Disclaimer: Like all the other universes I've been raiding in the past year, I don't own Alice either. I'm okay with that.

Author's Note: I hereby dedicate this little drabble to xXxFatexXx for the shameless attempt to distract my muse. Alas for you that it didn't work out as well as you planned – muse was perfectly satisfied with the ending and thus did not feel the need to rearrange the Alice universe as she saw fit. You are getting this drabble, the whole drabble and nothing but this drabble, so help me drabble!...well except for that other drabble I'm posting right after this one...and then there's the one I haven't written yet...but that's it! For those of you who know me from the Tin Man fandom: don't even start with me; for those of you that are Alice fandom only: don't mind me, I'm just passing through. And now my AN is almost as long as my drabble, sigh.


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Her friends don't like him very much. In fact, it would be fair to say that they didn't like him at all. Half of them are upset that he failed to hold the door open for them to pass through, the other half despise him for suggesting, despite her black belt and job teaching people how to fight and defend themselves, that every now and then Alice needs rescuing. They are all annoyed at how he jostled everyone – including them – in order to secure the best seat, one is even more so because he let her walk into a wall while texting and can't seem to understand how it should be at all his responsibility to have done anything about it. Not to mention he'd just stared at her in bemusement instead of helping her back up. And pretty much everyone is rather steamed that with one sly conversation and a few smooth words he seems to have managed to make all the waiters disappear without anyone getting a chance to order.

They don't understand how Alice can have gone from dating the suave and charming Jack to this David, who looks at them blankly as if he can't comprehend what they're talking about and, possibly, doesn't care. Even worse, regardless of how quick was the crossover, this doesn't feel like a rebound relationship and they fear her new fellow has all the earmarks of an unemployed, aimless loser. In the hour they've known him he's shown himself to be an uncaring, self-absorbed and selfish jerk...

...right up until Alice enters the building and all of a sudden the man she calls Hatter is across the room, taking her coat and clearing a path through the crowd to help her into the much contested best seat. The waiter appears at her elbow almost before she has finished sitting down, setting her starters in front of her – tea and oysters, a strange combination but apparently exactly what she wanted. The scorned boyfriend is no longer blank-faced and gloomy, he is aglow and animated, lit up like she is the sun and he has just been waiting to revolve around her...

...and for that he is positively adorable.