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He's never liked Ratty. And it's not just the smell. You live in Wonderland long enough you get a sense of who can and can't be trusted. And Ratty's got that stink about him too. That stink that says you should guard your teas and loved ones around him because it'd take about a drop of Happiness for him to turn you over to the Suits.

Fortunately, Hatter's got more than a drop, and Ratty's story about an Oyster named Alice...

Well, he may not have mastered basic hygiene, but he's smart enough not to offer something he can't deliver.

(Hatter's perfectly aware that it can't be the Alice of Legend, but the coincidence is too much to ignore all the same.)

He tells Ratty to bring her in and quietly sips his tea while he waits.

His chair is faced away from the door when they enter, but he can still smell Ratty.

"Would you like a cup of tea?"

Date: 2010-09-17 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Jack," she supplies, for his very dramatic show. He's got a flare for the dramatic, that's for damn sure.

And he's also quite the talker. Excuse us while we remain skeptical of this Hatter and his philanthropy.

Date: 2010-09-17 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's probably a combination of the over-dramatic hand gesturing and the blase look on his fact that brings the next words out of her mouth.

"I don't believe you," she says, never taking her eyes off him.

Date: 2010-09-17 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, yes, he does love to get in people's faces.

"...they'll scratch yours," she finishes as she figures he expected her to.

This still doesn't help much in the way of trusting him or understanding what's going on, least that much is honest. He's a mercenary at heart, it seems.

Date: 2010-09-17 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, it has nothing to do if she's made her mind up to trust him, but the fact that she realizes she's got no other options.

She takes the jacket off the arm of the couch, and pulls it on, and steels her resolve, and walks toward him. She'll follow him, even if she doesn't trust him.

Date: 2010-09-17 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She blinks a little, when she can see outside the door, and nods slowly, walking silently to the door, tugging the jacket a little straighter.

Oh, great. It's a ladder. Fantastic.

Date: 2010-09-17 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Her legs shake as she slowly moves down each rung, wondering how many more there are. These boots were not made for this! Not with the chunky heels.

The hands one her waist make her grateful and indignant at the same time, which probably reads on her face, as she loo---Oh her effing god. Where the hell are the roads? Where's the ground? WTF!

She clings to the ladder like a life preserver.

Date: 2010-09-18 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Her arms are properly coiled around the ladder, ready to go right back up and into the office with the grass for carpeting.

She keeps her eyes closed even when he speaks, trying to get her breathing back under control.

"Got...a thing about heights," she explains, nervously. "Why couldn't you guys build the city on the ground?"

Date: 2010-09-18 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The buildings that she's in frequently are nearer to to two stories tall. Not...what seems to be cloud-height to her. Call her one freaked out girl, and you've nailed that on the head.

When he says her name, she turns her face, and opens her eyes to look at him. It takes her a few moments, but her hand comes off the railing and into his hand. She takes a few deep, almost gasping breaths as she holds on to him, like his hand is the only thing keeping her from tumbling off the side.

Date: 2010-09-21 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She doesn't look away from him, lips parted, and tense. She doesn't like this, Sam I Am. She continues to walk with him, mouth moving but no words coming out. This is scary, very, very scary.

Alice walks with him like that for a little while, before she can stand to take her eyes off his. Though, he's not getting that hand back for a while.

"Why is the city built like this?" she asks as they walk, when she can

Date: 2010-09-21 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She will even, once she's talking, loosen her grip a little, and not squeeze his hand to death. She doesn't mind looking at him either. He's got something about him that she trusts in spite of herself.

"So...," she swallows thickly. "High up."

Date: 2010-09-21 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She doesn't like watching him look over the edge. It makes her angle closer to the building and tug him with her. She frowns at him for a long moment. Why would he want to look over? Why?

"I don't..ever get up this high. And...we don't have...sidewalks attached to our buildings. Because people are supposed to walk on the ground!" she says, like this is something obvious.

Date: 2010-09-21 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, let him be amused. From a safe distance.

"Some of them are pretty tall, but nothing like this. least anything I willingly go into. I live on the second floor of my apartment building."

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