Disclaimer: As I said five minutes ago, I don't own Alice.

Author's Note: So I've been sitting on these drabbles for a couple of weeks now while I waited for Quality Control to finally get around to watching the miniseries. I think this is, in part, a reason for the slowdown in 'Tic Tok' – muse hates having stories in limbo. It is also the reason why there are eventually going to be three unrelated drabbles instead of the one I originally thought of (which is, ironically, the one I haven't written yet). Ah well, that's the way it works. Perhaps now muse will be satisfied and agree to cooperate now...*snort* Yeah, like that's going to happen. Don't mind me.


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The trick is not giving her time to think, because if she has time to think she'll consider all the reasons she shouldn't trust him without regard to why she might. When she has time to think she balks and shies away, watching him warily, waiting for betrayal, expecting disappointment. She analyzes his behaviour, giving him the benefit of the doubt regarding his intentions as they pertain to anything but her...

...which, when it comes down to it, is utterly absurd, because when she doesn't have time to think, when the bullets are flying and the suits are chasing after her, she does trust him, as no one else will, as no one else can – he most certainly can't trust himself. When she doesn't have time to think she'll leap across pits and trust him to catch her, she'll climb onto ridiculous flying pink robotic flamingos and believe him when he says they'll take her safely over the heights she so dreads. She trusts him instinctively, implicitly when she doesn't have time to think about it...

...which is perfectly okay, because when push comes to shove, she can trust him, maybe not to do what she wants, but to do anything and everything to make sure she's safe. Which, in the end, is the same thing as being able to trust him to arrange the world as she wishes, because if he doesn't, she'll go racing back to do it herself, forcing him to come after her to watch her back. And when she is in the midst of it all, when one world is crashing down, when she is racing about so that it can be built up better again, when there is no time in the world to think of anything but of what needs done, she trusts him...

...as long as he doesn't give her time to think.