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SHINING MASTERPIECE SHOW: LOST ALICE (CHAPTER 1)
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Are you Alice? A beloved child.

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Who is Alice? An unbeloved child.

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Everyone is Alice. No one is Alice.

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Welcome to Wonderland. To a paradise of no end.

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Goodbye, not wondrous land. To a lost paradise heading towards the end.

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Fluttering until you reach the deep bottom.

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Now, open the door of beginning.

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Gently gliding to the high skies.

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Now, ring the bells of beginning.

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Is this a dream?

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Is this reality?

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Truth and lie.

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Everything is a contradiction.

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Gaining by losing.

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What you will lose by gaining is…

“A May of sprouting green. A truly joyous afternoon. Bathed in the sunlight, the forest glows, people’s laughs overflow, a happy happy picnic. Well… Except for this one person.”

Albert

Charles! You’re away reading those childish fairy tales again, go greet everyone! When that’s done, there’s the tea party.

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It’ll be fine if you go on without me, right Albert? Why do I have to do things I don’t want to? I refuse to go to your awkward tea parties. I much prefer to read these books as stupid as you think they are.

Albert

Stop this nonsense! There’s something we call etiquette. And you’re now of age. You need to start thinking of your surroundings.

Seriously… I worry you will stay a child forever no matter how big your body grows. Today is an important date for the Liddell family. You can’t do whatever you want. It’s a picnic to deepen friendship with your relatives.

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I do not think anybody wants to be with me. In any case, just like tea cakes in a tea party, there’ll only be gossip. I’m not like you, nobody loves me. It’ll be just fine if it’s only you over there.

Albert

Will you stop the nonsense! It’s because you’re like this that people say you’re strange!

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That’s right! I’m strange! I don’t excel at everything like you, brother! Now, do me a favour and leave me alone!

Albert

Wait, Charles! In the forest…!!

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Big brother… I hate you! ...Ah!!

Albert

Careful!!

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Ah, AAAAAAAH!!

Albert

CHARLES!!

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Where… am I? I fell into a hole. And then…? I can’t remember… It’s pitch dark… Where is everyone… Brother...? Is there anybody… out there?

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Oh dear! Oh dear! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late! I need this and that! I have to hurry, hurry and prepare or it’ll be bad!

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What’s the matter?

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AAAH!! Wh-wh-who is there? … Wah! It huuurts… Oh? Why, if it isn’t Alice! What are you doing in a place like this?

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Alice? That’s not my name, I’m Charles Liddell.

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What are you saying? You are Alice. What shall I call you, if not Alice? You’ve come from another place after all, haven’t you?

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Certainly, I don’t know this place. This is not where I’m from.

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Then you’re Alice alright. Everyone will call you that here. I’m White Rabbit. Nice to meet you, my friend!

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I see...

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More importantly, Alice! This is bad. I can’t afford to relax. Time doesn’t wait, you know. I’m doing my best to wind this watch and turn its hands back… But I can’t hear anything, it’s broken. Look, no matter how much I wind it, it’s no use.

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Why are you in such a hurry, though? Did anything happen?

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Anything? It’s already bad, really bad! Time is so important, people say that time is money, right? No wait, it’s more important than money, there are things you can’t buy with money. And it’s vanishing while we’re at this. It’s constantly disappearing in this world. Once something’s gone, once you fail, it’s already too late. Life can’t be redone. I’ve failed a lot so I know.

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Then what can we do?

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I’m in a hurry so that doesn’t happen, even if it might be useless. It’s better to regret what has been done, than regret having done nothing.

The grief of loss… No matter how much you experience it, you never get used to it… But not knowing the future is our fate.

Even so, we can’t prepare for sudden tragedies, we can only accept them. There are times you can’t do anything even if you do your best... that’s also fate.

But I have to do it, because it’s my duty.

Well, I shall be on my way now.

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Wait! Where are you going? I want to know how to go back home. This place is dark, cold… and I’m scared.

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There is no going back, you can only go forward. Well, since you’re interested in my destination, will you help me?

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That’s not what I mea--

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Thank you so much, Alice! I need you. Rather, I can’t even start without you! Make sure to keep up.

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Aaah, wait, Mr. White Rabbit! Please wait!

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I lost sight of him… I’m the one that needs help!

Ah jeez, I don't even know where I am.

Tch, seriously what the heck!

… Waaah!

… O-ouch, what’s with this grass? Everything is against me!

Flower 1

Haha, what an ungraceful Alice! Rolling like a stone, covered with grass!

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The flower is speaking!?

Flower 2

Who said flowers couldn’t speak? How can you stay quiet at funny things like this?

Flower 1

Well, Alice seems quite foolish this time.

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And also selfish. Even though he tripped on the grass all by himself, he’s irritated and blaming others.

Flower 4

Hehehe, yahho! Not others, though... he’s blaming the grass, right?

Flower 1

It’s the first time we’ve met this kind of Alice, huh. Until now Alice were well-behaved and charming. Really, this Alice is so peculiar!

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Shut up! All of you think you know so much!

Flower 4

Even his language...! He seems to have no manners at all, nya.

Flower 3

Oh, how scary! He yells easily!

Flower 2

He doesn’t have any redeeming qualities, does he?

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That’s right!

Flower 3

Poor thing!

Flower 1

Hahaha!

Flower 4

Hehehe!

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... It’s always the same. No matter where I go, no one understands me!

Caterpillar

From page 111... Geology - Forest Composition. Limestone is composed primarily of calcium carbonate, which reacts to rainwater and other substances. Dolines are holes caused by corrosion of the rocks on the surface… I see. Page 64, Tax Structure. Inheritance tax is a tax paid to obtain an estate by succession, the deducted amount of money will vary depending on the number of successors… If that’s the case. Page 108, Cognitive Structures. Cognitive capability under unconsciousness is…

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Excuse me, isn’t it hard to read three books at the same time? I think that by reading one at a time, you'll understand the contents more clearly.

Caterpillar

What may work for you may not work for me. I was even paying attention to your words, so you have nothing to worry about.

“... No one understands me!”, you say? That was quite upsetting.

It’s not so sad, Alice. Because humans can’t understand their own selves, let alone understand others.

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So what about you? You don't understand anything.

Caterpillar

I understand that I don’t understand myself. Unlike you, I’m just a caterpillar. Nothing more, nothing less. You don’t even understand yourself, so you are in no place to judge others.

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I don’t want to understand myself...

Caterpillar

You don’t accept yourself, so you can’t put yourself in other people’s position. It’s also unreasonable how you push your values on others.

“Isn’t it better to read one book at a time?”, you say? Ha! That’s not a worthwhile question to disturb my reading. You think you are more valuable than books?

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Of course people are more important than books.

Caterpillar

You really are a stubborn person. You don’t think anything about other people. That is what you believe. Actually--

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I don’t want to hear of it! You’re just like my brother. Stop bullying me!

Caterpillar

Huh… is that person really bullying you? Or are you imagining things? Also, you should listen to people when they talk to yo--

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No way! That’s it. I’m leaving.

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There’s just a bunch of weird people everywhere.

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Hehehe... What is strange? It’s difficult to point out what is strange or not. Are you fit to say that, boy?

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Who's there?! Huh? I can't see anybody... I hear a voice though.

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I wonder who I could possibly be?

I could be anybody, I could be nobody, I'm the one to decide.

Doesn't matter who I am.

If I were to say I am not here, then I am not here.

If I were to say I am here, I am here. The truth might be clear but there is something under the surface...

It's a topsy turvy world.

I think people call me the Cheshire Cat.

Hehehehe, do you hate strange people, boy?

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Yes. I keep running into trouble ever since I came here!

One guy was in such a hurry that he forced a promise on me and didn't even tell me the way out.

I was laughed at and talked behind my back.

They said I didn't know anything and mocked me…

Even though I'm in trouble, no one will help me!

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I see, I see, you were in trouble.

Do you want to go home? Unfortunately, nobody is on your side. You should remember that.

You really don't know anything, huh? You're as naive as a newborn chick.

“You-know-who” is not going to protect you out there.

You are free here. There is no right or wrong.

Everybody lives how they want to live.

Freedom... you like freedom, don't you?

You want to do whatever you please...

However, you're so upset.

Alice, you're such a "strange person", hehehe.

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You act like you know everything.

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No, I don't know everything.

I only know what you know.

In other words, my boy, YOU think you know everything.

Alice, do you really want to go back home?

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Of course I do!

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Huh, "of course", you say?

You should go over there.

For sure there’ll be some delicious food.

You're hungry after all. You should fill your stomach.

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I'm not hungry!

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No, you need it.

[stomach growls]
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See? Hehehe...

As for going home, it isn’t too late.

Surely Alice can find what he’s looking for…

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Cheers for our wonderful tea party!

March Hare

Cheers! The Hatter is so good with words! Let’s free our hearts and have some fun!

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Hahahahaha! Here we prosper! That cup shattered spectacularly!

Dormouse

Ah, that cup… It was the 13th most expensive one… What a waste, what are you guys doing? It’s the end of the world…

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Dormouse! This is fun no matter what happens! And also, it’s going to happen time and time again so it’s no use worrying about each time. Besides, things with form will break sooner or later.

March Hare

It’s not every day that a cup breaks that beautifully! That means something good will happen! I’m SO excited!

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That’s right! And now I have an excuse to buy a new cup! What do you think? The fun keeps getting better!

Dormouse

You might be right… Yes! I shall break my cup as well, then! Cheers!

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Amazing… They’re toasting with teacups, brother would scold me if I did that at a regular tea party.

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Oh, look what we’ve got here... March Hare, Dormouse! It’s a guest. Young master, give me your hand… Now, come here!

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Ah, wait a minute… If I don’t look for the way home…

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Let’s leave the talk for later! Now, take a seat.

Ok, excellent! Now greet the young master Alice.

March Hare

Welcome, Alice. Cute guests are always very welcome! I’m the happiest March Hare, ahaha. You’re lucky to meet me.

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N-nice to meet you… You sure seem lively.

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March Hare really is a funny guy so you never know what he’s up to! Trying to predict it is useless. Don’t get too close or he might gobble you up!

March Hare

You’re praising me too much! Even if you flatter me, there’s not much I can do with a broken teacup, hahahaha!

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Ahahaha! It’s your turn now… Look, this is not a good time to fall asleep, give Alice a cup of tea!

Dormouse

Zzz… Aah… Sure. I’m… always sleepy… that’s why I’m the Dormouse. Here, my recommended tea is in this pot… It’s Darjeeling. The best… finest… tippy… gold… en.

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Wah! This is bad…!

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Be at rest! These things happen quite a lot in this tea party. No one is going to get mad over such a trivial matter, besides, he’s talking in his sleep so it’s alright.

Dormouse

There, continue… zzz…

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Ah! Haha! It’s the first time I’ve been in a tea party like this. It’s fresh and fun!

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Thank you, young master. Well, since the pot of Darjeeling has broken, let’s make it some other black tea. Which sweet would go well with the tea?

March Hare

True! How about the usual cookies? The special ones you keep in your hat.

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That’s a nice idea! Hats off!

Here, Hatter style hospitality, what do you think, young master?

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Wah! Looks delicious! It’s a cute cookie with the shape of a hat, let’s eat…!

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Wait, you can’t!

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What? Even though you said that it was fine to eat it earlier! Wasn’t this cookie for me?

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It’s required by the law that tea parties take regular breaks. This alarm is the sign that it's time for one.

But it’s broken so I don’t know when it will ring.

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What? But aren’t tea parties supposed to be breaks to begin with? Taking breaks… What a weird rule, isn’t it too strict to regulate something like that with a law?

March Hare

It’s no use complaining to us, right? A rule is a rule, you know. They’re meant to protect us.

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It’s not necessary, but it’s necessary. The world is that kind of place.

Dormouse

Alice says… strange things…

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Hahaha, young master says some funny things. Honestly, so much fun!

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... It’s not fun!

Dormouse

Uwah! That tone! Did the King of Hearts appear while I was sleeping? Salute!!

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Wrong, I’m not the king!

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One of his servants, then? Please forgive me! I will do it properly from now on! I’ll make it interesting and fun! I’ll smile more… so please. I’m desperate… please.

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Uhm… I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you so much… Please raise your head, Mr. Hatter.

March Hare

Alice, those are the words the Hatter doesn’t want to hear, “It’s not fun”, that’s taboo.

Dormouse

Because his neck is on the line… The king’s orders are absolute.

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One day I was holding a tea party as usual. Nothing much happening, it was calm, but full of happiness. All friends together, having stupid conversations, laughing with some delicious tea and sweets. An ordinary tea party. But then he appeared, the King of Hearts.

“It’s not fun!” He said it was an ordinary, boring tea party. And to behave in a more flashy and fun way. To not be ruled by common sense... “Make a free and joyful tea party”, otherwise my neck will…

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That’s so…

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Since then, our time has stopped, we repeat the same over and over again. The fun tea party will continue until the King’s forgiveness arrives.

Dormouse

It’s not like we want to do it...

March Hare

We can’t help it, because there’s no other way. It gets pretty boring, but we have to keep being lively... If we don’t, it’s off with our heads.

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Today, even though Alice came all the way here… I’ve disappointed him. I’m just a weak hatter! There’s nothing I can do, I’m a huge fool...

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That’s not true! You’re not useless, you need to cherish yourself more! Thank you for the hospitality, it was loads of fun.

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Young master Alice…

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I understand how the Hatter feels because I was always scolded by my brother... But this is indecent! We shall protest to the King of Hearts!

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The break is over. Alice, you really encouraged me, it cheered me up, thank you. But I’m already used to this so it’s fine. Don’t worry about it.

Well, let’s restart the tea party, where do we continue?

March Hare

After the toast was done, we take out the sweets for the tea… Then it’s the time of the riddles!

Dormouse

I’ll try to not fall asleep... yaaawn

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Then let’s follow the rules and have fun. With a smile, that’s the rule. That’s what you do to keep your head attached to your body.

Dormouse

We will have fun with a smile…

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… That doesn’t look like much fun at all does it. We should go meet the King of Hearts… You don’t have to follow these unreasonable orders! Don’t give up! I want to change this, even if just a little...

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I know it’s better to have fun from the bottom of my heart! I know, but...

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I don’t know what we should do, but I’m sure there’s a way. Let’s be brave! We have to move forward, let’s go!

March Hare

That’s impossible, impossible! That seems so troublesome, why not just stay here?

Dormouse

... If I stay here sleeping, he won’t get mad...

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I understand… Even if we try to do something, we don’t know what will happen. It’s scary... isn’t it... ? I’m sorry for asking too much.

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I’m going.

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...!

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I believe in Alice… And I want to believe in myself. Let’s go together.

Dormouse

You really are... going?

March Hare

Hatter! You don’t know what could happen!

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I know all of that! And I’m curious about Alice too. He seems to be looking for the way home so I’m going to escort him.

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Mr. Hatter! I don’t know what I can do yet, but I’m sure we’ll find a way if we’re together, the path to continue forward. Now, let us go!

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