Between the Lines @rainbowhairedgirl
Chapter 10

Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 10 of Between the Lines. Thank you to all of those who have reviewed for this story. It really does mean a lot to me. I hope you guys like Alexys. I hope that you'll all enjoy this next part.

Chapter 10

Our Song

"Okay, so he's vanished into thin air. Why is it always the great looking ones who do that?" Rose said softly biting her lower lip softly in worry.

"I'm making an effort not to be insulted." The Doctor said crossing his arms.

Alexys touched the Doctor's arm softly. "Ignore her." She whispered softly into his ear.

"I mean, men." Rose huffed some crossing her arms.

"Okay, thanks, that really helped." The Doctor said giving up on trying to get through to Rose.

The radio crackled to life.

"Rose? Doctor? Alexys? Can you hear me? I'm back on my ship." Jack's voice rang out over the radio. "Used the emergency teleport. Sorry I couldn't take you. It's security-keyed to my molecular structure. I'm working on it. Hang in there."

"How're you speaking to us?" The Doctor questioned.

"Om-Com. I can call anything with a speaker grill."

"Now there's a coincidence."

"What is?"

"The child can Om-Com, too." Alexys said crossing her arms.

"He can?" Rose asked looking at the Doctor and Alexys.

"Anything with a speaker grill. Even the Tardis phone." The Doctor explained as he looked over at Rose.

"What, you mean the child can phone us?"

"And I can hear you. Coming to find you. Coming to find you." The child's voice rang out.

"Doctor, can you hear that?" Jack question a little bit of worry in his tone.

"Loud and clear."

"I'll try to block out the signal. Least I can do."

"Coming to find you, mummy." The child called out again.

Alexys took a breath closing her eyes knowing that it wasn't going to be an easy thing to get out of there.

"Remember this one, Rose?" Jack asked as he began to play Moonlight Serenade.

"Our song." Rose said softly.

Alexys blinked a few times looking at Rose like she was insane. She looked at the Doctor.

DWDWDW

A little later, Rose relaxed some in a wheelchair while the doctor was at the barred window trying to use his sonic screwdriver. "What are you doing?"

The Doctor messed with his screwdriver some. "Trying to set up a resonation pattern in the concrete, loosen the bars."

"You don't think he's coming back, do you?"

"Wouldn't bet my life."

"Why don't you trust him?"

Alexys rolled her eyes. "I can always blast the bars Doctor."

"Why do you? And no Alexys we don't need to cause any damage to the hospital."

Alexys rolled her eyes a little bit crossing her arms huffing a little bit.

"He saved my life. Bloke-wise, that's up there with flossing. I trust him because he's like you. Except with dating and dancing. What?"

"You just assume I'm…"

"What?"

"You just assume that I don't dance."

"What, are you telling me you do dance?"

"Nine hundred years old, me. I've been around a bit. I think you can assume at some point I've danced."

"You?"

"Problem?"

"Doesn't the universe implode or something if you dance?"

"Well, I've got the moves but I wouldn't want to boast."

Rose went over and turned the volume up on the radio. "You've got the moves? Show me your moves."

"Rose, I'm trying to resonate concrete." The Doctor said as he looked over at her from his work.

"Jack'll be back. He'll get us out. So come on. The world doesn't end because the Doctor dances." Rose held out her hands and the Doctor looked at her palms.

"Barrage balloon?" He questioned.

"What?"

"You were hanging from a barrage balloon."

"Oh, yeah. About two minutes after you left me. Thousands of feet above London, middle of a German air-raid, Union Jack all over my chest."

"I've travelled with a lot of people, but you're setting new records for jeopardy friendly."

"Is this you dancing? Because I've got notes."

"Hanging from a rope thousands feet above London. Not a cut, not a bruise."

"Yeah, I know. Captain Jack fixed me up."

Alexys looked at Rose thinking.

"Oh, we're calling him Captain Jack now, are we?"

"Well, his name's Jack and he's a Captain."

"He's not really a Captain, Rose."

"Do you know what I think? I think you're experiencing Captain envy. You'll find your feet at the end of your legs. You may care to move them."

Alexys rolled her eyes crossing her arms. "Captain my arse."

"If ever he was a Captain, he's been defrocked."

"Yeah? Shame I missed that." Rose said coyly looking at the Doctor knowing that it bothered him something fierce her calling Jack Captain.

"Actually, I quit. Nobody takes my frock. Most people notice when they've been teleported. You guys are so sweet. Sorry about the delay. I had to take the nav-com offline to override the teleport security." Jack said looking over at the doctor.

"You can spend ten minutes overriding your own protocols? Maybe you should remember whose ship it is." The Doctor said letting out a scoff.

"Oh, I do. She was gorgeous. Like I told her, be back in five minutes."

"This is a Chula ship."

"Yeah, just like that medical transporter. Only this one is dangerous."

The Doctor snapped his fingers and a golden glow envelopes his hands.

"They're what fixed my hands up Jack called them er" Rose trailed off.

"Nanobots? Nanogenes."

"Nanogenes, yeah."

Alexys groaned rubbing her head.

"Sub-atomic robots. There's millions of them in here, see? Burned my hand on the console when we landed. All better now. They activate when the bulk head's sealed. Check you out for damage, fix any physical flaws. Take us to the crash site. I need to see your space junk."

"As soon as I get the nav-com back online. Make yourself comfortable. Carry on with whatever it was you were doing." Jack said waving his hand as he went to get to work.

"We were talking about dancing." The Doctor said crossing his arms.

"It didn't look like talking."

"It didn't feel like dancing." Rose stated as she looked over at the Doctor.

"It'll feel like dancing with the right partner." Alexys said letting out a tired breath. "But I haven't danced in years."

"So, you used to be a Time Agent now you're trying to con them?" Rose asked looking at Jack wondering why he would change his career path.

"If it makes me sound any better, it's not for the money." Jack admitted to Rose.

"For what?"

"Woke up one day when I was still working for them, found they'd stolen two years of my memories. I'd like them back."

"They stole your memories?"

"Two years of my life. No idea what I did. Your friends over there doesn't trust me, and for all I know they're right not to. Okay, we're good to go. Crash site?" Jack told her.

Alexys let out a breath as she leaned against the doctor some.

"Tired there Merida?" He asked softly looking down into her blue eyes.

"That's an understatement, Doctor. This whole mess is taking a lot out of me. My magic feels a bit weaker too."

"Give it some time, you'll have it all back in no time, I'm sure of it."

DWDWDW

"There it is. Hey, they've got Algy on duty. It must be important." Jack said seeing his friend on duty.

"We've got to get past him." The Doctor said thinking of a way to get around Algy.

"Are the words distract the guard heading in my general direction?" Rose questioned as she fluffed up her hair some.

"I don't think that'd be such a good idea." Jack said looking over at her.

"Don't worry I can handle it."

"I've got to know Algy quite well since I've been in town. Trust me, you're not his type. I'll distract him. Don't wait up." He said moving to go to Algy.

"Relax, he's a fifty first century guy. He's just a bit more flexible when it comes to dancing." The Doctor said letting out a breath.

"How flexible?" Rose questioned which caused Alexys to laugh.

"Well, by his time, you lot have spread out across half the galaxy."

"Meaning?"

"So many species, so little time."

"What, that's what we do when we get out there? That's our mission? We seek new life, and, and…"

"Dance."

"A lot of dancing." Alexys mused as she crossed her arms seeing Rose's cheeks flush red in embarrassment. "Doctor…" Alexys pointed out that something was wrong.

The three of them ran to where Jack was.

"Stay back!" The Doctor snapped at Jack.

"You men, stay away!" Jack said looking at the Doctor.

"The effects become air-borne, accelerating."

The air raid sirens began to go off.

Alexys groaned.

"What's keeping us safe?" Rose asked breathing hard.

"Nothing."

Jack let out a groan. "Ah, here they come again."

"All we need. Didn't you say a bomb was going to land here?" Rose questioned looking at the Doctor.

"Never mind about that. If the contaminants airborne now, there's hours left."

"For what?"

"Till nothing, forever. For the entire human race. And can anyone else hear singing?" The Doctor questioned.

"That way Doctor, the HQ." Alexys said pointing to the building.

"Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree tops."

"Go." Alexys told the Doctor. "I'll keep these two safe okay?"

The Doctor nodded his head moving.

Jack looked at Alexys. "And how exactly are you going to do that?"

Alexys moved her hands and they glowed red.

Jack's eyes went wide. "Oh…"

"Come on." Alexys said moving towards where the spacecraft was.

They light up the yard so they could see and uncovered the spacecraft.

"You see? Just an ambulance." Jack sad looking at the Doctor and Alexys.

"That's an ambulance?" Nancy said in confusion.

"It's hard to explain. It's from another world." Rose explained.

"They've been trying to get in." Jack said letting out a soft breath.

"Of course they have. They think they've got their hands on Hitler's latest secret weapon. What're you doing?"

Jack keyed in the access code. "The sooner you see this thing is empty, the sooner you'll know I had nothing to do with it."

A loud bang happened and sparks and an alarm went off. The access panel flashed a red light.

"Didn't happen last time."

Alexys let out a groan.

"It hadn't crashed last time. There'll be emergency protocols." The Doctor said letting out a breath.

"Doctor, what is that?" Rose asked in confusion.

The patients began to batter at the hospital doors.

"Doctor!"

"Captain, secure those gates!" The Doctor ordered Jack.

"Why?"

"Just do it! Nancy, how'd you get in here?"

"I cut the wire." Nancy told the Doctor.

"Show Rose. Setting two thousand four hundred and twenty eight D." The Doctor threw Rose the sonic screwdriver.

"What?" Rose asked in confusion.

"Reattaches barbed wire. Go!"

"I'll have a barrier up okay to protect you guys while you do this." Alexys's hands lit up and a red barrier appeared. "Go Rose."

Rose and Nancy rushed away as Jack went to the gates to get it sealed up.

The Doctor looked over worriedly over at Alexys.

"I'll be find Doctor." She said in a caring tone. She wasn't about to give up just because she was draining her magic. She wasn't going to allow anyone to get hurt from whatever was going on.

Jack came back to the site in a jog. He moved over to the ambulance and quickly got it open. "It's empty. Look at it."

"What do you expect in a Chula medical transporter? Bandages? Cough drops? Rose?" The Doctor questioned.

"I don't know." Rose said thinking.

"Yes, you do." Alexys called out as she lowered the barrier some.

"Nanogenes!" Rose said happily remembering.

"It wasn't empty, Captain. There was enough nanogenes in there to rebuild a species."

"Oh, God." Jack said softly. He didn't like where this was going. Not in the least bit.

"Getting it now, are we? When the ship crashes, the nanogenes escape. Billions upon billions of them, ready to fix all the cuts and bruises in the whole world. But what they find first is a dead child, probably killed earlier that night, and wearing a gasmask."

"And they brought him back to life? They can do that?" Rose questioned slightly confused.

"What's life? Life's easy. A quirk of matter. Nature's way of keeping meat fresh. Nothing to a nanogene. One problem, though. These nanogenes, they're not like the ones on your ship. This lot have never seen a human being before. Don't know what a human being's supposed to look like. All they've got to go on is one little body, and there's not a lot left. But they carry right on. They do what they're programmed to do. They patch it up. Can't tell what's gasmask and what's skull, but they do their best. Then off they fly, off they go, work to be done. Because, you see, now they think they know what people should look like, and it's time to fix all the rest. And they won't ever stop. They won't ever, ever stop. The entire human race is going to be torn down and rebuilt in the form of one terrified child looking for its mother, and nothing in the world can stop it!"

"I didn't know." Jack said softly knowing that it wasn't good.

The Doctor continued to work on the ambulance while the patients approached them.

"Doctor…" Alexys said looking over at him in worry.

"Mummy. Mummy."

"Rose!" Nancy said moving closer to the blonde haired girl.

"It's bringing the gas mask people here, isn't it?" Rose questioned looking over at the Doctor.

"The ship thinks it's under attack. It's calling up the troops. Standard protocol." The Doctor explained as he worked.

"But the gas mask people aren't troops."

"They are now. This is a battle-field ambulance. The nanogenes don't just fix you up, they get you ready for the front line. Equip you, programme you."

"That's why the child's so strong. Why it could do that phoning thing." Rose said softly thinking.

"It's a fully equipped Chula warrior, yes. All that weapons tech in the hands of a hysterical four year old looking for his mummy. And now there's an army of them."

The patients surrounded them outside of the barbed wire.

"Why don't they attack?" Jack questioned looking around nervously.

"Good little soldiers, waiting for their commander."

"The child?"

"Jamie." Nancy said correcting Jack.

"What?"

"Not the child. Jamie."

"So how long until the bomb falls?" Rose asked her concern growing.

"Any second." Jack said softly.

"What's the matter, Captain? A bit close to the volcano for you?" The Doctor questioned looking over at Jack.

"He's just a little boy." Nancy said softly.

"I know."

"He's just a little boy who wants his mummy."

"I know. There isn't a little boy born who wouldn't tear the world apart to save his mummy. And this little boy can."

"So what're we going to do?" Rose asked softly wringing her hands together nervously.

"I don't know."

"It's my fault." Nancy said softly.

"No." The Doctor said shaking his head.

"It is. It's all my fault."

"How can it be your…"

"Mummy. Mummy. Mummy. Mummy."

"Nancy, what age are you? Twenty? Twenty one? Older than you look, yes?" The Doctor questioned as he looked at the young woman.

"Doctor, that bomb. We've got seconds." Jack said looking at the Doctor.

"You can teleport us out." Rose said looking at Jack.

"Not you guys. The nav-com's back online. Going to take too long to override the protocols."

"So it's volcano day. Do what you've got to do." The Doctor said looking at Jack.

"Jack?" Rose questioned.

Jack vanished.

"How old were you five years ago? Fifteen? Sixteen? Old enough to give birth, anyway. He's not your brother, is he? A teenage single mother in 1941. So you hid. You lied. You even lied to him."

The bomb site gates opened and Jamie stands there.

"Are you my mummy?"

"He's going to keep asking, Nancy. He's never going to stop." The Doctor said looking at Nancy.

"Mummy?"

"Tell him. Nancy, the future of the human race is in your hands. Trust me and tell him."

Nancy and Jamie walked to one another.

"I hope you're right about this Doctor."Alexys said softly.

"Are you my mummy? Are you my mummy? Are you my mummy?"

"Yes. Yes, I am your mummy." Nancy said to Jamie.

"Mummy?"

"I'm here."

"Are you my mummy?"

"I'm here."

"Are you my mummy?"

"Yes."

"Are you my mummy?"

"He doesn't understand. There's not enough of him left." The Doctor said softly.

"I am your mummy. I will always be your mummy. I'm so sorry. I am so, so sorry."Nancy hugged Jamie and a cloud of nanogenes surrounded them.

"What's happening? Doctor, it's changing her, we should…" Rose was cut off by the Doctor.

"Shush! Come on, please. Come on, you clever little nanogenes. Figure it out! The mother, she's the mother. It's got to be enough information. Figure it out."

"What's happening?"

"See? Recognising the same DNA."

Jamie lets go of Nancy falls to the ground.

"Oh, come on. Give me a day like this. Give me this one." The Doctor said as he moved to Jamie. He removed the gas mask. "Ha-ha! Welcome back! Twenty years till pop music - you're going to love it."

"What happened?" Nancy asked softly.

"The nanogenes recognised the superior information, the parent DNA. They didn't change you because you changed them! Ha-ha! Mother knows best!"

"Oh, Jamie."

"Doctor, that bomb." Rose said looking at the Doctor in worry.

"Taken care of it."

"How?"

"Psychology."

The bomb hurtled towards them and got caught in Jack's light beam just before impact.

Jack sat on the bomb. "Doctor!"

"Good lad!" The Doctor said with a smile.

"The bomb's already commenced detonation. I've put it in stasis but it won't last long."

"Change of plan. Don't need the bomb. Can you get rid of it, safely as you can?"

"Rose?"

"Yeah?"

"Goodbye." Jack and the bomb vanish before reappearing. "By the way, love the tee-shirt." He vanished again.

The spaceship sucked up the light beam and flew off.

The Doctor summoned the nanogenes to himself.

"What are you doing?"

"Software patch. Going to email the upgrade. You want moves, Rose? I'll give you moves." He threw the nanogenes to the waiting patients, who all fell to the ground. "Everybody lives, Rose. Just this once, everybody lives!"

The patients stood up all back to normal.

"Doctor Constantine. Who never left his patients. Back on your feet, constant doctor. The world doesn't want to get by without you just yet, and I don't blame it one bit. These are your patients. All better now."

"Yes, yes, so it seems. They also seem to be standing around in a disused railway station. Is there any particular reason for that?" Doctor Constantine asked looking at the Doctor.

"Yeah, well, you know, cutbacks. Listen, whatever was wrong with them in the past, you're probably going to find that they're cured. Just tell them what a great doctor you are. Don't make a big thing of it. Okay?"

The Doctor left them and went over to Alexys. He looked over at them. "Right, you lot. Lots to do. Beat the Germans, save the world. Don't forget the welfare state! Setting this to self-destruct, soon as everybody's clear. History says there was an explosion here. Who am I to argue with history?"

"Usually the first in line." Rose said looking at the Doctor.

DWDWDW

"The nanogenes will clean up the mess and switch themselves off, because I just told them to. Nancy and Jamie will go to Doctor Constantine for help, ditto. All in all, all things considered, fantastic!"

"Look at you, beaming away like you're Father Christmas." Rose said teasing the Doctor.

"Who says I'm not, red bicycle when you were twelve?"

"What?"

"And everybody lives, Rose! Everybody lives! I need more days like this."

Alexys let out a soft chuckle.

"Doctor."

"Go on, ask me anything. I'm on fire."

"What about Jack? Why'd he say goodbye?"

DWDWDW

Alexys pushed the Tardis doors open to see Jack staring back at her. She waved her hand to get him moving. While Rose and the Doctor danced. "Come on hurry up."

Jack ran into the Tardis.

Alexys shook her head lightly.

"Okay. And right and turn. Okay, okay, try and spin me again, but this time don't get my arm up my back. No extra points for a half-nelson."

"I'm sure I used to know this stuff. Close the door, will you? Your ship's about to blow up. There's going to be a draught."

Jack shut the doors for Alexys and the Doctor moved to start the engine of the Tardis.

"Welcome to the Tardis."

"Much bigger on the inside."

"You'd better be."

"I think what the Doctor's trying to say is you may cut in." Rose said smiling softly.

"Rose! I've just remembered!"

"What?"

The music changed from a waltz song to a swinging song by Glenn Miller.

"I can dance! I can dance!"

Alexys shook her head softly crossing her arms some.

"Actually, Doctor, I thought Jack might like this dance."

"I'm sure he would, Rose. I'm absolutely certain. But who with?"

Alexys shook her head as she watched the Doctor dance with Rose knowing that it didn't mean anything. She slowly swayed her hips to the music knowing that this wasn't going to change any time soon and she had to admit that she was fairly happy about what was going on around her. This life she would never tire of.

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