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The Doctor, Rose, and Alexys stepped out of the Tardis.
"So, it's 200,000, it's a spaceship… no wait a minute, space station, and uh… go and try that gate over there. Off you go." He said leaning against the Tardis.
"200,000?" Rose asked looking at the Doctor with wide eyes. She loved it when they traveled through time. She couldn't get enough of it.
"200,000." The Doctor confirmed.
"Kay." Rose said with a smile.
The Doctor just grins as Rose giggled opening the door to the Tardis.
Alexys looked at him. "Why did you do that?"
He looked at her. He brought his finger to his lips and then lowered it before winking.
Alexys shook her head. Of course he would want to show off in some way. But allowing a human to show off, well that was something that was random to her.
"Adam? Out you come." Rose said with a smile.
Adam stepped out and his mouth hung open. This was new to him. Indeed.
Alexys shook her head and pressed her hand on the bottom of his wide hanging open mouth. "You'll catch flies that way laddie."
Adam's cheeks flushed red. He wasn't expecting his friend well someone he had called a friend to tell him that. That meant that she was not human either, but with how she acted well it did point out the fact that she truly wasn't. And it didn't seem to bother him. "Oh my God." He whispered as he looked around.
Alexys crossed her arms and looked at the two humans with a small smile.
"Don't worry, you'll get used to it."
"Hey don't bring me into this." She said looking at Adam.
"Where are we?" Adam asked in confusion.
Alexys looked over at the Doctor who winked at her. She shook her head when she saw him bring his finger up to his lips, telling her to be quiet.
"Good question. Let's see. So, um… judging by the architecture, I'd say we're around the year 200,000."
Adam nodded his head. His mind was blown.
"If you listen… engines."
The Doctor looked over at Rose with a smile on his face.
"We're on some sort of space station. Yeah. Definitely a space station. It's a bit warm in here, they could turn the heating down." She said pulling on the neck of her outfit that she was wearing. "Tell you what, let's try that gate. Come on." She said running towards the gate.
"Go on Adam." Alexys said pushing him a bit.
The three of them followed Rose through the gate. They come upon the observation deck.
Rose grinned. "Here we go! And this is…" She paused looking down upon the earth.
Adam held onto the railings as he made his way to her side.
Alexys shook her head. "He's going to faint."
The Doctor shrugged his shoulders. He really didn't care if pretty boy passed out. He wanted Rose to have fun and now that he had a witch with him he wanted her to enjoy herself as well.
Rose was awestruck. It was beautiful to her. "I'll let the Doctor describe it."
The Doctor shook his head. He should have known that this was coming. Rose was in awe of what she had seen. "The fourth great and bountiful human empire. And there it is. Planet Earth at its height. Covered with megacities, five moons, population 96 billion. The hub of a galactic domain, stretching across a million planets, a million species with mankind right in the middle."
Alexys shook her head. "I called it."
"He's your boyfriend." He muttered to Rose.
Rose shook her head. "Not any more."
"Who should wake him?" Alexys questioned looking at the two of them.
The three of them looked down at Adam.
"How about you wake him?" Rose asked looking at Alexys.
Alexys shook her head. "No one wants to wake up with the way that I wake people up."
The Doctor looked at her in confusion. Now what did she mean by that?
"What do you mean?" Rose asked in confusion.
Alexys rubbed the back of her head. "Well… I dump water on the person."
The Doctor's eyes widened. He only knew of one person that did that and no she couldn't be his wife. No, no no. That was not possible. His wife died. She died years ago. And there was nothing he could do about it. She had died a terrible death.
Alexys saw a flash of hurt go over the Doctor's eyes. She looked away and closed her eyes. She knew that it was her fault that he was looking like that. She wished that she could tell him, but would he believe her?
Rose kneeled down next to Adam and shook him awake.
Adam jumped due to the force of Rose's shake. "What happened?" He questioned looking around in confusion.
"You fainted." Alexys said not even looking at him. She was looking out the window at the planet Earth this year 200,000. "Come on."
The four of them walked through one of the corridors.
"Come on, Adam. Open your mind. You're gonna like this fantastic period of history. The human race is the most intelligent. Culture, art, and politics. This era has got fine food, good manners…"
"Out of the way!" A man said rudely.
Alexys shook her head. "So much for manners."
Rose examines what is behind them that seems to be he fast food. "Fine cuisine?" Rose questioned looking at him.
"My watch must be wrong." The Doctor said looking down at it. He shook his head. "No, it's fine… weird."
"That's what comes of showing off. Your history is not as good as you thought it was." Rose said looking at him playfully.
"My history's perfect."
"Well, obviously not."
"They're all human. What about the millions of planets? The millions of species? Where are they?" Adam asked looking around.
Alexys looked around. Now that was odd. The Doctor's history was never wrong. Not like this. Something was really wrong here.
"Good question. Actually, that is a good question." The Doctor put his arm around Adam's shoulder. "Adam, me old mate, you must be starving."
"No, I'm just a bit time sick." Adam admitted.
Alexys shook her head. Time sickness? That never happened as far as she knew. Perhaps it was just humans. She didn't know. Not really.
"Nah, you just need a bit of grub." The Doctor looked at the chef. "Oi, mate, how much is a cronk burger?"
"two credits twenty, sweetheart. Now, join the queue." The chef told hm.
"Money. We need money." The Doctor went to a cash point and pulled his sonic screwdriver out. "Have to use a cash point."
Rose, Alexys, and Adam followed him while the Doctor used his sonic screwdriver on the cash point.
He got a futuristic credit card. He handed it to Adam. "There you go. Pocket money. Don't spend it all on sweets." He walked away from Adam and grabbing onto Alexys's arm.
"How does it work?" Adam asked in confusion.
The Doctor stopped and turned on his heels causing Alexys to run into him.
She gripped onto his hand tighter which caused the Doctor to look at her. "Sorry." She said softly.
He patted her arm knowing that it was his fault that she had run into him like that. "Go and find out. Stop nagging me. The thing is, Adam, time traveler's like visiting Paris. 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."
Rose laughed at what he had said.
Alexys looked at the Doctor with wide eyes. What the hell?
"Or is that just me?" He questioned himself. He shook his head. "Stop asking questions, go on, do it." He made a motion with his hand which was telling him to go and look around.
Adam began to walk into the crowd.
"Off you go then." The Doctor told Rose with a smile. "Your first date."
Rose rolled her eyes and looked at him with a cheeky smile. "You're going to get a smack, you are."
The Doctor grinned at the thought, but he knew that Rose wouldn't do that. He looked at Alexys once Rose had taken off. "Alright you're coming with me."
Alexys looked at him. "I kind of figured that with how you're still holding onto my hand." She said looking at their locked hands.
"Come on. We got to find out where the hell we are."
Alexys nodded her head. "Yeah."
The two of them found two women talking to each other. Perhaps they would be able to help them figure out what was going on.
"Erm… this is gonna sound daft, but can you tell me and my friend where we are?" The Doctor asked Cathica and Suki.
"Floor 139… could they write it any bigger?" Cathica said pointing at the huge sign that was on the wall.
"Floor 139 of what?" Alexys asked softly looking at both of the girls.
"Must've been a hell of a party." Cathica said letting out a sigh.
"Oh, you're on Satellite Five." Suki said with a smile.
"What's Satellite Five?" The Doctor asked in confusion.
"Come on, how could you get on board without knowing where you are?" Cathica said crossing her arms.
"Look at us, we're stupid." The Doctor said with a smile, hoping that it would work on Cathica and Suki to get the answers that they needed.
"Hang on, wait a minute, are you two a test? Some sort of management test kind of thing?"
The Doctor didn't know how to answer Suki.
"Oh well done. You've got us." Alexys said pushing the Doctor behind her a bit. Alexys had somehow stolen his Psychic paper. She showed it to them.
"We were warned about this in basic training. All workers have to be versed in company promotion." Suki told Cathica as well not realizing telling the Doctor and Alexys.
"Right." Cathica said clearing her throat. "Fire away, ask your it gets me to Floor 500 I'll do anything."
"Why, what happens on Floor 500?"
"The walls are made of gold. And you should know. So this is what we do." Cathica said leading them to the screens.
Suki smiled at the Doctor nervously.
Alexys felt her heart drop. No… not this again. There was always some kind of problem with being around the Doctor. Always.
"Latest news… sandstorms on the new Venus archipelago. Two hundred dead. Glasgow water riots into their third day… spacelane 37 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 in wonder. Now this was something new to him.
"We are the news." Cathica said with a smile.
Suki smiled at the Doctor.
He smiled back at her.
"We're journalists. We write it, package it and sell it. 600 channels all coming out of Satellite Five, broadcasting everywhere. Nothing happens in the whole human empire without it going through us."
An alarm goes off and people began to leave the canteen area.
"Oi! Mutt and Jeff! Over here!" The Doctor called to them.
Alexys shook her head. "Must you call them that?"
Alexys just crossed her arms. This was going to be a long one that was for sure.
Seven people sat around an octagonal desk around a central chair with wires coming from it. The Doctor, Alexys, Rose, and Adam stood to one side looking on.
"Now, everybody behave. We have a management inspection. How do you want it, by the book?" Cathica said looking at the group.
"Right from scratch, thanks." The Doctor said with a nod of his head.
"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 replied looking up.
"Yes, thank you, Suki. Okay, keep it calm. Don't show off for the guests. Here we go." Cathica settled down into the central chair. "And engage safety…"
The seven held their hands over palm prints on the table in front of them. Lights start to come on around the room.
Cathica clicked her fingers and a portal opened in her forehead.
The seven put their hands onto the palm prints.
"And three, two, and spike."
A beam of light shines into her portal.
"Compressed information, streaming into her. Reports from every city, every country, every planet, and they all get packaged inside her head. She becomes part of the software. Her brain is the computer." The Doctor said looking on in awe. He knew that something was wrong.
" If it all goes through her, she must be a genius." Rose questioned as she watched.
"Nah, she wouldn't remember any of it. There's too much. Her head'd blow up. The brain's the processor. As soon as it closes, she forgets."
"So, what about all these people round the edge?"
"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."
"Do you want to get out?" Rose asked looking at Adam.
"No. No, this technology, it's amazing." Adam said in awe.
"This technology's wrong." Alexys said as she watched. Her hands gripped tightly at her sides.
"Trouble?" Rose asked looking at the doctor and Alexys.
Suki pulled her hands away as if she had just received an electrical shock.
The other six lifted their hands and the information beam shut down.
Cathica's portal closes. "Come off it, Suki. I wasn't even halfway. What was that for?" Cathica said rather frustrated.
"Sorry. It must've been a glitch."
A wall lit 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."
"Promotion for Suki Macrae Cantrell. Please proceed to Floor five hundred."
"I don't believe it. Floor five hundred." Suki said soft in shock.
"How the hell did you manage that? I'm above you." Cathica demanded looking at Suki.
"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 in confusion looking at the Doctor and Alexys.
"The walls are made of gold." Alexys said thinking of how wrong it felt.
"Cathica, I'm going to miss you. Floor five hundred, thank you." Suki said looking at the Doctor.
"I didn't do anything." The Doctor said looking at the young woman. He truly hadn't done anything.
"Well, you're my lucky charm." Suki said with a smile.
"All right. I'll hug anyone." The Doctor said hugging her.
"All staff are reminded that the sixteen forty break session has been shortened by ten minutes. Thank you."
"Oh, my God, I've got to go. I can't keep them waiting. I'm sorry. Say goodbye to Steve for me. Bye!" She said as she went onto the lift.
The doors closed leaving Cathica, The Doctor, Alexys, and Rose together.
"Good riddance." Cathica muttered softly.
"You're talking like you'll never see her again. She's only going upstairs." The doctor said looking at Cathica with his brows furrowed. Something was seriously wrong.
"We won't. Once you go to Floor five hundred you never come back."
They walked back through the cafeteria.
"Have you ever been up there?" The Doctor questioned 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.
Alexys looked over at the Doctor and the two of them shared a look. Something was indeed wrong.
This is the end of Chapter 3. I hope that you guys enjoyed it. Please leave a review of what you think. Reviews keep me going. I'll have the next chapter out as soon as I can. Until next time guys.