Part 3: Curiouser and Curiouser
Japan had been walking for quite some time now. He rubbed the scratches on his arm, some luck to have fallen through tree branches, he must’ve looked like a wreck. No matter, it didn’t look like there was anyone to impress in these woods, not even so much as a rabbit or bird could be seen in the darkness. Even so, Japan couldn’t help but feel that he was being watched by… something.
Eventually, he came to a fork in the path. One way looked more recently used and friendly, while the other looked like no one had tread on it in months. However, a faint light came from that way; a village, perhaps?
“ ‘Twas brilig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe. All mimsy were the borogroves, and the mome raths outgrabe,” A light and quiet voice sang. Japan looked towards where the singing came only to find no one there, “Lose something?” a pair of lavender eyes appeared.
Japan took a step back, “Oh! Uh, I… no, I mean, I was wondering…” he fumbled for the right words.
“Oh, that’s… quite alright. One moment, please,” A full figure began to form, a young man with purple cat ears and a tail, grinning wildly“ ‘Twas brilig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.”
“Canada?” Japan asked.
“Cheshire cat,” he corrected, starting to vanish again, “All mimsy were the borogroves…”
“Wait! Don’t go, please!”
“There you are!” he reappeared floating behind Japan, still smiling, “Third chorus…”
“Oh no, no. Thank you, but I would like to know which way I should go.”
“Well, that depends on where you ought to get to, eh?”
“That doesn’t really matter, as long as I…”
“Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.”
“I want to go home, but I can’t find my way.” Japan stated, somewhat annoyed with Cheshire’s riddling ways.
“Naturally. That’s because you have no way. All ways here, you see, are the Prince’s ways.”
“Prince? I’ve never met any Prince.”
“You haven’t? You haven’t?!” the cat floated inches from Japan’s face, “Oh, but you must, eh? He’ll be mad about you. Simply mad!” Cheshire started to drift down the disused trail.
“I don’t want to visit someone who’s mad.” Japan said.
“Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s at least a little mad here. You may have noticed I’m not all there myself!” He began laughing maniacally, fading into the path.
Japan found himself taking a step forward, eventually walking towards the dim glow of light.
“It would be so nice if something would make sense, for a change.”