Last of Her Kind @rainbowhairedgirl
Chapter 13

Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 13 of The Last of Her Kind. I hope that you all enjoyed the last chapter. I know I enjoyed writing it. I also enjoyed writing this chapter as well. I couldn't wait to write this. I was excited to get this one up. I couldn't help it, but got it up as soon as I could. I couldn't help, but write this chapter. I was pointed to the fact that Gwendalyn is pretty much a mouthful. You will get to see her nickname in this chapter. It took me a bit to get Gwendalyn's nickname for the Ninth Doctor. It took me this long to get her nickname down, and I do apologize for that. I never meant for it to take that long to give her a nickname. But without further ado chapter 13 of The Last of Her Kind. Allons-y!

Chapter 13

First Date Not So Much

The Tardis materialised and the Doctor, Rose, and Gwendalyn stepped out of it.

"So, it's two hundred thousand, and it's a spaceship. No, wait a minute, space station, and er, go and try that gate over there. Off you go." The Doctor said with a smile.

"Two hundred thousand?"Rose asked, looking over at him..

"Two hundred thousand." The Doctor confirmed.

Gwendalyn laughed lightly, shaking her head lightly, crossing her arms as she looked over at the two of them.

"Right." Rose opened the Tardis door. "Adam? Out you come."

Adam came out and his jaw dropped. "Oh, my God."

Gwendalyn laughed lightly. She should have known that he was going to act like that. It wasn't uncommon for someone to act that way. Not when they weren't used to travelling like they were.

"Don't worry, you'll get used to it." Rose said looking over at Adam.

"Where are we?" Adam asked, curious of where he was.

"Good question. Let's see. So, er, judging by the architecture, I'd say we're around the year two hundred thousand. If you listen."

"Yeah." Adam said softly.

"Engines. We're on some sort of space station. Yeah definitely a space station."

Gwendalyn looked up at the Doctor. "You shouldn't have allowed her to look so smart around him." She whispered to him.

The Doctor laughed lightly. "Oh come on Lyn."

Gwendalyn shook her head. "It's not that fair." She rolled her eyes. "Besides making her look smart… it will only make him want her more."

"It's a bit warm in here." Rose said tugging at the collar of her coat."They could turn the heating down."

Gwendalyn removed her coat and put it around her middle.

"Tell you what. Let's try that gate. Come On!" Rose said, grabbing onto Adam's arm.

The Doctor looked at Gwendalyn with a smile. "Shall we Lyn?"

Gwendalyn nodded her head.

The Doctor slung his arm over her shoulder.

The four of them walked through the metal gate and went to the viewing window.

Rose looked over and her smile fell. What was going on between the two of them. They weren't acting like that before. What on Earth were the two of them playing at. "Here we go!" She said pushing the feeling that she was feeling right at that moment. "I'll let the Doctor describe it."

Gwendalyn rested her head against his shoulder.

"The Fourth greatest and bountiful Human Empire. And there it is, planet Earth at its height. Covered with megacities, five moons, population ninety six billion. The hub of a galactic domain stretching across a million planets, a million species, with mankind right in the middle." The Doctor said with a smile.

Gwendalyn grinned. She loved it when he was smart with knowing things.

Adam faints.

Gwendalyn shook her head.

"He's your boyfriend." The Doctor said to Rose with a shake of his head.

Gwendalyn rubbed her mouth so she wouldn't laugh at what had happened.

"Not any more." Rose said, crossing her arms.

Gwendalyn shook her head. How could someone be so fickle when it comes to men. What was she? Footloose and fancy free? Gwendalyn waved her hand and a soft purple sparkling wind woke up Adam.

"What…" Adam looked around confused.

"You fainted." Gwendalyn said, pointing out what had happened to him.

Adam blushed. He couldn't believe that he had fainted.

DWDWDW

"Come on, Adam. Open your mind. You're going to like this." The Doctor said with a smile.

"Are you certain about this?" Gwendalyn asked looking up at him.

The Doctor looked at Gwendalyn and nodded his head. "Yes, Lyn." He said moving some of her hair away from her shoulder in a manner that made Rose think that they were in a relationship together. "You're going to like this Adam. Fantastic period of history. The human race at its most intelligent. Culture, art, politics. This era has got fine food, good manners."

"Out of the way!" A man yelled.

Gwendalyn looked at the Doctor. "Something isn't right here."

The Doctor nodded his head. He knew that to be very true.

"Fine cuisine?" Rose asked over the arguing that was going on.

"My watch must be wrong." The Doctor said poking his watch. "No, it's fine. It's weird."

"That's what comes of showing off. Your history's not as good as you thought it was." Rose said poking fun at the Doctor.

"My history's perfect."

"Well, obviously not."

Gwendalyn shook her head. This was becoming weirder and weirder.

"They're all human. What about the millions of planets, the millions of species? Where are they?" Adam asked the Doctor.

"Good question." The Doctor said looking around.

"Hm. Very good question." Gwendalyn said looking at the Doctor. She could see the wheels turning in his head trying to figure out what was going on.

"Actually, that is a good question. Adam, me old mate, you must be starving."

"No, I'm just a bit time sick." Adam said rubbing his arm.

"Oh no. There is no such thing." Gwendalyn said, waving her hand.

"Right. You just need a bit of grub. Oi, mate." He called the vender. "How much is a kronkburger?"

"Two credits twenty, sweetheart. Now join the queue." The chef told the Doctor.

"Money. We need money. Let's use a cash point." The Doctor said moving away from Gwendalyn.

Gwendalyn shook her head. Men and their stomachs. She was hoping that it would help calm down Adam after he had fainted. No one really got time sick. Not in the way that he was talking anyways. She followed the two of them as the Doctor used his sonic to make a card.

"There you go, pocket money. Don't spend it all on sweets." The Doctor said, handing Adam the card.

"How does it work?" Adam asked looking at the Doctor confused.

"Go and find out. Stop nagging me."

He looked at Gwendalyn. "How does it work?"

Gwendalyn crossed her arms and let out a little sigh. "Sorry can't help you there."

"The thing is, Adam, time traveler's like visiting Paris."

"Or visiting Rome." Gwendalyn said with a shrug of her shoulders.

"You can't just read the guide book, you've got to throw yourself in. Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers. Or is that just me?" The Doctor rambled.

Gwendalyn shook her head. "That's just you." She said looking at the Doctor.

"Oi."

"You asked."

"The thing is, stop asking questions, go and do it. Off you go, then. Your first date." He told Rose and Adam.

"You're going to get a smack, you are." Rose said to him.

"Don't worry he will end up putting his foot in his mouth sooner or later." Gwendalyn told Rose. "You two just have fun and be careful."

Rose nodded her head.

The two of them left to go and be alone while the Doctor and Gwendalyn went to do their own thing.

Gwendalyn looked at the Doctor. "Something is very wrong." Gwendalyn said, running her hand through her hair.

The Doctor nodded his head. "Come on." He said taking her hand in his leading her to two smartly dressed women. "Er, this is going to sound daft, but can you tell us where we are?"

Gwendalyn looked at the two women hoping that they would be able to help them out. Figuring out where they were was going to help them out a lot.

"Floor one three nine. Could they write it any bigger?" Cathica asked, looking at the two of them.

Gwendalyn rubbed the back of her neck. Of course they would think that something was wrong.

"Floor one three nine of what?" The Doctor asked, looking at the two of them.

"Must've been a hell of a party." Cathica said, shaking her head. She couldn't believe that the two of them were even there asking that question.

"You're on Satellite Five." Suki said looking at the two of them.

"What's Satellite Five?" Gwendalyn asked, tilting her head to the side.

The Doctor nodded his head knowing that was going to be his next question.

"Come on, how could you get on board without knowing where you are?" Cathica asked, looking at the two of them.

"Look at me. I'm stupid." The Doctor said rubbing his head.

"Hold on." Suki said looking at the two of them.

Gwendalyn sucked in some air. Uh oh this wasn't good. Not in the least bit. Hopefully those two wouldn't be able to find out that they were time travellers.

"Are you and your wife a test? Some sort of management test kind of thing?"

Gwendalyn's face went pink. There it was again. Her being called his wife. She would never be his wife. They were just friends. Nothing more and nothing less.

"You've got us." The Doctor said laughing lightly. "Well done. You're too clever for us." He holds up his psychic paper.

"We were warned about this in basic training. All workers have to be versed in company promotion." Suki said looking at the two of them.

Gwendalyn let out a sigh of relief. They weren't caught onto yet which was a good thing. It put her at ease.

"Right, fire away, ask your questions. If it gets me to Floor five hundred I'll do anything." Cathica said looking at the two of them.

Gwendalyn looked at him. She nudged him in the arm.

The Doctor smiled and nodded his head. "Why, what happens to Floor five hundred?"

"The walls are made of gold. And you should know Mister and Miss Management. So, this is what we do." Cathica goes over to a wall monitor. "Latest news, sandstorms on the new Venus archipelago. Two hundred dead. Glasgow water riots into their third day. Space lane seventy seven closed by sunspot activity. And over on the Bad Wolf channel, the Face of Boe has just announced he's pregnant."

"I get it. You broadcast the news." The Doctor said putting his hands in the pockets.

"We are the news. We're the journalists, We write it, package it and sell it. Six hundred channels. All coming out of Satellit Five broadcasting everywhere." Cathica told them.

Gwendalyn and the Doctor nodded their heads.

"Nothing happens in the whole human empire without it going through us." Cathica told them even more.

Gwendalyn looked at Cathica. "Mind showing us?" She asked, looking between the two women.

Cathica and Suki nodded their heads.

Gwendalyn smiled. "Fantastic."

"Oi!" The Doctor shouted causing both Rose and Adam to look at the two of them. "Mutt and Jeff! Over here!"

"Really Doctor?" Gwendalyn asked with a shake of her head.

"Oh come on you know you like it."

Gwendalyn laughed lightly and nudged him with her shoulder. "Now I don't think that really matters." She said with a grin.

DWDWDW

They had gone into the newsroom.

"Now, everybody behave. We have a management inspection. How do you want it, by the book?" Cathica asked, looking at them.

"Right from scratch, thanks." The Doctor said with a smile.

"Okay. So, ladies, gentlemen, multi-sex, undecided or robot. My name is Cathica Santini Khadeni. That's Cathica with a C, in case you want to write to floor five hundred praising me, and please do. Now, please feel free to ask any questions. The process of news gathering must be open, honest, and beyond bias. That's company policy."

"Actually it's the law." Suki said looking up at Cathica.

"Yes, thank you, Suki. Okay, keep it calm. Don't show off for the guests. Here we go." Cathica said getting into the seat. "And engage safety."

The seven members held out their hands over little palm print circles that were before them.

Gwendalyn quirked her black thin eyebrow. Now this was something that she wanted to know what was going on.

"What are we doing here for?" Rose asked, looking at the two aliens.

Gwendalyn looked at her. "Shhh."

Rose sent her a glare.

Cathica clicks her fingers and her forehead opens up.

Gwendalyn's eyes widened. She turned herself into the Doctor.

The Doctor pulled her into his chest. He knew she hated seeing inside someone else's head.

"And three, two, and spike." Cathica said as a beam of light connected to her.

"Compressed information, streaming into her. Reports from every city, every county, every planet, and they all get packaged inside her head. She becomes part of the software. Her brain is the computer." The Doctor explained to the two humans that were with them.

"If it all goes through her, she must be a genius." Rose said softly.

"Oh no." Gwendalyn.

"Nah, she wouldn't remember any of it. There's too much. Her head would blow up. The brain's the processor. As soon as it closes she forgets."

"So, what about all these people round the edge?" Rose asked looking at the people that were around Cathica.

"They've all got tiny little chips in their head, connecting them to her and they transmit six hundred channels. Every single fact in the Empire beams out of this place. Now that's what I call power." The Doctor said, shaking his head.

Gwendalyn let out a soft sigh and shook her head. "Power that shouldn't be like this."

Rose looked over at Adam. "You alright?"

"I can see her brain." Adam said softly.

"Do you want to get out?" She asked, tilting her head to the side.

"No. No, this technology, it's amazing."

"Amazing. Bull." Gwendalyn said, shaking her head.

"This technology is wrong." The Doctor said, shaking his head.

"Trouble?" Rose asked looking at the two of them.

"Oh, yeah." The Doctor said with a smile.

"Why is it that we always go for trouble." Gwendalyn muttered.

"But you love it Lyn."

Gwendalyn elbowed him lightly in the ribs causing him to laugh a little bit.

Suki pulled her hands away like she had been shocked.

"Come off it, Suki. I wasn't even halfway. What was that for?" Cathica asked, looking at Suki with a look that probably could kill.

"Sorry. It must've been a glitch." Suki said apologizing to Cathica.

"Oh."

Gwendalyn looked at the Doctor. "And here is trouble." She said, shaking her head.

"Promotion." A wall lights up with the word.

"Come on. This is it. Come on. Oh God, make it me. Come on, say my name, say my name, say my name." Cathica said, pleading with the computer to say her name.

"Promotion for Suki Macrae Cantrell. Please proceed to Floor five hundred." The computer said.

"I don't believe it. Floor five hundred." Suki said in surprise.

"How the hell did you manage that? I'm above you."

"I don't know. I just applied on the off chance and they've said yes."

"That's so not fair. I've been applying to Floor five hundred for three years."

"What's floor five hundred?" Rose asked confused.

"The walls are made of gold." Gwendalyn and the Doctor said at the same time.

Rose looked at the two of them in shock. Had they been getting information while she was with Adam? That was so not fair. She wanted to come to the bottom of why they were being so close together. She didn't understand that. There was no way that they would be this friendly with one another and hang on each other if they didn't have some kind of deep past with one another.

Cathica and Suki were leaving.

Gwendalyn grabbed onto the Doctor's arm. "Come on."

"Lyn… I know you think it is trouble." The Doctor said with a chuckle poking fun at the black haired woman that was with him.

The four of them followed them out of the newsroom.

"Cathica, I'm going to miss you. Floor five hundred, thank you." Suki said, looking at the Doctor and Gwendalyn.

"We didn't do anything." The Doctor said, shaking his head.

"Well, you and your wife were my lucky charms." Suki said with a smile.

"All right. I'll hug anyone." The Doctor said, hugging Suki.

"Come on, it's not that bad." Rose said looking at Adam.

"What, with the head thing?" Adam complained to Rose.

"Yeah, well, she's closed now." Rose said, shaking her head.

"Yeah, but. It's everything. It freaks me out. And I just need to. If I could just cool down. Sort of acclimatise."

"How do you mean?" Rose asked confused.

"Maybe I could just go and sit on the observation deck. Would that be all right? Soak it in, you know. Pretend I'm a citizen of the year two hundred thousand."

"Do you want me to come with you?"

Gwendalyn quirked her eyebrow. What was he doing? What the hell was Rose thinking? She had a strange feeling that Adam was trying to smooth talk his way out of something.

"No, no, you stick with the Doctor and Gwendalyn. You'd rather be with them. It's just going to take a better man than me to get between the two of you and Gwendalyn. Anyway, I'll be on the deck."

Rose took her Tardis key that the Doctor had given to her and handed it over to him. "Here you go. Take the Tardis key. You know, just in case that it gets a bit too much."

"Yeah, like it's not weird in there."

Gwendalyn shook her head. What the hell was Rose thinking? It was not wise to give the Tardis key to someone who was on their first trip.

"All staff are reminded that the sixty forty break session has been shortened by ten minutes. Thank you." The computer voice said.

Adam left with the key in his hand.

Gwendalyn shook her head. "She shouldn't have done that." Gwendalyn said softly.

The Doctor looked at her confused. "What?"

"Oh nothing." She said brushing it to the side. She thought that the Doctor would figure it out soon enough.

"Oh, my God, I've got to go. I can't keep them waiting. I'm sorry. Say goodbye to Steve for me. Bye!" Suki said as she got onto the lift.

The door closes.

"Good riddance." Cathica said, crossing her arms.

"You're talking like you'll never see her again. She's only going upstairs." The Doctor said in confusion.

"We won't. Once you get to Floor five hundred you never come back." Cathica told them as they began to walk through the cafeteria.

The Doctor looked even more confused.

Gwendalyn knew that there was indeed something wrong.

"Have you ever been up there?" The Doctor asked, looking at Cathica.

"I can't. You need a key for the lift, and you only get a key with promotion. No one gets to five hundred except for the chosen few." Cathica explained to them.

"That doesn't sound like it is fair to everyone else." Gwendalyn said, shaking her head.

DWDWDW

"Look, they only give us twenty minutes maintenance. Can't you give it a rest?" Cathica asked the two of them.

Gwendalyn looked around. This Satellite shouldn't even exist. Not in this way anyways.

"But you've never been to another floor? Not even one floor down?" The Doctor asked as he sat down in the broadcasting chair.

Gwendalyn shook her head at the way that the Doctor was acting. She knew that he wanted to know what was going on.

"I went to floor sixteen when I first arrived. That's medical. That's when I got my head done, and then I came straight here. Satellite Five, you work, eat and sleep on the same floor. That's it, that's all. You're not management are you?" She asked looking at the two of them.

"At last." The Doctor said with a smile. "She's clever."

"Oh be nice." Gwendalyn said, shaking her head.

"Oi I am nice."

"Yeah, well, whatever it is, don't involve me. I don't know anything." Cathica said, crossing her arms.

"Oh do give yourself credit." Gwendalyn said, rolling her eyes.

"Don't you even ask?" The Doctor questioned Cathica.

"Well, why would I?" Cathica asked, looking at the Doctor.

"You're a journalist. Why's all the crew human?"

"What's that got to do with anything?"

"There's no aliens on board. Why?"

"I don't know."

"Surely you know." Gwendalyn said, crossing her arms looking at the girl. "You have to know something."

"No real reason. They're not banned or anything."

"Then where are they?" The Doctor asked, looking at her. He wanted to know why there were no aliens onboard.

"I suppose immigration's tightened up. It's hard too, what with all the threats."

"What threats?"

"I don't know all of them. Usual stuff. ANd the price of space warp doubled so that kept the visitors away. Oh, and the government on Chavic Five's collapsed, so that lot stopped coming, you see. Just lots of little reasons, that's all."

"That doesn't sound right." Gwendalyn said looking over at the Doctor.

"Adding up to one great big fact, and you didn't even notice." The Doctor said looking at Cathica. He was surprised that she hadn't even noticed.

"Doctor and Gwendalyn, I think if there was any kind of conspiracy, Satellite Five would have seen it. We see everything."

"I can see better and so can Gwendalyn. This society's the wrong shape, even the technology." The Doctor said getting up from the chair.

"It's cutting edge." Cathica said.

"No, it isn't." Gwendalyn said, shaking her head.

"It's backwards. There's a great big door in your head. You should've chucked this out years ago."

"So, what do you think's going on?" Rose asked, looking at the Doctor ignoring Gwendalyn who was standing beside him.

"It's not just the space station, it's the whole attitude. It's the way people think. The great and bountiful Human Empire is stunted. Something's holding it back."

"And how do you know?" Cathica said looking at him.

"Trust me, humanity's been set back ninety years. When did Satellite Five start broadcasting?" The Doctor asked.

"What are you thinking?" Gwendalyn asked, looking at him.

"Ninety one years ago." Cathica told him.

Gwendalyn's eyes widened. "Doctor."

"I know." The Doctor grabbed her arm and dragged her out of the newsroom.

Gwendalyn groaned. "Theta you know that I can walk."

The Doctor laughed lightly.

Gwendalyn rolled her eyes at his laugh knowing that he thought it was funny, but she didn't like the idea that he thought it was funny dragging her around.

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This is the end of chapter 13. I hope you enjoyed it. Please let me know what you think. I already started working on the next chapter. Until next time guys. Much Love.

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