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A couple hours after her visit with the Mad Hatter, Cass stood behind the little teashop and watched as boxes of tea were packed into a wagon. In just half an hour, they would be on their way to her mother’s castle, and she would be home.
“Cass?” a voice called from the back door. “Are you out here?”
“Yeah,” she called back. A moment later, Ace joined her. She was watching the horizon, and Ace leaned against the wall beside her, hands in his pockets.
“What’re you thinking about?” he asked.
“Just how nice, after all these weeks, it will feel to be home,” Cass replied.
Ace smiled. “It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? School was nice, don’t get me wrong, but nothing competes with Wonderland.”
“It’s good to be back,” Cass agreed.
“Especially since you’re here with me,” Ace said. “Wonderland was always home, but somehow it’s even better with you by my side.”
Cass turned to him, squinting against the sunlight. “Tiana said I was going to lose you. Not to her, exactly, but somehow while we fight her.”
“She said I’ll die?”
“No… it was more like she was saying you would leave me.”
“I will never leave you,” Ace vowed. “Ever.”
Cass smiled gratefully. Wrapping her arms around his neck, Cass pressed her lips to his, kissing him soundly. His arms tightened around her waist and he lifted her off the ground as he kissed her back.
“Hey, I brought you guys some-” the voice behind them stopped as suddenly as it had come, the sound of shattering china taking its place.
Ace set Cass back on the ground and she turned around to see Alisha, staring at both of them in shock. The hem of her dress was splattered with tea. Around her feet were shards of glass from the teacups she’d been carrying. Slowly, she backed away, oblivious to the mess on the ground.
Alisha was gawking at them like she couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “What-”
“Alisha, wait-” Ace started.
“No! I- I just need to be alone for a bit,” she said. Her eyes were wide and horrified as she turned and ran off.
“Alisha, wait! I can explain!” Ace called after her, but she didn’t return.
Cass pulled away from Ace. He looked at her, but said nothing. They stood staring at each other for several minutes before Cass shook her head and turned away, kneeling to pick up the broken china.
“Cass, I’m sorry, I should have told her,” Ace said. “I-”
“No,” Cass said. “I should have been more careful. I shouldn’t have let this happen- but it did. There’s no use in apologizing. It’s not your fault.”
She stood and cupped his face in her hands. “It’s okay. We’ll go talk to her when she’s calmed down.”
“You’re upset-” Ace started.
“Not about you,” Cass said. “She’s just become such a good friend to me, and hurting her like that… it makes me feel awful.”
“Don’t worry. She’ll calm down,” Ace said.
“I know,” Cass replied. “We just have to give her some space.”
Ace nodded and helped her finish cleaning up the shattered glass. They took it inside and threw it away, apologizing to the Hatter and promising to get him new ones.
Half an hour later, they stood back outside with Ches, getting ready to leave. The Mad Hatter stood just inside the open door, tapping his cane as he watched.
“Thank you, Mr. Hatter,” Cass said.
The Mad Hatter bowed slightly. “Of course, Your Highness. You know where to find me if you need anything else.”
Cass nodded. “Tell- tell Madeline that she’s welcome to visit the palace for tea time whenever she’d like. In repayment for what you’ve done for us today,” Cass added.
“I will. I’m sure she’ll be thrilled by your offer,” the Hatter said. “Now, off you go, see you soon.”
“Thank you,” Cass said again with a small curtsey. The Hatter nodded once more and disappeared inside the shop, closing the door behind him.
“Ready, Princess?” the wagon driver called.
“Almost!” Cass called back. Then, to Ace, “Where’s Alisha?”
“I haven’t seen her since she ran off,” Ace said.
Cass glanced back at the driver, then back to Ace. “Where could she be?”
“I’ll go find her,” Ace said.
“I’ll go,” Cass replied. “I don’t think she’ll want to talk to you right now.”
“I doubt she wants to talk to you either,” Ace said.
“True… but she might want to yell at me,” Cass said. She left the boys waiting by the wagon and hurried away.
She found Alisha sitting under a tree in front of the shop. She cleared her throat. “Sorry to- um, the wagon’s ready. It’s time to go.”
Alisha stood and breezed past Cass without saying a word.
“Alisha, wait!” Cass grabbed her hand, pulling her back. “Are you-”
“Don’t do this to me, Cass,” Alisha said. “You know exactly how I feel, so don’t make it worse.”
“Alisha, I’m sorry. We were-”
“No apologies,” Alisha said. “You didn’t do anything wrong. Not really, anyway.” She pulled away and kept walking.
“That doesn’t mean I don’t feel horrible about it,” Cass said. “And if you ask me to, I will stay away from him and never speak with him again.”
“No, Cass, I’ve had some time to think about it and… while the hurt may not go away for a very long time, we’ve come a long way and I won’t get in the way of whatever it is you have with Ace.”
“Really?” Cass said, surprised. “You’re not going to yell at me and tell me to stop ruining your life?”
“No, I’m not,” Alisha confirmed. “Unlike Tia, I have no desire for revenge. Instead, I’m going to do my best to support you. To help and forgive you, because that’s what it means to be truly good.”
“I- I don’t know what to say,” Cass answered after a minute, still shocked.
“Say nothing,” Alisha said. She embraced Cass, who hugged her back, and added, “I think it’s about time we officially become friends.”
“Sounds excellent,” Cass agreed. “Now, let’s go. They’re waiting.”
The two girls walked back together. Ace started at the sight of them. “Alisha, I-”
“It’s okay,” she said. “Maybe just give me some space, okay?”
Ace nodded. She climbed into the wagon, sitting on top of a tea crate with Cass. Ches and Ace sat across from them, slightly confused at the lack of bickering.
When they were all settled in, the driver cracked his whip and they started on their way to the palace.
I got a new account so I’m no longer agathafourlife but FINALLY SHE FOUND OUT!
Yes, yes she did. @olivetree1 would you like me to tag your new account?
Hey, is it just me or does the song “They don’t know about us” by One Direction remind you of Ace and Cass/Cace?
Yeah, I can definitely how that song relates to Ace and Cass.