You Look at the sunset and Watch as it fades away into the night. The brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow engulfed by the purples of twilight.
Without turning your head you sat to Jonathan "You know. This is my favorite time of day. When the sky turns that lovely shade of purple."
Jonathan looks at you out of the corner of his eye "I was... concerned when you didn't come back inside. I decided it best to check on you. What with that guy out to get you."
You grab his hand for a moment "Thank you Jonathan we should go back inside. The others might worry.... Well Johnny might worry."
Jonathan nods "You know, You are the first person to not fear me... Also, you never gave me a strange look because of my lanky figure."
You head back inside and go back up stairs. You walk into your kitchen and rummage through your fridge until you find what you are looking for.
You pull out all the fixings for chefs salad "Hey! You guys can eat whatever as long as it comes from this fridge."
You point towards the fridge in your kitchen and head back to the couch. You sit down in between Jonathan and Edward. You watch TV as you eat your salad and giggle as Jonathan's Sim electrocutes himself using a bug zapper.
Your house phone rings and you answer it "Hello 'Drinks With A Smile' how may I help you?"
You lean the phone on your shoulder so you can keep eating.
An older woman answers "Yes my name is Linda Perkins &and my ten year old son is having a birthday party. I would like to order some tea cakes. You see the party has an 'Alice In Wonderland' theme and we are having a tea party for it. I need the kind of foods you would find at a tea party but made for a ten year old. Also I'd need you to dress up when you arrive. I was thinking Alice would be nice."
You nod even though she can't see you "When is it?"
You hear her give a sigh of relief "It's this Thursday. I need you to be there at eleven am with the food. You don't have to stay long. Only half an hour at the most. Is that alright?"
You smile "That's fine. I do have somewhere to be at twelve-thirty pm. But I think I'll manage."
"Alright. I'll be by tomorrow around seven at night to work out the fine details with you. Is that alright?" she asks.
You reply "Yes that's fine. I'll see you then. Goodbye."
You hang up the phone "Sweet! I got a party to cook for! Those bring in good money! Woo hoo!"
You smile and finish eating.
Jonathan smirks at you "So what was that I herd about dressing like Alice?"
You grin "I think it sounds like fun!" You stand from your couch "Now I have work to do if you don't mind."
You head downstairs and begin working on a menu for the party. After an hour of planing you decide to make cupcakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, mini scones, and other foods normally seen at a tea party. You spend the next two hours making samples for Mrs. Perkins to taste. You put the food in the fridge and lock up downstairs.
You slowly walk up the steps and find the boys watching a horror film.
You smile at them "I'm taking a shower."
You go into your room without waiting for a reply. Once inside you lock the door and walk to your closet. You get some nightclothes and head into your bathroom. You take a long hot shower and go to bed. You open your eyes to find yourself on the floor.
You look around at the empty room you are in and see the little blond girl again "Hello Kendra." She says sweetly.
You stand up slowly "Hello..... what's your name anyways?"
She shakes her head "That's not important right now. Did you talk to the Mad Hatter?"
You nod "Yes, he told me that the white rabbit works for the Red Queen but why do I need to know that?"
She sighs "It will all make sense soon. Now you need to ask The Mad Hatter what made the Red Queen go mad. He's fading away back into Jervis Tetch but he should be able to help you."
You take a step back Jervis?! Is he really back?"
The girl nods "He's still not well though." She gets a scared look on her face "I need to go and so do you!"
You wake up before you can say anything to her and find it's morning. You put a hand to your heart and feel it beating very fast. You take a few deep breaths to calm yourself down. Jonathan turns in his sleep with a scowl on his face. You giggle and get up to fix breakfast. You head into the kitchen to see Johnny making pancakes while the two guards watch him.
You lean on him and look over his shoulder "Pancakes? I love pancakes." You smile "I'll go wake the others."
Johnny looks back at you for a moment "Edward is in the shower." You nod and head into your room.
You walk to your bed and lean down towards Jonathan "Hey wake up. Pancakes are done." He stirs in his sleep but makes no effort to wake up. You shake him softly "Jonathan... wake up."
He opens his eyes "Hm... wha..."
You stand up straight "It's Tuesday. I need to get you to Arkham for group therapy. Oh! And pancakes are done."
You go back to the kitchen and get some pancakes. You set your plate down on the table and get some coffee.
You sit down and begin to eat "After breakfast I'm taking you back to Arkham for group therapy. That was the agreement I made with Dr.Cross."
You go back into your room to get dressed. Jonathan passes you by. He's fully dressed and looks like he took a shower. You go into your closet and get dressed. You put on a black t-shirt that says "Love Is A Battlefield, & I Have The Only Gun" in dark red letters. You then slip on some black pants and your black shoes.
You walk back out into the kitchen "Are you all ready?" They nod "Great lets head on out then."
The car ride is deathly quiet. The guards are in the front and the criminals in the back. You of course are driving. It's blatantly obvious that none of the men in the back want to go back and the guards hate their jobs. You pull into the parking lot and let everyone out of Hamlet. Three guards greet you at your truck and cuff Jonathan, Edward, and Johnny. You all begin to head inside. The guards surround you as you walk next to Jonathan. Johnny is on the other side of you.
A black haired guard with a gray mustache keeps glancing back at you.
You blink confusedly at him "What? Something on my face?"
"Wouldn't you feel more comfortable with one of us?" he asks.
You frown "You mean safe. Well I feel very safe. None of these three men will hurt me."
You get inside and the guards turn to you "You'll need this." The black haired guard hands you a card giving you access to pretty much everywhere. "Dr. Cross said to give it to you. He wants you to escort these criminals to group therapy. You need to give an evaluation on them to Dr. Leland. Then you can leave."
You nod and follow the guards. They walk to the holding cells and you watch as they get more patients of Dr. Leland. They get Harley, The Joker, Two face, Poison Ivy, The penguin, &and The Mad Hatter. The patients are lined up and lead to a door. As you all walk to the group therapy room you can't help but watch Jervis. He glances at you only once and looks away.
The black haired guard named Milo turns to you "The criminals will go in first then you then Dr. Leland when she arrives. I will be standing at the door along with Guss."
He points towards the guard you fought with. You nod and they lead in the patients.
You take a deep breath and enter yourself. You look around for a place to sit and see a chair next to Jervis and Ivy. You sit down and make no effort to look at Jervis.
You are to scared to. You look over at Jervis "Hatter. I do hope you leave soon. Like I said before I want Jervis back. He is far better than you will ever be! He was my best friend and the inspiration for a new cake."
You then look at the boring white wall and say nothing more. You begin to turn invisible ever so slightly but ignore it as best as you can.
From your left you hear "A cake... inspired by me..." You hear a light laugh "Alice is the only one who understands me enough to do that you jabberwock!"
At that moment a woman in her mid thirties walks in. She has short black hair and glasses. She looks to be about five foot five. You watch her as she sits down in a chair across from you.
She gives you a quizzical look "Who are you?"
You smile "My name is Kendra Sanders. I'm the one letting Jonathan, Johnny, and Edward work for me."
She nods "Well I am Dr. Leland. I hope you know why you are here?"
You nod and stand up.
You walk over to her and hand her a folder "This has all my contact information."
You sit back down and she glances at it. "Good. Now how was the first day Kendra?"
You smile "Good! The only one I got into a fight with was the guards. Originally I had Edward cleaning, Jonathan at the register, and Johnny in the back with me but I'm going to change that. I'm putting Jonathan in the back because he scared the customers unintentionally. They just don't like him. I am running a business and frankly I'd like to keep all of my customers."
She nods "Good. It sounds like it's going smoothly then. Well then I'll see you on Thursday then. I want to talk about you then if you don't mind."
You nod slowly "Alright."
You turn to Jonathan "I'll be by around nine to pick you and the others up."
You stand up and walk over to him. You lean down and hug Jonathan. Dr. Leland watches you with interest.
You then hug Johnny and turn to Edward "Want one?"
He looks at you like you are mad "No! What a silly question."
He turns from you like a child and you nod "OK then. See you later."
You turn and head out of the room stopping for a brief moment to take one last look at Jervis.
You head to your truck and head home. Work is slow and boring as usual. At exactly seven a woman walks in followed by two other people.
You smile brightly "You must be Mrs. Perkins. So nice to meet you."
She smiles back at you "Yes and you must be Kendra."
You nod "Follow me please."
You lead her into the back where the tray of samples waits for her. "I made a tray of possible food for your party. I thought it would be good for you to pick what you like... If you don't mind my asking who are the other two people with you?"
She nods "They are here to take your measurements dear. It's for the Alice dress."
You nod "Oh. OK sure."
The two dress makers get to work on you and you explain exactly what Mrs. Perkins is eating. When the gentlemen and his assistant are done measuring you and Mrs. Perkins plan the menu together.
As you walk her to the door she turns to you and hands you a piece of paper "This is the address for the dress shop. It will be ready around six tomorrow."
You nod and she leaves. You look at the clock and see it's about eight-seventeen pm. You hop into Hamlet and head towards Arkham again. You walk past the receptionist and go straight into the rec room. You see the three red heads on the couch sitting across from Jervis. Jonathan appears to be playing chess with Jervis. You walk up to them & sit down in a chair backwards.
Your pass hanging in front of you "Who is winning?"
Johnny jumps slightly and Edward snickers at him. Jonathan moves his queen "I am only because Jervis is playing it wrong."
Jervis looks at him like he's mad "No I'm not! I'm protecting the queen of hearts."
You sigh "Whatever. We need to go now Jonathan."
Jervis glares at you "Listen you he's not leaving until the game is over!"
Jonathan kills his king "I win."
Jervis looks at the board "No! My queen still lives nave!"
Jonathan groans "Jervis-"
Jervis slams his hand down onto the chair he's in "No! Don't call me that! He's not here!" He looks down hiding is eyes under his hat "It's only me. The Mad Hatter." He tilts his head in your direction "So Alice tell me how is the red queen?"
You sit up straight "What? I don't know a red queen..."
He looks right into your eyes "LIES! You know her! With her filthy blond hair. She wasn't satisfied with my heart so she cut it out! Now I'm going to cut out hers!"
You stand up "Are you talking about Alice Pleasance? You leave her alone!"
He laughs as two men put him in a straight jacket and inject him with something to calm him down. You leave the room & lean on the wall.
You stare at the floor 'Oh Jervis.... why....'
You make no effort to look up when you hear the door open. "Are you alright?"
You look up to see Johnny leaning on the wall next to you "Ive been better. Could you get the others? I don't want to go back in there."
He goes back into the room and you see the two guards you fought with headed your way. You sigh and Johnny comes back out with the other two. The six of you head out to your truck & get in. Johnny is in the middle of the front seat, Jonathan has shotgun, and the two guards are in the back with Edward in the middle.
You get home around ten and lock up your shop. You head upstairs and into the kitchen. You make a Pb&j and sit at the table to eat. The others do the same.
You stare at your plate for a while before getting up "I'm going to bed. Same sleeping arrangements as last time."
You yawn loudly and go into your room. You slip into your nightclothes and fall into a dreamless sleep. You wake up a short time later and try to sit up. Your eyes go wide when you realize you can't sit up.
Jonathan is sitting on your chest dressed as the scarecrow "Good to see you are awake."
You rub your eyes "What in gods name are you doing?"
He caresses your cheek with his long hand "Don't worry I won't kill you. I need you."
You glare at him "For what?"
He grins "Jervis has a plan. A good one at that. Kill Batman. See if we have you we can force Batman to do anything. Including giving himself up."
You frown "So you were just pretending to care about me then? I told you my deepest thoughts and you were pretending?!"
He leans back "No. That was not a lie. I really do like you. Everything I said I meant. Maybe not in the same manner but the same idea."
Your face goes blank "What? I'm confused."
He leans in again and pets your hair "I have an offer for you but not here. I need you to get dressed and come with me."
You turn your head away "If I refuse?"
He sighs "I don't want to spray you with my fear gas."
You nod "Alright." He nods back & gets up.
You walk to your closet and change into a purple and white plaid button up long-sleeve shirt and a pair of dark blue jeans. You slip on your black shoes and walk back to Jonathan.
He smiles at you "Good girl. Now lets go. We have work to do."
He opens the door and a guard points a tazer at him. "Don't you move!"
Without flinching he gasses the man.
You turn away as he screams "Was it hard?"
Jonathan turns to you "What?"
You look up at him "Was it hard? To gas your first victim?"
He frowns "A little."
You turn your head as Edward tosses the other guard onto the couch. He's dresses as The Riddler. The next to walk out is Johnny as the Music Meister.
Jonathan glares at them "Took you long enough. Now Kendra we will be taking your truck."
You shake your head "No! Not my truck! It took me forever to pay for that! Hamlet is my baby! Take my work van instead."
Jonathan frowns "It's not up for debate. Now where are the keys!?"
You stare at him defiantly and he growls "I'm not playing with you! You have one more chance or I'm gassing you! I'll give you the antidote later."
You glare at him "Neither am I!"
You take a swing at him and he moves out of the way. You miss him and hit the wall breaking a hole clean through it. You turn to look at Jonathan only to get gas in your face. You cough and fall to the ground. You begin to feel odd. Everything spins around you and you feel sick. You open your mouth to talk but vomit instead. You begin to feel weak & fall over. Jonathan looks confused.
Edward leans over and looks down at you "Shouldn't she be screaming by now?"
Jonathan nods "Yes she should. Music Meister find her keys! Edward clean up this mess! I'll take care of her."
You turn slightly to look at him "What. Did. You. Do. To. Me?"
He shrugs and picks you up "I used my fear gas on you. You should be screaming by now. I need to run some tests on you."
You look at the floor "I feel sick... and weak."
You vomit again and lean on Jonathan. A few minutes pass and Johnny comes back with your keys.
Jonathan looks at you "Hm... Aha!"
He gets Edward to help put you on his back and takes you to your truck. As Jonathan walks down the three steps into your garage you vomit again and groan.
Jonathan jumps back and shouts "Not on me! If you decide to vomit on anyone let it be The Music Meister."
Johnny frowns "Why me?! Why not The Riddler?!"
Jonathan lays you down onto the back seat "Because I like you less. Now shut up and get in the damn truck! We have to go to Arkham to get Jervis."
You curl up into a ball and Jonathan puts a bucket in the back seat "Here you can Vomit in here. I'll drive safely so as not to damage Hamlet. I really am sorry I had to gas you."
You don't look at him and instead turn away. He sighs and gets into the front seat. You can feel the truck move and hear the soft hum of the engine. You try to sleep the sickness off. For the next hour you drift in and out of sleep. You wake up as the car stops.
Jonathan turns to his cohorts "You all know the plan?" They nod and he turns around to look at you "How are you?"
You groan "I feel like I'm going to die...."
You vomit yet again and lay back down.
Jonathan runs his left hand through your hair gently "We will be back in a short while. Will you be OK by yourself?"
You frown "I don't have much of a choice now do I?"
He turns and exits the truck. You don't really know how much time passes. You don't even know if they are coming back for you for that matter. You try to sit up but fall back down as the truck door opens.
You can hear them argue "Look we need someone in the back with her and I'm driving so it has to be one of you!"
Jonathan then gets into the drivers seat. The door right in front of you opens and someone moves the bucket. You tilt your head up slightly.
Jervis smiles down at you "My my my you do look a mess."
He picks you up enough to sit down. He rests your head on his lap and you quickly grab the bucket to vomit again. Your arms give out on you and you drop back down onto Jervis' lap. You hear the sound of the engine again and the feeling of the truck moving.
Jervis looks down at you and smiles "You should try to get some sleep Alice." You nod feeling to tired to argue about your name. You close your eyes and Jervis says "Good girl. I need you to be healthy and well rested if we are to have a tea party! I of course am the frabjous Mad Hatter, You are the ever curious Alice, Jonathan can be the March Hare, Riddler can be the white rabbit, and Music Meister shall be the door mouse!"
You hear Jonathan shout "What?! Are you mad!? I'm not going to one of your stupid tea parties! I am the master of fear not some stupid rabbit!" Jervis growls "It's not stupid! It's one of life's greatest pleasures Jonathan andI expect you to attend! If not for me then do it for Alice."
Jonathan sighs "That's not Alice. It's Kendra."
Jervis looks down at you and you keep your eyes shut.
He gently moves the hair out of your face "No this is Alice. She said so herself. Kendra would never lie to me."
You drift off to sleep finding The car ride soothing in a way. You dream about a large dragon like creature coming to get you. You toss and turn in your sleep for most of the car ride until the truck stops moving. You open your eyes and look up at Jervis.
He smile at you "We are here Alice. Lets get inside and get you cleaned up." Jervis picks you up and holds you bridal style in his arms.
Jonathan leans out of the front seat "Wait here. I'm going to go park the tru- I mean Hamlet in a safe spot. Don't touch anything!"
Johnny walks up to you and Jervis.
He leans in close and looks at you "So this is what Jonathan meant..."
You tilt your head slightly "What?"
He leans back "Nothing. It's nothing. Don't worry about it."
You make a strange face and vomit on the ground "Am I going to die?" You ask to no one in particular.
Jervis laughs lightly "No. I won't allow it. Jonathan said he will fix you and he will." You stare at the ground and look up only when you hear Jonathan walking up.
He looks at the ground where you are staring "We need to get you inside. You are a mess. Follow me."
You all go inside. It's an old building that looks like it was once a toy store. He leads you all to a wooden wall and pushes on it. It opens slowly and he leads you down some corridors to three doors. A red door, A black door, and a green door. He ignores them and opens a secret door on the floor. He leads you down some stairs and you finally stop at a metal door. Jonathan sings "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and the heavy door opens.
You are lead into a room with a TV, a couch, a small kitchen, and a round table with four chairs. Just beyond the couch is the first of three bedrooms and what you can only assume to be a bathroom.
Jonathan walks to a door in the small kitchen "Put her in here on the table. It will make it easier to give her the antidote."
Jervis nods and follows Jonathan into the room. It has a long metal table and many many chemicals. He opens a fridge and pulls out a blue vial of liquid. Jervis sets you down on the cold table and takes a good look at you. You have dried vomit in your hair and you are very pale. Sweat drips off your face and you have dark rings around your eyes.
Jervis frowns "Not good. Not good at all."
Jonathan opens a drawer and pulls out a fresh clean needle. You glance at it and turn away. You wince as you feel the needle go into your arm.
Jonathan puts it down on the counter and turns back to you "This should work in a few minutes."
After a minute or two pass the nausea fades.
You smile "The nausea is gone." Jonathan nods "Good. Now try to stand up."
You nod and slowly push yourself up. It's still hard for you to do but with a little help from Jervis you manage to sit up. You watch your feet as you stand but your face goes pale as you realize you are going to fall on your face. Jervis reaches out and catches you. You look up into his eyes and see a spark of his former self. He smiles and picks you up in his arms.
You smile back "Thank you."
He nods "Anything for you my dear." You yawn and Jervis grins "No time to sleep yet Alice! We need to get you cleaned up."
That spark of Jervis has left & The Mad Hatter is back in charge.
look up at him then over at Jonathan "I'm to weak to clean myself. I can't even stand up!"
Jonathan crosses his arms "Music Meister is out of the question."
You nod "I don't trust him. I always catch giving me strange looks. It's creepy."
Jervis frowns for a moment and smiles again "what about me?"
Your eyes go wide and you fade away to the point where if you knew what to look for you could see Jervis' cloths right through you.
Jonathan gets the faintest smile on his face "Alright. I need to make more antidote anyways."
You stare into Jonathan's eyes 'He's enjoying this!'
You look down at the floor "I'm not comfortable with that.... Can't it wait until morning? Or at least until I can wash myself?"
Jervis shakes his head "Nonsense! I won't have you running around all filthy! Just let me clean you up."
You look up "I don't want you to see me naked!"
Jervis sighs "I won't look I promise! Besides I wasn't asking for permission."
You frown and look away from him 'There is no point in arguing with him. My powers don't even work right... and with those cards of his...'. A tear runs down your face as Jervis carries you to the bathroom. Jervis opens the door and closes it with his foot once you two are inside.
He gently sets you down on the floor leaning on the wall. You scoot away and watch him. He carefully takes off his hat and his coat. He fold the coat and sets it down on the sink with his hat resting on top. He rolls up his sleeves and turns to you.
His expression softens and kneels down to your level "I don't understand Alice.... why are you afraid of me? Why do you hate me? why are you so angry?"
"For one thing my name is not Alice!" you shout in his face. He tries to respond but you keep yelling "For another thing I fucking hate hearing about god damned Alice! Now don't get me wrong I don't hate her. She and I are friends. But for once I want someone to notice me... I want you to look at me like you look at her... She doesn't even love you!" Once again he opens his mouth "No! You don't get to talk yet! Not until I'm finished! I gotta know who the hell are you? Are you Jervis? Are you The Mad Hatter? And why did you guys take me anyways?! What use am I to you?" You stare at him and he stares back. You take a deep breath "You may talk now .... whoever."
Jervis just stares at you for a moment "I know who you are. You are Kendra Sanders. You said I could call you Alice so I am."
You look into his eyes & and continue to watch him. He smiles
"I am..." He sighs & flops down onto his butt. He runs his hands through his soft blond hair. He turns around & sighs "What a mimsy mess I'm in..."
He turns to you "I committed the worst crime a man can commit. I hurt the one person who cared about me." He rests his arms on his knees "I hurt you so badly! Why do you insist upon pining for my affection? Even after everything i did to you?"
You smile "What a strange conversation to have in a bathroom."
He smile too "You are right Alice."