It keeps staring at her.
Well, not really, but still Alice is a little unnerved by the eerie glow of the Wonderland machine. It’s only a chair and a helmet, but still it sits there glowing in the dim light of the cafe, like some cold and ethereal creation. She knows it’s supposed to be enticing, the freedoms Wonderland offers from the constraints of the real world, but Alice isn’t enticed.
Not at all.
Not even a little.
Okay, so maybe she is just a little. It’s just that Jack left her, ran off in the middle of meeting her mom (a meeting Alice takesvery seriously) because “something important was happening in Wonderland.” He offered to take her with him, but Alice had refused, and so he’d left on his own. For Wonderland.
The thought of Jack makes her mad, and she finds herself walking towards the machine, intent on finding Jack and asking him what’s so damn important that he’d leave her during a meeting with her mother.
She sits in the chair, and she’s a little surprised that she doesn’t begin to glow as well. It’s comforting, and Alice isn’t afraid as she grabs the helmet and prepares to put it on.
“Don’t Forget to Visit the Tea Shop,” it reads, and she rolls her eyes. She doesn’t like tea here, she doubts that feeling will change in the Virtual World.
Sliding the helmet on, she falls down the Rabbit hole and enters Wonderland.