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Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars

Who are you? I can't help you if you don't even know who you are, stupid.

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a character in “On the Wings of a Dream”, as played by Ikuto Tsukiyomi Fan

Description

Caterpillar's Theme : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VURp1phPOGs&feature=related

I can't help you if you don't even know who you are, stupid.

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Full Name: Absolem Pillar

Role: Caterpillar

Age: 20 / 77

Gender: Male

Personality: Caterpillar is quite cold to those around him, and only when he is away from other chains does he show any form of emotion. He is the type who would protect his Alice without second thought, and despite his cruel and sadistic nature, he is quite thoughtful when it would come to his Alice. However protective, he is still rather cold to his contractor, and doesn’t like physical contact if it is avoidable. He doesn’t express himself well, so he often doesn’t speak as well, but when he does, it’s more often than not, a riddle or open statement, never really straight to the point. Sometimes it’s even off the wall, nothing to do with the matter at hand. Caterpillar is in no way nice to his contractor, but he realizes he must tolerate them in order to escape wonderland forever. He has no intention to form feelings or relationships with them.

Hair Colour: Mint Green

Eye Colour: Pink

Quirks: (if any)
● He Readily puts himself in the way of danger without careful consideration of his own well being when it comes to his contractor.
● He fidgets quite often.. and is defensive when called out on this fact.
● He gets angry when forced to over exert himself, and often gets exceptionally sadistic when this happens, flipping his lid and going too far. He can be easily angered, especially if called ‘Caterpillar’ seeing as he prefers his real name.

Appearance Description: He never goes anywhere without his Choker. Right under his left eye Caterpillar has a T shaped set of jewels embedded within his cheek.

Quotes:
● Who are you?
● I’m Absolem. Stupid girl.
● I can’t help you if you don’t even know who you are, stupid girl.
● You’re almost Alice.
● May I ask you a riddle?
● Do you like Riddles?
● Troublesome Cat..

Likes:
● Vegetables
● Flowers and Greenery
● Riddles
● Climbing things
● Music

Dislikes:
● Fighting
● Conversations about feelings
● Close physical contact
● Losing
● Feeling weak

Powers: Telekinesis. Upon using his telepathic powers, he is prone to headaches. The larger the object, and the longer he uses his ability, the worse the headache. He requires more time to recover the larger the object and depending on how long he uses his skills. Users with excessive physical strength can break free easier than those with moderate. If their physical strength exceeds his mental capacity, they can easily break free. If he exceeds his abilities, it will cause Caterpillar to faint. He can use it to unlock doors, make himself fly, and deflect long range attacks. His telekinesis is limited in range, and requires the object in question to be within a five meter distance in order to effect it.

Contractor: Grey

Weapons/ Things They Are Carrying: Caterpillar carries a pipe, which he can screw off the end and turn into a blow dart. The darts he carries are covered in a Toxin that if applied to the blood stream, will cause a wonderlander or contractor paralysis. It is much like a swiss army knife, having various operations depending on how he screws or unscrews it.

Back Story: : [To be announced at a later date]

So begins...

Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars's Story

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts]
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Absolem / Caterpillar


Absolem's eyes scanned the Queen, a faint sparkle passing through, he really enjoyed making others uncomfortable, even when he was in danger of losing his head. His eyes then closed as he took another calming drink of tea, oh how wonderous it felt on his sore throat. He almost let out a content sigh, but he knew better, he used his better judgement.

"Ah, quite wise advice if I do say so myself your highness." he had the faint hint of a smile, glancing to Cheshire, "I really detest that I have to go against you however, but please, by all means, may the best win?" he offered his hand. His comments earlier seemed to bother the cat, this was Absolems best way of apologizing, seeing as he never had to before.

You think you have me in your web, like a helpless insect in a spider's web, well my lovely arachnid. I'm letting you believe I am trapped, caught in your web.. but caterpillars aren't often prey to spiders..

"Hmm, interesting. I don't value many lives of my fellow chains, so for the most part...it shall prove a minor guilt." He wasn't lying, there were only about two or three other chains he would regret harming, "Though, fighting them will be the difficult part, can't say I know where I stand on the bar..what do you mean eliminated from wonderland?" He tugged at his collar, did she mean...off with their head...executed?

The setting changes from Tea Garden to Down the Rabbit-Hole

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Cheshire

He furrowed his brows. Had the Queen simply grown bored? What was the point of this game? Was she trying to weed out his Wonderland? She only invited the strongest Chains and they were supposed to fight to the death..at least that's what she was leading them to believe. Were they the Chains she felt most threatened by? Was she wanting to replace them with more complacent humans? He had to admit, this revelation sparked a warm feeling within, being feared, especially by the Queen.

He balanced easily on the stool, his feet crunched close to his thin body, making it easy for him to rest his arms on his knees. He sat this way for a while as the Queen kept yabbering, going over everything in his head. His attention was shaken however by Caterpillar's words. 'May the best win?' He stared at his outstretched hand and struggled to keep from spitting back a sharp reply. He had too much to think about and such words were useless when being the loser of this game meant death. Instead, he ignored the hand and bore heavily into the man's eyes. They revealed both a sadness and a warning: Be wary. Cheshire didn't have trouble defending himself, even if he knew killing was the only option, but at the same time he didn't want it to be meaningless.

He took the teacup offered to him, swishing it about in the cup. Suddenly anything gifted to him from Her Majesty seemed awful, regardless if it was tea or not. She kept mentioning the 'Creator of Wonderland'. What did she mean by that? Was there someone more powerful than her? Did he dare ask about it? He shrugged. If he could possibly die for her game then what else was there to lose. "So, Whose this 'Creator' you keep speaking of Queen?"

The setting changes from Down the Rabbit-Hole to Tea Garden

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Sinistra "Tweedle Dee" Lato Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts]
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Duchess Sophie


The Duchess paused in the middle of spinning her boy around as the doors to the palace opened, revealing a swarm of butterflies. Oh how she loved the way they flitted here and there, so whimsical and merry.

"Follow me if you please," came a voice from the center of the swarm.

"Oh, so very polite too," she exlaimed with delight, dropping her boy and proceeding to follow the butterflies down the hall.

It had been such a long time since she'd been here, she supposed that was what came from working on literary masterpieces at all hours of the day though. As her thoughts turned to new ideas for her stories, the butterflies led the group into the Queen's tea garden, the Duchess took note that the Queen was not alone, sitting with her were Cheshire and the Caterpiller.

"Oh no!" she scolded herself mentally, "I musn't refer to him as that. It's Absolem."

Having corrected herself she turned her attention to the garden surrounding her, it truly was a beautiful place, she pondered the idea of emulating it at her own home but decided that the pigs and momeraths would simply mess it up.

"Oh what a delightful place, your majesty," she said to the Queen with a curtsey, "It has simply been too long."

With a start she began to look for her son, she was sure he had been there when she had entered the palace. Turning round she saw him once again holding the hand of Destra.

"Of course you remember my son," she continue, gesturing at her boy, "I just couldn't bear to leave him at home."

Having finished the required plesantries she cu of the flow of her conversation, waiting for one of the others to say their bit.


Sinistra/Tweedle Dee


Sinistra gazed in wonder as the Duchess rambled on and on.

"How does she not run out of things to say?" he thought to himself, brushing an imaginary speck of dirt off his coat tails.

He began to think of ways he could trick the chains in the garden, a shiver of excitement running down his spine at the thought of a prank, but nothing came to mind.

"It's probably for the best," he considered, "The Queen might take offence to it."

Thinking of the kind of punishments the Queen would make him endure was enough to make him squirm with discomfort. it took a moment for him to realise that the Duchess had stopped speaking.

"Finally," he exclaimed in his head, "She must have run out of air."

Now was the time to suck up to her and possibly embarass his brother at the same time.

"How very nice to see you again," he said, with a bow, "We would have been here sooner but Destra refused to leave without his nightlight."

He had to stiffle a laugh as he watched the fury blaze within Destra's eyes.

"The White Rabbit told of a game your majesty wished to play with us chains," he continued, smiling.

He fell silent then, curious to find out what the game was. Knowing the Queen, probably something brutal.


Destra/Tweedle Dum


Destra bristled with rage at his brothers remark, hopefully the Queen wouldn't take such an obviously false statement to be true. Feeling the Duchess's boy squeeze his hand he took a deep breath.

"Contrary wise," he said with a quick glare at his brother before turning back to the Queen, "We were told your majesty wished to play a game with the chains by the White Rabbit."

For a moment he couldn't tell if his statement had mad him sound smarter than his brother of if it had just sounded plain stupid but then decided it didn't matter, the Queen wouldn't care about something as small as that.

"The truth of the matter," he said in a very serious tone, "Was that we encountered the Crow again and were in hiding when the White Rabbit found us so it may have taken him a while to discover our location."

Fear began to gnaw at his insides as his mind turned to the image of that black silhouette against the sky, drifting lazily in the breeze.

"I hope your majesty can forgive us for being late," he finished, turning his gaze away nervously to look at the Duchess's son.

The boy had stared at the Queen the entire time, never shifting his gaze, as if trying to read her mind. As soon as Destra had finished speaking he had switched back to Destra.

"It's odd," thought Destra, "But he doesn't seem to fear the Queen at all. I'm sure even the Duchess does to some degree."

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Sinistra "Tweedle Dee" Lato Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts]
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Absolem / Caterpillar


Absolem took note of Cheshire's reaction to him, simply withdrawing his hand. He wasn't one to press further into emotions if he didn't have to. He hated getting his hands dirty afterall, figuratively and literally speaking. He merely smirked into Cheshire's gaze. Absolem wasn't one to easily forgive being given the cold shoulder while trying to be civil either, but for the most part, he overlooked Cheshire's reaction to his statement, it probably sounded cruel and grotesque, not caring about dying, but then he just moved his hand to his teacup taking another calm sip. He was forever in a calm state, until one called him Caterpillar. It was quite preculiar how he managed to maintain this, even when it was obvious the Queen touching him made him uncomfortable, or anyone for that matter, yet he seemed to be able to compose himself, even then.

When the Queen mentioned not dying, his smile turned to a frown behind the teacup, the lower level.. it took everything inside the Caterpillar's being to keep from shivering. He'd heard stories, gruesome stories, but if no one escaped, how did these stories ever become rumors in the first place? He assumed they were exactly that, just stories that someone bored came up with.

"I don't plan on it, although having friends in this wonderful place we call Wonderland, I am not one to trust myself with a commerade, especially when the lower level is involved, too risky, too many things could go wrong having to fight eachother in the end would just be pointless, would it not? Too many emotions and setbacks, it's not quite my or Cheshire's scene if it's not rude for me to say so, but I am quite glad you mentioned it my queen, I shall definitely keep it in mind." He was talking less and less frequently, holding up less and less of his charming and flirty behavior. He was becoming his normal self slowly but surely. Tea seemed to bring out his natural side, it was just way too calming.

Then the Dutchess and those two twins came in, Destra and...oh yes, Sinistra. his eyes scanned them over, and as if he just knew the Dutchess was about to call him Caterpillar, his eyes simply narrowed warningly. He then turned his gaze back to the flowers and teacup, He too wouldn't mind remaining in wonderland if the Queen would merely grant him immunity to her antics.

The setting changes from Tea Garden to Down the Rabbit-Hole

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Sinistra "Tweedle Dee" Lato Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts]
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Cheshire

Boredom was never a good thing, especially when it came to Cheshire. He had been trying so hard to keep himself in check for fear of Her Majesty, but now things were getting dull. Questions were left unsatisfied and he was itching to find the answers for himself. He glanced at Absolem, choosing to let the man ramble. He could only imagine how his mind must be whirring.

His ears twitched at the abrasive sound of the Duchess and he watched the other Chains stumbled into the Tea Garden. He growled under his breath. He had been in the palace for far too long and was beginning to get fidgety. Knowing that the Queen was going to have to repeat herself he couldn't help but feel himself stir within. He loved change. Even if it wasn't always good, it was different. Change was a relief, never repeating, never mundane. Just knowing something others didn't was fun, until he was obligated to share that information. He floated into the air once more, leaving his full cup of tea behind. The air around him vibrated and colour swirled about him like ink in water.

He was completely lost in the swirling hues, only his bright yellow eyes visible. They looked at each character within the room with an almost insane gaze, happy to once again fall victim to his theatrics. His sudden bright smile broke through the mist and he followed it out to land before the newcomers. Now female, she bowed extravagantly, keeping her crazed eyes on the creatures before her. She understood the Queen may object to her..abruptness, but tossed the thought aside. She was finished playing the pawn, waiting in dread for the Queen to direct her horrid game. Now that she knew the stakes she would take matters into her own hands. "Welcome, creatures," Her grin seemed quite sinister. Thanks to these fools, she'll have to endure another bought with the Queen, "Thanks to your tardiness Her Majesty is now a victim of repetitiveness," She sighed dramatically, allowing her body to go limp and float into the air, "As well as poor Cheshire.."

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Sinistra "Tweedle Dee" Lato Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts]
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Absolem / Caterpillar


Absolem was drinking his tea when the Queen looked to him, raising his index finger instead of his pinkie, a subtle change, but it was his way of showing, he'd be quiet. He put the teacup back down. Watching the Tweedles, then Dutchess, she was so much like the Queen it made the sugar in the tea he'd previously drank turn sour. He however turned his attention to Cheshire. The cat was going through it's usual dramatics, so he simply watched, waiting for the Queen to finish her description. Rather nice how he can turn into a she within meree moments. Though, he can also do the reverse in mere moments. It's curious if I do say so myself, and in fact, I do. He tried to watch the transformation, but the mist made it impossible, a light frown on his face. How is it done..? He shook it off, his fixated expression switching to someone else, Destra and Sinistra. He looked between the two. If that one is Destra and that one is Sinistra, what is the defining feature that helps one tell these two apart? The hair is parted to opposite sides, I do see that, but hair is so fickle. Anything else..

Absolem sighed when he could no longer avoid talking, the Queen would want everyones answers, so he decided to go after Dutchess, "Well you can write my name down, either of them, as long as it's not put on a jersey." he cringed at the thought of having his team named, 'Team Caterpillar.' His mood instantly dampened, a shiver running down his thin physique, "I am definitely participating." If it means getting away from the likes of you, I'd cut off my own foot. You're not an ugly girl my Queen, why must you act so? His eyes narrowed as he tried to discover the reason behind her cruelty, something that has sent him chasing his own tail for decades.

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Sinistra "Tweedle Dee" Lato Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Isaiah "Grey" Gris Character Portrait: Rhiannon Jakalyn Pierce Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts] Character Portrait: Belca Character Portrait: Yumika "Ivory" Rae Character Portrait: Ariana Storm
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Cheshire

She continued to float higher, her body still limp. The words of the Chains were lost to her as she ignored everything below. She was irritated and bored and was almost to the top of the ceiling. She was preparing herself to leave, to disappear back to her tree when the Queen suddenly revealed The Great Hall. She twisted herself around, happily surprised at the change of scenery. Who had done it? Were they fighting already? She looked down upon the Chains with interest, but the new contestants caught her eye. They seemed lost, too uptight to be creatures from Her Wonderland, then again being in the Queen's company does that to people. She twitched her ears and flicked her tail, letting her jewelry sing to her as she studied them. They seemed 'normal', almost dreadfully so and this excited Cheshire immensely. She hadn't seen a 'normal' creature in her Wonderland for quite some time.

Allowing herself to fade, besides her manic eyes and wonderful grin, she makes herself known to the children. Appearing a nose length away before the first child she takes a few seconds to study before moving on to the next. A variously coloured mist follows suit, emphasizing her bright wide eyes and glowing teeth. "Well aren't you all dull," she croons in her ectasy, her eyes changing rapidly from yellow to blue to green and back again. She counted the children. Two males were present in this little crowd, which surprised her. Female's for some odd reason were more common to venture into her Wonderland. Interested in these two, she swept around them, taking note of their traits and composure (or lack of one). The young one with the long silvery hair, put her off, reminding her of that wretched White Rabbit. However, the other seemed boring as well, though the short blue hair was at least something fun. Her eyes widened looking over the blue haired child in sudden recognition. Her grin grew exceptionally larger. "Oh, aren't you the clever one?" she exclaimed, swirling around the kid, "You're not at all what you seem to be are you?"

She decided to try this one out. The surprise was refreshing and hopefully the child would be too. She jumped away from the trailing mist and landed upon the child's shoulders as a cat, nestling against the neck. Pleased to finally be resting against something warm and soft, she can't help but purr. The short hair was a plus. She wouldn't have to dig around to get comfy. Oh yeah, Cheshire decided, this one's a keeper.

The setting changes from Down the Rabbit-Hole to Palace of Hearts

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Rhia


Rhia blinked when she finally heard someone, her golden eyes blinking. Really? I'm not going crazy? She turned her head to follow Cheshire, her eyes were curious, only a hint of nervousness escaping her, "I don't like losing myself in times such as this. Clever..? If you can really call it that, perhaps." she smiled, it was half-hearted however, "I'm..Rhia I suppose.. where exactly is this?" she asked Cheshire. She jumped in shock as the girl turned into a cat, "W-what?" she asked confused, trying to peer over her shoulder, she didn't mind, for some reason, this felt familiar. Did I own a cat? I can't even remember something as simple as that.. "If it's not too rude to ask, who are you...what are you?" she asked with a soft voice.

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Absolem/Caterpillar


Absolem just followed shortly after Cheshire, his eyes scanning the room, "Hmm, theres a decent amount of girls, ew. No. I do not want a girl. Human girls were even more emotional than Chain females. He shivered at the thought. He noticed a blonde male, who seemed quite calm compared to the rest, and he floated over to him. Absolem crossed his legs, arms behind his head as he stopped eye level to the male, "I'm Absolem, you may hear someone called me 'Caterpillar, but I find it in your best interest to stick to Absolem. Abs is.. compromisable. " He scanned the boy, he seemed to have a good head on his shoulders, if he was going to be stuck with anyone, he'd best choose someone intellligent. "If you come across two men, one always lies, and one always tells the truth. One is an Saint, the other a sinner. What question do you ask to tell whom is who?" He asked the boy. His pink eyes scanned him, it was a test of intelligence, "You will have to contract with someone from this world to survive, and if you can answer correctly, I shall gladly offer you my skills."

The setting changes from Palace of Hearts to Down the Rabbit-Hole

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Isaiah "Grey" Gris


Grey blinked as the man floated before him, pink eyes locked onto his own. He was asking a riddle, here of all places. Isaiah thought that now was a very odd time to play games but then again, if this 'Absolem' could help him get out of the hall then it would be worth it. Closing his eyes he focused on the question and a few seconds later he had an answer.

"Well all you'd have to do is ask one man which of them the other would point to if you asked which was the sinner," answered Grey, "The saint would point to himself, telling the truth and the sinner would point to the saint telling a lie, therefore, the one they both pointed to would be the saint and the other the sinner."

He paused for a moment, double checking his answer and picking his cards up off the floor, surprised that they weren't wet.

"Or you could just ask them which hand was their left," he continued, "That would be a lot easier."

He looked up at Absolem, confident that his answer was correct and curious as to why the man's hair was such a beautiful mint colour. Perhaps he could explain everything to him. As he checked through the cards to make sure they were in order he began to hum the haunting tune that played through his mind.

"My name is Grey, by the way," he added, "It's very nice to meet you."

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Sinistra "Tweedle Dee" Lato Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Isaiah "Grey" Gris Character Portrait: Rhiannon Jakalyn Pierce Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts] Character Portrait: Ariana Storm
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Ariana saw other people and creatures of the world she thought to be wonderland. Looking around the room, Ariana didn't make a move. She didn't like to jump into action without knowing what she was jumping into to, and on the other hand she did. Any thrill that was thrown at her she would face it head on. Seeing a cat and a man with mint color hair talking to two of the people that were there, Ariana put her ipod back in her pocket and wondered what was going on. "Last time I recall I wasn't in a room but on a hill...such a fickle world this is," Ariana mumbled to her self.

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Character Portrait: Absolem "Caterpillar" Pillars Character Portrait: Cheshire Character Portrait: Destra "Tweedle Dum" Lato Character Portrait: Isaiah "Grey" Gris Character Portrait: Duchess Sophie Vespre Character Portrait: Eve V. Kimberly Character Portrait: Alde Beriel [Queen of Hearts] Character Portrait: Belca Character Portrait: Yumika "Ivory" Rae Character Portrait: Ariana Storm
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Cheshire

Her closed eyes seemed to smile in that content way felines do. She stopped purring, her ears twitching as her contractor spoke. "If it's not too rude to ask, who are you...what are you?" If it's not too rude? Was she serious? She opened one eye upon her child and then to the others around. They all seemed to be taking things in stride. Her grin shrunk a bit, assuming their abilities to adapt so quickly was because each child was 'gifted'. Why else were they in her Wonderland? She sighed. At least this Rhia creature wasn't dull. Though fear tinted her voice, she kept it well under control, which would be useful later on.

Lazily, she opened her other eye and began kneading the child's neck. "Your manners are surprising for one who's been kidnapped from their world." The marks in her fur shimmered as several shades of purple and indigo rippled across her form. Unsatisfied in her current state, she faded only to reappear on the child's other shoulder. She snuggled once more against the girls nape. Now that things were finally in motion her mood was lightening up. Now was the time for fun, for molding her future underling. She would not fail in this aspect. She clears her throat ceremoniously before speaking. "I am The Majestic..The Knowing," her smile grew as her list of names rolled smoothly off her tongue, pausing dramatically for emphasis. "I am The Shifter..The Powerful..The Lost-And-Found." She shrugged her head, suggesting her contractor to follow her gaze across their surroundings and the Chains near them. "You, like them, are in my Wonderland." It was difficult remaining composed. Having knowledge over a person who was so 'out-of-the-loop' was exhilarating! She would enjoy it to the fullest. "Call me Cheshire," she said simply, "That name seems to tie everything together."

The setting changes from Down the Rabbit-Hole to Palace of Hearts

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Absolem smirked at the boy before him. His eyes closed, content with the boy's answer. For a human, he is quite familiar with riddles I see. I think we shall get along, "Very well, if you wish I will contract with you, and we shall leave this hall." He let the ghost of a smile fall across his pale features. This could be quite interesting indeed, however, I shall not get too attached to this boy, it will not prove wise if I win or lose. Going to the lower level, or betraying him and leaving wonderland.. neither would make befriending him and forming an attachment wise. He finally opened his eyes, landing on his feet in front of Grey. He bowed respectfully, almost like a showcase butler. It was over-the-top, yet still respectful and gentlemanly. He tilted his head, "Aren't you even a tad bit curious as to why you've been abducted?" Caterpillar asked with a bemused expression, why wouldn't he ask?

"A game has been proposed in which neither you nor I have choice to participate in. It's quite unfavorable to say no, that's all I can tell you at this current time." He ran a hand through his green locks. He then smiled, "Also, contracting with me shall grant you certain skills. I'm not quite certain as to how well they will transfer however."
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Rhia


Rhia blinked a bit when the cat seemed to ponder, and she looked around as well. She bit her bottom lip nervously, chewing on her thumb softly. Did I say something stupid? She tried to think back as to what was so amusing. She couldn't help but make sure she was polite. It never was well to be impolite when one wanted answers, it got you no where. Rhia blinked a bit when the cat sighed. Can cats normally sigh? Now that I think about it, how many cats can grin like that? None I've ever seen. This is all quite curious, I'm not sure what I should think about this place. She chewed her thumb harder as she went further into thought.

Rhia shivered a bit, but restrained herself from squirming, she didn't want to make the cat fall afterall, "Well being impolite gets nothing accomplished in matters as such as this." she retorted looking around for the cat, tensing when she felt the light weight return to her other shoulder, looking over it, shivering again went she felt fur against her neck. That tickles.. She however listened, her eyes closing as Cheshire listed it's many names. She looked around like the cat silently instructed, this time noticing the other people, her eyes widening, but her reaction otherwise remaining calm. W-when did they get there!? She nodded, "Alright, Cheshire.. I don't remember my name, Rhia's the best I've got." She sweat-dropped, laughing nervously, "So.. we're here for a purpose, correct?" she finally asked, her golden eyes peering over her shoulder again at the cat, still processing the dramatic cat and how she'd somehow missed an entire hall of people.

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Isaiah "Grey" Gris

Grey stopped for a moment, it hadn't even occured to him that he had been taken here against his will but now that Absolem mentioned it, everything made a lot more sense.

"You know, I didn't consider the fact that I may have been abducted," he admitted, "I suppose I was more focused on figuring out who and where I was."

He paused for a moment, considering what Absolem had told him.

"So what you're saying is that I've been brought here to play a game I can't say no to," he continued, "And that I have to make a contract with you to have favourable odds in this place."

He wasn't too sure what Absolem meant by how he would recieve powers but having just seen the man float around in the air, he figured it couldn't be a bad thing.

"Ok then," he said, holding out his hand, "I guess you have a deal, though I wish I had a choice in the matter where participation was concerned. I'd appreciate it if you tell me a bit more about this game we have to play too."

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"Our Queen although beautiful, has an eccentric sense of...amusement." he tried to word his thoughts properly, anything the Queen could overhear shouldn't sound offensive, he didn't want to infuriate her this early in the game, she did give him valuable information afterl all. Why..did the Queen share that with Cheshire and myself? Is it to build distrust between us and our human companion? I didn't plan on trusting him from the start, but knowing I'll have to betray him if I wish to leave this place, makes me quite more wary about getting to know this..kid.

His eyes scanned Gray, nodding slowly as his sign of acknowledgement and agreement, "Yes, that is exactly the concept." he sighed, "I cannot say no either." he added informing the boy, he stared at the boy's hand before shaking it firmly. It had been a long time since he'd touched someone so familiarly by choice, Cheshire didn't count. I was teasing that cat, it doesn't count at all. He leaned in towards the boy, his lips almost brushing the younger male's ear, his voice omnious, "Pretty much, get wounded as little as possible...and try to win. Otherwise, both of our fates shall be worse than death.." and he leaned away, doing his best to cause neither of them to feel any further discomfort.

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Rhia

Rhia watched Cheshire with innocent golden eyes, her eyes flickering to each place Cheshire's did, before tensing a little when she recieved an answer, "S-sorry.." she bit her bottom lip nervously. I guess she has a point, but.. it seemed logical to ask at the time. Things happen all the time without cause, so I guess I let curiousity get the best of me.. she bit on her thumb as she tried to ponder, but when she saw Cheshire practically..staring, she looked up, her eyes gazing back, "To fight..? Alright I guess.." she whispered nervously. I know a few of the basic self defensive tactics.. I should at least be able to protect myself.. she thought nervously, then she got even more nervous, there was..a lot of people here. They'd all be participating? She closed her eyes, counting to three slowly, before looking calmly at Cheshire again, "I guess, I have no choice but to handle it."

She looked at him bewildered. Male? Wasn't Cheshire female just moments ago? She slowly dropped the subject, many assumed her to be male, but Cheshire semeed to finally catch on she was quite female. She tilted her head up, not used to having to look up at the confusing chain, "Don't...you want to leave? I don't care, as long as I don't lose who I am along the way.." she asked curiously as he mentioned her looking for a purpose in Wonderland. He seemed like he didn't care about winning at all. She wasn't sure if she wanted to win, did she have something to go back to? She couldn't remember, but she didn't see anything wrong with this world yet. Yet. She was about to ask him something else, her mouth agape when she felt his hands return to her shoulders, however from behind her. How is he doing that!? She wasn't scared, nor did it particularly disturb her, but it was almost giving her whiplash trying to keep her eyes on the chain she'd chose to contract with. She instantly cringed, jerking her head away from his when he whispered. That feels weird now that he's a guy..even if he still don't look very human. She finally felt a blush form across her cheeks, "W-wait what? How?" she asked looking around the room. Then she closed her eyes in realization. He is going to do that little parlor trick he enjoys so much, "N-nevermind."

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Grey stared at Absolem as he mentioned a fate worse than death. Was he serious? But then that begged the question, what was worse than death. Just thinking about it made him shudder, perhaps it was something that he didn't want to know.

"R-right, got it," he said as the man drifted away.

He began to hum the haunting tune again as he pondered what had just happened. That closeness had been a little odd but then again, what wasn't odd about this place? He had to admit, even though Absolem had been well within his personal space, he hadn't felt threatened by him. Despite the man's curious appearence and his enigmatic nature, Grey felt safe being around him. Could this be because of the contract?

"Well if that's all I need to know then what do we do now?" asked Grey, breaking off the song, cursing the fact that he couldn't remember the lyrics, "Is there somewhere we need to go?"

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Absolem blinked at him, tilting his head, did he say something to disturb him? Ah, human, my mistake. He placed his hand on Grey's head, ruffling the other boy's hair, "Don't worry. I'll protect you the best I can." and he proved his point by lifting the boy into the air, Grey suspending by what one would believe is wire, but there was no such substance holding the blonde upright.

He only did this momentarily, gently dropping the boy back upon his feet, "I'm...not as gifted when it comes to lifting other people. It causes headaches unfortunately..and now that you've decided to contract with me, you will gain a gift as well. I cannot use mine in that manner often now, because it will cause strain on you as well. " He decided to share the information with Grey, jumping and remaining in the air, leaning back as if there was an invisable tall couch Grey's eyes couldn't see, "Only fair you somewhat know my weaknesses, since you know so little about me or this world."

Absolem held the ghost of a smile across his features when the boy already seemed comfortable with him, "I will answer any questions you may have, unless it is against the rules of the game." He informed the blonde, eyes scanning him, then he noticed Cheshire's exit, rolling his eyes. Seriously? He but contemplated throwing another Riddle at Grey, but his thought process was disturbed, "I suppose we may leave, though floating us both around unnecessarily wouldn't be wise, so I shall walk with you I suppose.." and he jumped off the invisable 'couch' landing gracefully on his feet, taking the other boy by the wrist, "Remember, don't trust anyone in this room. This is not a very friendly game." and with that he drug the blone child along, giving him no choice but to follow, or fall on his face.

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Rhia opened her eyes once she felt ground beneathe them again, looking around in amazement, she was..not in a palace anymore, that much was definitely certain. She watched the tree with an inquisitive look upon her face. She'd never seen anything like this before. She wasn't really stuck on the fact she was being ignored, more on unraveling her surroundings and comprehending how this place ticked. Her golden orbs stayed on no figure or surrounding object for more than ten seconds, determined to see everything she could. This place is rather..grotesque..

Rhia noticed Cheshire looking down at her, after what seemed to be her very extended examination of Wonderland, and she raised an eyebrow with a titled head, "What? I like the outdoors, and from this feeling, I don't think I got to see trees much.." she smiled at him cheerfully. She was scared, she was worried, but she couldn't voice any of it. If she spoke those insecurities out loud, it wouldn't help anything, it wouldn't get her home, or her memories back. She continued to look at him with her tawny shaded orbs, one hand on her hip this time. He keeps treating me like I'm five years old, or like a little rag doll I had as a kid..

She lost this irritated composure when he dropped down infront of her, adverting her gaze. Then she emitted a high-pitched sound when he seized her arms and took her up into the tree. She wasn't afraid of heights, but he took her off guard entirely. Why is he so grabby and assertive? I'm not a toy.. or someone he knows well enough.. Due to her mortification, she merely nodding, deciding to not speak for a little while, it was probably the best course of action considering her previous predicament. She leaned slightly when he adjured her to scope the sights before her, and she examined with precision. She took in everything the human eye could see from such distance, she shrugged her shoulders, "Well this game wouldn't exsist if there were not people who wanted to desparately escape." she placed her index finger in the air matter-of-factly, "I myself, despite not being able to confirm it, doubt I have anything to return to, for the sole reason, I don't really care what happens. If we win, that's cool, if I never remember, that's fine as well."

Rhia just took small bouts between looking at Wonderland, and Cheshire himself. He seemed to really love this place, even if it was cruel and unpredictable, well the last suited him just fine. She however didn't see him as particularly cruel, he'd been taunting, but quite polite to her. Despite the fact he keeps calling me girl, it's annoying..but I guess I'm not in a position where calling him out is wise.. she closed her eyes until her irritation wouldn't be visable, and looked to him again, tapping her chin. Had she? He was asking a girl with amnesia if she's heard of a Jabberwocky? "I mean, possibly once. I heard it's something like a Chimera or a Parasite, if I recall properly. I only read one book on Theorhetical creatures.. and everyone had their own theory. This is all considered fiction in my world. Why can I remember something so trivial..?" The last question was more to herself than Cheshire. She could not remember her name or much about her life, but she could remember her world enough to remember that the Jabberwocky was possibly something she'd read about once.

The setting changes from Wonderland to Down the Rabbit-Hole

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The Duchess winced as the girl swore at her. It appeared she had her work cut out for her if she was to turn this foul mouthed creature into a real lady.

"Honestly now," she said fixing the girl in her gaze, "There's no need for that kind of language."

She had to admit, the remark about her clothing had cut a little deep, it wasn't nice to insult a lady's appearance.

"I must say, your manners are atrocious," continued the Duchess, "Were you never told that if you have nothing nice to say then don't speak?"

Really, all she had wanted was to politely introduce herself and then explain things once they were somewhere more comfortable, perhaps over a cup of tea. She could see however that the stubborn girl had no intention of going anywhere untill she had some answers.

"I was not the one who brought you here or gave you your amnesia," said the Duchess, trying her hardest to speak warmly and calmly despite the child's verbal offense, "I also have no intention of harming you, such behaviour would be unbecoming of a lady such as myself."

A small noise behind her made her pause as her son shifted his position and turned a page in his book.

"You were right about the game though," added the Duchess, "It's most unusual. Nine others besides you were brought here by the Queen of Hearts and you are each meant to contract with one of the chains of Wonderland, I myself am one such chain. The chains and contracters then have to battle the other pairs untill one pair is left, the ones that lose are sent to the lower levels, let me assure you, it's somewhere you don't want to go. Please believe me when I say that neither of us has a choice in this and it is for both of our benefit that I request you contract with me."

There, she had said all she could with as much passion as she could bear, her eyes were nearly overflowing with tears as she begged the girl to accept but all in all it came down to the girl and whatever decision she made.


Isaiah "Grey" Gris

Grey had to supress a gasp as his body floated into the air, it was a most perculiar feeling but then he realised it was Absolem who was doing it. Soon after, the man explained about his ability and how Grey himself would develop something similar.

"I wonder what kind of ability I'll have," thought Grey before he was nearly dragged off his feet by Absolem.

Hurrying to keep up he began to look around, was it his imagination or was the scenery changing for once? He couldn't be sure. As the pair continued on their way he started trying to think of something to say but all that came to him was another riddle.

"The rich man needs it, the poor man has it and the dead eat it, what is it?" Grey asked Absolem, not really expecting an answer, "Where exactly are we going if you don't mind me asking."

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"B-But..." Stuttered Rabbit before sighing in resignation, "Yes, Your Majesty!"

With trembling fingers, he fiddled with his tie - as an attempt to pull it up - before tentatively stepping into the Great Hall. Rabbit would always ponder about the Queen's sometimes reckless decisions but whenever the Lower Level was related, Rabbit understood that no wasn't an option. He had heard terrible stories about the Lower Level and that terrible Jabberwocky; a shiver ran down his spine by just thinking about it. He mentally shook his head, he thanked his tail and whiskers that he was blessed to be living in the more... civilised area of Wonderland.

Where was Hatter anyway? Rabbit knitted his eyebrows together, he couldn't help blaming the odd-bod but if it wasn't for him the small boy wouldn't have to deal with the Queen's game. Even Rabbit had to admit they haven't always been the most fun. If it wasn't for this, all of them could've spent this wonderful afternoon in a tea party. He scanned the area and saw that Absolem had already found his own Contractor - a boy with long silver hair - and watched as the Caterpillar dragged the unlucky fellow out. He had to suppress a chuckle before drifting his attention to the Duchess who was also conversing with another, a girl with a rebellious demeanour. They seemed to be... enjoying themselves. Cheshire was nowhere to be found. He's most likely brought his own child back to that wretched forest. Thought Rabbit.

Only a few where left to be claimed, however one girl brought his interest. She had placed herself quite far away from the rest of them. He strided closer towards her and pushed up the bridge of his gold-rimmed spectacles. Her whole being was themed on the colour white; what with her pale skin, snow-coloured hair and her simple dress. The only exception was her irises, they were a lovely shade of green. Unlike most residents of Wonderland, Rabbit didn't need to tilt his head up in order to look at her. She only looked about one inch taller than himself.

"Why, hello there child." Muttered Rabbit and tried to look as superior as possible; despite being shorter, "I am White Rabbit, it's a pleasure to meet you."
He paused for moment in order to brush minor creases from his shorts.

Now that he was at a distance where he could examine the girl properly, he came to realise that she looked extremely frightened; she was shaking and had kept a firm grip on her dress. Little Rabbit understood how she felt though, he had still managed to hold onto a drop of his humanity. Besides, how else could you react in such circumstances?
"Now don't be afraid." He said tenderly, "What is your name?"

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Absolem tugged Grey out of the nearest possible exit, he was quite eagar to leave the palace..“To the home I have developed over the ages.” He calmly states. His ‘home’ was not made of wood or stone, nor was it any other conventional material. Absolem lived inside a rather large mushroom, in which he turned hollow. He didn’t enjoy rain, so he created himself a place for sleep and shelter. There were beds, and a table, and places to cook food, but it was almost overly simple. Overgrown figures where nothing out of Wonderland’s sense of ordinary after all. He grinned when the boy asked him a riddle, him of all people, then he closed his eyes as he led the boy along, “Watch your step, many creatures won’t take kindly to you if you squish them.” He warned the boy, although his own eyes were closed.

“The answer is quite simple. It is nothing. A rich man assumes he wants for nothing, a poor man has nothing at all, and if one eats nothing, they will surely die.” He states with an amused tone, “Speaking of that, are you hungry? It would be quite terrible if I didn’t feed you and you grow ill.” His eyelashes finally parted to look at the boy, pink orbs scanning Grey. I cannot become attached to this child, but I must protect him for the duration of this game at least. Everything around them was oddly disproportionate, trees were short, then tall, then like skyscrapers, but then things as small as a flower could be quite a few feet tall, “So what do you think?” he asked curious as to what Grey’s opinion on Wonderland was currently. He remembered his own first opinion of Wonderland, it was his earliest memory other than his name.

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Rhia


Rhia watched Cheshire now and then, but she always found herself viewing Wonderland as well, the ever-changing scenery made it hard to see everything. Once she grew bored of trying to challenge the scenery, trying to see everything, she went to trying to remember something, anything. Real name, what was your real name Rhia..? Where were you born? Did you have a boyfriend? She silently clenched her jaw, teeth gritting when she couldn’t recall a single bit of any information, other than Rhia and the bit about the Jabberwocky. She actually guessed, she just remembered reading about a creature, she wasn’t exactly sure it was that one, so she prayed she didn’t make a fool of herself this early into the game.

She’d hoped not, but when Cheshire looked back to her, she tilted her head, ready to listen. When he chose to say something, usually it was a useful tidbit of information, and it was wise for her to take note of it. She pouted when he smirked at her, she placed her elbow upon her leg resting her chin at the base of her palm, almost to her wrist as her ring and pinkie finger rested against her chin, her middle, index, and thumb against her cheek with her eyes now closed. She raised her eyebrows, not bothering to open her eyes, “So far at least, it’s not terrible. Not exactly my cup of tea, but it’s competent of being a place I suppose I could be content with.” She shrugged, laughing a bit when he called her naïve, “It’s not particularly me being naïve, it’s more of, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. One thought at a time. I don’t particularly care about my memories, but I know I don’t necessarily want to die yet.” She informed him, “ Tackling more than one goal at a time is foolish, too much room for error and the failure changes a person. As long as Wonderland doesn’t change me, I don’t care how much it chooses to change.” She went quiet however when he mentioned his own life, when it rang through her thoughts, her expression growing rather irritated not at him, but more of the information. Great, I didn’t need to know that. Now I am worried about it. Idiot. Why did you tell me that?

She finally opened her eyes, sitting back up, smirking at him this time, “I’ve been listening to you for quite awhile keeping most of my observations silent, but from what I gather, although you say that, you wouldn’t trust me. You value your life too much to put trust in someone you do not know.. although, your front was quite entertaining.” She replied in a soft voice, “If you trusted me, believed you could, you’d of used my name, but you’re distancing yourself because you do not believe you can. I’m not saying your choice isn’t wise, to be honest, I can’t answer how I think I will preform, but you don’t have to lie to me.” She mused, before looking up to the sky, “Sorry if it was rude.”

She was tired, but she wasn’t going to make it obviously noticed if she could help it. She didn’t sleep well, but who does when passed out on a floor for who knows what cause? She kept her jaw tight, because yawing was contagious after all. She wasn’t about to show weakness this early on, it wasn’t in her nature to lean on others, rather, to let others lean on her. She wasn’t used to it. She couldn’t remember, but in her human world, she was that way as well. Everyone used her for their own benefit. She wasn’t a stranger to it. She practically embraced it. At least she was needed. She leaned her chin on her palm again, nowhere near as complex this time, barely catching the comments on the Jabberwocky, “I see. Well, I guess what happens will happen. If we’re lucky, maybe it will take out a few of the competition for us?” she mumbled. She wasn’t really feeling up to talking anymore, and as she felt more sleepy, she was holding her tongue less and less on her own opinions and slightly less polite comments. She didn’t seem to care if they hurt others in this game, or even if the other humans fell pray to the Jabberwocky. She wasn’t as sweet as she let him think. Quit asking me questions, I don't want to answer them and I just might end up pissing you off, Cat. Though then we'd be even, I hate liars. Though, it's not like I have a choice in this, and since I'm stuck with you, I'll comply, I can't have you dying because of me

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"Belca?" questioned the Duchess, "What a curiously wonderful name."

The fact that the girl had relinquished her name gave the Duchess hope that she wasn't fighting a lost cause to make the girl into a lady. She paused for a moment as she heard the girl ask her son what his name was, come to think of it, she didn't even know. Not knowing the name of her own son was slightly unnerving but she pushed the thought from her mind. She reasoned that her boy had lasted without a name so far and could continue to do so but still, she couldn't keep the feeling that she had lost a precious part of her memory.

"My boy doesn't speak," said the Duchess, trying to keep a calm exterior "And oddly enough, I can't recall him ever having a name. Perhaps you'd like to give him one if it makes you feel better."

She continued on her way, leading the girl out of the hall, finding the way the water swirled around the bottom of her dress unpleasent.

"The place I found you is known as the birthing place but I'm unsure why," said the Duchess, "It's located within the Palace of Hearts but we shan't reamin here much longer."

Soon enough they had left the palace behind and were making their way along Lake Lacie and deeper into Wonderland till eventually her mansion was in sight. The Duchess's face broke into a wide smile as she saw the pigs and momeraths roaming around outside.

"This world is called Wonderland," she explained as she led the Belca towards her home, "Don't you agree it's a beautiful place? By the way, I suggest you duck."

This last piece of advice she offered to Belca as she opened the door to the mansion and was met by a scream of pepper from the cook and a block of knives flying through the air out the door. In fright her boy shimmered and once again became a pig.

"We shall have tea in the conservatory," she remarked joyfully, sidestepping the knives and walking inside.


Isaiah "Grey" Gris


Grey smiled as Absolem answered the riddle correctly, he hadn't expected it to be a challenge for him, rather it was to test he taller man's skill at riddles and wasn't disappointed.

"I'm not actually sure," replied Grey, when Absolem asked if he was hungry, "Considering how long I've been here I should be hungry but I feel nothing, still, I should probably eat something to keep my strength up."

Grey continued along, trying to keep up without crushing anything as Absolem pulled him along. To keep his mind busy he began to think of his cards again, hoping that he might remember some more about each one but was frustrated that all he could recall was that the cards were called Tarot cards.

"This place is beautiful," he said in answer to the question of what he thought, "I feel like it should remind me of something, perhaps a book I read before turning up here."

He buried himself in his thoughts again but was once again disappointed to see that there were no answers to be revealed.

"If it's not to rude to ask, why did you say the others call you Caterpillar?" asked Grey before he could properly think the question through.

Instantly he regretted it, he felt that perhaps he had gone to far to satisfy his curiousity. Hoping to make amends he decided to change the topic to another question that had been burning in his mind.

"Never mind," he said hastily, "When I woke up here I wasn't in that hall where you found me, I was somewhere else, it felt...wrong."

He then proceeded to describe the wasteland he had been in upon waking, asking if Absolem knew anything about it hoping against hope that he would have an answer.