. Yet you managed to kill her.” Tessa spoke, still not believing that little Mariela defeated the “powerful” Princess of Greed. Mariela just sighed, looking forward again. “Lydia may have been powerful, but that power caused her death. She may have been Princess of Greed, but there is such a thing as being too greedy.” she started.“Her Greed and ambition and desire to be the most powerful person in Hell caused her demise.” she said, then looked at the trio. “That, and the fact she had a really bad habit of underestimating people who were “lower” than her.” she said with a smile.

“So, you’re the new Princess of Greed. What are you going to do now?” Sam asked and Mariela shrugged. “Guess we’ll have to wait and see. But I know one thing. I’ll do a hell of a better job running this place than Lydia ever did.” she spoke.

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Greed – Castle

While the group had been trapped within the maze, the main part of the castle – aka the ballroom looked like it had been blitzed. Clean up crews were already working on the damage, and one of the worst parts being the grand chandelier. Broken scattered crystals were simply everywhere. Blooded bodies were being piled up onto special trolleys by men in white suits, which was funny since their suits were now splattered with the blood remains of many a ball attendee. Scar had gotten Mariela out of the ballroom just in time it seems, but even he didn’t realize the state of destruction that awaited them. They had heard it, but to see it would be a shock, especially for the likes of Tessa and Mariela’s brothers – Sean and Sam.

Thank goodness the rest of the castle had been untouched, save for the courtyard, which was a battle ground for two unlikely guests, one being a Prince no less. Fancy bringing their dramas to a social event. Then again…it was Lydia who hosted it, so it was going to be drama packed no matter who she invited. The stairs that led back up to the Ballroom were at the start of the Maze, so when the group had walked out, they could hear the sound of workmen and cleaners hard at it. News of Lydia’s passing had already started to spread and so when the faithful and servants of the former Princess saw the return of Mariela with Scar at her side, they all dropped tools and started to bow in reverence of the new Princess of Greed. Mariela, was already Duchess and well liked by practically all of Greed’s servants and staff. There were many a happy face, some waving, others began to cheer. Such a difference to the times before, when Lydia ruled with a cruel and unpredictable hand.

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“Long live the Princess of Greed…Mariela. Three cheers!”

The gathered all began to cheer loudly and clap. Such happiness in the midst of the chaos that the Ball had brought. With a new leader, the people of greed had reason to rejoice. May this time be different. May the wars end and the sons come home. Enough blood had been spilt in the name of Greed. It was time for change. Radical change. And Mariela was the one to bring it to them.

Scar looked a little sheepish when Mariela had told him that he was taller. Even he wasn’t sure as to why, but took the smile and the compliment of sorts in his stride. He was more than proud to be on her arm. The alp knew that in the coming days that she might need someone to lean on.

Hearing Mariela explain to her family, and Tessa about how she had killed Lydia out of defense and to protect her family, Scar could not have been prouder. She had needed to step up if she was going to rule, that was for sure. Hell was no place for the weak, and seeing her in this new light – the strength she had came not from wanting more or being greedy and ambitious, but being there to save them all. The Alp glanced back at the now beautiful maze and smirked.

“Lydia got what was coming to her….simple as that.” He always believed in Mariela, but there was the side of him that wanted to be the one to protect her, come what may. It’s what any man that was in love with a woman would do.

Right now however, it was time for that long awaited reunion. Scar knew that Mariela probably had much she wished to talk about with her family, now that the danger had passed. He gave Mariela’s hand a light squeeze and winked before pulling his hand away.

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“I shall leave you to enjoy your family and go organize a meal for everyone. Once I see if we have any plates left.”

He chuckled and then danced off inside the building as many workers picked up their tools again and went back to work.

~RB~

 

Dessy:  Mariela walked with Scar up to the stairs that led back to the ballroom, Tessa on her other side with her brothers next to her. They walked up the stairs, and right before heading into the ballroom, they stopped as servants and workers began bowing. Mariela smiled and curtsied, looking around at all of them. She had been well liked by everyone, even as a Dutchess. So of course they’d take her being Princess quite well. As they cheered, she began laughing, turning her head to give a small smile to all of them. “Thank you.” she said with a bow of her head, continuing to smile at them.

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They all turned back around and went back to work, and that’s when Mariela had finished explaining everything to the trio. Hearing Scar’s comment, she looked at him and nodded before turning to look at the others. “If Lydia didn’t have such a bad habit of underestimating people, or letting her ambition get in the way, she might not be dead right now.” she spoke. Feeling Scar squeeze her hand, she looked at him and nodded at his response, giving him another small smile before watching him walk away.

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She gestured for Tessa and her brothers to follow, turning and now walking into the ballroom. She cringed at the gasps that came from behind her from the trio at the sight: broken pieces of chandelier everywhere, bloodied bodies being carried away by workers. She turned around, giving a sheepish smile to the trio. “As I said, it was quite an eventful night. Scar got me out for most of it, so I didn’t think it was this bad, but… I apologize for having to see this.” she spoke.“Let’s go somewhere else that’s a little less… destroyed.” she said, smiling and turning to walk around.

She carefully stepped over the glass and bodies, the trip doing the same, before she lead them out to the hallway and away from the ballroom. “Seems like one wild party…” Sam commented, causing Tessa to hit him. Mariela just laughed.“It was interesting, to say the least.” she spoke, stopping to look at them. “How’s mom and dad?” she asked, looking at her brothers. “Good, now. Mom went into a bit of a depressed state after your death, and it took everything dad had to bring her back. She still gets upset at the mention of your name.” Sean spoke, and Mariela frowned.

“We had to move somewhere else. The entire town thought all of us were dead, and we wanted to keep it that way, so we left.” Sam finished. “I was the only one who knew. I moved with them, and I still keep in touch with all of them on a daily basis. I think it makes your mother feel better still having me around.” she then said. “I miss them. And you guys. But, hey. I did what I had to do.” she said. “At least you guys know I’m okay. Sorta…” she said, furrowing her eyebrows, but then shaking her head.

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Greed – Castle

The Kitchens thankfully had not been hit by the ballroom blitz. The crockery for the most part had been spared from the blooded onslaught, and Scar breathed a sigh of relief. There was nothing worse than having nothing to eat off. With cooks and maids ready to serve. The alp coughed loudly enough to be heard by all, and many a head turned towards him.

“The Princess has her family staying and I think they are in need of a good feed. So, bring out the best silver and crockery, lets show them what the greed kitchens have to offer.” He clapped his hands for them all to get started and the kitchen crew took to the orders with gusto. To see them all working in such a busy fashion, but with smiles and happy chatter was worth its weight in gold. With that underway, the Alp could return to Mariela’s side and get a glimpse of what family life was like with Mariela and her brothers. In the back of his mind however, he knew a time would come when the new Princess would need to make a choice about whether they stayed or returned to the world inside his hat. Scar reached up and gave his beloved hat a pat. He was so glad to have gotten it back, along with his head. Being headless in Wonderland was not the place he wanted to be….no, Scar wanted more than anything to be at Mariela’s side, and watch her bring new order to Greed.

Re-entering the ruined ball room, the first thing to catch Scar’s attention was the blacksmith dwarf; Suda. He had come running up from the lower caverns of the castle, his face was etched with fright. What on earth was it that had the dwarf reacting this way. Was it the sight of the carnage that was still being cleaned up?

“Scar!…SCAR! Someone stole Beserker!”

The Alp blinked and then stared at the tiny dwarf like he was crazy. “What? Who on earth would want to steal that evil sack of steel?’ No one liked Beserker, in particular Scar. The two had a run in in the days long before the ball, but after the death of Mammon. The dwarf whined and then he handed Scar what looked to be like giant silvery webbing.

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“I found this on the podium where I kept the suit. Like its from some giant spider.” The Dwarf was sure that this was evidence in some way, but couldn’t imagine a giant spider being down in his work shop. Small ones, yes….and thousands of them. “I seen cobwebs before, Scar….but nothing this big.”

Scar ran his finger over the silken threads, that were a little bit too sticky for his liking. He tried to shake it off his hand, but it appeared to be well and truly stuck. “Gah…revolting thing.” Scar grimaced. So…Beserker was gone. In one way, Scar was pleased, since he didn’t think he ever wanted Mariela to be tricked into wearing the thing. It was nothing more than just another curse at Greed. A temptation that led to the downfall of Mammon.

The Alp then raised his head and looked at all the corners of the roof, to see if there was a big spider lurking. What if it was still here? Scar whistled for some guards, who all came over – a group of six. “Search the grounds. We may have an arachnid infestation…..a big one.” He tried to smear the webbing on one of the guards armor chest plates, and then his own hand got stuck. “Ugh…worse than some old slag’s undies.” He finally got it off his hand and shuddered, before looking back at Suda. “You go lock down the blacksmith shop and weapons store. I need to go and speak to Mariela.”He really didn’t want to be the bearer of bad tidings, but he felt that she should know.

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Suda bowed and then scuttled off, while the guards broke formation and went spider hunting. Scar dragged his hand down his forehead then his face. “We’ve not even had tea yet and there is already something troubling.” The alp sighed, before going off to find Mariela.

Thankfully, Mariela was in another part of the castle, and he could overhear that they were all talking about what life was like back home. It was walking back in that he caught the end of the conversation. That she missed them and her brothers. She did what she had to do, to end up in Hell, and claimed to be okay…sorta. That furrowed brow, meant that she was conflicted. Scar cringed. Oh she didn’t need bad news now, so he put on his happy face and interjected.

“We have plates. Heh. Lunch anyone?”

~RB~