Between the Lines @rainbowhairedgirl
Chapter 4

Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 4 of Between the Lines. Thank you to all who kept up with this story. I promise that we will get a move on with the chapters and plot. Each episode will be broken down into two parts to make it easier on everyone reading. At least I'm hoping. Since it's a lot to go through in each chapter. I want to make the chapters enjoyable for the readers. Without further ado Chapter 4 of Between the Lines. Enjoy.

Chapter 4

Floor 500

"Look, they only give us twenty minutes maintenance. Can't you give it a rest?" Cathica said as she looked at him with her arms crossed standing in the newsroom.

Alexys let out a soft breath as she watched the Doctor have some trouble with what was going on around them. She ran her hand through her blonde hair.

"But you've never been to another floor? Not even one floor down?" The doctor said before flopping down into the broadcast chair.

"I went to floor sixteen when I first arrived. That's medical. That's when I got my head done, and then I came straight here. Satellite Five, you work, eat and sleep on the same floor. That's it, that's all. You're not management, are you." Cathica said looking at them her brows furrowing together.

"At last. She's clever."

"Doctor." Alexys said looking over at him her blue eyes slightly narrowed. He didn't have to be rude about Cathica finally figuring it out.

"Yeah, well, whatever it is, don't involve me. I don't know anything."

"Don't you even ask?" The Doctor questioned as he got up out of the seat.

"Well, why would I?"

"You're a journalist. Why's all the crew human?"

Alexys pursed her lips together. She thought the same thing, why were all the crew human. It wasn't normal, it didn't feel right.

"What's that got to do with anything?" Cathica questioned looking at them.

"There's no aliens on board. Why?"

"I don't know. No real reason. They're not banned or anything."

"Then where are they?"

"I suppose immigration's tightened up. It's had to, what with all the threats."

"What threats?" Alexys asked looking over at Cathica with confusion written across her face.

"I don't know all of them. Usual stuff. And the price of space warp doubled so that kept the visitors away. Oh, and the government on Chavic Five's collapsed, so that lot stopped coming, you see. Just lots of little reasons, that's all."

"Adding up to one great big fact, and you didn't even notice." The Doctor said thinking.

"Doctor, I think if there was any kind of conspiracy, Satellite Five would have seen it. We see everything." Cathica said as she crossed her arms.

"I can see better. This society's the wrong shape, even the technology."

"It's cutting edge."

"It's backwards. There's a great big door in your head. You should've chucked this out years ago."

"So, what do you think is going on?" Rose asked looking at the two of them.

Alexys pursed her lips together in thought. She didn't like how it felt.

"It's not just this space station, it's the whole attitude. It's the way people think. The great and bountiful Human Empire stunted. Something's holding it back."

"And how would you know?" Cathica questioned looking at them.

"Trust me, humanity's been set back about ninety years. When did Satellite Five start broadcasting?" The Doctor said thinking.

"Ninety one years ago."

Alexys looked at the Doctor with her brows furrowed together in worry. This wasn't a good sign.


The Doctor was using his sonic screwdriver on a pair of double doors.

Alexys pursed her lips together in worry.

"We are so going to get in trouble. You're not allowed to touch the mainframe. You're going to get told off." Cathica said watching him with weary eyes.

"Rose, tell her to button it." The Doctor said as he continued to work.

"You can't just vandalise the place. Someone's going to notice!"

"Better yet… Alexys tell her to button it." The doctor said as he got the doors to open.

Alexys looked at Cathica. "Believe me Cathica… he knows what he's doing…"

The Doctor was having fun looking around in the mass nest of wiring.

"This has nothing to do with me. I'm going back to work." Cathica said looking at him.

Alexys let out a soft breath rubbing her face softly.

"Go on, then. See you!"

"I can't just leave you, can I!"

"If you want to be useful, get them to turn the heating down. It's boiling. What's wrong with this place? Can't they do something about it?" Rose questioned looking at Cathica hoping that she would have some sort of information for them that would help them.

"I don't know. We keep asking. Something to do with the turbine."

"Something to do with the turbine." The Doctor mocked as he worked.

"Well, I don't know!"

"Exactly. I give up on you, Cathica. Now, Rose. Look at Rose. Rose is asking the right kind of question."

"Oh, thank you." Rose said rather pleased that he was praising her.

"Why is it so hot?"

Alexys rolled her sleeves up on her blazer some more. "I have to agree with that. It's way too hot to be normal."

"One minutes you're worried about the Empire and the next it's the central heating!" Cathica yelled in frustration.

"Well, never underestimate plumbing. Plumbing is very important." The Doctor said looking over his shoulder at Cathica. He produced a monitor with the schematic on it. "Here we go. Satellite Five, pipes and plumbing. Look at the layout."

"This is ridiculous. You've got access to the computer's core. You can look at the archive, the news, the stock exchange and you're looking at pipes?" Cathica muttered looking at the schematic.

"But there's something wrong."

Cathica took a closer look. "I suppose."

Alexys looked closer to the schematics. "Yes, there's something wrong…"

"Why, what is it?" Rose asked a bit confused.

"The ventilation system. Cooling ducts, ice filters, all working flat out channelling massive amounts of heat down." Cathica said explaining it to Rose.

"All the way from the top." Alexys said thinking.

"Floor five hundred." Rose said looking at Alexys.

Alexys nodded her head.

"Something up there is generating tons and tons of heat." The Doctor said his brows furrowing a bit as he thought about what it could be.

"Well, I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm missing out on a party. It's all going on upstairs. Fancy a trip?" Rose asked looking at Alexys and the Doctor.

"You can't. You need a key." Cathica said looking at Rose like she was insane.

"Keys are just codes, and I've got the codes right here. Here we go. Override two one five point nine."

The monitor showed 214.9976/31.

"How come it's given you the code?" Cathica questioned.

The Doctor beamed at Cathica. "Someone up there likes me."

Alexys rolled her eyes some shaking her head. He was still the same old Doctor that she knew from the past. It made her heart swell some knowing that there were still some things about him that hadn't changed.

"Come on. Come with us." Rose said looking at Cathica hopeful.

"No way." Cathica said shaking her head.


"Well, don't mention my name. When you get in trouble, just don't involve me." Cathica said leaving the three of them.

"That's her gone. Adam's given up. Looks like it's just you, Alexys, and me."

"Yeah." Rose said with a nod of her head.



Alexys took a soft breath as they got into the elevator to go up to the top floor. She nibbled her bottom lip softly as she crossed her arms.


The Doctor looked around as they entered Floor 500. "The walls are not made of gold. You should go back downstairs." The Doctor said looking at Rose.


"Rose just do it." Alexys said pushing her into the elevator. "Just please do as we say."

Rose pursed her lips together. She looked at the Doctor and saw the look on his face. "No."

Alexys let out a breath rubbing her face as they walked.

They found the Editor and his staff.

"I started without you. This is fascinating. Satellite Five contains every piece of information within the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. Birth certificates, shopping habits, bank statements, but you two, you don't exist. Not a trace. No birth, no job, not the slightest kiss. How can you walk through the world and not leave a single footprint?" The Editor questioned not bothering to look at them.

"Suki. Suki! Hello? Can you hear me? Suki? What have you done to her?" Rose said pleading with Suki to wake up.

"I think she's dead." The Doctor said looking at Suki knowing that she was dead.

"She's working."

"They've all got chips in their head, and the chips keep going, like puppets."

"Oh! You're full of information. But it's only fair we get some information back, because apparently, you're no one. It's so rare not to know something. Who are you?" The Editor questioned as he turned to look at the Doctor.

"It doesn't matter, because we're off. Nice to meet you. Come on."

Suki grabbed Rose's arm and four other zombies grabbed the Doctor and Alexys.

"Tell me who you are."

"Since that information is keeping us alive, I'm hardly going to say, am I." The Doctor said looking at the Editor with a deadly look in his eyes.

Alexys narrowed her eyes as she struggled some. She wasn't about to go down without a fight.

"Well, perhaps my Editor in Chief can convince you otherwise."

"And who's that?"

"It may interest you to know that this is not the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. In fact, it's not actually human at all. It's merely a place where humans happen to live."

A growl and a snarl could be heard.

"Yeah. Yeah, sorry. It's a place where humans are allowed to live by kind permission of my client."

They slowly looked up seeing a giant lump hanging from the ceiling, with very nasty teeth on the end of a pseudopod.

"What is that?" Rose said backing up a little bit her eyes widened in fright.

"You mean that thing's in charge of Satellite Five?" The Doctor questioned as he continued to look at it.

"That thing, as you put it, is in charge of the human race. For almost a hundred years, mankind has been shaped and guided, his knowledge and ambition strictly controlled by it's broadcast news, edited by my superior, your master, and humanity's guiding light, the mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe. I call him Max."

The Doctor, Rose, and Alexys were put into hefty set of manacles.

Alexys narrowed her eyes in frustration.

"Create a climate of fear and it's easy to keep the borders closed. It's just a matter of emphasis. The right word in the right broadcast repeated often enough can destabilise an economy, invent an enemy, change a vote." The Editor said looking at them.

"So all the people on Earth are like slaves." Rose snapped looking at the Editor with anger in her eyes.

"Well, now, there's an interesting point. Is a slave a slave if he doesn't know he's enslaved?"

"Yes." Both Alexys and the Doctor said at the same time.

"Oh. I was hoping for a philosophical debate. Is that all I'm going to get? Yes?"

"Yes." The Doctor said firmly.

"You're no fun."

"Let me out of these manacles. You'll find out how much fun I am."

Alexys looked over her shoulder her cheeks flushing in embarrassment.

"Oh, he's tough, isn't he. But, come on. Isn't it a great system? You've got to admire it, just a little bit."

"You can't hide something on this scale. Somebody must have noticed." Rose said looking at the Editor.

"From time to time, someone, yes, but the computer chip system allows me to see inside their brains. I can see the smallest doubt and crush it. Then they just carry on, living the life, strutting about downstairs and all over the surface of the Earth like they're so individual, when of course, they're not. They're just cattle. In that respect, the Jagrafess hasn't changed a thing."

Alexys, Rose and the Doctor spotted Cathica behind the Editor's back.

"What about you? You're not a Jagrabelly?" Rose questioned.

"Jagrafess." The Doctor corrected.

"Jagrafess. You're not a Jagrafess. You're human."

"Yeah, well, simply being human doesn't pay very well." The Editor said looking at them.

"But you couldn't have done this all on your own."

"No. I represent a consortium of banks. Money prefers a long-term investment. Also, the Jagrafess needed a little hand to install himself."

"No wonder, a creature that size. What's his life span?" The Doctor questioned wondering how long a Jagrafess would live.

"Three thousand years."

"That's one hell of a metabolism generating all that heat. That's why Satellite Five's so hot. You pump it out of the creature, channel it downstairs. Jagrafess stays cool, it stays alive. Satellite Five is one great big life support system."

"But that's why you're so dangerous. Knowledge is power, but you remain unknown. Who are you?" The Editor snapped his fingers and energy surged through the manacles causing Alexys to scream in pain as well as Rose.

"Leave them alone. I'm the Doctor, she's Rose Tyler, and she is Alexys. We're nothing, we're just wandering."

"Tell me who you are!" The Editor yelled in frustration.

"I just said!"

"Yes, but who do you work for? Who sent you? Who knows about us? Who exactly…" He stopped.

The Jagrafess growled.

"Time Lord."

"What?" The Doctor said in shock.

"Oh, yes. The last of the Time Lords in his travelling machine. Oh, with his little human girl from long ago."

"You don't know what you're talking about."

"Time travel."

"Someone's been telling you lies."

"Young master Adam Mitchell?" The Editor called up a holo-monitor showing Adam in a broadcasting chair.

Alexys lowered her head. She knew that he would be tempted by this time.

"Oh, my God. His head!" Rose said softly in shock that Adam would do this.

"What the hell's he done? What the hell's he gone and done? They're reading his mind. He's telling them everything."

"And through him, I know everything about you. Every piece of information in his head is now mine. And you have infinite knowledge, Doctor. The Human Empire is tiny compared to what you've seen in your TARDIS. Tardis."

"Well, you'll never get your hands on it. I'll die first." The Doctor said struggling some.

"Die all you like. I don't need you. I've got the key."

The Tardis key raised from Adam's pocket.

"You and your boyfriends!" The Doctor snapped at Rose.

"Today, we are the headlines. We can rewrite history. We could prevent mankind from ever developing."

"And no one's going to stop you because you've bred a human race that doesn't bother to ask questions. Stupid little slaves, believing every lie. They'll just trot right into the slaughter house if they're told it's made of gold."

The Jagrafess snarled some more.

"What's happening? Someone's disengaged the safety. Who's that?" He called up an image up on the holo-monitor.

"It's Cathica." Alexys said looking up in awe.

"And she's thinking. She's using what she knows." The Doctor said thinking.

"Terminate her access."

"Everything I told her about Satellite Five. The pipes, the filters, she's reversing it. Look at that."

The icicles began to melt.

"It's getting hot."

"I said, terminate. Burn out her mind." The Editor said looking at Suki.

The consoles began to explode and the dead operators collapsed. Alarms began to sound in the rest of Satellite Five.

Rose got out of her manicales.

"She's venting the heat up here. The Jagrafess needs to stay cool and now it's sitting on top of a volcano." The Doctor said taking a soft breath.

"I'm trying, sir, but I don't know how she did it. It's impossible. A member of staff with an idea." The Editor took Suki's seat.

Rose moved to try freeing the Doctor and Alexys. She grabbed his sonic screwdriver from his pocket. "What do I do?"

"Flick the switch! Oi, mate, want to bank on a certainty? Massive heat in a massive body, massive bang. See you in the headlines!"

Rose freed both the Doctor and Alexys. They escaped from the room. They ran to the broadcast room as chunks of ice fell from the ceiling.

The Doctor snapped his fingers and closed Cathica's portal.


Dawn raised over Mother Earth, the people that stayed on level 139 were helping the injured.

"We're just going to go. I hate tidying up. Too many questions. You'll manage." The Doctor said looking at Cathica as they walked.

"You'll have to stay and explain it. No one's going to believe me." Cathica said looking at them.

"Oh, they might start believing a lot of things now. The human race should accelerate. All back to normal."

"What about your friend?"

"He's not my friend."

"Now, don't." Rose said looking at the Doctor.

"I'm all right now. Much better. And I've got the key. Look, it's. It all worked out for the best, didn't it? You know, it's not actually my fault, because you were in charge."

The Doctor pushed Adam into the Tardis. He then pressed various buttons as soon as Rose and Alexys got onto the Tardis. The Doctor then pushed Adam out of the Tardis.

"It's my house. I'm home! Oh, my God, I'm home! Blimey. I thought you were going to chuck me out of an airlock." Adam said looking at the Doctor with wide eyes.

"Is there something else you want to tell me?" The Doctor questioned looking at Adam with his arms crossed.

"No. What do you mean?"

The Doctor picked up the answering machine. "The archive of Satellite Five. One second of that message could've changed the world." The Doctor used his sonic screwdriver on the poor defenceless phone exploding it. "That's it, then. See you."

"How do you mean, see you?"

"As in goodbye."

"But what about me? You can't just go. I've got my head. I've got a chip type two. My head opens."

"What, like this?" The Doctor clicked his fingers causing the portal to open.

"Don't." He closed the portal.

"Don't do what?" He questioned clicking his fingers again.

"Stop it!" He closed the portal again in his head.

"All right now, Doctor, that's enough. Stop it." Rose said grabbing the Doctor's arm.

"Thank you."

Rose clicked her fingers.


"Sorry, I couldn't resist."

Adam closed it again.

"The whole of history could have changed because of you." The Doctor said scolding Adam.

"I just wanted to help."

"You were helping yourself."

"And I'm sorry. I've said I'm sorry, and I am, I really am, but you can't just leave me like this."

"Yes I can. 'Cause if you show that head to anyone, they'll dissect you in seconds. You'll have to live a very quiet life. Keep out of trouble. Be average, unseen. Good luck."

"But I want to come with you. Alexys please."

Alexys crossed her arms and shook her head. "No… Adam I can't."

"I only take the best. I've got Rose and Alexys."

The front door could be heard opening.

"Rose, Rose. Oh, my God." Adam said pleading with Rose.

"Who's that? Geoff, is that you?"

"It's me, mum. Don't come in. Wait there a minute."

"Oh, my Lord. You never told me you were coming home! Hold on, I'll just take my coat off. You should've told me you were coming home. I would've got your favourite tea in."

"Rose, take me with you."

The Tardis's engine starts up.

Rose and Alexys went inside of it and it dematerialised.

Rose looked at Alexys. "So you'll be staying with us for a while?" She asked curiously.

Alexys looked over at Rose. "As long as the two of you want me?"

The Doctor looked over at Alexys. "You're the last of your kind. I want you here…"

Rose pursed her lips together her brows furrowing.


This is the end of Chapter 4. I hope that you guys enjoyed this chapter. Please leave a review and let me know what you think. Reviews keep me going. I'm hoping that you guys are enjoying the OC, Alexys. She'll be going through a lot of character development and it will be a lot of development for her. I'll try to update as soon as I can. Until next time guys.

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