The scene is a table in a garden. The table has been set for tea and cakes but is in some disorder. A Rabbit is speaking to a Toad. The Toad is unconfortable and feels out of place.
Alice Grate a young woman has appeared from nowhere. She claims to be from the west, a place called Erehwon but she arrived from the east. She seems to be of good humour but says she carries a message of great portent.
A chicken, quite a small one has begun to roost at the far end of the table, avidly watched by a Fox half asleep under the table. The hen will speak to Nunn but no one knows who that is.
Life seems so different since the Hatter departed and went inside.
The Tin Soldiers who used to have all the chairs have left and moved to their own table, a new one which is much bigger. The teapots claim to have forced the Tin Soldiers to leave but how that was done they will not say.
An Owl has his head caught inside a teapot which is refusing to let go.
Chairs at the table are hard to find.
Alice asks the Owl why he has his head in a teapot.
I followed a mouse in here said Owl. But now I seem to have become stuck. I am not certain but it feels as though the teapot is squeezing its top to make it harder for me to get out.
You are probably just swelling up a bit said Alice. That can happen when things get stuck.
I suppose you must be right said Owl.
So where is the mouse asked Alice.
I would prefer that subject was not discussed. Alice at first thought it was the Owl speaking but then realised it was in fact the teapot. She was initially taken aback by a teapot speaking, but recovered quickly.
So are you squeezing the Owl asked Alice forgetting the mouse.
I have decided as a protest against the desecration of teapots that I will refuse to ackowledge the presence or otherwise of an Owl replied the teapot.
Alice was a little confused by that answer so asked the Owl are you all right in there.
Well at first I found it a real problem said the Owl but now I find it quite fascinating. Although my visual horizons have been severely limited I am finding great insights in what I now see.
How so asked Alice.
I am reading the tea leaves said Owl. Before I had an enormous power of seeing geographically so to speak but now I can see temporally.
You mean into the future asked Alice. I have a message of our future, my future. I would like to tell you all about it.
The Owl showed no interst and neitherToad nor Rabbit were ready to listen. The Chicken, quite a small one, was ignoring her and the Fox pretended to sleep.
A Tin Soldier approached the table. It would be safer for all if you were inside he said.
Safer from what asked the Rabbit.
Out here you are exposed to those who do not share our ethics and culture said the Tin Soldier.
And are you not also exposed to them said Rabbit.
Yes but I am an unthinking inanimate object said the Tin Soldier. Such visitors cannot effect my nature.
Is that all you came to say asked Rabbit, unable to hide his annoyance.
No said the Tin Soldier I have come to see if there are any spare chairs. We need more at our table.
We have no spare chairs said Rabbit, interrupting Alice who was about to offer hers. You should just make some for yourself.
We cannot make chairs said the Tin Soldier.
Why ever not asked Alice. Are you short of things chairs are made from..
Tin Soldiers are never short of resources or money he said, Sam makes sure of that. But while we can buld tables we have no idea how to build a chair.
That seems unusual said Alice.
Chairs are complex load bearing devices said the Tin Soldier and we are not capable of complex thought.
That explains where all our chairs have gone said Rabbit. I do not think that in all creation there have been more troubling times than this.
That is a foolish thing to say said Toad. Creation is just a myth. The universe originated from point of singularity which exploded to create space and time.
And where exactly was your point of singularity when this happened asked Rabbit.
How should I know of that said the Toad.
Well you raised the matter said Rabbit, I simply remarked that in all creation we had never seen such troubling times and you tell me creation is mythological and we originate from an exploding point of singularity. So I ask again where was that point of singularity and who put it there.. And in addition to that I do not accept that I am mythologically created but I certainly was created. I think therefore I am.
Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, said the Toad, points of singularity do not need to be created they are a naturally occuring feature of the universe.
That is a convenient way of dodging the question said Rabbit. But even so we are talking of the no where before the universe. There is hardly any point in creating a universe within a universe. The point of singularity must have been no where because there was not yet a universe. So in the end your theory is that points of singularity naturally occur no where.
Toad was beginning to feel more uncomfortable, so he turned to Alice and asked her name. I am Alice Grate she said.
Alice Great said Toad, surely you mean Alice The Great.
No its simply Alice Grate said Alice. But if you like I will call myself Alice The Great it does have a nice ring to it.
That is very good humored of you said Toad. You seem a very charming young woman.
Well why shouldn't I be said Alice The Great, after all you have given me a place at the table even though chairs are quite few.
Alice took something from her pocket and seemed to studying it carefully.
What are you doing asked Toad.
I am changing my Facebook ID said Alice The Great.
Being of another generation this meant nothing to Toad so he asked, what is this message of great portent.
All in good time said Rabbit. I still want to know why I cannot have a creation theory. After all an exploding point of singularity is just another creation theory. One second nothing, the next an infinite and ever expanding universe. What could be more creation than that.
Your theory is mythological but mine is technological said Toad.
Mine is complete and yours has big gaps said Rabbit.
Complete shouted Toad, you rely on an eternal, omnipotent entity which is beyond understanding and you do not think that is a bit of a gap.
Rabbit was taken aback by that outburst and said nothing.
The Owl shuffled across the table with his teapot and said, creation is all in the past so it can be whatever you choose it to be, it is understanding the unchangeable future that matters.
It is your future that I want to speak of said Alice The Great. She seemed a little tense and was clearly getting annoyed.
The Fox started to study Alice The Great and everyone could see that written across his face was the thought, there must be a meal for me somewhere in this. Alice The Great felt uncomfortable under his stare, but Rabbit reassured her.
Do not worry about Fox he has that thought whatever he looks at. Whether an egg or a chicken, even quite a small one, or a Rabbit or a Toad his one thought is always 'there must be a meal for me'.
It is nice to have a focus in life said Alice The Great. She turned to the Fox and asked, why is it that you lie quietly while there is a chicken, a rabbit and a toad in front of you. The group at the table looked askance at Alice The Great. It was a very impolitic comment to make.
Fox replied, Toad's do not taste good at all, they are sometimes poisonous you know and you need to run quite a bit to catch a rabbit. Now a chicken is different, but what I have learned is that a chicken for lunch is but one meal while a chicken alive is eggs for life. The chicken's life that is. They are best eaten once they stop laying.
That is a very selfish and distasteful thing to say said Alice The Great.
Yes it is isn't it, replied the Fox.
Keen to change the subject Rabbit said all right then what is your message.
Alice stood, she composed herself and then looked sternly at all those seated at and on the table. You are all foolish, you are all wastefull, she pointed her finger at them, you refuse to see what is obviously your future but more importantly my future.
The future belongs to no one said Owl and I have seen enough of it to be content.
Alice The Great ignored Owl and continued, it is clear from both the past and the present that, and here she raised her voice, THE SKY IS FALLING.
The little chicken leapt up knocking an egg from her nest, THAT IS MY MESSSAGE, she shouted.
The egg fell from the table and was eaten by the Fox.
Toad looked at Rabbit and Rabbit at Toad. But what can that mean to us they asked in unison.
You are destroying us all with your profligate ways said Alice The Great. You must give up your cake, drink less tea and consider the well being of my generation.
But we use next to nothing compared to the Tin Soldiers said Toad. They make tea and cakes every day and then simply throw them away because they are inanimate objects.
Alice The Great ignored this and said, we must now all go inside and determine what we can do to save ourselves.
As they walked back to the Hatter's house Rabbit turned to Alice The Great and said, just after we had got back to the garden, are you sure you are not actually a Tin Soldier?
The Fox walked the other way toward the Tin Soldier's table to collect the cakes they would not eat.