Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 11 of Between the Lines. We're getting closer to the end of this book. I can't wait to get through these last four chapters of this story. I know that you guys are wondering what Alexys is to the Doctor. We will see soon enough. Thank you to all of those who have reviewed. It really does mean a lot to me. Without further ado Chapter 11. Enjoy guys.
Slitheen as Mayor
Alexys was busy helping the Doctor out with the Tardis. She didn't even hear Jack open the door of the Tardis until he started talking.
"Who the hell are you?" Jack questioned leaning against the door looking at a man who stood outside of the Tardis.
"What do you mean, who the hell am I? Who the hell are you?" The male replied looking at him dead in the eyes.
"Captain Jack Harkness. Whatever your selling, we're not buying."
"Get out of my way!" He said as he pushed his way into the Tardis.
"Don't tell me. This must be Mickey." Jack questioned as he looked over at the Doctor.
"Here comes trouble! How're you doing, Ricky boy?" The Doctor said looking over.
"Don't listen to him, he's winding you up." Rose said coming over to him.
"You look fantastic."
Rose and Mickey hug one another.
The Doctor was busy mending something that had most likely broken.
"Aw, sweet, look at these two. How come I never get any of that?" Jack complained looking over at the Doctor.
Alexys laughed lightly as she worked.
"Buy me a drink first."
"You're such hard work."
"But worth it." Alexys said with a slight giggle causing the Doctor to look over, his cheeks flushing a bit in embarrassment.
"Did you manage to find it?" Rose asked looking at Mickey.
"There you go." Mickey said as he handed Rose her passport.
"I can go anywhere now." Rose called over to the Doctor and Alexys.
"I told you, you don't need a passport." The Doctor said looking over at Rose.
"Countless times too Rose. You really don't need a passport when you travel through time." Alexys said as she crawled under a platform to look at a broken wire.
"It's all very well going to Platform One and Justicia and the Glass Pyramid of San Kaloon, but what if we end up in Brazil? I might need it. You see, I'm prepared for anything." Rose called over to them. She had to admit that having Alexys there was awkward enough. She didn't know much about Alexys other than she was the last of her kind. That was all and it was unsettling not knowing anything about the woman that seemed very close to the Doctor.
"Sounds like your staying, then. So, what're you doing in Cardiff? And who the hell's Jumping Jack Flash? I mean, I don't mind you hanging out with big-ears up there." Mickey said looking at his girlfriend.
"Oi!" The Doctor called out from his work.
"Look in the mirror. But this guy, I don't know, he's kind of…"
"Handsome?" Jack supplied looking at Mickey.
"More like cheesy."
"That's not very nice." Alexys called out sticking her head out from where she was. Her eyes narrowed as she looked at the young man.
"Early twenty first Century slang. Is cheesy good or bad?" Jack questioned crossing his arms looking at Mickey curiously wondering what 21st century slang could really mean.
"It's bad." Mickey said looking at Jack.
"But bad means good, isn't that right?"
"Are you saying I'm not handsome?" The Doctor questioned looking at Mickey offended.
"Ignore him Doctor." Alexys said as she went back to work.
"We just stopped off. We need to refuel. The thing is, Cardiff's got this rift running through the middle of the city. It's invisible, but it's like an earthquake fault between different dimensions." Rose told Mickey.
"The rift was healed back in 1869." The Doctor stated as he worked.
"Thanks to a girl named Gwyneth, because these creatures called the Gelth, they were using the rift as a gateway but she saved the world and closed it."
"But closing a rift always leaves a scar, and that scar generates energy, harmless to the human race." Jack said crossing his arms some.
"But perfect for the Tardis, so just park it here for a couple of days right on top of the scar and…"
"Open up the engines, soak up the radiation."
"Like filling her up with petrol and off we go!" Rose said happily.
"Into time!" Jack said with a smile.
"And space!" Jack, Rose, Alexys and the Doctor said at the same time.
"My God, have you seen yourselves? You all think you're so clever, don't you?" Mickey said crossing his arms.
"Yeah." The Doctor answered.
"Yeah." Rose said with a nod of her head.
"Yep!" Jack said beaming with a smile.
Alexys simply shook her head not giving Mickey an answer.
"Should take another twenty four hours, which means we've got time to kill." The Doctor said coming down from his work. He helped Alexys up to her feet.
"Thanks." She said softly giving him a smile.
"That old lady's staring." Mickey said looking out of the Tardis seeing an old lady staring at the five of them.
"Probably wondering what five people could do inside a small wooden box." Jack said with a shrug of his shoulders.
"What are you captain of, the Innuendo Squad?"
Jack made a gesture and started to walk away.
"Wait, the Tardis, we can't just leave it. Doesn't it get noticed?" Mickey questioned looking at the Doctor.
"Yeah, what's with the police box? Why does it look like that?" Jack asked looking over at the Doctor as well.
"It's a cloaking device." Rose said remembering what the Doctor had told her.
"It's called a chameleon circuit. The Tardis is meant to disguise itself wherever it lands, like if this was Ancient Rome, it'd be a statue on a plinth or something. But I landed in the 1960s, it disguised itself as a police box, and the circuit got stuck."
Alexys laughed remembering that she had been with him when they had landed in the 1960's. She nudged him lightly with her elbow. "You know you like her this way."
The Doctor grinned softly knowing that she knew 100% fully what he had meant.
"So it copied a real thing? There actually was police boxes?" Mickey asked curiously.
"Yeah, on street corners. Phone for help before they had radios and mobiles. If they arrested someone, they could shove them inside until help came, like a little prison cell."
"Why don't you just fix the circuit?" Jack questioned curiously wondering why he wouldn't fix the circuit.
"I like it, don't you?" The Doctor questioned with a bemused smile on his lips.
"I love it." Rose said with a smile.
"But that's what I meant. There's no police boxes anymore, so doesn't it get noticed?" Mickey asked slightly worried that someone would notice it.
"Ricky, let me tell you something about the human race. You put a mysterious blue box slap bang in the middle of town, what do they do? Walk past it. Now, stop your nagging. Let's go and explore."
"What's the plan?" Rose asked looking at the Doctor.
"I don't know. Cardiff, early twenty first century and the wind's coming from the east. Trust me. Safest place in the universe."
Alexys nodded her head in agreement. "Food sounds good to me." She looked at everyone else. "How does that sound to everyone else?"
Jack, Alexys, Rose, Mickey, and the Doctor all ate their meals that they had gotten.
"I swear, six feet tall and with big tusks." Jack explained his story with a grin.
"You're lying through your teeth!" The Doctor said looking at Jack.
Alexys rolled her eyes and picked up a chip taking a bite from it.
"I'd have gone bonkers! That's the word - bonkers!" Rose stated as she took a drink of her drink that was in front of her.
"I mean, it turns out the white things are tusks and I mean tusks! And it's woken, and it's not happy."
"How could you not know it was there?" The Doctor questioned as he swiped a chip off of Alexy's plate.
Alexys smacked his hand.
"And we're standing there, fifteen of us, naked…"
"Naked?!" Rose said jerking her head up to look at Jack.
"And I'm like, oh, no, no, it's got nothing to do with me. And then it roars, and we are running. Oh my God, we are running! And Brakovitch falls, so I turn to him and I say"
"I knew we should've turned left!" Mickey said cutting Jack off.
"That's my line!"
"I don't believe you. I don't believe a word you say ever. That is so brilliant. Did you ever get your clothes back?" Rose questioned as she popped a chip into her mouth.
The Doctor snatched a newspaper from the man that sat at the next table and began to read it.
"No, I just picked him up went right for the ship, full throttle. Didn't stop until I hit the spacelanes. I was shaking. It was unbelievable. It freaked me out, and by the time I got fifteen light years away I realised I'm like this."
"And I was having such a nice day." The Doctor held up the front page of the Western Mail, with the picture the photographer took of Margaret.
"According to intelligence, the target is the last surviving member of the Slitheen family, a criminal sect from the planet Raxacoricofallapatorious, masquerading as a human being, zipped inside a skin suit. Okay, plan of attack, we assume a basic fifty seven fifty six strategy, covering all available exits on the ground floor. Doctor, you go face to face. That'll designate Exit One, I'll cover Exit Two. Rose, you Exit Three. Mickey Smith, you take Exit Four. Have you got that?" Jack questioned looking at them.
"What about me?" Alexys questioned crossing her arms.
"You'll be with the Doctor."
"Excuse me. Who's in charge?" The Doctor questioned as he looked at Jack.
Jack's cheeks flushed. "Sorry. Awaiting orders, sir."
"Right, here's the plan. Like he said. Nice plan. Anything else?"
They each pulled out a mobile phone.
"Ready." The Doctor said.
"Ready." Alexys said as she looked at her phone.
"Ready." Rose confirmed.
"Ready." Mickey said with a nod of his head.
"Ready. Speed dial?" Jack questioned.
"Yup." The Doctor said with a nod of his head.
Alexys nodded her head in agreement.
"Ready." Rose said with a nod of her head.
"Check." Mickey said as he checked his phone.
"See you in hell."
The Doctor stood in front of a young man that was sitting at a desk by the door with Alexys at his side. "Hello, I've come to see the Lord Mayor."
"Have you got an appointment?" The young man asked looking at the two of them.
"No, just an old friend passing by. Bit of a surprise. Can't wait to see her face."
"Well, she's just having a cup of tea."
"Just go in there and tell her the Doctor would like to see her."
"Just the Doctor. Tell her exactly that. The Doctor."
"Hang on a tick." The young man said before going into the mayor's office. He came out again looking at them. "The Lord Mayor says thank you for popping by. She'd love to have a chat, but, er, she's up to her eyes in paperwork. Perhaps if you could make an appointment for next week?"
"She's climbing out of the window, isn't she?"
"Yes, she is."
"Slitheen heading north."
"On my way." Rose's voice rang out.
"Over and out." Jack said.
"Oh my God." Mickey said letting out a breath.
Idris wrestled with the Doctor as Maragret climbed down the ladder. "Leave the Mayor alone!"
Margaret made it to the bottom of the ladder and takes off her brooch. She started to run but saw Rose coming towards her, she snarled and removed her right earring.
Jack came running from the opposite direction.
The Doctor and Alexys finished with Idris and saw her running to the only available direction across the street.
"Margaret!" The Doctor got down the ladder quickly as Alexys used her powers to get down without using the ladder.
Margaret removed her other earring and put it with the first and the brooch.
"Who's on Exit Four?" Jack yelled as he ran.
"That was Mickey!" Rose yelled back.
"Here I am." Mickey said running with them.
"Mickey the idiot." The Doctor said with a groan.
"Oh, be fair. she's not exactly going to outrun us, is she?" Rose said as they ran.
Margaret vanished into thin air.
"She's got a teleport! That's cheating! Now we're never going to get her." Jack said in shock not expecting their run to be cut so short.
"Oh, the Doctor's very good at teleports." Rose mused with a smile.
Alexys grinned. Yes, yes he was very good with teleports.
The Doctor held up his sonic screwdriver and Margaret reappeared in front of them running towards them. She kept vanishing and reappearing. "I could do this all day."
"This is persecution. Why can't you leave me alone? What did I ever do to you?" Margaret shouted at him in frustration.
"You tried to kill me and destroy this entire planet."
"Apart from that."
Alexys crossed her arms as she stood next to the Doctor wondering what Margaret could have done to be on the short end of the Doctor's stick.
"So, you're a Slitheen, you're on Earth, you're trapped. Your family get 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?"
"A philanthropic gesture. I've learnt the error of my ways."
"And it just so happens to be right on top of the rift."
"What rift would that be?"
"A rift in space and time. If this power station went into meltdown, the entire planet would go…" Jack made a noise of a boom.
"This station is designed to explode the minute it reaches capacity." The Doctor said as he gripped his screwdriver tighter in his hand.
"Didn't anyone notice? Isn't there someone in London checking this sort of stuff?" Rose questioned looking at Margaret crossing her arms.
"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."
"But why would she do that? A great big explosion, she'd only end up killing herself." Mickey questioned looking at them.
"She's got a name, you know." Margaret snapped looking at Mickey.
"She's not even a she, she's a thing."
"Oh, but she's clever." The Doctor pulled out the middle section of the model and turned it over to reveal the electronics. "Fantastic."
"Is that a tribophysical waveform macro-kinetic extrapolator?" Jack asked looking at it.
"Couldn't have put it better myself."
"Oo, genius! You didn't build this?"
"I have my hobbies. A little tinkering."
"No, no, no. I mean, you really didn't build this. Way beyond you."
"I bet she stole it." Mickey stated as he looked at it.
"It fell into my hands." Margaret stated with a shrug of her shoulders.
"Is it a weapon?" Rose asked looking at it.
Alexys shook her head softly.
"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 coordinates, stand on top, and ride the concussion all the way out of the solar system." Jack explained to Rose.
"It's a surfboard."Mickey said looking at Jack.
"A pan-dimensional surfboard, yeah."
"And it would've worked. Id have surfed away from this dead end dump and back to civilisation." Margaret said looking at them huffing a little bit.
"You'd blow up a whole planet just to get a lift?" Mickey questioned crossing his arms.
"Like stepping on an anthill."
"How'd you think of the name?" The Doctor questioned looking at her.
"What, Blaidd Drwg? It's Welsh."
"I know, but how did you think of it?"
"I chose it at random, that's all. I don't know. It just sounded good. Does it matter?"
"What's it mean?" Rose asked looking at the Doctor.
"Bad Wolf." The Doctor and Alexys said at the same time.
"But I've heard that before. Bad Wolf. I've heard that lots of times." Rose said looking at them.
"Everywhere we go. Two words following us. Bad Wolf." The Doctor said letting out a breath.
"How can they be following us?"
"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."
"Hold on, isn't that the easy option, like letting her go?" Jack said looking at them.
"I don't believe it! We actually get to go to Raxa. Wait a minute! Raxacor…" Rose trailed off.
"Raxacoricofallapatorius." The Doctor told her.
"Fallapatorius." The Doctor finished for her.
"Raxacoricofallapatorius. That's it! I did it!"
"They have the death penalty. The family Slitheen was tried in its absence many years ago and found guilty with no chance of appeal. According to the statutes of government, the moment I return, I am to be executed. What do you make of that, Doctor? Take me home and you take me to my death." Margaret said looking at the Doctor.
"Not my problem." The Doctor said with a shrug of his shoulders.
Alexys shrugged her shoulders crossing her arms as she looked at Margaret.
This is the end of Chapter 11. I hope that you guys enjoyed it. Please leave a review and I'll update soon with the next chapter soon. Reviews keep me going in my writing. So please keep them coming. Until next time guys.