“I’m not coming out!” came the small voice from the TARDIS wardrobe as several shoes and dresses flew towards the doorway.
“Tegan, please?” pleaded Nyssa simply.
“No!” the now-tiny Australian answered. “I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life! “
Her fellow travelers were in the doorway. This had not been a good day. The business with Mawdryn had indeed been sorted and the girls were now able to time travel without infection. Unfortunately for Tegan and Nyssa, the amount of energy discharge and overall affect had left them stuck as children; no older than four. Which, most humiliatingly for Tegan, meant holding hands across the street and several head pats and coos from passers by.
“She probably just needs a nap” teased Turlough.
“Shut up!” yelled Tegan, emerging dressed in a cute white jumper and Velcro shoes.
The TARDIS replicator must have made smaller versions of their clothes, as Nyssa sported a small grey jean jacket and matching bottoms with Velcro on her shoes as well.
“I can’t be stuck like this, Doctor! " she moaned" Can’t you try doing that warp eclipse thing backwards or something?”
“Ellipse, Tegan” corrected Nyssa, “Though that is a good question. Is there a way to recreate the event?”
The Doctor stuck his hands in his pockets. “I’m sorry,” he began “I’ve been trying to figure out how. But I can’t seem to find anything immediate. It could take days for you two to return to normal.”
“Oh no, ‘ said Tegan. “Days? What am I supposed to do? Play hide and seek with Ginger Boy over there?”
Turlough snorted. “How do you think I feel stuck babysitting? I'd rather be sent back to Brendon."
Nyssa sat on the floor of the corridor, cradling a small chocolate brown rabbit recovered from the depths of the wardrobe. “It might be nice” she said, “When I was growing up on Traken, I spent a lot of my childhood being taught courtly manners and behavior. Having a chance to experience a normal childhood could be fun.”
A few days became a few weeks. Weeks of stories, coloring (and in Tegan’s case , messy paint wars with Turlough), cute clothes, and all the trappings in between. Nyssa and the brown rabbit had become practically inseparable, whereas Tegan had began to grow fond of a stuffed koala she had found. Until one day, the Doctor called his three companions into the console room.
“Are you sure this will work?” asked Nyssa.
“Not entirely, “ answered the Time Lord as he pushed several buttons. “But you have Tegan to thank for the idea- trying an experiment backwards. “
There were what felt like endless moments of shaking, jittering, and bursts of light in the console room. With one last sizzling crack, what were once four-year-old Nyssa and Tegan, sat up.
“How do you feel?” asked Nyssa.
“Like a rewinding cassette” the Australian answered, massaging her aching temples.
“ I can’t believe that actually worked” said Turlough “So the two of you are back to normal?”
‘Think so,” said Tegan , before glaring at Turlough. “But if we ever have to go through that again don’t get paint on me!”