After her encounter with the Cheshire Cat, Alice Wonder can hardly tell reality from imagination. But when kids have their head chopped off and stuffed in watermelons all over the city, it’s clear that another Wonderland Monster has arrived, possibly scarier than the Cheshire. Alice, along with Professor Pillar, have to solve the killer’s puzzles before a horrible event threatens the death of millions. Then Jack Diamonds appears again. This time, Alice must know who he really is.
“Are you wearing this dress for me?” He has his arm resting on the doorframe, a seductive gleam flowering in his eyes.
“Jack!” I tiptoe like a young girl meeting her loved one after he has been away for long.
“With a dress like that, I could get on my knees and propose.”
I am sure I am blushing, so I lower my head and lace my hands. Slowly, Jack’s finger nudges me back to look at him. “You know I am poor and can’t afford a ring, right?”
“You’re just silly.” I am blushing red roses out of my cheeks.
“I’m not silly. I am mad.”
“You’re not mad. Trust me.” I wrap my fingers around his wrist. I feel as if the world is slowly disappearing all around me. No one’s left in it but him and me. “I’m the mad one. I have a Certificate of Ins—”
“I’m mad about you,” he says. I don’t think he heard what I just said. “I would go to the moon and back for you. You have no idea, Alice.”
“Mad enough to die for me?” I shrug. In the name of Mushroomers, why did I say that?
“Alice.” He leans in, still smelling of a deck of cards. Normally, a smell like that would spoil a moment like this. It doesn’t. I’m in love with all the nonsense aces, spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds he brings to my life. “You can kill me anytime you want. I won’t complain,” he whispers.
A sticky tear threatens to seep out of my eye when he says that. Now, why did he say that? Should I tell him that I killed him? Should I tell him I have no idea how he is standing in front of me?