(The Wonderful Adventures of Alice and Elliot)
A: Who are you?
E: Elliot. My name is Elliot.
A: Where did you come from? I’ve never seen you before?
E: I live here – well, up there. I live up there.
A: In the apple tree?
E: Why not? I like it there. Where do you live?
A: Um…. Well, I . . . uh. . . I live back there.
E: In that old house?
E: I heard screaming over there. Are you okay?
A: I guess so. Are you real? I’ve never seen you before.
E: I told you, I live in the apple tree.
A: That seems really strange to me.
E: You live in a house with screaming, that seems strange to me.
A: I didn’t choose my house, Elliot. Just ‘cause I live there doesn’t mean I like it.
E: I chose this tree. I chose it because I like it here. Hey, what’s your name, anyway?
A: Alice. My name is Alice.
E: Would you like to see my house, Alice?
A: That’s silly. You’re being silly. If you live in the apple tree, like you say, then we are already here.
E: Not yet. We’re only just outside my home, Alice. Can you climb?
A: Um…. I’ve never really tried.
E: Watch this!
A: Wow! How did you do that? I couldn’t reach that branch if I jumped my highest!
E: Sure you can! Here, let me help you. You can jump up to my hand at least – can’t you, Alice?
A: I don’t know…
E: Whoa! Who was that?! Is that your dad?
A: Um… Yeah. He’s pretty mad.
E: He sure can yell, can’t he?
A: Yeah… I guess so.
E: What’s he mad about?
A: Well, it’s something I did… He’s mad at me….
E: Never mind, Alice. That’s boring. Are you gonna visit my house or not? I don’t have all day, you know.
A: Okay. You’ll help me up, then?
A: You won’t drop me?
E: I will never drop you, Alice.