Alice's Fight For Hatter

Chapter One

Alice was surprised and yet ecstatic to see Hatter standing in the living room of her mother's home, rather than just some construction worker named David. Truth was, at the time she wanted to see no one else. She was still reeling from her adventures in Wonderland, sad about the loss of her father, but most of all, she was afraid that she would never see Hatter again. She kicked herself for not telling him that it was him whom she really loved and not Jack.

So, when she saw that Hatter had come after her from the only home he knew, she knew that fate had given them a second chance to be together. She wasn't going to let him go again. This was why she ran into his arms and said that he had no idea how happy she was to see him again. This is why she kissed him back as he began to kiss her.

Now all they had to do was come up with some explanation for her mother. The woman would never believe that her daughter had just returned from Wonderland and had fallen in love with the man whom in all the children's stories is known to be the Mad Hatter.

"Mom, I… This is Hatter," Alice began. "David Hatter."

"It is a pleasure to finally meet you, Mum," Hatter replied. "Any woman, who could raise a woman such as your daughter, must be wonderful."

Caroline looked at the man holding her daughter in his arms and responded, "Thank you, but, how do the two of you know each other? I thought that you were just a construction worker who found Alice?"

Alice answered, "He is a very dear friend. I've known him for some time. I chose not to marry Jack because he wanted everything to happen too fast and you were right. I was afraid that Jack would leave me like Dad left, but Ha… David isn't like that. I just kept pushing David away and he was always there for me when I needed him; like last night. I love him, Mom; not Jack."

Hatter looked at Alice in surprise and then back at Caroline and said, "And I love your Alice too. She is absolutely brilliant!"

"Why didn't you tell me that you knew my daughter," Caroline asked?

"I am sorry that I didn't mention we knew each other," Hatter replied. "I just didn't want to take your attention away from Alice. I came to see her last night and before I reached your home, I saw her run into the abandoned building, where I found her unconscious."

"Thank you, David," Caroline responded. "Thank you for saving my daughter's life. I hope you will stay for supper this evening. I would love to get to know you better."

Alice nodded as Hatter asked, "You wouldn't happen to have any tea?"

Caroline smiled and said, "Of course I have tea."

"Then, I would love to stay for supper tonight," Hatter answered as he placed his hat back on his head and smiled.

"Until later, then," Caroline said as Alice and Hatter headed toward the door and said their goodbyes.

Alice guided Hatter down the street near the apartment as they walked hand in hand. She placed her head against his shoulder for a minute and then spun around to face him. She looked at his appearance and laughed.

He laughed back as he asked, "What is so funny?"

She continued to laugh as she replied, "You changed your clothes and flattened your hair? You look normal?"

Hatter responded, "I figured that it would be a good idea to actually look like an oyster, rather than look like I am mad."

"You don't have to change who you are for me," Alice said as she ran her fingers through his dark, brown hair. "Besides, I think I would miss that ragged brown hat of yours and your wild hair. This style doesn't do you justice. Oh, and don't call us oysters anymore. I still don't understand why you call us that."

"Honestly, neither do I," he answered. "It doesn't really matter anymore. Your world is my home now."

"Yes, as long as that is what you want," Alice said as she looked at him adoringly.

Hatter looked down at her and replied, "I want to be with you. You don't want to be a part of Wonderland and neither do I. Besides, you did promise me pizza."

"As well as lots of other things," Alice responded.

Alice walked Hatter to the tiny pizza parlor down the street from where she lived with her mother. Though they were going to have supper with her mother later that night, Alice looked forward to seeing Hatter try pizza for the first time. They sat down and ordered a pizza with sausage and pepperoni. As she expected, he loved it. Hatter said he loved it even more than tea.

For Hatter, he had only read about pizza, as well as many other things that people from this world ate and did. He was like a child on Christmas morning as he ate and watched the pizza maker spin the dough around, like he could spin his hat. Alice only laughed.

As they ate, Alice looked at Hatter and asked, "So, what exactly did you plan on doing once you came here; I mean, about a home, clothes, and money? I can help you find a job, but I am not sure…"

Hatter interrupted her as he replied, "Don't worry about me so much, Alice. I am sure that I can find a job soon enough. As far as the pieces of paper that you call money, I have enough to get me by for a while. Some of it was smuggled down in the Great Library. I snuck in before I followed you here. That is where I found the clothes I am wearing."

"You could use Jack's place where he lived while he was here," Alice said. "It is vacant now."

"I suppose it will have to do for now," Hatter responded. "Not that I like having to live somewhere that your ex-boyfriend lived."

"Jack isn't really that bad of a guy," Alice replied as she looked at Hatter. "Although, he didn't treat you very well. I saw the pain in your eyes back in the forest when he asked me who I trusted more and that he loved me. I am so sorry about that, by the way. I should have trusted you from the beginning."

Hatter looked at Alice and answered, "You don't have to apologize again. You already did and you trusted me when it mattered. I am with you now, aren't I? Now, enough about what happened in Wonderland. We need to come up with a better story for your mother by tonight. She will never believe the truth and I certainly don't want her to hate me before she gets to know me."

Alice laughed, "My mother already likes you, I can tell. She's just a bit skeptical about why I am with you now, after claiming that I was in love with Jack last night. Dinner with her will fix that. Now, let's go do some shopping and then get you settled into your new apartment."