Between the Lines @rainbowhairedgirl
Chapter 7

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Chapter 7

Problems

The Tardis was in pursuit of a small spacecraft.

Alexys held onto the console trying not to fall over due to how the Tardis was moving.

"What's the emergency?" Rose asked in confusion of why they were after the small spacecraft of whatever it was.

"It's mauve." The Doctor said as he moved around.

"Mauve?" Rose asked in even more confusion.

"The universally recognised colour for danger." The Doctor said as he looked over at Alexys knowing that she knew what he was talking about.

"What happened to red?" Rose blinked wondering what happened to the color red that usually meant danger.

"That's just humans. By everyone else's standards, red's camp. Oh, the misunderstandings. All those red alerts, all that dancing."

Alexys laughed lightly. "Oh how much trouble we got into going to the camps…"

The Doctor laughed lightly knowing what she had meant. "It's got a very basic flight computer. I've hacked in, slaved the Tardis. Where it goes, we go."

"And that's safe, is it?" Rose asked softly, hoping that it was going to be safe for them. She looked over at Alexys wondering how long Alexys knew the Doctor. They hadn't acted like that before until they had gone back to 1987 when she had saved her father and caused a paradox.

"Totally." A loud bang caused him to stop for a moment. "Okay, reasonably. Should have said reasonably there. No, no, no, no! It's jumping time tracks, getting away from us."

"What exactly is this thing?" Rose asked pursing her lips together in worry.

"No idea."

"Then why are we chasing it?"

"It's mauve and dangerous, and about thirty seconds from the centre of London." The Doctor said looking at Rose.

"Which is very very bad." Alexys said as she grasped the console to keep herself up right to keep from falling since the Tardis was following jumping tracks to follow it.

The Tardis materialised in a back alley between two terraces.

The Doctor let out a soft breath as they went towards the doors to exit. "Do you know how long you can knock around space without happening to bump into Earth?"

Alexys let out a soft laugh. She waved her hand and her clothes changed magically into something more suiting to the time period that they landed in, which was a blue dress that went down to the knees and the sleeves went to her elbows, which matched the 1940's era.

"Five days? Or is that just when we're out of milk?" Rose questioned as she looked at the Doctor.

"Of all the species in all the Universe and it has to come out of a cow. Must have come down somewhere quite close. Within a mile, anyway. And it can't have been more than a few weeks ago. Maybe a month." The Doctor said looking around.

"A month? We were right behind it."

"It was jumping time tracks all over the place. We're bound to be a little bit out. Do you want to drive?"

"Yeah. How much is a little?"

"A bit." Alexys said as she looked around tucking some of her blonde hair behind her ear.

"Is that exactly a bit?"

"Ish." The Doctor said sticking his hands in his pockets.

"What's the plan, then? Are you going to do a scan for alien tech or something?"

"Rose, it hit the middle of London with a very loud bang. I'm going to ask." He showed her his psychic paper ID that he used on various occasions.

"Doctor John Smith, Ministry of Asteroids." Rose said looking at him.

"It's psychic paper. It tells you…"

"Whatever you want it to tell me, I remember." Rose said cutting him off.

They came to a door that was marked deliveries only.

"Sorry." The Doctor said with a shrug of his shoulders.

"Not very Spock, is it, just asking."

"Door, music, people. What do you think?" The Doctor asked looking over at Rose.

"I think you should do a scan for alien tech. Give me some Spock, for once. Would it kill you?"

The Doctor opened the door with his sonic screwdriver, and looked at Rose's Union Flag top. "Are you sure about that t-shirt?"

"Too early to say. I'm taking it out for a spin."

"Come on if you're coming. It won't take a minute."

Alexys took the Doctor's hand and walked inside with him. "I think she won't be joining us."

"No, I think you're right. I just hope that she stays near the Tardis." He said as he followed a waiter through a beaded curtain to where a saxophonist and jazz band was accompanying a woman dressed in almost the same fashion as Alexys. "Good choice by the way with your clothes." He mused with a smile looking at her.

"You thought that I wouldn't want to try to fit into the time period that we go to?" She teased softly.

"For nobody else gave me the thrill. When I have uphold silence still, it had to be you, wonderful you." The woman sang to the crowd that was there in the night club.

"Oh I forget how you can be Merida."

She chuckled softly as she walked with him. "It's going to be hard to figure out what's going on." She told him softly.

"It had to be you." The woman finished singing.

"I'll be right back."

Alexys nodded her head softly wrapping her arms around her midsection.

The Doctor took the woman's place at the microphone. "Excuse me. Excuse me. Could I have everybody's attention just for a mo? Be very quick. Hello! Might seem like a stupid question, but has anything fallen from the sky recently?"

There was silence and then people began to laugh.

"Sorry, have I said something funny? It's just, there's this thing that I need to find. Would've fallen from the sky a couple of days ago."

An air raid siren sounded and everyone began to leave the night club.

"Would've landed quite near here. With a very loud…"

Alexys took a soft breath as she looked up at him.

"Quickly as you can, down to the shelter." A man said looking around the nightclub.

The Doctor spotted a poster on the wall that said 'Hitler will send no warning!' "Bang."

"Come on…" Alexys said moving up to the stage. "We're in 1941 Doctor…"

He took a soft breath as he quickly went to her knowing that they needed to get out of there because it was very dangerous.

DWDWDW

The Doctor came out into the alley way with Alexys. He looked around for Rose.

Alexys let out a sigh.

"Rose?"

A cat meowed causing them to look.

"You know, one day, just one day, maybe, I'm going to meet someone who gets the whole don't wander off thing. Nine hundred years of phone box travel, it's the only thing left to surprise me."

Alexys let out a soft breath. "You know that's kind of impossible." She muttered as she walked with him.

The Tardis's police telephone rang. The Doctor blinked a few times and opened the small door. "How can you be ringing? What's that about, ringing? What am I supposed to do with a ringing phone?" He got his sonic screwdriver out.

A young woman walked up the alley. "Don't answer it. It's not for you."

Alexys turned looking at the girl with confusion written across her face.

"And how do you know that?" The Doctor asked as he turned to look at her as well.

"'Cos I do. And I'm telling you, don't answer it."

"Well, if you know so much, tell me this. How can it be ringing? It's not even a real phone. It's not connected, it's not…"

The girl had left them.

He carefully answered the phone. "Hello? Hello? This is the Doctor speaking. How may I help you?"

"Mummy? Mummy?"

"Who is this? Who's speaking?"

"Are you my mummy?"

"Who is this?"

Alexys blinked a few times looking at the Doctor.

"Mummy?"

"How did you ring here? This isn't a real phone. It's not wired up to anything."

"Mummy?"

It went to a dial tone.

The Doctor went to the Tardis door and knocked on it. "Rose? Rose, are you in there?" He heard a noise and ran out of the alley.

"The planes are coming. Can't you hear them? Into the shelter. None of your nonsense, now" move it!" A woman snapped at someone.

The Doctor climbed onto a dust bin and looked over the wall into a back garden, where a well-fed middle-aged woman is shepherding a young boy into an air raid shelter.

"Come on, hurry up, get in there. Come on. Arthur! Arthur, Will you hurry up? Didn't you hear the siren?"

Her equally well-fed husband came out of the house. "Middle of dinner, every night. Blooming Germans. Don't you eat?"

"I can hear the planes!"

"Don't you eat?"

"Oh, keep your voice down, will you? It's an air raid! Get in. Look, there's a war on."

"I know there's a war on. Don't push me."

The Doctor watched as the family safely went into the shelter. He suddenly watched Nancy enter the garden and went into the house.

"Something tells me we need to check that out." Alexys sai softly.

The Doctor turned his head seeing Alexys on one of the dust bins. "Let's go."

Alexys nodded her head. "Lets."

DWDWDW

Alexys bit her lower lip softly as they snuck in. She looked at the children that had gathered.

"Haven't seen you at one of these before." Nancy said looking at one of the boys.

"He told me about it."

"Sleeping rough?"

"Yes, miss."

"All right, then. One slice each, and I want to see everyone chewing properly."

A plate of slices of meat went around the table.

"Thank you, miss." Jim said softly.

"Thanks, miss." Ernie said.

"Thank you miss." The new boy said.

"Thanks, miss!" The Doctor chimed in scaring the kids.

"Must you scare the poor kids?" Alexys questioned softly looking at him.

"It's all right. Everybody stay where you are!" Nancy said trying her best to soothe the kids.

"Good here, innit? Who's got the salt?"

"Back in your seats. He shouldn't be here either." Nancy told them softly as the children began to return to their seats.

"So, you lot, what's the story?" The Doctor questioned as he looked at the group of children that sat around the table.

"What do you mean?" Ernie asked looking at the Doctor.

"You're homeless, right? Living rough?"

"Why do you want to know that? Are you a copper?" Jim questioned looking at the Doctor with narrowed eyes.

"Of course I'm not a copper. What's a copper going to do with you lot anyway? Arrest you for starving? I make it 1941. You lot shouldn't even be in London. You should've been evacuated to the country by now."

"I was evacuated. Sent me to a farm." Alf said softly.

"So why'd you come back?"

"There was a man there"

"Yeah, same with Ernie. Two homes ago." Jim said thinking.

"Shut up. It's better on the streets anyway. It's better food." Ernie said defending himself.

"Yeah. Nancy always gets the best food for us."

"So, that's what you do, is it, Nancy?" The Doctor asked looking at the young woman.

"What is?" Nancy asked shifting a little bit nervous.

"As soon as the sirens go, you find a big fat family meal still warm on the table with everyone down in the air raid shelter and bingo! Feeding frenzy for the homeless kids of London Town. Puddings for all, as long as the bombs don't get you."

Alexys cleared her throat some giving the Doctor a look.

"Something wrong with that?"

"Wrong with it? It's brilliant. I'm not sure if it's Marxism in action or a West End musical."

"Why'd you follow me? What do you want?" Nancy asked looking at them.

"I want to know how a phone that isn't a phone gets a phone call. You seem to be the one to ask."

"I did you a favour. I told you not to answer it, that's all I'm telling you."

"Great, thanks. And I want to find a blonde in a Union Jack. I mean a specific one. I didn't just wake up this morning with a craving. Anybody seen a girl like that?"

Nancy took his plate away.

"What have I done wrong?"

"You took two slices. No blondes, no flags. Anything else before you leave?" Nancy questioned letting out a breath.

"Yeah, there is actually. Thanks for asking. Something I've been looking for. Would've fallen from the sky about a month ago, but not a bomb. Not the usual kind, anyway. Wouldn't have exploded. Probably would have just buried itself in the ground somewhere, and it would have looked something like this." The Doctor held up a rough sketch of the craft that they had been following.

A knock on the door made everyone jump.

"Mummy? Are you in there, mummy?"

The Doctor looked out the window and saw a boy in a gas mask.

"Mummy?"

"Who was the last one in?"

"Them." Ernie said pointing to the Doctor and Alexys.

"No, they came round the back. Who came in the front?" Nancy said looking at the group.

"Me." Alf said softly.

"Did you close the door?"

"Er"

"Did you close the door?"

"Mummy? Mummy? Mummy?"

Nancy ran into the hallway and bolted the front door.

"What's this, then? It's never easy being the only child left out in the cold, you know." The Doctor said coming up behind Nancy with Alexys.

"I suppose you'd know."

"I do actually, yes."

"It's not exactly a child."

"What do you mean by that's not a child?" Alexys said looking at Nancy.

"Mummy? Mummy? Mummy? Please let me in, mummy. Please let me in, mummy." A little hand came through the letterbox.

"Are you all right?" The Doctor questioned wondering what in the world was going on.

"Please let me in."

Nancy threw something that breaks and the hand withdraws. "You mustn't let him touch you!"

"What happens if he touches me?" The Doctor asked in confusion.

"Surely it can't be that bad." Alexys said thinking some. Whatever was going on Nancy knew something was up and it wasn't good.

"He'll make you like him."

"And what's he like?"

"I've got to go."

"Nancy, what's he like?"

"He's empty." The telephone rang causing her to look at it. "It's him. He can make phones ring. He can. Just like with that police box you saw."

The Doctor picked up the phone.

"Are you my mummy?"

Nancy put the phone back down on the hook and the radio started up in the dining room.

"Mummy? Please let me in, mummy."

Suddenly a clockwork money started up.

"Mummy, mummy, mummy."

"You stay if you want to." Nancy said leaving out the backdoor.

The boy put his hand through the letterbox again there is a scar on the back of it. "Mummy? Let me in please, mummy. Please let me in."

"Your mummy isn't here." The Doctor said as he felt Alexy's hand wrap around his forearm.

"Are you my mummy?"

"No mummies here. Nobody here but us chickens. Well, these chickens."

"I'm scared."

"Why are those other children frightened of you?"

"Please let me in, mummy. I'm scared of the bombs."

"Okay. I'm opening the door now."

The boy pulled his hand back and the Doctor unbolted the front door. When he opened it the boy had gone and the street was deserted.

"Doctor… what the hell was all that…"

The Doctor looked around with pure confusion on his face. "I have no idea."

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