“Alice…” a voice mused. A nolgastic feeling came over her. She looked around. She was in a dark room with a single window, casting a shadow on one half of the room.
“Alice…” the voice said again.
“Hello? Who are you? Where am I?” Alice asked, frantic. The voice laughed. A laugh she recognized. But who was it?
“So many questions, little girl.”
“I’m not a little girl anymore.” She countered. “Step into the light.”
“I could ask the same of you.”
Alice was confused. “But, I am in the light.”
“Ah, but what is light without dark? Come into the dark. my dear, for that is my light”. She obeyed. As Alice stepped into the darkness, she saw a figure in front of her, one without a mask, and without a face. He looked at Alice without eyes to look with and smiled without a mouth to smile with.
“Who are you?” She asked, truly curious. She recognized his voice.
“Why, who do you think I am? For that is what truly matters here.”
Alice was getting frustrated at this point. “Oh, just tell me who you are!” She yelled.
“See, I can’t answer that, for I have so many selves, I don’t know which one to pick…” he wandered off, staring into space.
“Well, what is it?” Alice asked, intrigued by his far-away gaze.
“See, I didn’t deserve this. Through my differences from others, I have been cast out of society. Now, I live here, in a ghost word, forever trapped in my own dreams and imaginings. But maybe, just maybe, our destinies aren’t decided, and we aren’t as trapped as we think we are. You know, it’s always lonely being free…” he trailed off again.
“What are you grieving over, Alice?” He asked sincerely.
Surprised that this man could read her so well, she decided to tell the truth. She felt like she could trust him for some reason. “See, I’m homesick for a place I’m not even sure exists. At least, not anymore.”
“Who are you?”
“I’m Alice, of course.” She responded.
“Not your name, Who Are You?
“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir, because I’m not myself you see.” She repeated after so many years. Alice sighed, “I miss the old me. The old Wonderland. The old everything.”
“I know, I do too.”
“How long will I be here?” she asked.
“Forever.” he said bluntly.
“And how long is forever?” Alice wondered aloud.
“Sometimes just a second…” he said. Then, everything started glitching. Just like the white rabbit did.
“Goodbye Alice.” he said. “I’ll miss your company.” From there, he disappeared.