Hatting a Mad Man Part 4

“Aha! There she is!” The Doctor said, smiling, when Amy reappeared, now her normal height.

“I'm almost done!” The Hatter shouted from his workspace. Amy sat next to the Doctor said whispered “What's he doing?”

“He's making a fezton!” The Doctor replied, smiling. “It's a combination of a stetson and a fez!”

Amy groaned, but the Doctor saw her lips in a small smile.

“Finished!” The Hatter said and held up his creation, his face shining. The Doctor put his fez on Amy's head and walked over to the Hatter, who placed the hat on his head as proudly as though it were a crown. The Doctor beamed at Amy and said “How does it look?”

“Ridiculous,” Amy said, smirking. The Doctor frowned and said “You're just jealous. Besides, I think it's cool! Feztons are cool!”

“If you say so,” Amy said, rolling her eyes and smirking.

Amy was laying on a sofa, staring at the ceiling while the Doctor and the Hatter talked about hats and swapped stories.

It wasn't long before the Cat joined her. He sighed and said “Tea?” And offered her a cuppa. She took it gratefully and sipped while watching the Doctor. Amy still couldn't believe where they were, for she'd figured it out by now. A cat that smiled and vanished, a mad hatter, talking flowers... It was Wonderland. As in... well, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Amy would have said it was impossible, however when with the Doctor, everything was only improbable.

“Doctor, we've been here for two days,” Amy said. She put her hundredth-something cup of tea down and added “I never thought I'd say this, but I am getting really sick of tea.”

The Doctor sighed and said “Well, it seems as though we have to go. Oh, this was brilliant! We should do this again some time.”

“Agreed,” the Hatter replied, nodding. “I'll show you the way out of Underland. Come, come, come...” They followed the Hatter out of the house and down a dirt path. He hummed and murmured a poem under his breath. Amy knew the poem from Lewis Carroll. It was called The Jabberwock, as she fondly recalled.

“We're here,” the Hatter said, stopping suddenly in front of a smallish cave. “This should take you back.” Amy looked up and saw that it was a rope ladder. She frowned and said “Are you sure about this?”

“Almost positive. McTwisp is the only one who's used it, I think, and he got back fine,” the Hatter said, not really reassuring Amy at all. Still, it was the only chance they had to get back to then TARDIS, so she turned back to the Hatter and said “Well, thank you for your hospitality, Hatter.”

The Hatter took Amy's hand and said “Fairfarren, Lady Pond. I wish you and the Doctor a good journey back to your... Ah...” He looked at the Doctor.

“The TARDIS,” the Doctor said. “It's called the TARDIS.”

“Very well,” the Hatter said. He smiled at Amy and kissed her hand. Amy smiled and said “Goodbye, Hatter. It was nice to meet you.” She grabbed the Doctor's hand and said “Come on, Raggedy Man. You first.” The Doctor started up the ladder, holding his Sonic as a flashlight, and Amy started up behind him.

“Can you see the top yet?” Amy called after what felt like an hour of climbing.

“I think so,” the Doctor called back. A few moments later, Amy could see light other than the Sonic's green glow. A few minutes after that, the Doctor poked his head out. He looked around, the fezton still on his head. He looked around, confused, before saying “The TARDIS! My TARDIS!” He clambered out of the hole and ran over to it. Amy stuck her head out and saw the Doctor opening the TARDIS. She got out of the hole and brushed herself off, the fez falling off her head. She'd completely forgotten that she was wearing it.

“Well, that was certainly... interesting,” Amy said, looking back at the hole.

The Doctor looked at her and took the fezton off. He looked at it and said “Oh, that was brilliant! Where to next?” And he walked inside the TARDIS and she heard him say “How about Fairyland? I've always meant to show you Fairyland!”

“So long as we get to save the world,” Amy said and followed him into the TARDIS. She closed the door behind her and the Doctor said “Well, the TARDIS is going to take us somewhere, I think you can assume we'll be saving a world.”

Amy laughed and the TARDIS began to move with the usual noise. Vworp! Vworp! Vworp!

The blue box faded until it was gone. A few moments later, a young woman frowned at the place where the box had been. Pushing some blond hair out of her face, she murmured “Curiouser and curiouser...” She shook her head before starting back down the hill, glancing back once, and smiling at a white rabbit in a purple waistcoat.


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