An Earthly Child

by kijikun [Reviews - 2]

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An Earthly Child (1/2)
Author: Kijikun
Rated: PG
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Ann Walken
Warnings: AU
Spoilers: Up to Christmas Invasion
Timeline: Takes place sometime between Tooth and Claw and School Reunion
Word: 3,641
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Disclaimer: Doctor Who and related trademarks belong to the BBC
A/N: Feedback and con-crit is always welcome.




“Cardiff again, Doctor?” Rose sighed as they stepped off the TARDIS. “We can’t need to refuel again.” At least they’d landed in an alley this time instead of the middle of town. The wind whistled by, making Rose shiver.

The Doctor shrugged. “Just a brief stop. Someone we need to pay a little visit to. Won’t take long at all.”

Rose eyed him suspiciously. “Who?”

“Not sure, but we’ll find out when we get there.” He told her..

Rose folded her arms over her chest and wished she’d put on a heavier sweater or a scarf. Cardiff wasn’t her favorite place by any means, and it made her miss Mickey.

“Don’t worry it’s no one too dangerous,” The Doctor paused a beat. “I think.” He smiled broadly at her.

Rose sighed. “You think?”

The Doctor held his hand out to Rose. “Are you coming? You can stay if you want.”

Rose shook her head, smiled, and took the Doctor’s hand.

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Near the center of town, traffic backed up as the New Torch private school let out for the day. The school, opened in 1979, was founded on a burned out church. In one corner of the schoolyard, two girls and three boys, all boarders, had gathered on a large moss covered rock.

“‘Nother jelly baby, Susan?” A girl with ginger hair asked. She had a colorful scarf about her neck and a book in her lap. She had, by far, the best spot on the rock, right near the top. The other children sat around her.

“W’ats with you and jelly babies, Ann?” Susan asked, exasperated with her friend. She was the only one still wearing her uniform jacket, her teeth chattering.

“Like them, that’s all,” Ann sighed as if she answered that question a lot. “Now, did you get them from your da?”

Susan nodded timidly. “They catch us this time, and they’ll send us all home.” She bit her lip and looked around to see if any teachers were near by.

“Big loss that.” The bright red haired boy cackled. He looked older than the other children did

“Shut it, Kevin. Your da won’t go nuclear if you’re kicked out.” Susan whined and pulled a face at him.

Ann snorted. “Susan, Kevin’s going for the record of getting kicked out of every school in Wales.”

“And England.” Kevin put in proudly with a smile.

Susan snorted. “Then you’d better get cracking then, you’ve only gotten the boot from two.”

“Will you three quit?” One of the twins demanded. None of the other children could tell which one was which. “We found something.”

“Something useful this time?” Susan asked, looking back at the twins.

“No, something un-useful.” The other twin mimicked Susan’s voice.

Ann rolled her eyes and smacked the twin’s boot. “Will it help us tonight?”

The twins shook their heads. “But it could be useful in calculating what the next manifestation will be.”

Ann peered over. “It might. This would be easier if they hadn’t changed the access codes.” She looked as annoyed as she sounded.

Susan chewed on her hair. “Ann, I don’t like this. We shouldn’t go to the crack. My da says it’s dangerous. What if we fall in?”

Kevin groaned. “Susan, if you fall in, you’re a idiot.”

“Shut it, all of you.” Ann said, tapping her nose with her pen. “We’ll just do a quick run tonight. In and out. Got me? No stupid stuff?” She glared at Susan.

“It was just the one rock.” Susan protested. “Doctor Williams wanted a sample.”

Ann frowned. “You don’t nick glowing rocks because the teacher said to, Susan.” The twins nodded. “Remember what happened with the flower?”

Susan chewed on her hair, looked down, and nodded. “I just thought, I mean with my da working for UNIT.”

“And my granddad works for them too. Doesn’t mean they get to take our finds and take credit for our work.” Ann snapped. “We found the flower, and now it’s probably locked up like the ark in Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

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The building looked normal enough from the outside. Just a plain, normal and boring government building. That should have been Rose’s first clue.

“Doctor,” Rose tugged at the Doctor’s hand. “Doctor, this is a restricted area.”

The Doctor glanced around. “Well, that would explain the uniformed men pointing guns at us.”

She held his hand tighter. “Are we here for a reason?”

“Yes, Doctor…or is this a social call?” A white haired man stepped out in front of them from a door.

The Doctor smiled. “Just thought we’d drop in for tea, Dr. Walken. UNIT operations always have the best tea carts,” he told Rose.

“I’m not amused, nor am I as na├»ve as some of the others.” Doctor Walken sniffed. What are you doing here?” he demanded.

The Doctor’s smile dimmed. “I know what you’re doing here.”

“Do you, Doctor?” Dr. Walken folded his hands behind his back and stepped away from the Doctor.

“Yes, and I don’t particularly like it. So stop.” The Doctor leaned in close to Dr. Walken. “I really don’t want to come back here again. This town is becoming rather boring.”

“And if we don’t ‘stop it’, Doctor?” Dr. Walken cocked his head to one side. Such an innocent statement, such a small question.

The Doctor smiled, and Dr. Walken took another step back. “I will be very put out.” He straightened up and took Rose’s hand. “Come on, Rose.”

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“Nothing new this time,” Ann whispered to Susan. Ann kicked the ground and glared at the harmless looking crack in the ground. Harmless, that was, if you didn’t fall in.

Susan shivered. Even dressed for the weather it was always colder around the fissure. “See I told you, it’s just from the earthquake. I don’t know why we keep doing this.” The blonde girl had a pair of wire cutters sticking out her back pocket and absently patted them to make sure that they were still there. “Just because your mum…”

Kevin punched Susan’s arm. “’Cause you don’t find extinct plants near normal earthquake cracks.”

“Stop it, both of you. Where are the twins?” Ann hissed at Kevin. She ignored Susan’s mention of her mother. Ann was getting rather good at ignoring things like that.

“Right here.” One twin said. “Ann, you’ve got to see this, it’s ———.” He was cut off by the sound of a heavy tire tread coming towards them.

“What’s all this, then? What are you kids doing out here?” A male voice demanded. A torch light swept over the area. “Stop where you are!”

“Run for it!” Kevin yelled, grabbing Susan’s hand. Someone always had to drag Susan along.

The four children scattered. The twins ran off one way, Ann another, and Kevin dragging Susan along with him.

Ann stopped running when she was sure no one was following her. Now she needed to make her way back to the school before anyone noticed they were gone.

Things hadn’t quite gone as Ann planned. The night patrol shouldn’t have been in that area for another ten minutes. Therefore, either they were tightening security or someone had ratted on them.

Ann stopped walking and frowned as she realized things didn’t look familiar. She would have sworn she’d gone the right way to head back to the school. Two rights then a left; it was always two rights then a left. Wonderful on top of almost being caught, she’d lost her way as well.

No, wait. Two rights then a left…or was it two lefts, and then a right? “Blast.” Ann wrinkled her nose up. Then she tossed her scarf back over her shoulder as it slipped down. She wished she’d worn gloves as she blew on her numb fingertips.

Maybe if she retraced her steps, Ann thought. If she hurried, she might get back before morning when it would be even harder to sneak back into her room. She took off back down the street and fell flat on her face. “Blast it all!”

“Need a hand?” A deep male voice asked.

“I can manage it, thank you though.” Ann said. She looked up and saw something large and not human leaning over her.

The thing reached for her and Ann screamed.