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Walking in the shadows

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Summary: Xander's road trip takes a turn for the weird as a demon lord does him a 'favor' and adds a little royal blood to the Xan-man. Our favorite donut boy is about to discover exactly how deep the shadows can be.

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Multiple Crossings > Xander-Centered > Theme: Road Trip(Current Donor)dogbertcarrollFR182872,461103793352,11319 Sep 0729 May 14No

Time Lord - Rose

"I could do with a breather," Rose said. "Let's go to some place where absolutely nothing happens and laze about drinking tea."

"Absolutely nothing?" The Doctor asked with a grin.

“Yes," Rose replied with a firm nod. "No running or screaming, just a peaceful afternoon and some tea."

"I just happen to know of a meadow where absolutely nothing ever happens," The Doctor said with a glint in his eye.

"A meadow?" Rose asked curiously.

"A meadow," he agreed nonchalantly.

"Nothing special about it?" she asked.

"Got an apple tree in it."

"Regular, garden variety apple tree?"

"It has a nice tree swing on it."

"And, nothing important or exciting ever happens there?" she asked doubtfully.

"Not in the entirety of human history," he promised. "In fact, the only interesting thing about it is the fact that nothing is interesting about it."

"Then, why do you know about it?" she asked. "I mean, you specialize in interesting and important."

"Because I fibbed a bit, one interesting thing happened."

"Yes?"

"The entire meadow, for no reason I can find, vanishes one day leaving a hole in the landscape."

"And you've never bothered to find out why?" Rose asked in shock.

"Nah, it's a complete mystery," he said, inordinately pleased with himself. "I've done everything but show up there when it vanishes, and there's not a hint it's going to happen or a clue what happened afterwards."

"You have no idea? You, Mr. Seen Everything?" she asked in shock.

"Exactly," he agreed. "And, I haven't seen everything, just lots of things, but this has me stumped."

"And, yet you haven't gone to see?"

"I was saving it for a special occasion," he replied nonchalantly.

"We could have a spot of tea," Rose said slowly.

"Yep," he agreed cheerfully.

"And then together, see something you've never seen before," Rose said in wonder.

"If you like," he said casually, trying not to grin.

"Let's do it!"



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Xander brought the car to a stop. "Pit stop!" he announced and opened the door, grinning as Padfoot scrambled across his lap.

"Don't knock over the kettle!" a female voice ordered from outside.

Xander hopped out of the car and was surprised to find a young couple heating a kettle over a small fire next to a blue police box. "I could've sworn that wasn't here a minute ago."

"Try a minute and thirty-six seconds," the man offered.

"Did you just fly a car?" the woman asked intently.

"If I said no, I would be lying," Xander admitted.

"Time has no grip on you," the man said suddenly. "I mean, your dog ages slowly, but you don't age at all."

Xander looked at the man and laughed, finally realizing why they looked so familiar. "I don't lord it over time and time doesn't lord it over me."

The man grinned. "I'm The Doctor. Who might you be?"

"I am...Xander," he said after a momentary pause. "Any titles I've been given are generally from people I dislike, except King of the Cretins."

"And, I'm Rose," the woman with the strong jaw quickly interjected.

"I know," Xander assured her. "The dog's name is Padfoot, though he goes by Sirius when he's walking on two legs."

"Does he do that a lot?" Rose asked. "Walk on two legs I mean."

"A lot more since he started dating my daughter," Xander said thoughtfully.

"How old's you daughter?" Rose asked, putting aside her dating habit’s and wondering how old his daughter could be since he looked about eighteen.

"About the same age as me, I think maybe a little older," Xander replied.

"So, why here?" Rose asked, hoping for a more comprehensible answer.

"Looked quiet and has a tree, Padfoot could pee on," Xander replied, leaving out the fact that he planned on using it himself.

"Couldn't use the lavatory in your TARDIS?" Rose asked, pegging him as a possible Time Lord.

"I don't have a TARDIS," Xander replied. "I have a heavily modified 1973 Chevy Nova."

"Can I have a look at it?" The Doctor asked excitedly.

"Go right ahead," Xander said.

The Doctor whipped out a pen-like device that let off a high pitched whine that made Padfoot growl. "Sorry," The Doctor said absently, making a quick adjustment before waving it over the car looking positively enthralled.

"So, you don't have a bathroom on it?" Rose asked doubtfully.

"It's probably hard to reach the bathroom while traveling," The Doctor said distractedly.

"Pretty much," Xander agreed. "I mean, it's a bit of a walk."

"How far a walk could it be?" Rose asked.

Xander stifled a grin and opened the passenger side rear door. "Have a look," he suggested, stepping inside.

Rose and The Doctor followed Xander inside, both freezing in shock once they got a good look at what appeared to be the night sky glimmering with stars.

"There are plenty of restrooms, but none nearby," Xander said.

The Doctor recovered and was scanning everything, looking as if he didn't know whether to be amazed or horrified. "There are bits of other realities in here," he said.

"Picked up some odds and ends from an empty Earth or two," Xander explained. "And, I believe Padfoot seized the homes of a bunch of criminals."

"I....think I could use some tea," The Doctor said, obviously deep in thought.

"Yeah," Rose agreed absently.

Stepping out of the eternal night in the back seat of Xander's car, they found the kettle had been replaced by a complete silver tea set with biscuits on a small table next to the fire.

"It wasn't like that before," Rose said.

"Just Padfoot being polite," Xander said.

Excitement glimmered in The Doctor's eyes. "Thank you, Padfoot."

Padfoot barked once and went back to sniffing the ground as he hunted something in the grass.

The Doctor opened the door to the TARDIS. "Bathroom is third door down the hall on your right. Remember, leave the seat up or Rose gets upset."

Rose smacked the dark-haired man on the shoulder as Xander hurried into the TARDIS. "Don't tell him that!"

"Well, I'm not putting up with your sulking over it," The Doctor defended himself as Xander hurried inside.

"Ok, he's in the loo, what's going on?" Rose demanded. "I mean, I've seen some amazing things with you, but I've never seen anything like that!"

"I have no idea!" he replied excitedly. "From the readings, I'd say he travels realities like the TARDIS does time."

"What is he?"

"A very lazy creator?" The Doctor guessed.

"Are you saying he's God?" Rose asked in shock.

"Different concept, I think. I'm saying he is creating an entire universe, but cribbing notes from what others have already worked out."

"I'm not sure if that is more or less of a shock," Rose said numbly.

"Well, have some tea, that always helps me," he suggested, pouring her a cup.

Rose accepted the cup and took a sip. 'Oh, this is good," she said with some surprise, "Do you suppose his dog really made it?"

"My pal K-9 was able to do a lot of things in his prime."

"Yes, but he was a robot."

"One I built," he agreed. "Now, imagine the resources and tools available to a...Reality Lord and tell me what he could build."

"I have no idea," Rose admitted after a minute of quiet thought.

"Neither do I," The Doctor said with a wide smile.

Xander came out of the TARDIS whistling a song that sounded vaguely familiar. "Thanks, I really should see about putting a more convenient bathroom in, but I've been a bit busy."

"I know how that is," The Doctor admitted. "Seeing the sights, seeing the people, and running around."

"Exactly," Xander agreed.

Padfoot stuck his head out of the passenger side window and barked impatiently.

Xander chuckled and looked around the field, noticing the familiar four statues, Padfoot always used to mark boundaries. "Well, unless you'd like to join us in our travels, I'd suggest moving outside the perimeter of the four statues, Padfoot put up. I think he's decided to keep this place as a restroom. I'd have loved to talk to you longer, but he's probably got them set to go off on a timer. So, bye!"

The two hurried into the TARDIS while Xander quickly hopped in his car and took flight.

"Hell of a thing to blame on the dog," Rose said.

"They do like to dig holes in the scenery," The Doctor said with a grin. "And, we'd better go before we start jumping into the great beyond."

"Not up to traveling to places you never dreamed existed, witnessing things that redefine what you know about reality?" she asked curiously.

He turned to look at her.

"It's basically what I agreed to do with you, the moment I stepped aboard the TARDIS," she said with a smirk.

"You...are one incredibly brave woman Rose," he said seriously. "I've never denied that. You are remarkable among a species that is known for producing remarkable people. I don't know that I have your courage."

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"So, what was the rush?" Xander asked.

"Timer was running down," Sirius replied. Spotting a touch of blue far below as they headed for England proper, he couldn't help but add, "Nice of them to let you use their porta-john, but I set up the wards when I saw the tire swing, cause I always wanted one."

"You have no idea who The Doctor is, do you?" Xander asked.

"Doctor Who?" Sirius replied, looking confused.

Xander laughed. "Never mind, not important."

AN: Typing by Lucilla!
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