Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 22. Four more chapters until this part of the journey ends. I can't say I will be happy that the first season will be over, but it will lead us to the more fun parts. Also the next two chapters will be Bad Wolf. Will Gwendalyn be left alone on the Tardis and if she is in a game what kind of game would she be put into? I already have it figured out that is for sure. I won't reveal what will happen in the next chapter, but I will enjoy it that is for sure. I enjoyed writing this chapter. This chapter will have a jealous Gwendalyn in it. Just a really jealous Gwendalyn and perhaps a swearing Gwendalyn at that. Without further ado Chapter 22. Allons-y!
At Least the World Won't Go Up
The six of them stood in City Hall.
"So, you're a Slitheen, you're on Earth, you're trapped. Your family gets killed , but you teleport out just in the nick of time. You have no means of escape. What do you do? You build a nuclear power station. But what for?" The Doctor asked, looking at Margaret.
"A philanthropic gesture. I've learnt the error of my ways."
"Oh really now? I think not." Gwendalyn snapped.
"And it just so happens to be right on top of a rift." The Doctor said, crossing his arms.
"What rift would that be?" Margaret asked, looking at them.
"A rift in space and time. If this power station went into meltdown, the entire planet would go…"Jack made the noise of the earth exploding.
"This station is designed to explode the minute it reaches capacity." The Doctor said looking at the blonde haired Slitheen that was with them.
Gwendalyn crossed her arms. "And this is something we cannot allow."
"Didn't anyone notice?" Rose asked looking at Margaret. "Isn't there someone in London checking this sort of stuff?"
"We're in Cardiff. London doesn't care. The South Wales coast could fall into the sea and they wouldn't notice. Oh. I sound like a Welshman. God help me, I've gone native."
Gwendalyn rolled her eyes. "Better native than a killer." She said, cocking her hip a little bit arching her eyebrow.
"Says the yank." Margaret said snapping.
"Oh nice come back." Gwendalyn said rolling her eyes and crossing her arms.
"But why would she do that? A great big explosion, she'd only end up killing herself." Mickey said eyeing the blonde haired woman that was mayor.
"She's got a name, you know." The woman snapped.
"She's not even a she, she's a thing." Mickey snapped.
Gwendalyn shook her head. "Regardless of race Mickey. She is still a she."
"Oh, but she is clever." The Doctor said as he removed the middle section of the model to reveal the electronics. "Fantastic."
"Is that a tribophysical waveform macro-kinetic extrapolator?" Jack asked in wonder.
"I haven't seen one of these in years." Gwendalyn said looking at it.
"Couldn't have put it better myself." The Doctor said looking it over.
"Oh, genius! You didn't build this?" Jack asked.
"I have my hobbies. A little tinkering." Margaret said with a smile.
"No, no, no. I mean, you really didn't build this. Way beyond you."
"Not even I am capable of making something like this." Gwendalyn said, shaking her head. "And my kind was good with things like this, but never would we make something like that."
"I bet she stole it." Mickey bit out glaring at the blonde haired woman.
"Now that wasn't polite." Gwendalyn said, sending a pointed look in Mickey's direction. "How did you get this?" She wanted to know how Margaret had gotten her hands on such a thing like this.
"It fell into my hands." Margaret replied looking at the black haired woman.
"Is it a weapon?" Rose asked, looking at Jack, Gwendalyn, and the Doctor.
"It's transport. You see, if the reactor blows, the rift opens. Phenomenal cosmic disaster. But this thing shrouds you in a forcefield. You have this energy bubble, so you're safe. Then you feed it the coordinates, stand on top, and ride the concussion all the way out of the solar system." Jack told them.
"Wouldn't have said it better myself." Gwendalyn said, crossing her arms. "This just doesn't fall into the hands of someone like you. No one would ever let something like that out of their sight if they could help it."
"It's a surfboard." Mickey said, shaking his head.
"A pan-dimensional surfboard, yeah." Jack said nodding his head at Mickey's statement.
"And it would've worked. I'd have surfed away from this dead end dump and back to civilisation." Margaret said glaring at them.
"You'd blow up a whole planet just to get a lift?" Mickey asked, looking at the woman.
"Like stepping on an anthill."
"How'd you think of the name?" The Doctor asked, looking at the banner that was hanging up.
Gwendalyn tilted her head.
"What, Blaidd Drwg? It's Welsh." The woman said looking at the Doctor.
"I know, but how did you think of it?" He asked again.
"I chose it at random, that's all. I don't know. It just sounded good. Does it matter?"
"Blaidd Drwg." The Doctor shook his head.
Gwendalyn averted her eyes. She groaned.
"What's it mean?" Rose asked, looking at the two aliens in confusion.
"Bad Wolf." Gwendalyn and the Doctor said at the same time.
"But I've heard that before. Bad Wolf. I've heard that a lot of time." Rose said to them.
"Trust me sister you aren't the only one." Gwendalyn said, shaking her head.
"Everywhere we go. Two words following us. Bad Wolf." The Doctor shook his head.
"How can they be following us?" Rose asked in confusion.
"Nah, just a coincidence. Like hearing a word on the radio then hearing it all day. Never mind Things to do. Margaret, we're going to take you home."
Gwendalyn crossed her arms. She knew that it wasn't going to be like that. She knew that the Doctor thought it was just coincidence, but Gwendalyn didn't think of it that way. It wasn't possible. Not seeing it every single place that they had gone.
"Hold on, isn't that the easy option, like letting her go?" Jack asked, looking at the Doctor.
"I don't believe it! We actually get to go to Raxa. Wait a minute. Raxacor…"
"Raxacoricofallapatorius." The Doctor said not to look at Rose.
"Raxacorico… fallapatorius." Gwendalyn said looking at her.
"Raxacoricofallapatorius." Rose said with a smile. "That's it. I did it."
"They have the death penalty."
"Most planets do." Gwendalyn said looking at the woman.
"The family Slitheen was tried in its absence many years ago and found guilty with no chance of appeal. According to the statutes of the government, the moment I return, I am to be executed. What do you make of that Doctor? Gwendalyn. Take me home and you take me to my death."
Gwendalyn crossed her arms.
"Not our problem." The Doctor said with narrowed eyes.
"And you." Margaret asked, looking at Gwendalyn.
"Oh, no you don't. Don't you dare bring me into this." Gwendalyn hissed. She would never be allowed to return home because it wasn't there and that was the same with her Theta as well.
"This ship is impossible. It's superb. How do you get the outside around the inside?" Margaret asked, looking at the Doctor.
Gwendalyn was busy helping Jack with what he was working on. She had removed her red jacket that she wore and her black hair was braided back.
"Like I'd give you the secret, yeah." The Doctor grumbled.
"I almost feel better about being defeated. I never stood a chance. This is the technology of the gods."
Gwendalyn shook her head as she worked. Having her there was something that she was not willing to deal with, but she needed to do so. Because it was the only way to keep the Earth safe. Her home for almost 400 years.
"Don't worship me. I'd make a very bad god and the same way with Lyn. You wouldn't get a day off, for starters. Jack, how are we doin, big fella?"
Gwendalyn laughed. "Oi. I'm helping him."
The Doctor rubbed the back of his head. "Sorry Lyn."
"Yeah sure you are." She said, sending him a look.
"This extrapolator's top of the range. Where did you get it?" Jack asked, looking at Margaret.
"Oh, I don't know. Some airlock sale?"
Gwendalyn rolled her eyes. Of course beating around the bush. She hated it when people did that. It always meant some kind of trouble.
"Must've been a great big heist. It's stacked with power." Jack said looking at Margaret.
"But we can use it for fuel?" The Doctor asked Jack.
"It's not compatible, but it should knock off about twelve hours. We'll be ready to go by morning." Jack told the Doctor.
"Then we're stuck here overnight." The Doctor said rubbing his face.
Gwendalyn looked at the Doctor. "Did you think that it was a lot faster?" She asked, crossing her arms.
Gwendalyn groaned. "We will be out in the morning. Don't push your luck. We aren't miracle workers here."
The Doctor laughed lightly. "I know."
"I'm in no hurry." Margaret said softly.
"We've got a prisoner. The police box is really a police box." Rose said with a smile.
"You're not just police though. Since you're taking me to my death, that makes you my executioners. Each and every one of you."
"Well, you deserve it." Mickey snapped.
"You're very quick to say so. You're very quick to soak your hands in my blood, which makes you better than me, how, exactly." She asked looking at them. "Long night ahead. Let's see who can look me in the eye."
None of them could look her in the eye.
Gwendalyn cleared her throat. "Don't we have some work to do."
Jack nodded his head. "How about you take a break."
Gwendalyn laughed. "What is that exactly?"
Jack laughed. "For someone as sexy as you are… you need to learn to rest."
Gwendalyn laughed. "It is what someone smart does." She said with a smile.
"Lyn I would take his offer." The Doctor told her with a smile.
Gwendalyn walked over to the Doctor and looked at him. He was busy watching Rose and Mickey talking to one another.
"So, what's on?" Jack asked, looking at the two of them.
"Nothing… just…" The Doctor shook his head and shut it off.
Gwendalyn smiled and patted him on his arm.
"I gather it's not always like this, having to wait. I bet you're always the first to leave, Doctor. Never mind the consequences, off you go. You butchered my family and then ran for the stars, am I right?"
Gwendalyn took his arm into her hand and held onto him keeping him grounded.
"But not this time. At last you have consequences. How does it feel?"
"How about you shut up lady?" Gwendalyn snapped narrowing her blue eyes at the woman that sat there.
"I didn't butcher them." The Doctor said looking at Margaret with dangerous eyes.
"Don't answer back." Jack told the Doctor. "That's what she wants."
"I didn't. What about you? You had an emergency teleport. You didn't zap them to safety, did you?"
"It only carries one. I had to fly without coordinates. I ended up on a skip in the Isle Dogs. It wasn't funny." Margaret said looking at them.
The Doctor laughed. "Sorry. It is a bit funny."
"Do I get a last request?"
"Depends on what it is." The Doctor said, crossing his arms.
"I grew quite fond of my little human life. All those rituals. The brushing of the teeth, and the complicated way they cook things. There's a little restaurant just round the Bay. It became quite a favorite of mine."
"Is that what you want, a last meal?"
"Doctor." Gwendalyn said softly, looking at him.
"Don't I have rights?" Margaret asked, looking at him.
"Oh, like she's not going to try to escape." Jack said scoffing.
"Except I can never escape the Doctor, so where's the danger?" She snapped at Jack. "I wonder if you could do it? To sit with a creature you're about to kill and take to supper. How strong is your stomach?"
"Strong enough." The Doctor told her.
"I wonder. I've seen you fight your enemies, now you dine with them." Margaret said with a smile.
"You won't change my mind." The Doctor said.
"There are people out there. If you slip away just for one second, they'll be in danger."
"And what about your girlfriend." She said looking at Gwendalyn who was glaring at her. "You will dine with me and not bring her along?"
"I have work to do." Gwendalyn snapped.
"I've got these?" Jack said, holding up two bangles. "You both wear one. If she moves more than ten feet away, she gets zapped by ten thousand volts."
"Margaret would you like to come out to dinner? My treat."
"Dinner in bondage. Works for me." Margaret said with a smile.
The Doctor looked at Gwendalyn. "Are you certain you don't want to go."
"Just go Doctor. I will be here when you get back." She said, forcing a smile.
"Are you sure?"
Gwendalyn nodded her head. "Go." She said pushing him a little bit.
"Okay. I will be back soon." He said leaving with Margaret.
Gwendalyn let out a huff. "Yeah sure you will."
"Do I see a green eyed monster coming out?" Jack asked, looking at her.
Gwendalyn rolled her eyes.
"Oh I get it. You like him." Jack said with a smile.
Gwendalyn pushed her bangs out of her eyes. "Does that matter Jack?"
"You've known him for a long time haven't you?"
"You are asking too personal of a question." She said looking at him. "Shouldn't we be working on this?"
Jack rubbed the back of his head. "Sorry. I didn't mean to make you upset."
"Oh sure you didn't. You just wanted to ask personal questions that you had no right in asking." She bit out as she began to work on what they were working on before the Doctor and Margaret had left.
"There is something going on between the two of you."
"No what makes you say that?" She questioned as she hooked up a wire not even looking at Jack. Yes, there had been romance between the two of them, but now there wasn't; they were just friends. Nothing more and nothing less.
"I think he likes you."
Gwendalyn laughed lightly. "Yeah…" She said softly.
"Ow!" Gwendalyn shouted.
"Damn it. Well that ain't good." Jack said.
"What the hell are you two doing?" The Doctor shouted.
"It just went crazy!" Jack yelled.
"Not our fault!" Gwendalyn said holding her injured hand to her chest.
"Lyn you alright?" The Doctor asked.
"Just peachy." She shook her head. She kept her hand hidden. She didn't want him to worry about her.
"It's the rift. Time and space are ripping apart. The whole city's going to disappear."
"Not if I can help it Doctor." Gwendalyn said looking at him.
"It's the extrapolatior. I've disconnected it but it's still feeding off the engine. It's using the Tardis. I can't stop it."
"Never mind Cardiff, it's going to rip open the planet." The Doctor said.
Gwendalyn moved as Rose ran in.
"What is it? What's happening?" Rose asked.
"Oh just little me." Margaret said, grabbing onto Gwendalyn causing her to shriek.
"Lyn!" The Doctor yelled.
"One wrong move and she snaps like a promise." Margaret said putting her real hand against Gwendalyn's throat and the other hand that was covered by human skin crushing her bad hand that had gotten shocked and burned by the sparks.
"I might've known." The Doctor said, narrowing his eyes at Margaret.
Jack pulled Rose quickly behind him.
"I've had you bleating all night, poor baby, now shut it." She snapped at the Doctor twisting her human hand on Gwendalyn's bad hand causing her to shriek.
The Doctor felt both of his hearts clenched. He promised to keep her safe and now he was failing her. Failing her terribly.
"You, fly boy, put the extrapolator at my feet." She demanded of Jack as she tightened her hold on Gwendalyn.
The Doctor just nodded his head.
Jack did as he was told. He had put the extrapolator onto the floor by her feet.
"Thank you." She said with a smirk. "Just as I planned."
Rose looked at Margaret. "I thought you needed to blow up the nuclear power station." Rose said softly.
"Failing that, if I were to be arrested, then anyone capable of tracking me down would have considerable technology of their own. Therefore, they would be captivated by the extrapolator. Especially a magpie mind like yours, Doctor. So the extrapolator was programmed to go to plan B. To lock onto the nearest alien power source and open the rift. And what a power source it found. I'm back on schedule, thanks to you." She said gripping onto Gwendalyn tighter.
Gwendalyn closed her eyes in pain.
"The rift's going to convulse. You'll destroy the whole planet." Jack said, glaring at her.
"And you with it." Margaret stood on it. "While I ride this board over the crest of the inferno all the way to freedom. Stand back, boys and girls. Surf's up."
Gwendalyn tried to pull away from her and gasped as Margaret tightened her hold on her neck. "You won't get away with this."
The Tardis console cracks open and light hits Margaret.
"Lyn." The Doctor called her.
Gwendalyn shut her eyes.
"Of course, opening the rift means you'll pull this ship apart." The Doctor said glaring at her.
"So sue me."
"It's not just any old power source. It's the Tardis. My Tardis. The best ship in the universe."
"It'll make wonderful scrap."
"What's that light?" Rose asked.
"The heart of the Tardis. This ship's alive. You've opened its soul." The Doctor said, narrowing his eyes at Margaret.
"It's so bright." Margaret said softly.
"Look at it, Margaret."
"Beautiful." She said looking at it.
"Look inside, Blon Fel Fotch. Look at the light."
Blon released Gwendlyn. She looked at the Doctor. "Thank you."
Gwendalyn felt the Doctor pull her into him.
"Keep your eyes closed. Don't look stay where you guys are. Close your eyes." He told them. The Doctor quickly closed the console. "Now, Jack, come on, shut it all down. Shut it down."
Jack did as he was told.
"Rose, that panel over there, turn all the switches to the right."
Rose did what she was told.
Gwendalyn looked at the Doctor. "Smart."
"You doubted me." He told her softly.
Energy had stopped pouring into the sky.
"Nicely done. Thank you, all." The Doctor said with a smile. He looked at Gwendalyn. "Are you alright?"
Gwendalyn smiled a small smile. "I'm fine."
"What happened to Margaret?" Rose asked in confusion.
"Must've gotten burnt up. Carried out her own death sentence." Jack said, shaking his head.
"No, I don't think she's dead." The Doctor said looking at the two of them.
"I don't think either." Gwendalyn said with a small smile.
"Then where'd she go?" Rose asked, still confused.
"She looked into the heart of the Tardis. Even I don't know how strong that is. Nor does Lyn. And the ship's telepathic, like I told you, Rose. Gets inside your head. Translates alien languages. Maybe the raw energy can translate all sorts of thoughts." The Doctor said in thought. He moved the body suit and found a large egg. "Here she is." He said with a smile.
"She's an egg?" Rose asked in confusion.
"Regressed to her childhood."
"She's an egg." Jack said, trying to process what he was saying.
Gwendalyn shook her head.
"She can start again. Live her life from scratch. If we take her home, give her to a different family, tell them to bring her up properly, she might be alright."
"Or she might be worse." Jack said looking at the Doctor.
"That's her choice." The Doctor said looking at Jack.
"She's an egg." Rose said shaking her head bewildered.
"She's an egg." The Doctor confirmed.
"Oh my God. Mickey." Rose said bolting out of the Tardis.
The Doctor looked at Gwendalyn. "Now Lyn let me look at that hand of yours."
"I'll be fine."
"Lyn." The Doctor said, giving her a pointed look.
Gwendalyn let out a sigh. "Alright. Alright." She said shaking her head and showing him her burned hand.
"She really did a number on you."
"I wouldn't expect anything less from the Doctor." She said softly. "I can heal though."
"I'll be healed soon."
Rose came back into the Tardis. "We're all powered up. We can leave. Opening the rift filled us up with energy. We can go, if that's alright." The Doctor said looking at Rose.
"Yeah, fine." Rose said softly.
"How's Mickey?" The Doctor asked, looking at Rose.
"He's okay. He's gone." Rose said softly.
"Do you want to go and find him? We'll wait."
"No need. He deserves better." Rose said, shaking her head.
"Off we go, then. Always moving on." The Doctor said with a smile.
"Yes." Gwendalyn said with a smile.
"Next stop, Raxacoricofallapatorius. Now you don't often get to say that." Jack said with a grin.
"We'll just stop by and pop her in the hatchery. Margaret the Slitheen can live her life again. A second chance." The Doctor said nodding his head.
"That'd be nice." Rose said with a smile.
This is the end of chapter 22. Four chapters left and it is the end of the first story of The Last of The Witches. What will happen in the next chapter? Bad Wolf is going to be full of surprises. I can't wait to write it either. Please review and let me know what you think. Until next time. Much Love.