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FIC: Not Everyone Should Be Saved (2/5)

Title: Not Everyone Should Be Saved
Genre: Doctor Who
Rating: T
Author: tkel_paris
Summary: When the TARDIS is caught in a loop, Twelve realizes that a new weapon has been created to use against him thanks to an earlier act of what he thought was compassion. The only way he can free the TARDIS is to get a message to an earlier self to prevent two critical things from happening, even though it will cause a dangerous paradox.
Disclaimer: Not mine, and probably never will be.
Dedication: tardis_mole, for reminding me about this one inadvertently during our prompt-a-thon. We had so much fun!
Author’s Note: One of the many things I thought someone should’ve thought of before ending the Library episodes. And so I’m righting a few things. It may seem cruel, but there are pointed questions behind the actions within. Along with pointing out ways the solutions of the episodes could’ve gone wrong, and… well… did.

And apologies to Bill, as well as Pearl Mackie. When I wrote this, we had almost nothing to go on for what Bill is like. So to not get her totally wrong… I used a convenient plot device. Oops. :D


Chapter One


Not Everyone Should Be Saved

Started June 20, 2016
Finished June 22, 2016

Chapter Two: Tricks of Light

The Doctor slowly stepped out of the TARDIS and closed the door behind him. He had made certain that she landed in a spot of sunlight, to ensure that the deadly shadows couldn’t come too close too soon. He scanned the surroundings with his sonic and then breathed a little easier.

First he reached for a device he had clipped to his belt. He turned it on, and a ring of light shone around him. He watched as it adjusted to the surrounding light, enough to ensure that he left no shadow.

Satisfied, he drew a ball out of his pocket and held it in the air. Soon it was hovering on its own and then light flickered around it. An image of Donna appeared in its place, as though she were standing beside him and had her own light source protecting her.

“Donna, can you see around you?”

Inside the TARDIS, Donna sat on the Jump Seat. But her head was covered by a helmet with a visor inside. It was meant for 3D game play, and the Doctor had claimed it from one early adventure centuries ago for him. He had hurriedly modified it for the current purpose, to allow her to think of any movement she needed to follow him through that holographic projection.

She turned her head and the holographic image of her turned in the same direction. “Yeah, it’s like I’m really there. And I can smell it and hear it.”

“The one thing it can’t let you do is touch things here. It’s just simulating you being able to walk and run.”

“Given the dangers I’d say that’s enough.” Her image looked at the TARDIS. “Won’t it get dark soon?”

“That’s why I’ve got the schematics for the Library here.” He held up a modified scanner. “I know the most direct way to the Core, but only exploring will determine what the safest route is. The TARDIS will help it scan to detect swarms, so we can try and avoid them.”

“Are we going to avoid those people?”

“Unfortunately, no. Because I need the codes one of them must have. Come on, let’s have a look at this place. And just to be sure… stay out of the shadows.”

“And keep up,” she muttered, ready for the sensation of running.

As it was, he kept a brisk pace when they had to walk, and running whenever he felt able to. They darted past dark rooms where the shadows approached them and practically bounced off the light barrier - after triggering the alarm and making them run faster.

“Blimey, Doctor! These things move quickly!”

“Yes, I’ve never seen them this aggressive, but there’s enough light sources to keep them at bay. For now,” he breathed as he looked around to see what was ahead of them. “Oh, blimey! The shadows have filled a lot of the Library!”

“Let me guess: the direct path is blocked?”

“Unfortunately.”

Holo-Donna sighed. “Shame I’m not solid. I could kick a few doors down for us.”

He flicked her a glance. “I’ll ask later about that. The sonic says the people are approaching.”

“Will they have any idea what they’re going up against?”

“Not a chance. And knowing my luck, they won’t be inclined to listen.”

“I’d say tell them that you’re not waiting up for them. See if that works.”

“It’ll have to,” he muttered as he led her along.

They came upon a corridor but halted immediately. The path was completely dark ahead, and it was coming towards them.

He looked behind them. “No choice. We have to break one of these doors down, but the Sonic doesn’t do wood!”

“Kick right in the centre, where the locks meet!” she shouted.

He wasted no time, and it worked. They rushed in and he closed the doors behind him. He nabbed a handy book to hold them shut.

And they discovered they weren’t alone. There was a ball, larger than the one projecting Donna’s image, floating in the air in the middle of the room.

“What’s that?” Holo-Donna asked.

The Doctor managed a smile as he slipped his hands into his pockets and approached. “Oh, hello! Sorry to burst in on you like this, but we’re here to help with the shadows.”

The ball dropped and deactivated.

“Security camera,” the Doctor explained. “I’d scan it if I thought I had the time.”

“So which direction next?” Holo-Donna asked.

He drew out his scanner. It showed where they were, where they were supposed to go, and the best estimates of where the swarms were. “We need to go south, but the direct path has a huge swarm. I’d rather not find out how secure this protection is, even though it’s bounced some of the swarms away. A big one might not be held back.”

“And what about those people in the rocket? How far away are they?”

He grimaced. “On the other side of that doorway.” he pointed at the other major entrance.

Sure enough, the Node in the room started warning that the Library had been breached and others were coming. Then the doorway blasted open. Holo-Donna flinched instinctively, but the Doctor held his in check. The scanner had picked up something. The person in front was carrying a gun. And it was no ordinary gun, and it was operated by someone that also triggered the scanner. Not to mention his time senses. This had to be the woman he had to avoid. And he could tell just by her pheromones (which her suit did nothing to hide from senses like his) that she was far more dangerous than a standard Human. There was something odd about her cadence.

“No wonder the future me warned us about her,” he muttered, just loud enough for Holo-Donna to pick up. He thought if this wasn’t the one fated to die, he would be shocked. “But no signs of the Time War. Where did she come from?”

Holo-Donna frowned as they saw someone in a white spacesuit leading others in similar suits. She glanced at the scanner, which thankfully was in New Latin and she could understand it. She narrowed her eyes at the readings, but didn’t dare ask with the person approaching. She could tell from his reaction that it was not a good thing.

The leader who was making the Doctor so uneasy, looked like they were carrying a holster with the weapon in it, approached them but angled herself completely toward the Doctor. He was quickly deciding how to handle this and keep going when she reached up, pressed a button on her helmet, and her face became visible through the visor. A woman smiled at him smugly and said, “Hello, sweetie.”

That was enough. Had he felt he had the time, he would have disgorged all over her. She gave off the scent of a Neverwere, the scorge of the TIme War, but she could speak. This was beyond alarming. But he settled for using his reflexes to grab the gun away from her and step back. He gave the gun a quick once-over, and his distrust increased. He recognized the exact gun. It was Jack’s Squareness gun. She had to have stolen it from his TARDIS. And it had been modified, which meant it too would have to be destroyed. Now he knew the third item in question.

“Get out,” he grated. “All of you, turn around, get back in your rocket and fly away! Tell your grandchildren you went to the Library. They’ll never believe you!”

He would have stepped in the middle of the group to make his point, but that would’ve lost time. He was already preparing his next move.

“Which one of you lot is in charge?!”

Another one altered their visor, showing a man’s face. “This is my expedition, my family owns the Library. Who are you?”

“Right now? I’m the only hope you have of getting out alive and restoring the Library. Now, I need the codes to reset the decontamination protocols. They’ve been tampered with.”

The woman tried to address the group. “Pop your helmets-”

“Don’t you dare, unless you want to die!” the Doctor snapped. He turned briefly to glare at her. “And you haven’t earned the right to speak. Mr. Lux has because he has something I need, and he’s also a person.”

“What?!” she burst.

“Shut up before I decide to push you into the shadows and prove what danger we’re facing!”

That silenced everyone, including Holo-Donna. She was tempted to say something to calm him, but she worried that would delay things further.

The Doctor stood as close to Lux as he dared. “The codes, now. I don’t care what your mission is. I’m here to save what lives can be saved. There are people trapped in the computer, and the longer you stay in one place the better the odds that you’ll join them. IF you’re lucky!”

Lux hesitated just for a second. “What’s in the shadows?”

“We can talk, or we can solve the problem and live. The codes!”

This time the Human listened to the command. “They must be entered by a member of the Lux Corporation.”

The Doctor groaned and grabbed Lux by the arm. “Fine! You’re coming with me and my friend! If the rest of you want to live, you’d better follow us and keep up! We’re not stopping!”

“Why should we listen?” said another of them, a man.

Suddenly a woman screamed, and one of the suits collapsed to the ground. They all looked in shock.

The Doctor knew they had wasted too much time. “Enough incentive?!” He turned and fired the gun, blasting a hole into a wall. “By the way, I’ve confiscated it. You have it illegally. There’s our door, let’s go!”

He and Holo-Donna led the way, him dragging Lux along. The others didn’t ask any more questions.

They fled through the hole, leading into a corridor. As soon as they were all through the Doctor pointed behind and fired again, filling the hole as if it had never been there. It might only hold off one swarm, but it would help.

Now, he thought silently, to avoid any more deaths. And to keep this talking Neverwere from interfering.

Chapter Three: Running For Time

Comments

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shivver13
Jun. 24th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
Your Donna in a little floaty ball reminded me of my Guild Wars 2 Doctor character - he's an engineer, and he uses gyros, which are little floaty balls, so he always has a little floaty ball with him. So, here's a pic of the Doctor in the Library with Donna. ;)

gyro.jpg

Edited at 2016-06-24 03:57 am (UTC)
tkel_paris
Jun. 24th, 2016 01:26 pm (UTC)
So he has a floaty Donna to help him out. I like that. :DDDD
bas_math_girl
Jun. 24th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
Brilliant idea to not actually have Donna there but in a version of a reality game!

So how's he going to stop the 'Neverwere'? *goes to find out*
tkel_paris
Jun. 25th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC)
I wasn't thinking game, but it works, doesn't it? :)

Don't lose sleep over it! It'll still be here in the morning...
tardis_mole
Jul. 14th, 2017 08:13 am (UTC)
"Had he felt he had the time, he would have disgorged all over her."

Haaa!!! That is brilliant. :DDD You're right. I am enjoying this. :DDDD It might even help me reconstruct Jilted.
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