|Jude is as crazy as the Hatter (tipofthehat) wrote,|
@ 2014-04-12 21:18:00
Hatter is mad, in the most delightful way. He loves being mad. He loves Wonderland and he likes puzzles. The world is topsy turvy and upside down and that's his home, that's what he's used to. He's sane somewhere, sometimes, he remembers things and people. With time stuck as it is, he can't always tell how much time has passed. He has a good heart; he likes playing games and putting on parties and making people have a laugh together. He doesn't like trouble or making trouble, except if it's mischief, which is generally harmless. There's no spite in Hatter. He's innocent in a lot of ways.
Despite his madness, Hatter is cunning and crafty. He's intelligent and knows how to keep out of trouble. He has a good instinct for dealing with people. That doesn't mean he makes good decisions. Basically the opposite. He tries to and then forgets and does something reckless instead. He is used to the non-rules of Wonderland, it's difficult for him to understand the normal human laws. Occasionally Hatter can make teas and potions that give drinkers the ability to feel. Intense, unfettered emotions that they'll never feel the same way again. He has them all over his cabinet along with normal tea. Sometimes poisons, but he's been meaning to mark those better.
ABILITIES GO HERE
The Hatter was born to Hatters and something of a jokester. He was a light spirited boy, as boys with light hearts could be. He knew the Queen was violent and untrustworthy and she was responsible for the people who just went missing in the night, if they spoke about her. His father included. He was too smart for revenge, oh no, that would wait, it would wait and mull and led to him singing a mocking song to the Queen at a party. It was daring and one of the reasons they called him mad, mad, mad, for who else would think they'd survive such insolence? He escaped execution but Time had taken offense at him murdering it for the sake of a song. When Hatter returned to his tea house, he found himself stuck at one time, for many, many years. How many years, he wasn't certain, it didn't matter, it all blended into itself. Wouldn't that make someone mad, mad, mad? The world passed on around him, and people occasionally came to his table, speaking of the happenings in Wonderland. He'd hide the ones he could, he gave information to the Queen and her people, he greased both sides of the aisle and stayed alive.
Hatter left his home only when he was summoned to be witness against the Knave of Hearts. He came very close to losing his head then, but that was every other day, so what was one more? Months (years? Decades? Who knows in Wonderland) later the tension from the Hearts loosened and he started working with the White King. He was a good man and much more tolerable for the Hatter to deal with. He had a certain amount of protection for it, enough that when his head was called for yet again (really what was his head good for, long term?) he was keeping out of trouble. He knew that Alice was making her way across the board, and that she beat the game, becoming a queen in her own right. Then she left again, throwing the game into a disarray. But they went on, as they always did.
The Hatter in his permanent time loop, surrounded with his teas that could double as drugs. They held emotions within them, pure joy or fiery hate. He knew the whispered secrets of Wonderland, on other side, sometimes they spoke right in front of him since he was a trapped mad man. The queen sometimes took humans through the looking glass and used them, never to be seen again, for what, he didn't know. Hatter was only concerned with surviving and going on.
Hatter started out stuck to Jude Murphy, and he didn't like that. He didn't like Jude's slick mind, where his madness was covered up with words and pretend sanity. He drenched himself in red and pretended he wasn't like the queen, but Hatter knew, he was in there. He met Alice again, that was good, even if she was older, not his Alice, an older bigger Alice. He still liked her. And the Cat and Mousey. He missed his March. He played in Wonderland and made his special teas.
Jude got himself shot and almost killed, Hatter did not like that. Jude's March, Clementine, she put Jude inside of him. Into Wonderland, where he existed, somewhere, but Hatter never had to go back to the human world, so he liked it. He worried, for Clementine, he felt things, things that didn't involve teas, and that was confusing. But then Clementine was hurt and he was angry. He met Iris. Iris is his favorite. Iris talks like him and thanks like him and understands when he talks in circles. Jude went on to live somewhere else and Hatter got to be him full time. That was nice. Now he made friends, with his people and with the riddle man, and invited tea parties and tried to find Iris.