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Through a glass, darkly

A little piece I once thought lost but recently rediscovered, I wrote this in 2008 after seeing the Victorian Opera’s Through the Looking Glass – though, truth be told, it also owes much to American McGee’s Alice.




Title: White

Summary: An insight into Alice’s mind, an indeterminate amount of time after the events of the opera.

Rating: General/K+

Inspiration: Victorian Opera’s Through the Looking Glass; American McGee’s Alice

There’s an awful lot of white here.  The floors, the bedclothes, the coats of all the people, even the jacket they sometimes strap me up in.  Is white the only colour there is, or is it the absence of colour?  I always seem to confuse the two.

The walls are also white . . . no, perhaps not “white” . . . beige, then . . . umber – yes, that’s a good word.  Umber.  Umber.  Umbrage.  Rage.  Not-white.  But the tablets they feed me are definitely white.  They are very fond of white, indeed.

They are very fond of asking questions, too.  Every day, so many questions.  But they are not fond of answering my questions.

If I think hard enough, I can still remember Charles.  He was wearing white that day.  I wonder if he knows that we met behind the looking-glass?  He was wearing white then, too.

I haven’t seen him since that day.  Or . . . did I ever see him at all?  Or has only the little girl in my memories who went for a boat ride with her sisters and friends seen him?  Am I even that same person anymore?

They keep saying that my mind is lying to me, but surely I remember it correctly; I became a queen and found myself again, didn’t I?

Didn’t I . . . ?

Goodness . . . there’s an awful lot of white here.


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May. 6th, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
Ooh . . . very nice piece you've got here. It's both chilling and sad at the same time. I feel so sorry for poor Alice. ;_; I like your usage of the color white - it portrays innocence, but at the same time insanity.

Keep up the good work~! Looking forward to your other fics! <3
May. 6th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was stoked to have found this again - I really thought I'd lost it and was agonising about whether or not to try and rewrite what little I could remember of it, knowing it wouldn't be as good, and then on a day that I wasn't looking for it -- bang! There it was! XD

And I certainly intend to keep up the abovementioned good work! (As soon as I can get some inspiration for something other than those one-sentence fics ^^; Anything you'd like to request?)

Also, I'm going to see Alice Madness Returns: The opera How to kill your husband very soon! XD
May. 10th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
Hooray! And it's very good that you found it, yes! <3

Of course you'll keep up the good work! As for requests? Hmm . . . I don't have any for the moment. DX But if you reslly want me to, I'll give a request as soon as you ask for it! :D

Teehee! Tell me about Alice's crazier escapades it when you come back from seeing it!
May. 11th, 2011 09:43 am (UTC)
That's okay on the requests front, I'm on something of a roll with the one-sentence stories (I've written sixteen or so new ones XD) but I'd welcome any Kingdom Hearts, American McGee's Alice, Rule of Rose and/or Princess Tutu-related requests if you have any :)

I shall indeed!
May. 11th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh~! Can't wait to see those, of course!

. . . Actually, I did have an idea to challenge you to write some short one-shots based on all fourteen parts of Les Carnaval de Animaux (one one-shot for each "act"), but then I retracted the idea because I wanted to try it myself. And it's probably going to be all Hetalia. Again. Ooh, maybe we both should do it? It would be fun! Of course, it's all up to you if you're up to it. ^_^

May. 12th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
What a wonderful idea! I might just have to take you up on that! (And by all means you too should do it!) Thank you for such a brilliant suggestion!

There was an article in the newspaper aboout it the other day, and the accompanying photo had Alice Jazz with her husaband, looking all sultry . . . and holding a knife behind her back XD
May. 12th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
You're welcome! ^_^ *will work on it soon*

XDDDDDDDDDD Ohh, the mental images of how that would be like in the American McGee's Alice context! Potential husbands, beware~! *evil laugh* >8D
May. 13th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
I'll get to work on mine too! I'm thinking I'll use Eternal Sonata as the focus (that's where the two cuties in my icon are from ^_^)

If the opera's promo shots are anything to go by, Jazz's weapon of choice certainly seems to be that Vorpal Blade big ole knife XD
May. 14th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Can't wait to read those! :D Even though I don't know much about Eternal Sonata, I'll read it anyway! And yes, they are cute~ :3 Mine would obviously be Hetalia, so yeah. XD

BAHAHAHAHAHA! That's epic, that there is!
May. 15th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know all that much about Hetalia, so we're even XD

The thing is, the actual murder weapon is something much, much sillier, but they really seem intent on painting Jazz as some knife nut - just in the paper today, there's yet another photo of her posing with a knife (I'm even considering photoshopping it so she looks like McGee's Alice XDD)
May. 15th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Hooray for being even!

Much sillier, eh? If it turns out to be some sort of toy, I woill not be surprised. XD And LOL, I think you should so it! That would be an epic thing to see! XDDDD
May. 15th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Nope, not a toy; it's something more . . . adult XD
And okay! I will do it, and will send you the end result!
May. 15th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
O_O A-adult? Err, okay . . . I probably don't want to know . . .
Woohoo! Can't wait to see it!
May. 15th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, it's nothing naughty; it's something that generally isn't ever used to kill people XD
May. 16th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
. . . uhh, squeaky hammer? *SHOT*
Ohh dear. XD
May. 17th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Squeaky hammer! Okay then, if you really don't want to know, I'll just substitute the actual murder weapon with that XD
May. 17th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Hooray for squeaky hammers! XD
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