Okay, let's get something straight: I had no idea what happened and I don't know how. Let's go back to when I turned 16 and then I died, of freedom and life changed just after one fall into a rabbit hole while chasing a white rabbit in a petty coat that was blue. Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start off with this one day.
It's almost the day. My sixteenth birthday. The day I've been dying for my whole life. My sister Cassia was excited and Lissy was extra excited. Cassia is 19 years old and started her first year of college at NYU. Lissy is 10 and she is dying to have one of her own.
"Alyssa, time to go." Mom said.
"'Kay," I say. "Jenna, London is gonna be so great. I'm dying to see the garden of Esred just like how the Felix of Elantas describes it."
"I know right. Ugh, I gotta help my sister with her science project." Jenna says and hangs up.
"ALYSSA! TIME TO GO!" Lissy screams. I finish packing and go downstairs.
"We are gonna miss our flight now." Cassia exclaim.
"No we are not. Now, get in the car. Dad's waiting." I say and we all do. On the way to the airport, Lissy was singing to Justin Bieber, Cassia was texting her boyfriend, and I was reading the 15th book in the Felix of Elantas series. Justin texts me. Justin. My boyfriend.
When u get back, do u want 2 go 2 the prom
YEA! I text back, excited.
"Cassia." I say.
"What?" She says, bored.
"Me and Justin are going to prom." I answer, excitedly.
"OMG. Are you serious?"
"Wow. You must be happy."
"I am." And she goes back to texting her boyfriend. We finally arrive at the airport. We do all the basic needs and then board the plane. I get the window seat, Cassia sits next to me, and Lissy sits next to mom and dad. A boy sits next to Cassia.
"Do you want to switch seats?" He asks Cassia.
"Sure. I want the aisle seat." She answers and they switch seats. The plane takes off. Everyone on the plane is asleep, except for me and that guy.
"Your reading the Felix of Elantas series?!" He says.
"You're an Elixir?!" I say.
"Yeah. You got the new book?"
"I can't believe that Julia is going dark when she knows that the Evil King is gonna kill her."
"I know right. And Bryan is helping the Evil King just so that he can keep Julia alive."
"Jean is not gonna let anything go away from her. Denim is in Far Away in the light side to help the Good Queen defeat the Evil King."
"Hi. I'm John."
"I'm Alyssa." Cassia wakes up.
"Alyssa. It's 2 in the morning, can you please shut up and go to sleep." Cassia says.
"Sorry. I'm just talking to this Elixir." I say.
"Who? That guy that switched seats with me?" I nod.
"Ooh, he's cute."
"I know right. If I wasn't dating Justin."
"You would cheat on Justin for someone like that. Do it girl."
"I can't cheat on him and you know that."
"He's not here, so do it."
"So John, where are you from?" I ask him.
"London, England." He answers.
"You're British?" He nods.
"Wow, I'd never met someone who is British before."
"Yeah, I was visiting my girlfriend that lives in America."
"What's her name?"
"I have a boyfriend named Justin."
"Does he look like this?" He shows me Liz Carcio and Justin together.
"My boyfriend is cheating on me with your girlfriend?"
"We broke up."
"Well, so are we."
"So, do you want to go out on a date in the Garden of Esred?"
"Sure." My vacation is gonna be the best of the best ever.
We finally land in London and Lissy is annoying the crap out of my parents.
"Where are we staying? Where are we staying?" She keeps asking over and over again.
"Would you just shut up before I kill you." Cassia says, pissed off.
"Fine. Can I have candy?" She asks. Cassia hits her with her pillow.
"Mom! Cassia hit me." Lissy said.
"I did, but she wouldn't shut up." Cassia says and they get into an argument. After about an hour of listening to their argument, I finally had enough.
"Would you guys shut up. Lissy, stop annoying the shit out of us. Cassia, shut up about your stupid relationship and friends from college." I say, pissed.
"Alyssa, shut up and stay out of this." Lissy says.
"Hell no. Alyssa is involved in this argument. She talks about her stupid boyfriend."
"What the hell, no I don't. You do." I say and we start arguing.
"Girls. Shut up." Dad says.
"Dad, Lissy started it." I say.
"I don't care who started it. Just shut up." And we listened. For the next 20 minutes, we just sat there, not talking. We finally arrive at the hotel. We check in and go into our hotel rooms. Mom and dad share a bed, Lissy and Cassia share another, and I got my own bed in my own hotel room. I fall on the bed and I'm asleep instantly. The next morning, my parents and my sisters already left for the day. I get dressed and leave the hotel. Accidently, I run into John.
"Hey John." I say.
"Hey, what's up?" He says.
"Nothing really, just looking for my family."
"Do you want to go to the Garden of Esred?"
"Sure." And I follow him. We walk a few blocks and finally reach the Garden. I forgot, it's my sixteenth birthday.
"Today's my birthday." I blurt out.
"Happy birthday." He says.
"Why thank you."
"You are welcome." I see a rabbit.
"Did you see that?" I ask him.
"What?" he asks me.
"There are no rabbits here." I hear branches snap.
"Right there?" I say and point at it. He's open.
"I don't see anything."
"How could you not see it? It's a white rabbit. And it's wide open. I'll be right back." And I leave him to chase the rabbit. It was a long chase, lefts and rights every five seconds. Finally, I reach a tree. It was an old tree, I can tell. No branches are curled like how kids draw snail shells. It was an oak tree and blossoming all different kinds of fruits and flowers. It was pretty. I took one and smelled it. It smelled like a rose, but looked like a blossom that grows on trees in the spring. I see a hole as wide as my grandma's garden and so deep that you could fall into 15 wells all at once.
"Hello? Does anyone live down there?" I scream. I hear dirt fall into the hole and the next second, I'm in the hole.
Okay, now I don't know how that happened, but I was falling down a hole, screaming my head off, but I know no one can hear me. The top of the hole gets smaller until I'm deep enough not to see it anymore. I hit a bed then bounce off. I keep screaming until I hit the ground. God that hurts. My hand goes to my head to feel the pain, but it wasn't that bad.
"Whoa." I breath out. The sight was incredible. 7 doors and one key. Where do I begin? Each door has a fancy knob. One has skulls, another has crowns. Each door is unique. I take the key and go to the first one. This door has daggers for knobs, but the key doesn't work. I go to the next one. This one has flowers on it and I put the key in. It fits. I unlock it and open it. I walk out to this cracking granite staircase. I walk down the stairs and notice that I'm wearing a dress. A cream colored dress.
"Who is she? She's definitely not Cassia." A mouse says.
"No, I'm not. I'm Alyssa." I say, nervously.
"Alyssa? No, there's no Alyssa on the list." She says.
"You guys don't mind me asking, but WHERE THE HELL AM I?!" I say.
"Oh yeah, you're in Wonderland?" The mouse says.
"WONDERLAND?! What the hell was that?"
"It's place where nothing bad happens and everything is all wonderful and colorful." A guy said.
"But, the Evil King takes over the Borderlands and then tries to take over this place. He fails, but destroys this place. So now this is now the new Wonderland." The other guy says.
"Wait! This is Wonderland? This is exactly how they describe it in the Felix of Elantas series."
"That series is based on those seven doors." The first guy says.
"I didn't know that." I say.
"Well, now you know. Where's Cassia?" The second guy says.
"I don't know where she is." I answer.
"Okay. Then… Wait, where's Ethan."
"Ethan?" I turn around and see a guy. He looks exactly like…
"Ethan?" I say.
"Like I'm not thrilled to be here." He says.
"How do you know about this place?"
"I tripped and fell down the hole in Hollywood."
"Yeah. Where's the others?"
"There are more?"
"Just three more."
"Oh." Just then, 3 more people come into the view.
"I'm Julia. This is Bryan and Lily." Julia says.
"Hi. I'm Alyssa." I say.
"Alyssa, huh. Where the hell is Cassia?" Bryan says.
"Once again: I don't know." I say.
"How do you know Cassia?" Lily asks.
"I'm… I'm her… I'm her sister." I stammer out.
"Oh god. You're the annoying sister that's 10." Julia said.
"What? NO! I'M NOT LISSY! I'm Alyssa." I say.
"Oh! I thought you were Lissy for a minute." She said.
"Yeah. Now let's go." Lily said.
"Go? Where?" I ask her.
"To the White Queen." She answers.
"The… White Queen?" I choke out.
"Yeah." Julia says and they leave.
"Wait for me!" I call out. I run to catch up to them and see them ahead of me.
"So wait a minute: you are sent to stop the Evil King?" I ask them.
"Basically… Yeah. I don't know how you know about this place, but Cassia fell down that hole when she was 16." Bryan says.
"I read the Felix of Elantas series." I answer.
"Cassia was suppose to read that." Julia says.
"Well, she never did." I said.
"Wow. I can't believe she did that to us." Lily says.
"Yeah… she procrastinates a lot." I said.
"Oh. I didn't know that." Julia mumbled.
"Yeah. Are we almost there?" Lily asks.
"We are here." I answer.
"How do you… Are you some kind of wizard or something?" I laugh at that idea.
"No. And I just know where it is." I said. I see the castle and run towards it. I see the guards there and they let us in the second I go into their view. I go to the castle and head to the throne room.
"Elizabeth! We are here." Julia shouts.
"Hey guys. How nice of you to come here. And Alyssa, so nice to finally meet you." The White Queen says.
"How do you know me?" I ask her.
"I've been watching your sister for a while and well… I started to watch you and I learned that you have everything that it takes to be a warrior."
"Look, I don't belong here. I was on a date with this guy named John—"
"John? Stay away from him. He's an Elixir which means he works for the Evil King."
"No I'm not. He saw the rabbit, but he didn't want to say. He's gonna kill you."
"I don't believe you."
"I knew you were not gonna believe this, but you are sent here to stop the Evil King."
"No. NO! I don't belong here. I didn't even think that this place exists. It all belongs with a book series."
"Look, I know you are surprised, but there's nothing you can do."
"How do you know? I can't do anything but mess stuff up."
"You have stuff that your sister doesn't and I'd seen it before. You have courage, bravery, intelligence, and sense. You don't know it, but it's inside you. You need it for your quest—"
"Wait a minute, I have a quest?"
"Yeah, you do. Your quest is to defeat the Evil King."
Since when did I have a quest scribed into my life? When I was born or when I fell down that hole?
"I don't want this quest." I say.
"Alyssa, we have a quest to help the chosen one and well, we didn't want it." Julia said. I want to believe her, but I chose not to.
"Look, I don't want this. I don't need all this crap. I don't want to defeat an evil king. I don't want this." I say.
"It's not a choice. You can save the Borderlands from despair." The White Queen says.
"I can't believe this is happening. I have a quest." I say.
"You guys will need this." She says and gives me a sword. She also gives them a swords.
"It helps kill the monsters running around this place. Good luck." She says and we leave. Once out of the palace, we head for the forest.
"God kill me." I mutter.
"I can do that." Lily says.
"Don't kill her." Bryan says.
"You're standing up for that bitch?" Julia asks.
"Yeah, you got a problem with that?" Bryan says.
"Obviously. She has no idea what the hell she is doing." Ethan says.
"Don't listen to them. They are just not used to having someone new around them." He whispers to me.
"Yeah, I can kind of figure it out." I whisper back.
"So where are you from?" He asks me.
"I'm from Brooklyn, New York." I answer. I tell him all the basics about me. Then he does the same thing to me.
"Where are we?" I finally ask about two hours into this.
"I don't even know." Julia says. I walk right up to her.
"YOU DON'T HAVE ANY CLUE TO WHERE WE ARE? WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU FOR THE LAST TWO HOURS AND YOU JUST ADMIT TO US THAT WE ARE LOST! I AM GONNA KILL YOU!" I scream.
"Like you can kill me." Julia says, calmly. I walk right up to her and take my dagger out. I swing at her, but she dodges.
"You have a dagger hidden inside your dress?" She asks.
"Hell yeah. I know how to hide a dagger." I answer. I put the dagger back then punch her in the face. She punched me in the nose. We start beating each other up and then Lily comes in and bites me. Five minutes into this and Bryan comes in and pulls me away from the fight. Ethan just stands there and waiting for the fight to end.
"Why the hell did you do that?" I ask him.
"I don't want you to die." He says.
"Whatever. I'm gonna go find a way out of here." I say.
"I'll go with you." He says.
"Whatever." I say and take off. We don't start talking till I see an apple.
I go to pick it off. "Don't eat it." He blurts out.
"Why?" I ask.
"It's poison. Everything is poison in the dark area of the forest." We head to the light area.
"This," He says. "Is edible." He hands me the apple that's edible. We are quiet for about five minutes.
"Why are you here?" He asks me.
"I don't know. I saw a rabbit and then I fell down the hole." I answer. I head to the pond. I look at my reflection. My platinum blonde hair is all curly and knotty, my blue eyes are bright in the reflection, and my dress is not ripped even after that fight. I finish my apple and give the pit to a bird. I forgot that he was even there. I turn around and see him smiling.
"What?" I say.
"You're different than the others." He said.
"What do you mean?"
"You have stuff that they don't. A great personality and a bright smile."
"Awe, thanks." He helps me up.
"Any time." I look into his eyes.
"I didn't notice that your eyes are blue."
"I didn't notice that your eyes were silver." I look up and we start to lean in. We get closer and closer. By the time our lips are about to touch, we hear a scream.
"What the hell was that?" I ask, scared.
"I don't know. It sounded like a girl." Bryan says.
"Maybe it was Lily." I say.
"No. It was an Ethan scream." We laugh and head for the dark forest. By the time we came back to the camp area, a monster was about to lunge for Julia. Lily fainted and Ethan is behind the girls.
"Hey freako!" I say and throw a rock at it. Now, there are a lot of things wrong with that.
I just saw a beast
I made it more angry
I had no weapon except for a dagger
I had no experience with fighting a monster
I never heard of this place
I can't fight for my life
"You just did a lot of things wrong." Bryan says.
"No shit." I say. I couldn't take it anymore. I take my dagger out.
"Alyssa? That's not gonna help you kill that thing." Julia calls out.
"Don't you think I know that?" I shout. She doesn't answer.
"Take this." Bryan hands me a sphere.
"Thanks." I say. Everyone runs away from it. I accidently put the sphere in the ground. I jump up in the air and do a 360 around the sphere with one hand and take my dagger and slay it in the throat. Now, I don't know how I learned nor did that, but I killed it. I land on the ground with two feet, not breaking my leg.
"Holy shit. How did you do that?" Lily asks.
"I don't know." I answer.
"That. Was. Wicked." Julia says.
"Yep. Totally." Bryan says.
"Oh, here." I hand him his sphere.
"Thanks." He says. I look into his eyes and we are leaning in, again, and by the time our lips are about to touch, "Ew. You guys are gonna kiss?" Julia says. We open our eyes and I push him away.
"No." I say.
"Then why were you leaning into each other?" Lily asks.
"Because…" I say.
"You want to kiss him so badly." Julia answers.
"No. I hate her and she hates me." Bryan answers. I nod my head in agreement.
"Okay?" Lily says. We are quiet for a while.
"We should probably leave this place." I finally say. We leave this place and see a light at the end. I start to head towards it.
"NO!" Bryan shouts.
"What?" I ask.
"That's where the Evil King is right now." Julia says
"Relax. I'm not gonna go surrender myself. I'm just gonna explore." I say and leave. I walk out and see the Dark Side of Wonderland. It seems pretty, but deadly at the same time. The castle is up ahead. I run towards it and see that I could go inside. I walk around the castle and accidently bump into someone.
"Watch where you're—Alyssa?" John asks.
"Yeah." I say.
"What are you doing here?"
"You know, exploring the castle."
"You could get caught."
"Yeah, and then you can kill me."
"I never want to kill you."
"Obviously you do so you can—" I start to say, but stops it with a kiss.
"Alyssa." I hear someone say and break the kiss.
"Bryan? What are you doing here?" I ask him.
"I just wanted to stop you from coming here." He answers.
"Well, you didn't do a nice job of stopping me."
"I couldn't say why in front of them."
"Why? So you can just be like my ex." I start to leave. He chases me.
"Alyssa, wait!" I stop.
"Nobody here can't lose you. It may not seem important to you or the others, but you can save us all. I even know your past."
"How do you—I'm not gonna ask how, but I know my past."
"They never told you?"
"Tell me what?"
"I can't tell you—"
"Alyssa and Bryan, come with us." Two guards say.
"You can't tell me what to do." I snap.
"Oh yes I can." One says.
"You told him?" I ask John. He nods. I sigh of anger. They grab us and we head to the throne room.
"Leave the boy." Someone says from the throne room.
"Just go, I'll be fine out here." He interrupts. We head to the throne room.
"Welcome to the throne room Alyssa." The Evil King says.
"How do you know my name?" I ask. I wish Bryan was here right now.
"I have been watching you in particular." He answers. Okay, now I really wish he was here right now.
"What was my past? Obviously you know it and want me dead."
"Okay, but you better sit down and listen." I sit down.
"So when you were—" A crash happened.
"Alyssa, we are getting out of here." Bryan says. I get up and run towards him. I couldn't take it anymore, I go to him and we flee.
"That was way too close." I say.
"Agreed." He says.
"So, what's with the Evil King?"
"For starters his name is Jake."
"Jake? That doesn't sound evil at all."
"Tell me about it."
"I have to ask you something. Do you know anything about my past?" He stares at me.
"Please? I need answers as to who I am cause, well, my life is a lie."
"Okay, sit down. This is gonna be a lot of information.