Ozma’s family always strongly emphasized the purity of their lineage, so when Ozma’s father, Nome, learned that Ozma was secretly seeing an elf, Ev, he sent a team to kill the elf and the granddaughter who only inherited elf blood.
When danger arrived, Ev and Ozma’s mother sacrificed themselves to save Ozma and her three daughters. Some time later, Doris’ demonic power awakened. Her power began to resonate with the magic hats that were passed down through generations. Therefore, Ozma gave the hats to Doris...
Little Doris: Why don’t you keep them, mommy?
Ozma: Because you’re the only one who has inherited the special power of our clan. They belong to you. Practice how to use your power, won’t you?
Little Doris: Mm! I will!
With that said, Doris took a red hood, with a wolf-shaped metal ring on it, and dashed into the forest. Both her little sisters, Alice and Woodbury, wanted to play with her, so they followed her into the forest. Ozma peered at their diminishing figures before she unconsciously looked up at the tall trees. It was as if within those dense trees, she was able to see Ev guarding over her and the three girls.
Little Woodbury: Doris! Put on the hood! It seems like fun!
Little Doris: Right! And I can shield myself from the bright sun too! Hehe!
When Doris put on her hood, a fire-constructed wolf leaped out from it! The blazing fire reminded Doris of the time when her father was killed.
Fear immediately filled Doris, and as if able to sense her emotions, the fire wolf went berserk and set everything ablaze!
Her fear toward fire drained Doris’ ability to stand. She fell on her knees as she watched the trees and grass burn because of the fire wolf. In a short while, Doris, Alice and Woodbury were all trapped in a sea of fire. Her two little sisters held Doris’ arms, dismay visible on their face. The fire grew and gradually causing more difficulty for them to breathe. Woodbury could not help but say to Doris:
Little Woodbury: D...Doris...I’m not feeling well...
Little Alice: If this keeps up...we’ll die here...
Little Doris: Alice? Woodbury?
Alice and Woodbury were unconscious. Being the elder sister out of the three, it was Doris’ responsibility to protect her sisters. Although she was still scared of the fire, she was even more determined to shield her family from danger.
She slowly walked toward the fire wolf when the wolf suddenly stood still and growled at the approaching Doris, warning her not to come near. However, Doris was no longer afraid of the flames. She reached her hand out toward the wolf. Even though she was burned by its fire, she did not withdraw her hand.
Little Doris: It’s alright. You don’t need to be afraid anymore. You can always come out of the hat whenever you want.
Little Doris: Let’s be friends, alright?
The fire wolf’s expression eased. Its fire cooled down and no longer burned. It leaned its head against Doris’ hand as if thanking her. The wolf then turned back into fire and re-entered Doris’ red hood; the fire enclosing the three sisters also dissipated. Feeling relieved, Doris kneeled on the ground with tears streaming down her face. She cried happy tears, because she had overcome her fear and had protected her dear sisters.
As the three sisters grew older, Doris gradually became aware of the volatility and eccentricity of their mother’s behavior. She would sometimes look at Woodbury’s face and talk to herself, while other times, she would hide in her room and either weep or shout; she often had mood swings.
Doris was extremely worried as she could tell her mother’s peculiar behavior was related to Woodbury. To avoid Woodbury from blaming herself and feeling sad, Doris could only discuss with Alice what to do...
Doris: If we don’t know what she’s vexed about, we can’t do anything to help...
Alice: I think I’ve seen her writing her troubles into her diary. If we read it, we’ll likely learn what’s bothering her.
Doris: Hm...though we shouldn’t do this, it’ s the only way.
Therefore, they came up with a plan — Doris would distract Ozma and Woodbury while Alice sneak into their mother’s room. Everything went smoothly as planned. While Doris leisurely enjoyed tea in the garden with Woodbury and her mother, a sudden pain in her abdomen forced her to go to the restroom.
When she returned, her mother and Woodbury were nowhere to be seen. Just as she wanted to search for them, someone screamed from her mother’s room on the second floor. The Swallow Manservant then appeared and took Doris away, saying that it was to prevent her from getting in danger.
Doris: Mom, Alice, and Woodbury are all in the house!
Doris shook off the Swallow Manservant and ran toward the manor when a tornado swept across it, making a mess as well as sweeping everything away. Doris finally saw Alice, who was expressionlessly staring at their blood-stained mother.
Alice exuded unknown demonic power along with an overwhelming desire to kill, compelling Doris to tremble in fear. The Swallow Manservant then returned and took the benumbed Doris away. Since then, the two of them began living a life of avoiding Alice’s hench-beings.
In a forest, Doris and the Swallow Manservant were running from pawns led by the residents of Wonderland.
March Hare the Insane: D...darn! They were just in front of us! How come they’re gone?!
Doris: They are leaving. Let’s seize this chance and go!
Swallow Manservant: You are right. Miss Doris, hold on to me.
After ensuring all the residents of Wonderland were gone, Doris and the Swallow Manservant continued their journey. However, not long after they took off, the Swallow Manservant’s wing was shot and they fell onto the ground! Doris scraped her left arm and leg, but she was more worried about the wounded Swallow Manservant. She uneasily walked toward it and wanted to help it up, but because she was also injured, the two of them fell again.
Swallow Manservant: Miss Doris, go first!
Doris: Don’t be silly! You’re my family! How could I leave you here!
???: How strange...a talking swallow?
Doris and the Swallow Manservant nervously looked toward the direction of the voice and saw a blonde adolescent appear from the trees. The Swallow Manservant was worried of Doris’ safety, so it immediately channeled dark elemental power. Upon seeing this, the adolescent stopped approaching and extended his kind greetings.
Edward: Relax. I mean you no harm. My name is Edward and I am one of the princes in this country.
Edward: This is actually our country’s hunting grounds, so we inadvertently shot you.
Edward: Please first hide. I will come back and help you when everyone else has left.
With Edward’s help, Doris and the Swallow Manservant finally safely left the hunting grounds. After learning about Doris’ dangerous situation, Edward even built a wooden house for them as a temporary abode.
Since the occurrence of her family’s tragedy, Doris lived under the Swallow Manservant’s care and avoided Alice as well as the residents of Wonderland. Whenever Doris recalled Alice’s terrible actions and expressionless face, Doris could not help but feel scared.
Later, a pursuit from the residents of Wonderland forced Doris and the Swallow Manservant to inadvertently enter the country’s hunting grounds and they were wounded by hunters. Luckily, with Edward’s help, Doris and the Swallow Manservant finally escaped peril and had a place to live.
Both Doris and the Swallow Manservant thought they owed the prince, but they did not have anything valuable to give him in return. Therefore, Doris decided to send the Swallow Manservant to Edward as his helper, but the servant could not just leave its master behind. Thus, it gave Doris a pair of muskets and taught her how to use them.
The Swallow Manservant placed glass bottles at a distance and told Doris to shoot them with her muskets. However, for an unknown reason — she was either too nervous or unaware of the muskets’ recoil — Doris could not hit the bottles. While Doris was haunted by desperation, the Swallow Manservant said:
Swallow Manservant: Calm your heart. Steady your breath. Then, your hands will stop trembling.
Following the Swallow Manservant’s instructions, Doris finally hit her first bottle! She jumped in excitement and said:
Doris: Did you see that? Did you see that? I hit it! Now you can relax and go take care of Edward, right?
Swallow Manservant: Truth be told, Miss Doris, I still cannot ease my worries, but if that is what you insist, I will do as you say.
Watching the Swallow Manservant fly away, Doris could not help but feel insecure, but when she recalled what Edward had done for them, Doris was determined to become independent. Doris then led a tranquil life in the wooden house until one day, Doris’ past caught up with her. Seeing Toto, Doris’ pet dog, barking fiercely outside her house, she realized something she had been avoiding all this time had arrived...
Doirs carefully peeked outside from a window, and was surprised to see the visitor was wearing a familiar red hat!
Winkie the Wicked Witch: Long time no see, Miss Doris!
Doris: Unfortunately, I don’t want to see you.
Doris: Give me back my hat! That isn’t something you can handle!
Winkie the Wicked Witch: No! If I lose the hat, Miss Alice will abandon me!
Upon hearing her sister’s name, Doris could only sigh. In the past, Alice was standoffish, not cold blooded. What about now? Even Doris did not know. Although all the magic hats belonged to Doris, she only took back the one with the wolf-shaped metal ring. After all, Winkie once served her. Doris did not want to put her in a difficult situation, so she took back the hood before she ordered:
Doris: Just leave. I only want to live peacefully.
Doris: These two hats are connected. If I find out that you told Alice about my whereabouts...
Doris: I will take back the hat and you will lose everything!
Winkie the Wicked Witch: Re...received!
The usually kind and gentle Doris was now exuding anger and aggression, causing Winkie to hurriedly fly away. Watching her departure, Doris returned to her wooden house and gazed at the red hood in her hands as she recalled memories in her mind...
Doris retrieved the wolf-summoning red hood from Winkie the Witch, but she never wore it. She only held it in her hands and gazed at it with an unfocused mind. One day, Edward and the Swallow Manservant visited Doris but Doris did not even notice them when they entered the house. She only looked at the red hood until Edward spoke and snapped her back to reality.
Edward: What a beautiful hood! Who gave it to you?
Doris: Oh, this? I inherited it from my family because I have a special demonic power inside me. My mother gave this to me.
Edward: Then why don’t you wear it? I think it suits you.
Doris: I don’t even know why I’m struggling. I know I want to put it on, but at the same time, I’m afraid...
Doris: It’s like, if I really wear it, I’ll have to face every unpleasant moment of the past again.
Edward: If you do not even wear it, how would you know if it is going to happen the terrible way you think it is?
Doris slowly raised the red hood as if it took up most of her strength. When the hood touched her hair, warm fire leaped out from it. Looking at the fire, memories of the three sisters with their mother came to Doris’ mind.
Tears streamed down her face as the fire turned into a fire wolf. It walked toward Doris and gently burned her tears away when Doris suddenly hugged it and wailed to release all her worries and agony after all these years. Edward and the Swallow Manservant quietly stood aside and watched her cry until she finally calmed.
Doris: Hey, Edward. If your brother becomes someone you don’t know and he does something you can’t accept or understand, what would you do?
Edward: What would I do...I think I would still believe that everything he does is to protect me.
Just then, Edward recalled a memory from his childhood. It was an experience that taught him the bond between brothers and family was unbreakable. He said to Doris with a smile:
Edward: Because he is my brother, the closest person to me in this world.
Upon hearing Edward’s words, Doris reminisced about the experiences she had with Alice when she suddenly realized how cowardice she had been — why would she let such an incident make her fear and want to avoid her own sister for this long? Doris then rose to her feet and started packing.
Swallow Manservant: Miss Doris, where are you going?
Doris: Wonderland. To see Alice.
Just as the Swallow Manservant wanted to stop her, Edward stepped in and gestured it to stifle its worries before he said to Doris:
Edward: Be careful. We will wait for you here.
Doris: Mm! You too, Edward, Swallow. Be careful.
In the past, Doris avoided Alice because of fear, but now, she decided it was time to face everything.
She wanted to know the truth behind the incident, and she wanted to believe in her family
Hence, she changed from avoiding the residents of Wonderland to seeking them.
Doris: You’re Alice’s pawns, aren’t you? Bring me to her!
Under the guidance of the Wonderland residents, Doris finally arrived at the world created by Alice’s demonic power. Unlike what she had assumed, everything in Wonderland was peculiar; it was full of fantasies and childlike scenes. Knowing that Wonderland was actually created by Alice, Doris thought that Alice must have fabricated this place by using her own ideas and desires. Doris was now absolutely sure that there was a reason behind Alice’s previous behaviors.
However, Doris was too focused on gazing at the view that she accidentally got separated from the others, so she could only locate Alice by herself. While she wondered on how to get to her sister, booms rang from not far away. What was more surprising than the sudden explosion was the familiar yet long-forgotten demonic power...