A Lucky Man
Summary: Jealousy is an emotion he’s never known until she walked into his life and turned it upside down.
Spoilers for the first ½ of the SyFy channel’s mini-series ‘Alice’
Disclaimer: I own nothing…this all belongs to Lewis Carroll, Nick Willing, and the SyFy Channel.
Author’s Note: Everyone who knows me knows that Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are my favorite stories…ever. I was so impressed with the SyFy channel’s updated version that I had to write this because Hatter is just so damn awesome in this new version. Besides, I’m dreading the new Tim Burton version and this is my fix to avoid thinking about it. Like it or hate it constructive reviews are appreciated.
Now on to the story…
He’s never been jealous…or happy, sad, felt guilty, or in love. Emotions in Wonderland are manufactured by the Queen and he never tries the products he sells. He’s seen the dependence that they can cause in a person. Yet, for the first time ever he’s envious and of an oyster of all people. He sees the way Alice looks when she speaks of her boyfriend and he wishes that it were him she thought so highly of. She’s beautiful and smart, much smarter than he is, she’s stubborn and a fighter. She ran into the unknown, accepting all of Wonderland’s weirdness with wide eyes and a shrug of her shoulders, all for her boyfriend. Her love. She’s everything he never knew he wanted or needs. Jack Chase probably doesn’t even realize how lucky he is to have a girl like Alice.
It’s all of those traits that set him adrift in an ocean he has no clue how to navigate. His heart hurts and he wants nothing more than to kiss her and know what her love feels like. He knows it would be spectacular and each moment he spends with her sends him spiraling further down this well of emotion she’s opened up inside of him. He loves her. He may never have felt it before but he knows that this feeling tearing him apart could only be the love that so many oysters have spoken of and provided to the people of Wonderland.
It scares the shit out of him and he resents this other new emotion – fear. He’s never been truly afraid but he knows that he’s going to have his heart broken and he’s dreading it. It’s why he’s trying so very hard to keep her from getting any further inside of him. She won’t mean to hurt him of course, because she doesn’t know he loves her, doesn’t know that he’d leave Wonderland in an instant if she felt the same. Her heart belongs to Jack though, and really, Jack’s probably a better man than he’ll ever be. She’s so far above him and out of reach he almost wants to laugh at his stupidity in falling for someone so unattainable. She deserves more than a loser con-artist.
So yes, he’s jealous of a man he’s never met because this stranger holds the heart of the only girl he’s ever cared for. Jack Chase is indeed the luckiest man in the world.