Hatter's Point Of View Part24
It was a half-day's easy riding from the Kingdom of the Knight's to the Heart's Casino. Needless to say, Hatter and Charlie completed the journey in half that time. Hatter galloped Guinevere until the froth was flying from her mouth and the sweat turned her coat black.
Still, to Hatter, the journey seemed to take a lifetime.
Why am I running off to save her? The most apparent reason flowed into his mind. The ring. But, he knew that that wasn't the only reason. She's stubborn, and insistent, and loud, and... and... Those reasons didn't seem to matter. All he saw was her sweet face, her brown hair resting lightly on her shoulders, her piercing blue eyes, and her pale skin, gleaming in the sun.
He knew then that he would do whatever it took to keep her, and Wonderland, safe. Even, he thought, even if that means saving this Jack guy. He grimaced slightly at the thought of him, but then Alice's grateful face swam across his mind. He sighed, and spur
The Embers Left Behind ch. 4"What are you talking about?" His mother interrupted.
"My dear lady," Zutana turned towards her. "Surely, you cannot be ignorant that your own son is an Earthbender."
"So, it was you in the woods that day." Haru's eyes flashed.
"Please, do not turn him in!" The woman pleaded, approaching Zutana. "Please, he is all I have left."
"I do not intend to, madam." Zutana said, a light frost in her voice. "However, my silence comes with a price."
"What do you want?" The woman begged.
"I am bound for the city of Omashu." Zutana stated. "Only, I have neither the means, nor the direction to get there."
"Why don't you just have your Fire Nation buddies take you?" Haru jeered. Zutana's eyes flashed again, but she ignored him.
"There is a caravan leaving for Omashu within the hour." The old woman said.
"Thank you, kind lady." She bowed slightly. "Now, if you can tell me where this caravan may be found "
"Haru shall take you!" The woman exclaimed. She pushed him forward.
Haru grumbled a bi
The Embers Left Behind ch. 3Zutana spent most of the evening tossing and turning, unable to sleep. She finally dozed off about an hour before sunrise.
She was walking through the forest. She passed by the bed of fire lilies, and entered the clearing where she had seen Haru. But, he wasn't there.
She was looking for something, but it was constantly eluding her. She saw a figure disappear through the trees ahead of her. "Stop!" She shouted. She gave chase.
It was always just around the next tree, or disappearing into the next shadow. It seemed impossible to catch. She finally came to another, much smaller clearing. The trees formed a canopy overhead, making the lighting sparse and cool.
The figure stood in the middle of the clearing. He was no more than a shadow, a dark shape. He turned to face her.
His eyes were glowing like a blue sun in the dead of night. He put his hands together, and the glow spread outwards along his arms, down his legs, and up his spine to the top of his head to form an arrow that stopped
The Embers Left Behind ch. 2Since she had arrived at the village, she had had the "good" fortune to procure the favor of the Admiral that held the fortress. Every evening, she dined in the officers' mess, and at the Admiral's table at the head of the room. This evening was no different. As she took her place to the left of the General, he engaged her in conversation.
"And how do you like our little town, Miss Zutana?" The General asked, cutting off a bite of steak.
"It's charming." She replied softly. "Especially the forest paths."
"Do you like the trees?" The General inquired.
"I have never seen so many. The Capital City had very few." She smiled slightly, "A result of the Volcano, no doubt."
"Of course." He smiled back, and reached out to finger the flower that was still tucked behind her ear. "You put his Fire Lily to shame, my dear."
"I didn't realize that they grew over here," Zutana said, casually shifting her weight away from his hand. "They were my favorite flowers back home."
"They have recently begun to
The Embers Left Behind ch. 1"So, where are you headed?" The boy asked Zutana. He was a polite young man named Loren. He was escorting her down the countryside and out to the seashore where she would barter passage on any ship that would take her out of the Fire Nation.
"The colonies in the Earth Kingdom." She lied quickly. "They needed teachers, so I volunteered." She shrugged. "It probably won't be as nice there as it is here." She paused. "And, you?"
"I'm joining up." He said. "The Army could always use more fighters, and there is no greater honor than fighting for one's homeland."
Zutana nodded. The hours passed as Zutana and Loren travelled down the winding path from the capital city to the bay. Once they arrived, they went their separate ways- Loren to the recruiting tent, and Zutana to the docks. It took her over an hour, but she finally did manage to gain passage aboard an old barge bound for a small village on the Earth Kingdom coast that had been occupied for a little over three years.
The barge was less