After Alice left for the second time, Hatter's heart broke it two. Her physical image slipped away like a silky dream, flowing by his fingers. It reminded him of mercury in it's liquid state. She was a rare substance, with a poisonous charm. He wanted to reach for what little was left, but there was nothing to grasp. "This makes no sense, why would she come back to wonderland only to be at home again. How could she want to stay and want to leave at the same time? Why would she what to leave, come back, want to leave again, only to want to end up stay for that someone special?" This really made no sense at all, and Hatter was the one who lived in Wonderland. All his life he made sense of not making sense. Her leaving absolutely made no sense. He kicked away some of the rubble left on the chest board. It wasn't going to be used now, he fumed. His anger starting to bubble up. He was quick to disappear from the victory and happy cheer. Even the White Queen was more than pleased. The crown was back on the head it belongs to and it seemed nothing else was going to matter that day, not even the Mad Hatter. He stood in the ashy and dark forest, saw he was approaching his tea party table. But he stood there and figured he didn't want to be anywhere near there or anywhere in wonderland that remind him of Alice. The dialogue played in his head, her voice, and long wavy locks. "You could stay...." "What an idea! A crazy, bad, wonderful idea!" He would forever smile at that line, but what comes next would cause his heart to drop for miles. He felt his mind slip into a black bitter hole. "But I can't... There are questions I have to answer... Things I have to do. I'll be back again before you know it!" "You won't remember me" "Of course I will...." His mind curled, blending in with the dark hole he crawled into. "SHE LIES!!" His mind screams in agony, "SHE LIES AND SHE KNOWS IT!!" He paced, and turned and recoiled. All he could do was fight with an Alice that was no longer there. She was waiting for him, pretty in blue and white. It didn't matter which dress of the time. "What about the questions I want answered, Alice?" He pleaded with her, almost tearing up with his sad eyes. Again he was left there to freeze in time, waiting for her promised return. How many years would pass now? Another decade? He couldn't bare that. ---- Time passed, Hatter received many invites from the White Queen. 'Let's honor Alice's memory with a tea party' it always said. He would just tear the letter and leave the little bits to grow soggy in a tea cup. He eventually gave way. The Queen admitted to being lonely and needing to talk. She promised she would not mention Alice anymore. Hatter did not return to his spot in the forest at the head of the table. He went unheard of for a week and when news arrived of him living in the queen's castle they knew he wouldn't come out the same. If he ever did.