I'm so sorry that I haven't updated this for such a long time. I kind of lost my writing creativity for a while and after that I was too busy to write more than a few drabbles/short stories.
Anyway, I'm back with new ideas. Hopefully I will find time to write it all down soon. If it takes me a while to post the next chapter it probably is because I have to write my final paper for university. :-( But I'll try to find time anyway. ;-)
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Anyway, here we finally go...
TARDIS control room:
“So, who’s that Master? ” Faith asked as she entered the control room with Jack, Martha and Dean.
“He’s a Time Lord, like the Doctor,” Jack answered. “But he’s nothing like the Doctor.”
Martha nodded. Jack definitely got that right.
“What is he like?” Dean wanted to know. He had a feeling that this Master was bad news, so he had to know what they were up against.
“He’s evil,” Martha said silently. She had seen a lot of evil since she met the Doctor, but the Master was the worst of all in her opinion. He enslaved and tortured people for the fun of it.
“And completely insane.”
Martha then shrugged, trying to remind herself, that she was safe inside the TARDIS.
“We met him a couple of years ago. He managed to steal the TARDIS and turn it into a paradox machine. Then he brought perverted versions of humans from the end of the universe back in time. The Toclafane, he called them. Together they took over the planet.” She sighed, remembering how it all started.
“The Toclafane’s first action, once they got here, was to wipe out 10% of the world’s population,” Jack added. He remembered well how it was to watch that while he was stuck on the Valiant, unable to stop the mass murder.
Faith looked from Martha to Jack, her eyes wide. She could see on their faces how much even talking about it still hurt them. She felt the sudden urge to step over to Jack and take his hand, which startled her a little. But Martha was quicker. It was probably for the best anyway, Faith thought and then glanced at Dean, who was standing next to her.
“The Master ruled the earth for a year. Humanity lived in fear, mostly hiding to try and stay alive. Others were brought to slave camps to built weapons for the Master to attack the rest of the universe.”
Jack glanced down at Martha and gently squeezed her hand. He knew what happened, had seen it on the screen in the Valiant, when the Master bragged about his achievements. But Martha had been out there, all alone, seeing it live with her own eyes.
“How did you defeat him?” Dean asked.
Jack tore his eyes away from Martha and looked at Dean. But before he could answer Rose entered the control room, not looking too happy.
Rose knew she was probably acting childish, just running off like that, but she simply couldn’t stay and look at the Doctor any longer. He had broken her heart so many times and now he had the nerve to tell her that she had to stay with him because the Master was after her and it wasn’t safe for her otherwise. Screw him!
Rose ignored the Doctor calling after her and headed for the control room. She really couldn’t deal with this. She sighed, hating the fact that she was acting like this, that the Doctor still had such an effect on her. Despite everything that had happened in the past she had been so happy to see him again and no matter how much he hurt her she would gladly have stayed with him if he just asked her to. But telling her she had to stay because she was in danger… She didn’t need his pity and she didn’t need him to keep her safe either, not anymore!
Entering the control room Rose then froze as her eyes fell on Jack, Martha and two others. She had kind of forgotten, that they were here. Seeing them didn’t exactly make her feel better. It wasn’t that she didn’t like seeing Jack again and she did like Martha as well. But they were here, travelling with the Doctor. He probably invited them all to travel with him, whilst he only wanted her around because he feared she might be killed otherwise. She snorted. What a joke!
Rose glanced at the door, wondering if she should just run out and get the hell away from all of this, when Jack stepped forward.
“You’re not planning to leave without even a proper hello, are you?” Jack asked and walked towards Rose. She looked like she was ready to bolt and he couldn’t let that happen. The Master had said that he would be back. Rose was in danger, but even more importantly she and the Doctor had to work things out. They belonged together. Jack simply couldn’t stand to see them like this.
Rose looked at Jack as he approached and spread his arms. A small smile appeared on her face as she stepped forward and went into his arms willingly. How could she be mad at Jack for travelling with the Doctor? And how could she even think about just ignoring him? This was Jack after all! He had always had a special place in her heart ever since she met him during World War II.
“Of course not,” Rose mumbled into his chest and then sighed as she held onto him. Being hugged like that was exactly what she needed right now.
----- ----- ----- ----- -----An alternate reality:
Buffy blinked when she stepped out of the TARDIS. They just got up. It was supposed to be morning. But it was night. Weird; but Buffy was used to weird. And besides, she had other things to worry about. Who cared what time of the day it was?
As Ruby appeared next to her Buffy frowned. She was in a bad mood already. The last thing she needed right now was the bitchy demon. Then she heard a door slam shut and the TARDIS disappeared in front of her eyes.
“What the hell?” Ruby muttered.
Buffy glanced at her, then at the empty place where the TARDIS had been seconds before. It just disappeared, left without them! They couldn’t just go and leave her here! They had no idea if this was the right reality. Besides, Dawn was in that space ship! And so was Willow! Buffy wasn’t sure how much she’d miss the rest of them, since she barely knew most of them, but they couldn’t just leave without her either! They wouldn’t, not willingly. She helped Sam get his brother back, helped Dean get out of hell. They owed her. Faith still owed her anyway. And she had gotten along well with Martha and the Doctor. They wouldn’t leave her behind, she was sure of it. And at the very least Dawn and Willow would certainly make sure that they came back. But still, she felt like stomping her foot and crying for them to come back.
“They can’t just leave like that,” Ruby grumbled.
“Oh get over it. They’ll be back. They wouldn’t leave without… us,” Buffy said.
Ruby glared at the slayer and crossed her arms in front of her chest. That was easy for Buffy to say. But Sam wouldn’t leave her behind, would he? They were sort of friends, weren’t they? Allies at the very least. And she had started to teach him how to use his powers after Dean went to hell. Ruby felt like they had gotten closer during that time. She definitely considered them friends, even if he might not. But no matter how everyone on that spaceship felt about her, if they were even happy to be rid of her, none of them would leave Buffy behind. The slayer was right about that. They would be back. But Ruby still didn’t like this.
Buffy frowned. “Do you ever stop glaring? It feels like that look is frozen on your face,” she said. Then she spun around and headed off. She already felt annoyed and agitated before the TARDIS disappeared. This situation definitely didn’t improve her mood. Neither did staying close to Ruby. She wanted to punch the demon at the best of times. If she stayed close to her now she’d probably do it.
Ruby was glad when the slayer rushed off. She was really annoying and Ruby couldn’t have guaranteed for anything if she kept talking rubbish like that. On the other hand, Buffy was the one the others would come back for, so she needed to stay close to her. And that obviously meant following her into the club that was a few feet away.
In her attempt to get away from Ruby, Buffy decided to go into the club nearby. She could do with a drink or two anyway. It didn’t take long for her to get inside. It probably was still early, or the club sucked. Buffy didn’t really care. She headed straight for the bar and ordered a Tequila. Then she doubled the order. One just wouldn’t manage to calm her down enough.
When the shots were placed in front of her, Buffy took the first and gulped it down grimacing. Tequila after breakfast, what a great way to start a day. Then her eyes fell on the huge sign that was hanging on the wall: ‘Fangtasia’. Buffy snorted and almost spilled the Tequila. The next second a guy with fake vampire teeth came towards her and asked if he could buy her a drink.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Buffy muttered. How the hell did she end up in a club for idiotic vampire fans?
“Get lost,” she told the guy and turned around to get a proper look at the place. Then she froze. A couple of people were dancing on platforms, if you could call them people. They moved way too fast to be human, even faster than vampires, although they sort of had vampire teeth. Were they fake, too? Were these some sort of demons pretending to be vampires? Or were vampires different here? She had a sudden feeling that this wasn’t her reality.
Eric Northman was sitting in his throne-like chair at the edge of the club, feeling bored. It was his turn to spend the evening at Fangtasia to make his customers happy. He had never really liked sitting around to be stared at, but lately it bothered him more and more. What was the point of it anyway? Right, keeping Fangtasia successful. That had been really important to him once. But not anymore. Nothing seemed important anymore, not since Sookie died about a year ago. She was human and it had to be expected that she would die sooner or later, but he hadn’t been ready to lose her. They had just started to be together, to explore their bond. Maybe he could have persuaded her to let him change her into a vampire. He thought he would have time to do that. But he didn’t. The fairies kidnapped and tortured her while he was too far away to do anything about it. He was on a plane, on his way to meet the king when he started to feel Sookie’s pain through their bond. It was the most horrible experience in his entire life.
The memories were coming back to him, like they usually did when he was bored. Sitting up straighter Eric looked around, trying to distract himself. Thinking about Sookie wasn’t a good idea. He really didn’t want to go there again.
As his eyes travelled over the crowd Eric frowned. The stupid vampire wannabies with their fake teeth made him feel even worse. What was the point of all of this? What was the point of his existence?
Then his eyes fell on a petite blond woman. He wasn’t sure why she caught his eye at first. Was it because the color of her hair was similar to Sookie’s? Did she remind him of her? No, she didn’t really look like Sookie at all. She looked different. He couldn’t quite place it, but there was something intriguing about her. She was different. He could see it in the way she moved and held herself as she leaned against the bar, ordering something.
Then a guy went up to her, offering to buy her a drink. Eric wasn’t sure why, but he felt like ripping the guy’s throat out. Frowning about his sudden urge he then watched as the woman told the guy to get lost. A smirk appeared on his lips. He liked her already. He had the feeling that he had found the perfect distraction.
Still looking around the club Buffy suddenly felt like she was being watched. She turned around and then noticed a guy sitting in the corner of the club. She frowned. Was that supposed to be a throne? Then the guy lifted his arm and winked her over. It kind of looked like he was trying to summon her. Yeah, right, Buffy thought rolling her eyes. Then she turned to leave. This definitely wasn’t the right place for a slayer. Too many bad guys and not enough back up. Ruby surely couldn’t be considered back up at all. The demon might decide to stab her in the back at any second.
“Leaving already?” a voice asked suddenly. Buffy looked up startled. It was the guy that had waved her over. Buffy blinked, glanced at the ‘throne’, which was now empty, and then back at the really tall guy looming over her. He was fast and… hot! Oh no, she wasn’t even starting to think like that. The guy was definitely not human, and she was only interested in humans!
“Yeah, this isn’t really the place for me,” Buffy answered and started for the exit.
“Too bad, I was going to get you a drink and give you my undivided attention,” Eric said as his eyes wandered up and down the young woman. She was definitely hot and her blood smelled better than anything he had ever smelled before, well apart from fairy blood.
But that wasn’t just it. There was more to her. He had no idea what it was exactly, but he was determined to find out.
Buffy raised an eyebrow at that. She had the feeling that the guy was under the impression that she should feel awed and thankful for him paying attention to her. Yeah, right. He might be hot, but he was obviously even more bigheaded. And that really wasn’t attractive at all.
“Thanks, but no thanks,” she said and turned to leave only to find herself face to face with Ruby.
“We need to leave. Now,” Ruby stated. “This place isn’t safe.”
Buffy glared at her. “You think? What tipped you off?” she asked.
“I assure you, this place is perfectly safe. No one gets bitten here.” Unless they ask for it, Eric added in thoughts.
Buffy glared at the guy. Who had invited him to join the conversation?
“They better don’t,” she answered in a threatening tone. This might not be her world, but Buffy was still a slayer. And as soon as the others came back she would talk to them about this place. Maybe they should…
“I mean it, Buffy. We need to leave right now. Something is going to go down soon,” Ruby said interrupting Buffy’s thoughts. “I overheard…”
Eric raised an eyebrow at the woman’s threatening tone. Not many people talked to a vampire like that, and especially not to him. This woman was getting more and more interesting. His attention then however shifted to the other blonde and what she was saying. Unfortunately she didn’t get to finish. A loud noise, sounding like an explosion, was followed by a ray of arrows.
Without even thinking Eric grabbed the two women and pulled them down with him.
Before Buffy knew what was happening she hit the ground. The guy was on top of her, shielding her with his body. Then he shifted slightly and looked down at her. A grin appeared on his face, but then vanished again, right before he pushed himself off her and pulled her behind a knocked-over table.
“You alright?” he asked.
Buffy just nodded, not sure what to think about the situation. Then she noticed that the guy had a small arrow in his arm.
As if just noticing it as well Eric looked at his arm with a frown. Then he pulled the arrow out grimacing.
“Silver,” he muttered, feeling annoyed.
“We need to get out of here,” Ruby muttered. Of course she could just vanish and materialize outside, but she wasn’t going to leave Buffy behind, no matter how tempting the thought was. Sam and Dean would probably never forgive her and besides, they were on the same side. Buffy might not believe it, but it was true.
“This way,” Eric said leading them to the front exit where people were hurrying out screaming. Since someone was shooting with silver arrows this probably was an attack on him. Blending in with other people seemed like the best idea to get the two women out.
Buffy ducked outside, her slayer senses on high alert.
“Did everyone get out safely?” she asked.
Eric shrugged. He honestly didn’t care much about most of the people that had been inside.
“Eric,” someone then called and soon a blonde joined them.
“Victor’s people are trying to take over.”
Eric frowned. He should have known. He then turned from Pam to the two younger women.
“You have to leave now. Don’t look back.” As soon as they were gone he’d go and find Victor himself.
Buffy frowned. She knew the guy was probably right. This wasn’t her world. She had no idea what was going on. But somehow she couldn’t bring herself to just run away. It wasn’t in her nature. And besides, the guy had pushed her down, shielded her with his body and got hit in the process. She wasn’t about to just leave him behind, no matter what he was.
“Not before you tell me what’s going on.”
Eric and Pam both raised an eyebrow at that.
“Vampire politics,” Pam then said with a shrug, as if that would explain everything.
“Vampire politics?” Buffy muttered. Then she glanced at Ruby who shrugged, as if to say ‘who cares’.
“How about we do what he says and get the hell out of here?”
“And go where?” Buffy asked. “When the TARDIS comes back it’ll probably be a few feet over there.” She pointed to the spot where the TARDIS disappeared.
Ruby frowned. The slayer was right. She didn’t know enough about that alien ship to know if it would be able to track them down if they left this area.
“You can’t stay here,” Eric objected.
“Says who?” Buffy asked glaring at him.
Then four vampires jumped off Fangtasia’s roof.
Eric quickly turned around, standing in front of the others snarling. Pam quickly joined him and Eric hoped that the two of them would be able to keep Buffy and her friend safe.
Within seconds two of the vampires attacked Eric and Pam, keeping them busy. The remaining two advanced on Buffy and Ruby.
Buffy quickly pulled out her stake.
“How cute,” a vampire said snickering, then he lunged forward and was greeted by Buffy’s fist.
“You have no chance. Surrender and you may live,” one of the vampires called.
Eric just frowned and hit the guy. Yeah, right, as if surrendering had worked so well the last time. And besides, he had wanted to kill Victor and his people for a long time now. The only reason he didn’t do it was because he knew the king would seek revenge. However, if he was attacked Eric had the right to defend himself. If Victor died in the process it was his own fault. But where was the sneaky bastard? If it wasn’t for the fact that four vampires were attacking them and Eric didn’t want anything to happen to Buffy and her friend he would have rushed off to find Victor right now.
As he broke one of the vampire’s necks Eric turned to make sure that no vampire made it past him and Pam. His eyes then widened as he saw the two women fighting. It didn’t really look like they needed his protection at all.
“Behind you,” Buffy called as she kicked her attacker in the knee.
Eric had been too surprised and stunned by the two women’s fighting skills and strength to notice a new vampire arriving. As he heard Buffy’s shout he twirled around and managed to partly divert his attackers arm. The other vampire’ knife still cut his chest, but it wasn’t a deep wound. He’d survive.
About 20 minutes later Buffy frowned as another wave of vampires appeared. It seemed that as soon as they killed one of them another appeared. And they were immune to wooden stakes! She really hated them for that. At least Ruby’s knife seemed to do the trick and the demon actually had Buffy’s back. Even though Buffy would never have believed it they actually worked together rather well, fighting off attackers long enough for Ruby to kill one of them with her knife.
“We need to get out of here,” Pam called when she saw the new vampires arriving.
Eric frowned, not wanting to give in to them. But he knew that Pam was right. They were greatly outnumbered. Maybe Victor wasn’t trying to take over on his own. Judging by the number of people he had on his side it looked more like the king was supporting him.
Anger flared up in Eric and for a moment he wanted to tell Pam to leave and get the two women out of there while he took care of their enemies. A few hours ago he might even have tried to take on Victor’s army on his own. After Sookie’s death he didn’t really care anymore if he lived or died. But somehow he felt different now. It probably was because he felt like he had to protect Buffy and her friend. He didn’t even know why he felt that way. He only just met them after all. But he was damned if he let anything happen to the one woman that actually interested him. And besides he really wanted to know how she was able to fight vampires like that.
Turning to Pam he nodded. “Let’s go.” He then placed a hand on Buffy’s shoulder and gently pushed her into the opposite direction of the new arrivals.
Buffy didn’t need to be told twice. She knew when to fight and when it was better to run.
“Take them out of here,” Pam called as they rushed down a dark alley.
Eric stared at her. Then he nodded. Pam could take care of herself and probably had a better chance at survival on her own anyway. Victor was after him, not Pam.
“Leave Shreveport and don’t come back looking for me. That’s an order.” For now it would be safer for Pam if she stayed as far away from him as possible.
Pam frowned, but then nodded and rushed off.
When Pam left Buffy frowned. She really didn’t like seeing the woman run off. Their followers were almost upon them and obviously faster than a slayer. If the four of them didn’t have much of a chance against them, how should just three of them win? She then glanced at the tall vampire who had stopped running. Would he leave them, too? But he didn’t rush away.
That said he grabbed her and Ruby around the waist and kicked off, flying into the night sky with them.
“Woah,” Buffy muttered as they rushed through the air.
Eric flew as fast as he could to get away as far as possible. He was starting to feel weaker and weaker and knew that he had to get as much distance between them and their attackers as he could. Then he landed, setting the two women down.
As he looked around Eric frowned. Bon Temps, why had he ended up here? Of all the directions he could have flown in he had to choose this one? Then he sighed. He probably had chosen this direction instinctively because he knew his way around this town.
“The bus station is that way. You should try and get away from here as far as possible,” he said. As much as he wanted to get to know Buffy better Eric knew that he was getting weaker. If he stayed with the two women and Victor’s men tracked him down they might get killed because of him. If they left him now they probably would be fine. He couldn’t risk their lives just because he was intrigued by one of them.
“We’re not leaving,” Buffy said. They needed to stay close to the spot the TARDIS had disappeared from. And besides, the tall vampire didn’t really look so good. His shirt was all bloody and he looked even paler than he did to begin with.
“Are you alright?” she then added stepping towards him.
“Buffy,” Ruby said placing a hand on her arm to hold the slayer back. They might be in a strange and rather different world, but that guy was still a vampire, a wounded vampire. He seemed to want to protect them so far, but who knew when he would lose control? His instinct to survive might kick in any second and he could try to feed on Buffy.
Eric stared at Buffy when she declared that they wouldn’t leave. He had no idea if she was extremely brave or plain stupid. She had gotten herself involved in vampire affairs. That alone was dangerous. Getting involved in a vampire take-over was even worse. Anyone with half a brain should want to run away as far as possible.
“I’ll be fine,” he then said, even though he had no idea if that was true. He really wasn’t feeling good and if Victor’s people found him like this… He needed to get some True Blood soon, or even better feed.
Buffy knew what Ruby meant, but for some reason she was really concerned about the tall blond vampire. Was it because she felt responsible for him getting injured? She wasn’t sure.
“Sit down and let me have a look,” Buffy said and pulled the guy over to the side of the road so he could sit on a rock. “And don’t even think about biting me.” She had barely made it out alive the last time she helped a wounded vampire and got bitten.
Eric smirked. “I wouldn’t dream of it,” he said a little sarcastically. Of course he wanted to bite her, especially since she smelled so good. But he didn’t bite people that didn’t want him to.
Sitting down he let Buffy pull his shirt up. Then he frowned. The wound looked even deeper now than before. It should have started to heal already, even if the knife was silver.
“Looks bad,” Buffy stated. Then she glanced up at him. “You need blood.”
If she hadn’t just told him not to bite her Eric would have asked if she was volunteering.
“There’s a gas station not too far away. They should have True Blood.”
“They have what?” Buffy asked and then glanced at Ruby who just shrugged.
“True Blood,” Eric repeated, but the two women had blank expressions. “You know, synthetic blood. You must have seen it somewhere already, or at least on TV.”
Buffy stared at the guy. Was he trying to tell her that this world had synthetic blood for vampires? It sounded too weird. On the other hand it would explain a few things. Vampires did seem more civilized here… well, apart from the whole trying to kill each other thing.
“What are we waiting for then?” she asked getting up. She could ask him more questions on the way.
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