QLeft.png Sensing Alice's curiosity, the Cheshire Cat leads her down an interesting path from up his tree. Knowing what would await her, he laughs and disappears, leaving only his laugh behind. QRight.png


The Cheshire Cat Laughs

Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Aaand...there!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
*sigh* (When did it get this late...? Maybe I binge read too many books...)


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It looks like you're in a pinch, young lady! I'll help you carry those!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh my... You're so kind!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Don't mention it! Helping someone in trouble is what a hero is born to do!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
All right then... Take this, and this, and this.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Huh? W-Wait a minute!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Heh heh. I'm just joking. Thank you. Can you help me carry these ones?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Sure! I'm on it!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
These are all from our library, aren't they? "All about Alice", "Life of Lewis Carroll"...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I get it! They're for the next play! Did you borrow them to get into your Cheshire Cat character?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Something like that. I have the original at home, and I've read it many times, but...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
When the wardrobe girl asked me what I thought about the character, my mind went blank, so I was trying to learn more.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Hmm... The Cheshire Cat is quite the strange character.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Yeah, he really is someone from Wonderland.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Alice in Wonderland has been studied through different lenses, but the Cheshire Cat still hides many mysteries.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
For one, it's still unclear where the author got his inspiration for the character.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Some say he got it from the waxing and waning of the Moon, and some from a carving in a church...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What do you think about it, Tsukashire Cat?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Ahaha! Tsukashire Cat, that's good!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
...Hmm. I lean more toward the theory that says he got it from the phrase "Grin like a Cheshire cat"...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Doesn't that sound very appropriate to the character?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Definitely! His grin is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of him. He's very elusive.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Right? But that's all I could grasp of his character...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Every time I think about him, I just can't understand his motives.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
He helps Alice for no apparent reason.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
True... It looks like he's tricking her, when in fact he's sneakily helping her!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
He leads her down the right path, and even chats with her when she's killing time.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
..When you think about it, there must be a reason why his role wasn't played by another character in the story.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
The Mad Hatter could've helped Alice, and the Cheshire Cat could've tricked her more.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
But that's not the case. I wonder why he helped Alice...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Hrmm... The more you think about it the less you know...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Mrrgh... It's so difficult!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
True... Alice in Wonderland is nonsense literature, so maybe it's wrong to search for a meaning in it.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Hmm... I know! How about you ask Alice directly?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What? What do you mean?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
If you don't understand something, just ask her straight up! "Alice, why do you rely on the Cheshire Cat?"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You said Alice in Wonderland has been studied under different lenses, no? So how about you try to think about it through Alice's perspective?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Alice's perspective...? I see. I hadn't thought about that...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Wait, if that's a possibility, then...!?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Uh? What then!?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Thank you, Lalafin! Your help saved me!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
U-uh, no problem, but...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I'm just gonna go back and talk to the wardrobe girl!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
W-Wait, Tsukasa...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
...And there she goes with her books and all. I wish she'd have told what helped her and how...

Alice's Special Friend

Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yay! This is so exciting!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Okay, Lalafin. You can look now--


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Okaaay! ...AAAAAH!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What do you think...?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It's super cute! No, actually...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It's super cool and stylish!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That sounds like you're describing a superhero...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
A cat should be more like this... Meow♪


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
W-Wow! That was so cute! Do it one more time, pleeease!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
D-Don't make me blush...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You look cool when you blush...! So this is the Cheshire Cat you've come up with, Tsukasa.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Yeah... The Cheshire Cat is a tricky character whose behavior is very hard to predict.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
So I tried to express that aspect through this magician outfit...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I see! That must be what I picked up on then!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Another feature I'm particularly proud of is these ears on the hood...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
These are not false ears, so I can change from being a cat into something else very smoothly.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Wow! You've got it all under control! Plus...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Hmm... It kinda reminds me of Alice's costume somehow... It wouldn't feel out of place next to it at all!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That's exactly right, Lalafin!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Oh yeah!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
W-Wait! What do you mean?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I specifically had Alice in mind when I made this costume.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You remember I was wondering why the Cheshire Cat helped Alice, right? The solution to that problem is what helped me finalize my outfit.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Finalize your outfit...?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Indeed!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
"Mrowow, meow! Answer this riddle. Where is Wonderland?"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What!? A sudden riddle from the Cheshire Cat...!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Hmm... Wonderland is inside Alice's dream!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You're right again! Every character in the story is born out of Alice's imagination.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What helped me realize that is when you asked me why Alice relied on the Cheshire Cat.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You see, there's actually another cat in Alice in Wonderland.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It's, um...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ahh! Alice's pet Dinah!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Exactly. Alice even says Dinah is her favorite cat in the whole world. She must have really liked cats.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That's why she put so much trust into another cat...the Cheshire Cat.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Unconsciously, of course!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
And that's ultimately why I designed this outfit to make Alice feel safe around it... The big ribbon, the frills around the sleeves all remind her of herself.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ohhh! I see!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Now I get it! You've led me down the correct path, Tsukashire Cat!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Ahaha! You really like that nickname!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
...Anyway, I'm glad. I guess mulling over it bore fruit.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
During the performance, I'll become Alice's special friend...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
...make her feel safe, and trick her and everyone else! Make sure you don't miss it!

Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Among all the characters in Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat is quite popular. I'm sure I had a lot of competition, so since I've won, I should give it my absolute best!

Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
The performance is getting closer! I'll shroud the stage in mystery!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Just thinking about how the audience will react at our performance is making me excited.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I'll make sure they're bewildered by the Cheshire Cat's "grin without cat"!

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