Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 9 of The Last of Her Kind. And also the last chapter of World War 3. I am actually happy to see this part of it end because I am getting closer to the chapter that will reveal all. I am not going to say what though. You can guess though until I get to the chapter. Two chapters left until everything gets revealed of who Gwendalyn is. Also there is an original scene between the Doctor and Gwendalyn in this chapter as well. I am glad that you guys are liking this so far. I hope that I haven't failed in writing this just yet.I also know that I am updating this a bit faster this time around. Well I had most of this chapter written before I posted chapter 8 up onto the site. I hope that you enjoy this chapter. Without further ado Chapter 9 of The Last of Her Kind. Allons-y!
No World War III
Rose looked over at Harriet. "Hannibal?"
"Hannibal crossed the Alps by dissolving boulders with vinegar." Harriet explained to the young woman.
"Oh. Well, there you go then."
The Doctor poured them all a drink. He handed the glasses to Rose and Harriet before looking over at Gwendalyn. He held a glass out to her.
Gwendalyn smiled and took it from him. "At least we know where they are from." She said softly as they all took a drink that the Doctor had given to them. She let out a soft sigh.
"We will figure out why they are here." The Doctor told her with a reassuring smile.
"We don't have a lot of time. I fear." Gwendalyn said putting the glass down and shaking her head. This was going to be a very long night for them. Perhaps too long of a night. They didn't even know what kind of danger that they were getting into.
"Listen to this." Mickey said to them.
"Our inspectors have searched the sky above our heads and they have found massive weapons of destruction capable of being deployed within forty five seconds." Green said.
The Doctor's eyes widened. "What?"
"We are facing extinction, unless we strike first. The United Kingdom stands directly beneath the belly of the mother ship I beg of the United Nations, pass an emergency resolution. Give us the access codes. A nuclear strike at the heart of the beast is our only chance of survival because from this moment on it is my solemn duty to inform you planet Earth is at war."
"That is bullshit." Gwendalyn said, crossing her arms. "Complete bullshit. A lie."
"He's making it up. There's no weapons up there, there's no threat. He just invented it." The Doctor said, putting his hands on the table.
"Do you think they'll believe him?" Harriet asked, looking at them.
"They did last time." Rose said, crossing her arms.
"That's why the Slitheen went for spectacle. They want the whole world panicking, because you lot, you get scared, you lash out." The Doctor told them.
"Out of fear of what is out there." Gwendalyn said letting out a soft sigh. "They do anything to keep the world protected."
"They release the defence code…" Rose said, realizing what was going on.
"And the Slitheen go nuclear." The Doctor said shaking his head
"But why?" Harriet asked looking at the Doctor.
"There must be an answer. The Slitheen are the only ones that have the answer to our questions." Gwendalyn said, crossing her arms.
The Doctor opened the metal shutters.
Gwendalyn looked out the window.
"You get the codes, release the missiles, but not into space because there's nothing there. You attack every other country on Earth. They retaliate, fight back. World War Three. Whole planet gets nuked."
"Can we say a place where no one can live." Gwendalyn said, shaking her head. "A nuclear winter."
"And we can sit through it safe in our spaceship waiting in the Thames. Not crashed, just parked. Only two minutes away." Margaret said.
Harriet looked at Margaret. "But you'll destroy the planet, this beautiful place. What for?"
"Profit. That's what the signal is beaming into space. An advert." The Doctor said.
"The sale of the century. We reduce the Earth to molten slag, then sell it piece by piece. Radioactive chucks, capable of powering every cut-price star liner and budget cargo ship. There's a recession out there, Doctor. People are buying cheap. This rock becomes raw fuel." Margaret said looking at them.
"At the cost of five billions lives." The Doctor said.
Gwendalyn moved next to the Doctor.
"I give you a choice. Leave this planet or I'll stop you."
"What, you? Trapped in your box?"
Gwendalyn pressed the button and the shutters closed around them. Gwendalyn looked at him. "We have to stop them." Gwendalyn said softly.
The Doctor nodded his head. He knew that they would have to stop them. But stopping them was going to be hard.
Gwendalyn looked at him. "I know you will come up with a good plan."
The Doctor nodded his head. At least Gwendalyn was putting her faith in him. That meant the world to him to know that.
"Alright, Doctor. I'm not saying that I trust you or what's her face, but there must be something you can do." Jackie said to the two of them.
Gwendalyn rolled her eyes. Of course Jackie didn't really know her name and most likely didn't care what her name was.
"If we could ferment the port, we could make acetic acid." Harriet said.
"Mickey, any luck?" Rose asked her boyfriend hoping that he had found something.
"There's loads of emergency numbers. They're all on voicemail." Mickey told them.
Gwendalyn groaned. "Of course."
"Voicemail dooms us all." Harriet said, placing her hands on the table.
"If we could just get out of here." Rose said looking at the Doctor.
"There's a way out." The Doctor said.
"There's always been a way out." He said softly. He rubbed his face. He couldn't believe that he was now bringing it up. It was dangerous to everyone that was in that room right now.
"Then why don't we use it?"
"Because Gwendalyn and I can't guarantee your daughter will be safe."
"Don't you dare. Whatever it is, don't you dare." Jackie said.
"That's the thing. If I don't dare, everyone dies."
"Do it." Rose said.
Gwendalyn looked at the Doctor.
"You don't even know what it is. You'd just let us do that?"
Rose looked at the two of them. "Yeah."
"Please Doctor. Please. She's my daughter. She's just a kid." Jackie said, trying to reason with him.
"Don't you think I don't know that? Because this is my life Jackie. It's not fun, it's not smart, it's just standing up and making a decision because nobody else will. And I dragged Gwendalyn into this well."
"Then what are you two waiting for?" Rose asked.
"I could save the world but lose you and Gwendalyn." The Doctor said sadly.
Gwendalyn took his hand in hers. "I will stand on the choice you make." She was going to stand by him no matter what.
The Doctor squeezed her hand with his.
"Except it's not your decision, Doctor. It's mine." Harriet said looking at them.
"And who the hell are you?" Jackie demanded.
"Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North. The only elected representative in this room, chosen by the people for the people. And on behalf of the people, I command you. Do it." Harriet told them.
Gwendalyn looked at the Doctor. She nodded her head.
"How do we get out?" Rose asked the two of them.
Gwendalyn shook her head.
"We don't. We stay here." The Doctor told her sadly.
Gwendalyn opened the box and handed him the protocols.
"Use the buffalo password. It overrides everything."
"What're you doing?" Jackie asked.
"Hacking into the Royal Navy. We're in. Here it is. HMS Taurean, Trafalgar Class submarine, ten miles off the coast of Plymouth."
"Right, we need to select a missile."
"We can't go nuclear. We don't have the defence codes."
"We don't need it."
"All we need is just an ordinary missile right?" She asked looking over at him.
"Right that is all we need. What's the first category?"
"Sub Harpoon, UGM-A4A." Mickey told him.
"That's the one. Select."
"I could stop you." Jackie told Mickey.
"Do it, then." Mickey said to Jackie.
"Are you ready for this?" The Doctor asked Mickey.
Gwendalyn took a deep breath and squeezed his hand.
"Mickey the idiot, the world is in your hands." He took a deep breath. "Fire."
Harriet looked around. "How solid are these?"
"Not solid enough. Built for short range attack, nothing this big." The Doctor said looking at Harriet.
"Alright, now I'm making the decision. I'm not going to die. We're going to ride this one out. It's like what they say about earthquakes. You can survive them by standing under a door frame. Now, this cupboard's small so it's strong. Come and help me. Come on." Rose told Harriet.
Harriet and Rose began to clean out the cupboard getting everything out that was needed out of the cupboard.
Gwendalyn bit her lip. She closed her eyes. This was now or never and hopefully no one would stop the attack. This is what they needed.
"It's on radar." Mickey told them. "Counter defence five five six."
"Stop them intercepting it." The Doctor told Mickey.
"I'm doing it now."
"Good boy." The Doctor told him.
"Five five six neutralised."
"Good." Gwendalyn said.
The Doctor unplugged the phone. He moved quickly with Gwendalyn and the two of them got into the cupboard.
The four of them huddled up underneath one of the shelves.
Gwendalyn closed her eyes.
"Gwendalyn." The Doctor said looking at her.
Gwendalyn looked at him. She saw the look that he had in his eyes. She nodded her head. "Right."
"Here we go." Harriet said. She held onto the Doctor's hand while the Doctor held onto Rose's hand. Gwendalyn was perched on his lap. "Nice knowing you three. Hannibal!"
Gwendalyn's hands went up and a purple light came out of them surrounding them as the cupboard shakes and rolls through the remains of what was left of the building in its steel shell. She opened her eyes and her hands went down.
The Doctor pushed the steel door off.
Harriet was the first one out. "Made in Britain." She said with a smile.
"Oh, my god. Are you alright?" Price asked.
"Harriet Jones. MP, Flydale North. I want you to contact the UN immediately. Tell the ambassadors the crisis is over. They can step down. Go on, tell the news."
The Doctor, Rose and Gwendalyn came out.
"Someone's got a hell of a job or sorting this lot out. Oh, Lord. We haven't even got a Prime Minister." Harriet said realizing that there was no one to help with that.
The Doctor smiled. "Maybe you should have a go."
"Me? Huh. I'm only a back-bencher."
"I'd vote for you." Rose said looking at Harriet.
"Now, don't be silly. Look, I'd better go and see if I can help. Hang on!" Harriet said, making her way down the pile of rubble. "We're safe. The Earth is safe."
Gwendalyn laughed lightly and shook her head.
"I thought I knew the name. Harriet Jones, future Prime Minister." He said crossing his arms. "Elected for three successive terms. The architect of Britain's Golden Age."
"Let's go." Gwendalyn said looping her arm with his.
The three of them began to walk away from the scene.
Rose had returned home while Gwendalyn and the Doctor returned to the Tardis.
Gwendalyn put her hands on the terminal. She looked at the Doctor. "We should call Rose and tell her where we are going."
The Doctor nodded his head. "You have the code for it?" He questioned her.
She held up the paper that was in her hand. A small smile graced her lips. "Yes, I do."
He smiled. "Good." He picked up the phone that he was going to use which was a 1970's Trimphone. He waited for Rose to answer. "Right, Gwendalyn and I will be there for a couple of hours, then we can go." The Doctor shook his head. "You think I can travel through space and time and I haven't got a phone? Like I said, couple of hours. I've just got to send out this dispersal. There you go. That's cancelling out the Slitheen's advert in case any bargain hunters turn up."
Gwendalyn chuckled. She crossed her arms. She had to admit that this was nice. Just the two of them for now before they continued on their travels with Rose with them. This was going to prove very interesting for the rest of the trip.
"Good. Put her on a slow heat and let her simmer."
Gwendalyn smacked him on the arm.
"Ow." He said rubbing his arm. "I don't do that. I am also sure that Gwendalyn doesn't do that either."
"What?" Gwendalyn asked, tilting her head to the side.
"Rose's mother is cooking." He told her.
Gwendalyn shook her head. "I don't eat much and we don't have a lot of time. I want to travel as soon as possible." She told him to cross her arms again. "I also don't have a family. Domestics." She shook her head. She wasn't one for a family. But perhaps one day. One day very soon she would have a family of her own.
"Tough. Gwendalyn and I have better things to do." The Doctor shook his head. "Not to me and Gwendalyn. Well, she's not ours." He rolled his eyes. "Well, you can stay there if you want, but right now there's this plasma storm brewing in the Horsehead Nebula. Fires are burning ten million miles wide. I could fly the Tardis right into the heart of it then ride the shock wave all the way out. Hurtle right across the sky and end up anywhere. Your choice." He told Rose. He hung up his phone.
"And knowing us we wouldn't have that safe of a landing."
Gwendalyn clicked her tongue against her teeth. She giggled lightly. "You know it is true. There have been a few times that we didn't land lightly."
"Everybody's a critic."
Gwendalyn shook her head. "Let's get this done so we can continue on our travels."
The Doctor nodded his head.
Gwendalyn bumped her shoulder into his as he started the Tardis up to take them where they needed to go. A few hours was all it was going to take and they would be on their way.
"You should take a look at your head." He told her softly.
Gwendalyn looked at him. "Worried?"
The Doctor lifted his hand up moving her bangs from her face. He swallowed the lump that was in his throat. "Yes, I was." His hand rested against her cheek.
Gwendalyn smiled and brought her hand up to his and placed it on top of his. "I will get cleaned up. I didn't mean to make you worry." She said softly. "I'll go change as well."
The Doctor nodded his head.
Gwendalyn removed her hand from his and she moved away from him. She went to go and find the wardrobe that was in the Tardis to change into something else.
Gwendalyn looked through the things that were there for her to wear. She changed her tight black shirt because it was covered with blood. She changed into a tight black tank top. She cleaned her face up and made sure that the wound that she had received had healed. She couldn't wear her red coat because it had blood on it as well. She picked out another coat that was cropped short and it was red. She fixed her hair into a braid to make sure that it stayed out of her face.
She went to go and see the Doctor again. She saw that he was busy putting the code into the Tardis to stop the Slitheen's code for bargain hunters. She crossed her arms and smiled. "Code all in?"
The doctor looked up from what he was doing. His eyes widened when he saw that she was in more form fitting clothes this time. He cleared his throat. "Yeah."
Gwendalyn laughed lightly. "Wonderful." She said walking over to him.
"We're going to go back to Powell Estate."
"Let me guess to find the kid that put Bad Wolf on the Tardis?"
He looked into her blue eyes. "Yes."
Gwendalyn nodded her head. "Good. Because the Bad Wolf on the side of this thing is dangerous." Gwendalyn rubbed her arms remembering what had happened when they were in 1869 on Christmas Eve. She remembered what the girl had said. The Big Bad Wolf. It unnerved her. What on earth did it mean? But she wasn't willing to find out about it. Not in the least bit.
The Doctor had found the kid that had put the Bad Wolf tag on the Tardis. He was making the kid clean it off of his time machine.
Mickey sat on a rubbish bin reading the newspaper.
Gwendalyn crossed her arms and closed her eyes.
"Good lad. Graffiti that again and I'll have you. Now, beat it." The Doctor told him.
The boy runs off.
Gwendalyn shook her head. "I could have taken it off with my magic." She said looking at him.
The Doctor shook his head. "No, the kid needed to learn his lesson for graffiti."
Gwendalyn chuckled. "Well the punishment was well, but you didn't need to scare the poor lad." She shook her head and let out a soft sigh. "I think he learned that lesson and then some. You scared him, probably making him think that everyone else is like you if they have had him damage their property.
The Doctor shrugged his shoulders. "Perhaps he learned his lesson."
"I just went down to the shop, and I was thinking, you know, like the whole world's changed. Aliens and spaceships all in public. And here it is." He showed them the paper. "How could they do that? They saw it." Mickey didn't understand why they would not believe what they had seen. Hell he believed it. He was sitting in front of two aliens at that moment.
The Doctor shook his head. "They're just not ready. You're happy to believe in something that's invisible, but if it's staring you in the face, nope, you can't see it. There's a scientific explanation for that. You're thick."
"Perhaps thick is good though. You just need time to grow." Gwendalyn said with a small smile.
"We're just idiots."
"Well, not all of you." The Doctor said looking at him.
"Yeah?" Mickey asked, surprised that the Doctor would say that to him.
"Present for you, Mickey." He handed a CD over to him. "That's a virus. Put it online. It'll destroy every mention of me. I'll cease to exist."
"What do you want to do that for?"
"Because you're right, I am dangerous. I don't want anybody following me."
Gwendalyn put her hand on his arm. "I will still go with you. I am in danger here if I stay here."
The Doctor looked at her and nodded his head. He knew that Gwendalyn wouldn't leave him.
Jackie and Rose came out of the block.
"How can you say that and then take her with you? And her as well." Mickey asked, looking at the two of them.
"You could look after her. Come with us." The Doctor said. "And Gwendalyn can take care of herself. She is in more danger here than she would be out there. She is after all an alien as well."
"It would even it out." Gwendalyn said with a cheeky smile.
"Oi." The Doctor said looking at her.
She laughed lightly. "I am stating the truth. Unless you really want to be seen as a sugar daddy." She gave him a cheeky smile.
The Doctor's cheeks flushed. He hadn't expected her to say that.
"I can't. This life of yours, it's just too much. I couldn't do it. Don't tell her I said that." Mickey told the two of them. He really didn't want Rose to think of him as weak.
"My lips are sealed." Gwendalyn said with a wink.
"I'll get a proper job. I'll work weekends. I'll pass my test, and if Jim comes round again, I'll say no. I really will." Jackie said to her daughter. She was pleading with her to get her to stay there and not travel.
Rose shook her head. "I'm not leaving because of you. I'm travelling, that's all, and then I'll come back."
"But it's not safe." Jackie pleaded.
"Mum, if you saw it out there you'd never stay home."
"Got enough stuff?" The Doctor asked Rose. He wasn't sure of why she was bringing so much stuff with her. After all they could pop back to 2006 and get the items that she needed if she needed anything.
"Last time I stepped in there, it was spur of the moment. Now I'm signing up. You're stuck with me." She handed him her rucksack. She went over to her boyfriend. "Come with us. There's plenty of room." She really wanted Mickey to come with them. She missed him and wanted to be with him.
"No chance. He's a liability, I'm not having him on board." The Doctor said looking at Rose. He wouldn't tell her that it was Mickey who had made the choice.
"We'd be dead without him." Rose argued with him.
"My decision is final."
"Plus he has people to look after." Gwendalyn said, crossing her arms. She leaned against the Tardis tiredly. Today had taken a lot out of her and she just wanted to go on the next adventure.
"Sorry." Rose apologized to him.
"Besides it is for the best." Gwendalyn said looking at Rose.
Rose gave a kiss to Mickey.
"Good luck, yeah?" Mickey told Rose.
"You still can't promise me. What if she gets lost? What if something happens to you Doctor, and she's left all alone standing on some moon a million light years away. How long do I wait then?" Jackie asked the two of them.
Gwendalyn looked at Jackie. "I won't let nothing happen to the Doctor. He will make sure that she is safe and so will I."
"Mum, you're forgetting. It's a time machine. I could go travelling around suns and planets and all the way out to the edge of the universe, and by the time I get back, yeah, ten seconds would have passed. Just ten seconds. So stop worrying. See you in ten second's time, yeah?" Rose hugs her mother.
Gwendalyn and the Doctor walked into the Tardis and Rose followed them.
Gwendalyn looked at the Doctor. "Where shall we travel to next?" Gwendalyn asked.
Rose looked at Gwendalyn. "Is there any way we could go and perhaps see your planet?" Rose asked softly. She really wanted to see Gwendalyn's planet. She wanted to know what it was like. After all she knew what had happened to their planets, but she wanted to see them in their primes.
Gwendalyn stiffened. She closed her eyes and clenched her fist tightly.
The Doctor shook his head. "No. I am afraid we can't do that." He told her. He didn't really want to tell Rose why they weren't going to go there. So many bad things could happen there if they had ever gotten caught.
"Why not?" Rose questioned crossing her arms.
"Tardis's aren't allowed on the planet. And if she goes onto the planet they would deem her as a traitor and behead her." The Doctor explained.
Rose gasped. "No." That was not something that she was expecting as the answer.
"That's how my people work. Ever since a certain Time Lord had come onto the planet in a Tardis, he swept the princess away and it had been a law ever since. That is if he was ever caught. And me travelling with a time lord puts me in a place I don't want to be." She looked at the Doctor and cleared her throat. "I'm going to go…" Her voice cracked a little bit. "I'm going to go to my room." She darted out of the room. She couldn't bear being in that room at that moment. She needed to be alone.
Gwendalyn sat in her room. She had come too close. Way too close to the secret that she had been holding for sometime now. Something that she didn't want Rose or the Doctor to know until she was good and ready to tell them. She wasn't ready for that just yet. She had changed out of her jeans and boots and was in sweatpants. She had removed her jacket and just sat there in silence. Her mind was wandering to a place that well she didn't want it to go. What she needed to tell the Doctor. She was afraid to. The last thing that she needed was him passing judgement on her for her keeping such a secret. Perhaps what the Face of Boe had said to her a while ago was becoming more and more true. The Doctor hopefully would understand it.
There was a knock on the door causing her to look up.
"Gwendalyn." The Doctor said through the door.
She let out a soft sigh. "Come in Doctor."
The Doctor opened the door and went into her room. "You alright?"
"Fine." She said softly.
"I don't think you are." He pointed out. He knew that there was something wrong with her. Very wrong with her. He wanted to know what was bothering her so much.
Gwendalyn let out a soft sigh. "I guess I can't get nothing past you can I?" She questioned him as she locked her blue eyes with his.
The Doctor shook his head. "No, you can't. Tell me what is wrong."
She pulled her knees up to her chest. "I cannot understand why Rose wants to see my planet so badly." She whispered.
"I cannot blame her. Your planet was beautiful."
Gwendalyn laughed lightly. "Yeah, but it still hurts to know that if I ever went there in the past I would be deemed as a traitor."
"I wouldn't let them hurt you."
"Is that all that is bothering you?"
"Doctor. It's fine." She told him with a small smile. "I don't want to be a burden on you."
The Doctor got closer to her. "Gwendalyn you aren't a burden. You never will be."
She smiled a small sad smile.
He sat down next to her. "Don't let what Rose said bring back bad memories."
Gwendalyn looked at him. "There aren't many bad memories that I have when I was living on Helmos." She said resting her head on her knees. "I have only good memories there. And realizing that I can never go back there well… it hurts. It hurts a lot. All because of the Time War."
"I know." He said softly.
"I should um… get to bed." She said softly.
The Doctor stood up and nodded his head knowing that she wanted some time to herself. "Have a good night."
"You too Doctor."
The Doctor smiled at her. He turned and went to the door. He wasn't going to get some sleep, but he was going to allow her to get some rest. He opened the door and closed it behind him. He had a feeling that she was still hiding something. He felt a pang in his chest. He didn't know why she didn't trust him. Was it something that would hurt everyone in the end? He hoped not. Perhaps when she was ready she would tell him what was wrong.
This is the end of Chapter 9. Please let me know what you think of it so far. I would love to know how I am doing. What do you guys think of Gwendalyn so far? I think she is a BAMF right now. But the next chapter will be showing a side of her that now one has seen quite yet. Also what do you guys think of the relationship that is forming between the Doctor and her. It's not moving too fast is it? I just am curious. I didn't want it to move too quickly. But it will be picking up fairly quickly once everything is revealed in Chapter 12 when we get there. Until next time guys. Much love, 3.