Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 13 of Between the Lines. Thank you to all of those who have left a review. I am very happy that you guys have stayed with me through this story. It really does mean a lot to me. I hope that you guys like this next part. There is only one chapter left after this one just due to the fact that I saw that I couldn't really make this long enough if I split the episode into two parts. So I do apologize for that. I want to give good quality in chapters. So without further ado Chapter 13. Enjoy guys.
Alexys woke up laying on the couch. She slowly sat up and held her head feeling the curls in her blonde hair. She blinked a few times feeling that her clothes had changed. She looked down at her clothes and her eyes widened. She wasn't wearing her normal clothes that she had been in when she was in the Tardis.
She ran her hands lightly over the blue dress she wore which was sparkly with sequins on it. "What the… where…"
A man with brown hair came over to her. "You're the new bachelorette." The man said with a smile as he helped her up to her feet.
"You've been chosen." The man said as he kept her steady on her feet.
"Chosen for what?" Alexys asked as she shifted some of the dress moving with her every movement. Her heart rammed in her chest. Where was Rose, Jack, and the Doctor? Were they safe and sound? Or was something much more dangerous headed their way?
"You're the bachelorette."
Alexys nervously fingered her dress. How on earth was she supposed to be a single woman looking for love when she actually cared about someone else. She looked down at the dress in distaste. She heard a person come up to her.
"You ready?" The man questioned as he looked at her.
She swallowed the lump in her throat. "I don't have much of a choice do I?"
The man shook his head lightly.
"I'm about as ready as I can be…"
Alexys stood on the platform looking at the men that stood on the floor in front of her. The man that had told her that she was the new bachelorette was there with her. Her hands clasped in front of her as she thought about the Doctor. She needed to figure out how to get out of this show without causing too much trouble.
"The Bachelorette will choose the first person to leave the show. Someone who just looks doesn't fit with her personality."
Alexys looked at the group of 20 men that was before her. Her cheeks flushed in embarrassment. How was she going to pick just one person?
The Doctor looked around from where he had escaped from with Lynda. "Hold on. I've been here before. This is Satellite Five. No guards. That makes a change. You'd think a big business like Satellite Five would be armed to the teeth." The Doctor opened another door that they went through.
"No one's called it Satellite Five in ages. It's the Game Station now. Hasn't been Satellite Five in about a hundred years." Lynda said, shaking her head walking with him.
"A hundred years exactly. It's the year two zero zero one zero zero. I was here before, Floor one three nine. The Satellite was broadcasting news channels back then. Had a bit of trouble upstairs. Nothing too serious. Easy. Give them a hand, home in time for tea."
"A hundred years ago? What, you were here a hundred years ago?"
"You're looking good on it."
"I moisturise. Funny sorts of readings. All kinds of energy. The place is humming. It's weird. This goes way beyond normal transmissions. What would they need all that power for?"
"I don't know. I think we're the first ever contestants to get outside."
"I had three friends travelling with me. They must've gotten caught in the same transit. Where would they be?"
"I don't know. They could've been allocated anywhere. There's a hundred different games."
"Well, there's ten floors of Big Brother. There's a different House behind each of those doors. And then beyond that, there's all sorts of shows. It's non stop. There's Call My Bluff, with real guns. Countdown, where you've got thirty seconds to stop the bomb going off. Ground Force, which is a nasty one. You get turned into compost. Er, Wipeout, speaks for itself. Oh, and Stars In Their Eyes. Literally, stars in their eyes. If you don't sing, you get blinded. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette…"
"And you watch this stuff?"
"Everyone does. How come you don't?"
"Never paid for my licence."
"Oh, my God! You get executed for that."
"Let them try."
"You keep saying things that don't make sense. Who are you though, Doctor, really?"
"It doesn't matter."
"Well, it does to me. I've just put my life in your hands."
"I'm just a traveller, wandering past. Believe it or not, all I'm after is a quiet life."
"So, if we get out of here, what're you going to do? Just wander off again?"
"Fast as I can."
"So, I could come with you?"
"Maybe you could."
"I wouldn't get in the way."
"I wouldn't mind if you did. Not a bad idea, Lynda with a Y. But first of all, we've got to concentrate on getting out. And to do that, you've got to know your enemy. Who's controlling it? Who's in charge of the satellite now?"
"Hold on." Lynda spt a light breaker and turned it on.
A sign lights up- Bad Wolf Corporation.
Lynda looked over at the Doctor. "Your lords and masters."
Alexys closed her eyes as she listened to each of the men that were there begging to stay on the show. But she wasn't fully listening to what they were saying. She was tapping her magic into the place to see if there was anything that she could learn about this place. So far nothing was syncing up, there was indeed something going on and no human equipment would keep her out, but whatever this equipment was… it was keeping her out and the only type of equipment that could keep her out was something far more dangerous than anything.
She took a shuddering breath figuring out what it was that was blocking her out. But the thing was she knew that the last Dalek had died and there was no way that there was still one out there. It was impossible.
"Blimey! I've never seen it for real before. Not from orbit. Planet Earth." Lynda said as she looked down on the earth.
"What's happened to it?" The Doctor questioned his brows furrowing.
"Well, it's always been like that Ever since I was born. See that there? That's the Great Atlantic Smog Storm. It's been going for twenty years. We get newsflashes telling us when it's safe to breathe outside."
"So the population just sits there? Half the world's too fat, and half the world's too thin, and you lot just watch telly?"
"Ten thousand channels, all beaming down from here."
"The Human Race. Brainless sheep being fed on a diet of. Mind you, have they still got that programme where three people have to live with a bear?"
"Oh, Bear With Me. I love that one!"
"And me. The celebrity edition where the bear got in the bath."
"Got in the bath!"
"But it's all gone wrong. I mean, history's gone wrong again. This should be the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. I don't understand. Last time I was here I put it right."
"No, but that's when it first went wrong. A hundred years ago, like you said. All the news channels, they just shut down overnight."
"But that was me. I did that."
"There was nothing left in their place. No information. The whole planet just froze. The government, the economy, they collapsed. That was the start of it. One hundred years of hell."
"Oh, my. I made this world." The Doctor said with a groan rubbing his temples. He couldn't believe that he was this stupid and did something so terrible and changed the future he knew that should've been right.
"Hey, handsome. Good to see you? Any sign of Rose or Alexys?" Jack said coming up to them.
"Can't you track them down?"
"They must still be inside the games. All the rooms are shielded." Jack said, pursing his lips in thought.
"If I can just get inside this computer. She's got to be here somewhere." The Doctor said as he worked on the console that Adam had used a century before.
"Well, you'd better hurry up. These games don't have a happy ending."
"Do you think I don't know that?"
Jack handed over his wrist computer to the Doctor. "There you go, patch that in. It's programmed to find her and Alexys."
"Thanks." The Doctor said with a nod of his head.
"Hey, there." Jack said with a smile.
"Hello." Lynda replied shyly.
"Captain Jack Harkness."
"Nice to meet you, Lynda Moss."
"Do you mind flirting outside?" The Doctor questioned was quite irritated with the whole flirting thing.
"I was just saying hello!"
"For you, that's flirting."
"I'm not complaining." Lynda said with a small shy smile.
"It's not compatible. This stupid system doesn't make sense." The Doctor turned, giving the computer to Lynda and then kicked the console.
Jack took off the front plate.
"This place should be a basic broadcaster, but the systems are twice as complicated. It's more than just television. This station's transmitting something else."
"I don't know. This whole Bad Wolf thing's tied up with me. Someone's manipulated my entire life. It's some sort of trap and Rose is stuck inside it." He looked and found the signal. "Found her. Floor four oh seven."
"Oh, my God, she's with the Anne Droid. You've got to get her out of there."
"Come on, come on.!" He bounced on the balls of his feet. "Game Room Six, which one is it?"
"Over here!" Lynda pointed to where it was.
"Jack, where's Alexys?" The Doctor questioned looking at Jack.
"Floor eight oh nine."
"That is the bachelor/bachelorette floor." Lynda called out.
The Doctor let out a groan as he tried to get the door open for where Rose was.
"Stand back, let me blast it open." Jack said, moving towards the door.
"You can't. It's made of Hydra."
Jack let out a breath shaking his head.
The Doctor began to work on the lock of the studio. "Come on, come on, come on." Suddenly he got the door open and rushed into the room. "Rose! Stop this game!"
"Rose, you leave this life with nothing." AnneDroid said as she brought up her gun.
"Stop this game!" Jack yelled.
"I order you to stop this game!"
"You are the weakest link."
"Look out for the Anne Droid, it's armed!" Rose called out to them.
The Anne Droid shot Rose as she tried to run to the Doctor, only leaving a pile of dust on the floor.
"What the hell did you do to her?"
The Doctor kneeled down over Rose's remains.
"Back off!" Jack snarled.
"I need security and I need it here right now! It's this lot." The floor manager called out.
"Don't you touch him! Leave him alone!"
A security guard took the Doctor's arm.
"Sir, put down the gun or I'll have to shoot."
"You killed her! Your stupid freaking game show killed her."
"Sir, I'm arresting you under Private Legislation Sixteen of the Game Station Syndicate. Can you tell us the purpose of this device, sir? Can you tell us how you got on board?"
"Just leave him alone." Lynda yelled trying to diffuse the situation.
"I'm asking him. Sir? Can you tell us who you are?"
The Doctor's mug shots are taken, front and side profiles.
"You will be taken from this place to the Lunar Penal Colony, there to be held without trial. You may not appeal against this sentence. Is that understood?"
A second Guard unlocked the cage to let his colleague out.
"Let's do it…"
Suddenly red flashes of light hit the guards knocking them out.
The Doctor looked up with wide eyes. "Alexys."
"Seems like you two got into some trouble. Grab what you need." Alexys looked over at the Doctor as Jack grabbed his Defabricator, the Doctor grabbed his sonic screwdriver, and Lynda took the guard's weapons. "Care to tell me where we are off to?"
The lift arrived and took them right to floor 500.
Alexys took a soft breath as she fidgeted around in her red gown.
"Well you don't look too happy to be wearing that dress." Jack mused as he looked over at her.
"Oh bloody hell no I'm not. But I had to use my magic to get the hell out of where I was." She shook her head. "Doctor… there is…"
The lift opened and they stepped out onto floor 500.
"Okay, move away from the desk! Nobody tries anything clever. Everybody is clear. Stand to the side and stay there." Jack ordered.
"Who's in charge of this place?" The Doctor demanded.
"This Satellite's more than a Game Station."
"Seventy nine, eighty."
"Who killed Rose Tyler?"
Aleyxs's eyes went wide. "Rose… is she…"
The Doctor nodded his head.
"All staff are reminded that solar flares"
"I want an answer!"
"Occur in delta point one."
"She can't reply. Don't shoot!" Pavale said softly.
"Oh, don't be so thick. Like I was ever going to shoot." The Doctor threw his weapon at Pavale. "Captain, we've got more guards on the way up. Secure the exits."
"Yes, sir." Jack said as he went to do what the Doctor had asked him to.
"You. What were you saying?"
"But I've got your gun."
"Okay, so shoot me. Why can't she answer?"
"She's er. Can I put this down?"
"If you want. Just hurry up."
"Thanks. Sorry. The Controller is linked to the transmissions. The entire output goes through her brain. You're not a member of staff so she doesn't recognise your existence."
"What's her name?"
"I don't know. She was installed when she was five years old. That's the only life she's ever known."
"Door's sealed. We should be safe for about ten minutes." Jack called out.
"Keep an eye on them."
"But that stuff you were saying about something going on with the Game Station. I think you're right. I've kept a log. Unauthorised transmissions, encrypted signals, it's been going on for years."
Jack tried to open Archive Six.
"You're not allowed in there. Archive Six is out of bounds."
"Do I look like an out of bounds sort of guy?"
The door opened and Jack then went inside and walked up to the Tardis. "What the hell?"
"Solar flare activity in delta point zero fifteen."
"If you're not holding us hostage, then open the door and let us out. The staff are terrified." The woman said softly.
"That's the same staff who execute hundreds of contestants every day." The Doctor snapped out.
"That's not our fault. We're just doing our jobs."
"And with that sentence you just lost the right to even talk to me. Now back off!"
The power dropped.
"That's just the solar flares. They interfere with the broadcast signal, so this place automatically powers down. Planet Earth gets a few repeats. It's all quite normal."
"Doctor?" The woman said softly.
"Whatever it is, you can wait."
Alexys elbowed him hard.
"I think she wants you."
"Doctor? Doctor? Where's the Doctor?"
"I'm here." The Doctor said moving forward.
"Can't see. I'm blind. So blind. All my life, blind. All I can see is numbers, but I saw you."
"What do you want?"
"Solar flares are hiding me. They can't hear me. My masters, they always listen but they can't hear me now the sun, the sun is so bright."
"Who are your masters?"
"They wired my head. The name's forbidden. They control my thoughts. My masters. My masters, I had to be careful. They monitor transmissions but they don't watch the programmes. I could hide you inside the games. Knew that you would find me."
"My friend died inside your games."
"Don't you dare tell me that."
"They've been hiding. My masters are hiding in the dark space, watching and shaping the Earth for so, so, so many years. Always been there, guiding humanity, hundreds and hundred of years."
"Who are they?"
"They wait and plan and grow in numbers. They're strong now. So strong, my masters."
"Who are they?"
"But speak of you, my masters, they fear the Doctor."
"Tell me, who are they?"
The power came back onto the ship.
Aleyxs took a soft breath.
"Twenty one, twenty two."
"When's the next solar flare?" The Doctor questioned turning to face Pavale.
"Two years time."
The Doctor let out a breath. "Fat lot of good that is."
Jack came up to the Doctor. "Found the Tardis."
"We're not leaving now."
"No, but the Tardis worked it out. You'll want to watch this. Lynda, could you stand over there for me please?"
"I just want to go home." Lynda said softly.
"It'll only take a second. Could you stand in that spot, quick as you can. Everybody watching? Okay. three, two, one."
A beam came down and Lynda vanished in a puff of smoke.
Alexys's eyes went wide. "Jack what the bloody hell…"
"But you killed her!"
"Oh, do you think?" He used another and another beam brought Lynda back.
"What the hell was that?"
"It's a transmat beam. Not a disintegrator, a secondary transmat system. People don't get killed in the games. they get transported across space. Doctor, Rose is still alive!" Jack said as he hugged the Doctor.
"She's out there somewhere."
"Doctor. Coordinates five point six point one"
"Don't, the solar flare's gone. They'll hear you."
"Point four three four. No, my masters, no! I defy you! Stigma seven seven" The Controller disappeared in a puff of smoke and a scream.
"They took her."
"Look, use that. It might contain the final numbers. I kept a log of all the unscheduled transmissions." Pavale said.
"Nice, Thanks. Captain Jack Harkness, by the way."
"I'm Davitch Pavale."
"Nice to meet you, Davitch Pavale."
"There's a time and a place." Alexys said as she looked over at Jack, her hands glowing a little bit.
Jack backed away nervously.
"Are you saying this entire setup was a disguise all along?" The woman questioned.
"Going way back. Installing the Jagrafess a hundred years ago. Someone's been playing a long game, controlling the human race from behind the scenes for generations."
"Click on this. The transmat delivers to that point, right on the edge of the solar system." Jack explained.
"There's nothing there."
"It looks like nothing because that's what this satellite does. Underneath the transmission there's another signal."
"Doing what?" Pavale questioned.
"Hiding whatever's out there. Hiding it from sonar, radar, scanner. There's something sitting right on top of planet Earth, but it's completely invisible. If I cancel the signal…"
A large flying saucer appeared on the holo-viewscreen.
Alexys let out a snarl in anger, her hands lighting up red with her magic.
"That's impossible. I know those ships. They were destroyed." Jack said in shock.
"Obviously, they survived." The Doctor said, swallowing the lump in his throat.
"Who did? Who are they?" Lynda questined.
"Two hundred ships. More than two thousand on board each one. That's just about half a million of them."
"Half a million what?" Pavale asked, looking at the Doctor.
"Daleks." Alexys said her eyes were narrowing.
"I will talk to the Doctor." The Dalek said.
"Oh, will you? That's nice. Hello!"
"The Dalek stratagem nears completion. The fleet is almost ready. You will not intervene."
"Oh, really? Why's that, then?"
"We have your associate. You will obey or she will be exterminated."
Everyone looked at the Doctor.
"I said no."
"What is the meaning of this negative?"
"It means no."
"But she will be destroyed."
"No! Because this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to rescue her. I'm going to save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet. And then I'm going to save the Earth, and then, just to finish off, I'm going to wipe every last stinking Dalek out of the sky!"
"But you have no weapons, no defences, no plan."
"Yeah. And doesn't that scare you to death. Rose?"
"I'm coming to get you." The Doctor then blasted the screen.
Alexys looked at the Doctor, swallowing the lump in her throat. She knew that there was something that was beginning to bloom in Rose, and she didn't like it of course. It made her sick to her stomach to know that Rose could have feelings for the Doctor. She touched his arm softly.
The Doctor looked at her. "Alexys, you look worried."
"I'm a military witch Doctor… you have no plan."
"I take it that you have some course of action."
Alexys let out a soft scoff and then shook her head lightly. "For you perhaps I do."
"Merida…" He warned.
Alexys let out a soft chuckle touching his cheek softly. "It's reckless of what we're about to do…"
"I wouldn't have it any other way with my wife by my side."
Jack blinked a few times. "Wait… wife."
Alexys turned her head to look over her shoulder at Jack. "Yes, I'm his wife. Got an issue with that Jack?"
Jack whistled a little. "Didn't think that he would have a beautiful sexy wife."
Alexys let out a soft laugh. "Let's go and get our companion back."
The Doctor nodded his head in agreement.
This is the end of Chapter 13 of Between the Lines. Please leave a review and let me know what you think. There is only one chapter left for this story. I do apologize for it taking me so long to get the next update out. I promise that it won't happen again either. Reviews keep me going so let me know what you think of Jack knowing the truth… and the question that now arises is should Rose find out about the Doctor and Alexys? Until next time guys.