Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 5 of Between the Lines. Thank you to all of those who have reviewed this fic. It really does mean a lot and it keeps me writing. I hope that you guys are enjoying Alexys even though she hasn't grown as a character yet, but I promise that she will grow during this. Without further ado Chapter 5 of Between the Lines.
Saving a Life
Alexys sat in one of the seats that was in the Tardis. She had long since changed her clothes from the clothes that she wore when she worked with Van Statten. She had changed into something much more comfortable, a regular red tank top, a pair of blue jeans, and a pair of high tops that were black. A black jacket covered her red tank top. She closed her blue eyes some as she listened to what Rose was talking about to the Doctor.
"Peter Alan Tyler my dad. The most wonderful man in the world. Born 15th September 1954. 1987, 7th of November. The day that Stuart Hoskins and Sarah Clarke got married. He was always having adventures. He would have loved to see what I'm doing now. That's what Mum always says. So I was thinking, could we, could we go and see my dad when he was still alive?" She asked softly looking at the Doctor. She hoped that he would allow that.
"Where's this come from, all of a sudden?" The Doctor questioned as he looked at her.
"Alright then, if we can't, if it goes against the laws of times or something, then never mind, just leave it." Rose said softly.
"No, I can do anything. I'm just more worried about you." He said letting out a soft breath.
"I want to see him."
"Your wish is my command. But be careful what you wish for."
Alexys opened her eyes looking over at the Doctor knowing what he was meaning behind his words. Messing with time like this with things that had already happened and they needed to remain that way.
The Doctor, Alexys, and Rose attended her parents wedding.
"I, Peter Alan Tyler, take you, Jacqueline Angela Suzette Prentice."
"I, Peter Alan Tyler, take you, Jacqueline Suzanne Suzette Anita" Peter said softly stumbling over his words.
"Oh, just carry on. It's good enough for Lady Di." Jackie said letting out a huff. She couldn't believe that he was stumbling over his words this badly.
"I thought he'd be taller." Rose said softly.
"To be my lawful wedded wife, to love and behold till death us do part."
"My mom told me that he died so close to home. She wasn't there. Nobody was. It was a hit and run driver. He was gone when the ambulance got there. Mom wished there'd been someone there for him. I want to be that someone, so he doesn't die alone."
"November the 7th?" The Doctor asked as he looked at her.
The Doctor put in the coordinates to what Rose had asked him to do.
Alexys pursed her lips together as she stood there with the Doctor helping him where he needed it.
The Tardis parked herself between a telephone junction box and a road sign, by some park railings.
"It's so weird. The day my father died. I thought it'd be all sort of grim and stormy. It's just an ordinary day." Rose said softly as they got out of the Tardis.
Alexys pursed her lips together as she looked around. She swallowed the lump in her throat not liking the idea that Rose was doing this.
"The past is another country. 1987's just the Isle of Wight. Are you sure about this?" The Doctor asked looking over at her.
"Yeah." She said softly as they walked slowly. "This is it. Jordan Road. He was late. He'd been to get a wedding present, a vase. Mum always said, that stupid vase."
A green van came around the corner.
"He got out of his car."
It pulled up to the curb.
"And crossed the road. Oh, God. This is it." Rose said her voice wavering a little. She couldn't believe that she was going to watch her father die.
Pete got out of the van.
The Doctor took Rose's hand as Alexys pursed her lips together.
A beige car came around the corner and straight into Pete. The driver shielded his face with his arm and kept going leaving Pete and a broken vase in the middle of the road.
Pete tried to move.
"Go to him, quick." The Doctor said looking at her.
She couldn't bring herself to move. She heard the sirens approaching and fast. "It's too late now. By the time the ambulance got there, he was dead. He can't die on his own. Can I try again?"
Alexys looked at the Doctor with her brows furrowed knowing that it probably wouldn't be a good idea to do this again.
The Doctor, Alexys, and Rose looked around the corner seeing themselves by the curbside.
"Right, that's the first us. It's a very bad idea, two sets of us being here at the same time. Just be careful they don't see us. Wait till she runs off and they follow, then go to your dad."
Alexys pursed her lips together knowing that this was a huge mistake with having two sets of them.
They watched Pete park at the curb.
"I can't do this." Rose said softly as her hands trembled a little bit.
"You don't have to do anything you don't want to, but this is the last time we can be here."
Rose ran forward as Pete got out of the van.
"Rose! No!" The Doctor yelled trying to stop her.
Rose dashed past her earlier self and pushed her father out of the path of the beige car. The vase rolled away, unbroken.
The earlier Rose, Doctor, and Alexys vanished.
"I did it. I saved your life." Rose said letting out soft pants.
"Blimey, did you see the speed of it? Did you get his number?" Pete asked as he slowly getting up.
"I really did it. Oh, my God, look at you. You're alive! That car was going to kill you."
"Give me some credit, I did see it coming. I wasn't going to walk under it, was I."
"That's a coincidence. That's my daughter's name."
"That's a great name. Good choice. Well done."
"Right, I'd better shift. I've got a wedding to go to."
"Is that Sarah Clarke's wedding?"
"Yeah, are you going?"
"You and your boyfriend and friend need a lift?" Pete asked curiously as he looked at the Doctor and Alexys.
Alexys swallowed the lump in her throat.
"Right, there we go. Sorry about the mess. If you want a cup of tea, the kitchens just down there, milk's in the fridge. Well, it would be, wouldn't it. Where else would you put the milk? Mind you, there's always the window sill outside. I always thought if someone invented a window sill with special compartments, you know, one for milk, one for yogurt, make a lot of money out of that. Sell it to students and things. I should write that down. Anyway, never mind that, excuse me for a minute. Got to go and change." Pete said as he went to go into the bedroom
Alexys crossed her arms her brow twitching in agitation. She couldn't believe how stupid humans could be.
"All the stuff mum kept. His stuff. She kept it all packed away in boxes in the cupboard. She used to show me when she'd had a bit to drink. Here it is, on display. Where it should be. Third prize at the bowling. First two got to go to Didcot. Health drinks. Tonics, mum used to call them. He made his money selling this Vitex stuff. He had all sorts of jobs. He was so clever. Solar power. Mum said he was going to do this. Now he can. Okay, look I'll tell him you're not my boyfriend." Rose said softly thinking as she looked around at everything.
"When we met, I said travel with me in space. You said no. Then I said time machine." The Doctor said muttering a little bit. He should've known that something like this was going to happen.
"It wasn't some big plan. I just saw it happening and I thought, I can stop it."
"I did it again. I picked another stupid ape. I should've known. It's not about showing you the universe. It never is. It's about the universe doing something for you."
"So it's okay when you go to other times, and you save people's lives, but not when it's me saving my dad."
"I know what I'm doing, you don't. Two sets of us being there made that a vulnerable point."
"But he's alive!" Rose snapped looking at him.
"My entire planet died. My whole family. Do you think it never occurred to me to go back and save them? Her planet died too… her whole family…" The Doctor said pointing to Alexys.
Alexys crossed her arms a little frustrated that Rose was acting this way.
"But it's not like I've changed history. Not much. I mean he's never going to be a world leader. He's not going to start World War Three or anything." Rose said defending her choice.
"Rose, there's a man alive in the world who wasn't alive before. An ordinary man. That's the most important thing in creation. The whole world's different because he's alive."
"What, would you rather him dead?"
"I'm not saying that."
"No, I get it! For once, you're not the most important man in my life."
"Let's see how you get on without me, then. Give me the key. The Tardis key. If I'm so insignificant, give it back to me." He said as he held out his hand.
"All right then, I will." Rose said as she handed the key over to him.
Alexys shook her head softly as she looked over at the Doctor.
"You've got what you wanted, so that's goodbye, then." The Doctor said putting his key into the pocket.
"You don't scare me. I know how sad you are. You'll be back in a minute, or you'll hang around outside the Tardis waiting for me. And I'll make you wait a long time!" Rose snapped narrowing her eyes.
The Doctor and Alexys left the apartment.
Alexys let out a breath as they walked down to the road hearing the door. "Another human… I guess they'll never learn… I'm just hoping that a paradox wasn't created due to her selfishness."
The Doctor looked over at her and nodded his head knowing what she meant.
"I don't blame you Doctor." She said softly as she walked.
"I have the strangest feeling that you know who I am… I know my name precedes me at times, but you seem to know me…"
Alexys took a soft breath. "You're not ready just yet…" She admitted softly as she walked with him putting her hands into the pockets of her black jacket.
The Doctor pursed his lips together wondering what she had meant by that. It worried him a little bit.
"I promise I'll tell you soon." She said softly as she walked with him.
"You promise? I think I've had enough people lying to me." He said looking at her.
She let out a soft breath stopping making him stop as well. She knew that he wouldn't trust so easily. She got a little on her toes to tell him the truth. She whispered something into his ear. His name which caused him to freeze.
The Doctor pulled away from her and looked into her eyes. "Merida?" He whispered softly his blue eyes wide hoping and praying that was who she was.
She smiled a small sad smile.
"It really is you?" He asked softly.
She nodded her head sadly. "Yes." She said softly.
The Doctor wrapped his arm around her. "God I thought I lost you." He said softly as they walked.
"You didn't." She said softly. She looked up at him. "You won't lose me again…" She looked up into his blue eyes.
They made it back to the Tardis.
The Doctor looked up for a moment before unlocking the doors and opened them to reveal an empty police telephone box. The Tardis interior was missing.
Alexys's eyes went wide. "No… it…"
"Oh shit…" Alexys grumbled as they turned and began to run.
This is the end of Chapter 5 of Between the Lines. Please leave a review to let me know what you think. What do you think of the twist of her telling the Doctor who she was? Please leave a review and let me know what you would like to see in future chapters. I promise I'll update soon. Until next time.