It’s my own Invention

Afterawhilethenoiseseemedgraduallytodieaway,tillallwasdeadsilence,andAliceliftedupherheadinsomealarm.Therewasnoonetobeseen,andherfirstthoughtwasthatshemusthavebeendreamingabouttheLionandtheUnicornandthosestilllyingatherfeet,onwhichshehadtriedtocuttheplum-cake,‘SoIwasn’tdreaming,afterall,’shesaidtoherself,‘unlessunlesswe’reallpartofthesamedream.OnlyIdohopeit’smydream,andnottheRedKing’s!Idon’tlikebelongingtoanotherperson’sdream,’shewentoninarathercomplainingtone:‘I’veagreatmindtogoandwakehim,andseewhathappens!’

Atthismomentherthoughtswereinterruptedbyaloudshoutingof‘Ahoy!Ahoy!Check!’andaKnightdressedincrimsonarmourcamegallopingdownuponher,brandishingagreatclub.Justashereachedher,thehorsestoppedsuddenly:‘You’remyprisoner!’theKnightcried,ashetumbledoffhishorse.

Startledasshewas,Alicewasmorefrightenedforhimthanforherselfatthemoment,andwatchedhimwithsomeanxietyashemountedagain.Assoonashewascomfortablyinthesaddle,hebeganoncemore‘You’remybuthereanothervoicebrokein‘Ahoy!Ahoy!Check!’andAlicelookedroundinsomesurpriseforthenewenemy.

ThistimeitwasaWhiteKnight.HedrewupatAlice’sside,andtumbledoffhishorsejustastheRedKnighthaddone:thenhegotonagain,andthetwoKnightssatandlookedateachotherforsometimewithoutspeaking.

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