Disclaimer: I own nothing of Buffy, Charmed or Doctor who though I may use speech from their episodes.
A.N: thanks you so much for the reviews and everything, they really boost my mood. I just wanted to ask if your opinion on whether Dawn should be in this story. I have a few ideas for if she is or isn't but I would love your input.
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I'd just come down the stairs from getting changed, again, when Faith and I heard screams from outside.
We looked at each other then we ran out before mom could say a word. I looked down the road on my right to see at least three people standing on the roofs of their houses, their loved ones screaming and begging for them to come down.
"Yo, B," Faith shouted. I looked on the other end of the road to see more people on roofs.
"Buffy," mom called out from inside the house. "I think you should see this." Faith and I followed her voice to see her looking on the TV. It wasn't just in Sunnydale. People all over the world were on the roof or on high buildings, right on the edge like they were about to jump, faces completely blank. One report even said the royal family were on a roof.
Giles phoned to see if I noticed what was going on. Of course I noticed who wouldn't. Being restraining myself from shouting at him I simply said I had. I asked if he knew what happened but obviously he didn't. He told me that, surprise surprise, he was consulting his books.
I quickly told Giles that I would go and see if I could get some information from Willy or somewhere. He in turn said that he was going to contact the Council.'This is alien isn't it?'
Chris asked once I put down the phone.'Yeah it is,'
I agreed. My thoughts were already like leaves in a storm. This was planet wise, nothing like I'd ever faced before. A thought suddenly occurred. 'Are the sisters alright? Wyatt?' 'They're fine'
he informed me with relief 'There's a few on our street though that aren't.' 'Same,'
I concurred 'Mind if I come over?' 'Of course,'
he said. 'Don't bother going to the edge of town. Just go to your room.'
He gave a little laugh. 'It was going to be a surprise but this works as well.'
I was completely confused but I did as he asked.
"Faith," I called as I walked into the other room, motioning for her to come into the hallway, which she did. "Can you go to Willy's to see if you can some information?"
"Yeah, sure," she agreed nonchalantly but I could see the worry in her eyes about the situation. "What you gonna do?"
"I'm going to some other sources," I responded. I didn't really want to lie but I also didn't want my friends knowing about Chris, yet. "Look, here's a number if you need to contact me or something." I quickly gave her the number of the cell the sisters gave me. "I'd really appreciate it if you didn't tell the gang about the number though." She gave me a funny look but agreed. I don't know why but I got the idea that the only reason she didn't comment was she was so desperate for a friend. It made me feel sad for and I made myself a promise to try and spend more time with her. I thanked her and went up to my room.
I took a deep breath to calm my mind but at the sound of movement I swiftly presumed a fighting position. It was coming from my wardrobe. I moved cautiously towards it just as the doors flung open. I straightened, ready to fight which turned into surprise at what I saw.
"That's not very nice," Chris quipped with a smirk. There he was, framed by the doors. Just beyond him I could see a shaft of light, like an opening to another place from inside the closet.
"How..." I started in complete confusion. He shouldn't be able to get onto the Hellmouth. His powers shouldn't work.
"It was going to be a Christmas surprise," he explained. "It's a door to magic school."
"A door," I repeated. "In my wardrobe."
"Yep," he replied, mischief alight in his eyes. "You coming?" he held his hand out to lead me to our Narnia...
I took it without hesitation.
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"So you don't recognize the ship or the aliens," Piper checked... again. I had been relieved when I saw with my own eyes that the sisters and Wyatt weren't part of those on the roofs but the amount o questions Piper was asking me was making wish she was. I mean seriously, just because I was an alien doesn't mean that I knew of every alien out there or that I could identify every type of ship.
Once I had gotten to the manor the girls couldn't stop their questions. They showed me the alien message that had been showed on TV and I could say with complete certainty that I have never seen them before. The interrogation was intensified when, what felt like, a mini earthquake rumbled the earth and we saw from the telly that a ship had descended over London. I had to explain to them all that it wasn't actually an earthquake but a sonic wave, probably from the ship entering the atmosphere. The ship itself looked like a giant rock more than anything, not a design I was completely familiar with.
"No, I don't," I repeated for her with an eye roll. From the corner of my eye I saw Chris hold in a smirk from next to me. "Wish I had a way to contact the Shadow proclamation though."
"Shadow proclamation?" Phoebe queried with a frown.
"Galactic government," I told them off handily. I kept forgetting that the people Earth didn't know much about the world beyond their planet. "They decide the galactic law. Had run in with them when I stole a shuttle from the Judoon." I said distractedly. "This completely goes against article 57."
"And the Judoon are..." Paige spoke up from her position on the sofa. Chris, Wyatt, the sisters and I were all just sitting around in the living room. This was a bit bigger than we were all used to, so had no idea what to do.
"Sort of like police," I informed. "Think rhino's standing on two legs wearing space suits." At their expressions I had to bit the side of my cheek to keep from laughing, they seemed so shocked, even Chris looked like he didn't know how to react, though he recovered first.
"So any idea what to do?" he questioned.
"I don't know," I replied, frustrated. I hated not knowing what to do. "There's always a challenge but we have no idea if they will even uphold the laws of combat let alone how many there are. We don't even know how they are controlling all those people."
"What would a challenge involve?" Piper asked, lightly bouncing Wyatt on her knee.
"It'd be a one on one combat to the death with the leader or their champion," I said. It wasn't the best option since we knew absolutely nothing about who these aliens were but I couldn't think of anything else. "Here it would probably be a fight for the planet. They'd be forced to leave the planet by the law of combat."
"No way, not a chance," Chris exclaimed. I knew he wouldn't take the idea to well.
"Can you think o anything else?" I asked, standing up as well. I was vaguely aware that the girls were shooting each other uncomfortable looks.
"Doesn't matter," he shot back. I really didn't want to argue but I couldn't think of what else we could do. "You can't get there without our help and there is no chance we're taking her, are we?" He shot a glare at the sisters, telling them to agree, which they did. They were worried about me, I got that, I really did, but a third of the human population was ready to jump off the tallest buildings they could find. My mind couldn't help but wonder if any vampires were affected or any demon really.
"Troilus can take me," I refuted as the thought came of the kelpie's potions. Chris all but growled in frustration. "Come on Chris. If you came with me at least you could use our powers to help me or orb me away if I'm in too much danger."
"We'll come to then," Piper put forward.
"No!" the rest of us all shouted together.
"Piper you're pregnant, do you really think that's a good idea?" Phoebe tried to reason. 'If you don't take me soon then your mom's is gonna end up coming,'
I told Chris. He turned to look me in the eye for a moment before turning back to watch Paige and Phoebe try and convince Piper not to go, 'You're not going to give up are you?'
he sighed out. 'Nope,'
I told him, popping the 'p'. He held out his hand and I took it. While Piper and her sisters were still distracted he orbed us out.
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We appeared in the ship. It looked sort of like a cavern which really fit in well with its external appearance. I gulped at what else I saw. There were thousands of theses aliens, thousands. What was more surprising was that there were four humans in front of one that I had to assume was the leader: two women and two guys. I looked around slightly and noticed a blue box behind us. It had 'Police Phone Box' written on the side and didn't look like anything special but I could tell otherwise. It was like it was calling to me, telling me that it was important, that I would find all my answers inside. That and it didn't really fit in with everything around us. Something nagged at the back of my mind. A blue box... A little blue box... traveling across the universe in a little... Dad. My head snapped up to Chris' as I realized what that meant. My father was here, right here, right now.
The sound of grunting and someone asking who someone was stopped Chris from saying anything. We turned as one to see what was going on. The leader, as well as the humans, was all staring directly at Chris and me.
I think it was safe to say they'd seen us.
"Err...hi," I said awkwardly with a little wave. My jaw nearly hit the ground as I recognized one of the women. Harriet Jones, prime minister of the UK. There was more grunting sounds coming from the leader and the older guy looked at the device in his hand.
"Where did you come from?" the man read. Chris and I looked at each other.
"Erm..." I looked around. The blue box was still calling to me so I said the first thing that came to my head. "From in there." I pointed at the box, hoping they'd believe me. The other woman, the one that wasn't the prime minister, was about to say something but my eyes pleaded with her to stay quiet. She seemed to get the idea and kept her mouth shut. The leader looked like he believed it to but it since he pointed at me and the girl, and addressed us.
"The yellow girls. They have the clever blue box. Therefore, they speak for your planet."
"But they can't," the prime minister shouted out. 'Are you sure you can so this,'
Chris checked. I looked at him ignoring what was going on with the other people. I nodded my head. I turned back and stepped forward just as the girl started to talk. She looked like she wasn't much older than I appeared to be. She had blonde hair and was wearing a blue hoodie, with a white top underneath and jeans.
"I, um... I address the Sycorax according to," she said. She sounded so unsure of herself. I guess the aliens were called Sycorax then. The name reminded me of Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest'. "... Article fifteen of the Shadow Proclamation." I winced at that. She clearly had no idea of the actual laws in the Shadow Proclamation. She probably had just heard of them. "I command you to leave this world with all the authority of the Slitheen Parliament of Raxacoricofallapatorius, and um... the Gelth Confederacy..." had to admit I was impressed that she managed to say the planets name right but I had to step in. The Sycorax leader strode towards her.
"By order of article 57 of the Shadow Proclamation," I spoke up, coming to stand by the girl. "Under the authority of the Shadow Architect, enforced by the Judoon. This is a level 5 planet and you have not right to attack it. Leave now before the Shadow proclamation is informed."
"You know of Shadow Proclamation," the man had to translate for us again. "You not from this planet."
"I... crashed here a few years ago," I answered. The leader talked again with the man in the suit reading what he said.
"You no way to contact the Shadow Proclamation," he told us correctly. The leader circled around us and raised his arms in the air, obviously very dedicated to what he was saying. "We are the Sycorax. We astride the darkness." The Alien went up and hissed at the girl who whimpered but tried to regain her senses quickly. I was impressed by that. "Next to us you are but wailing children. If you are the best your planet can offer as champions..." Something strange happened. The leader was still talking but it was like all of a sudden I could understand him. I looked at Chris who was having the same problem if his face and thoughts were anything to go by.
"Then your world will be gutted..." the leader said with the man echoing him. "... and your people enslaved."
"Hold on, that's English," the man finally commented, the prime minister and the girl also saying variations of what the man said.
"I would never dirty my tongue with your primitive bile!" the Sycorax shouted, vehemently.
"That's English," the girl stated the obvious, pointing at the alien. She turned to the rest of us "Can you hear English?" We all agreed but the leader completely refused it. The girl ignored him and continued talking, almost to herself. "If I can hear English... then it's being translated. Which means its working. Which means..." She slowly turned around and stared at the blue box and the rest of us copied her movement.
The doors to the box were hurled open, and there, standing there with a big grin on his face, was my dad- the Doctor. A very dramatic entrance if I do say so myself though it might have been better if he wasn't wearing stripped pajamas and a dressing gown.
"Dad," I breathed out. Chris wrapped an arm around me in support. No one else seemed to notice what I said; they were all focused on the other Time Lord. I kept looking at him. It had been over 5 years since I had last seen dad and I'm pretty sure that he thinks I'm dead but something was different about him. It was his eyes I think. They looked so young, so new then when I had last seen him.
"Did you miss me?" he asked, mainly looking at the girl, who was smiling in delight. The Sycorax leader roared in fury and tried to hit dad with his electric looking whip but he just wrapped it around his hand and pulled it away from the leader, throwing it away. "You could have someone's eye out with that!" The leader roared again and tried to attack him with his staff but the Doctor just snatched it off him and snapped it over his knee. He chucked the pieces on the floor. "You just can't get the staff." I couldn't keep the smile off my lips. 'He really explains a lot about you,'
Chris commented in our mind. I just rolled my eyes but couldn't help but agree. He didn't really act like this when I last saw him. There was a sadness that hung around him then; then again it could have just been the hostility he was showing to me at first.
"Now, you, just wait. I'm busy," the Doctor told the leader, getting right up to his face. He then went over to the group of people who were on the ship before we got there. He was so warm with them, you could see that they knew each other but there was sort of a strain between the group and the Time Lord like they didn't know how to act around him. From the talk I found out that the younger man was called Mickey and the younger woman was Rose Tyler. He asked Rose what he looked like and Harriet Jones, at first, acted like she didn't recognize him. It all fell into place. He just regenerated. He wouldn't know anything about me because I hadn't happened yet. Chris felt my shoulders drop and quietly questioned what was wrong. I quickly explained and I watched the group. We both knew what that meant. He wasn't ready to know that I was his daughter.
"And who are you two then?" he questioned, coming to stand in front of me. My mind went blank for a moment.
"I'm Chris," my amazing boyfriend answered for me. "And this is Buffy Summers."
"Hello then," dad said to us with a big grin. "I'm the Doctor."
"If I might interrupt!" the Sycorax leader cut in. We all spun around to face him. I don't think I was the only one who had forgotten where we were.
"Yes! Sorry! Hello, big fella," dad greeted. The leader questioned who he was. "Well. That's the question." The alien demanded to know who he was which I guess dad didn't like. He imitated the Sycorax's roaring voice. "I DON'T KNOW!" he went back o talking normally. "See, there's the thing. I'm the Doctor, but beyond that, I- I just don't know. I literally do not know who I am. It's all untested." He started walking around randomly. "Am I funny? Am I sarcastic?" he looked at Rose and gave her a wink. "Sexy?" She just smiled shyly. He continued on. "Right old misery? Life and soul? Right-handed? Left-handed? A gambler? A fighter? A coward? A traitor? A liar? A nervous wreck? I mean, judging by the evidence, I've certainly got a gob." He was right about that. 'Definitely see the father daughter resemblance here,'
"Shut up," I said in annoyance. I buried my face in his chest in embarrassment. My dad really can babble.
"And how am I gonna react when I see this?" the Doctor queried in excitement. I looked up to see him staring at a light red glowing button on a stand. "A great big threatening button." He ran up to the button with a laugh. "A Great Big Threatening Button Which Must Not Be Pressed Under Any Circumstances. Am I right? Let me guess, it's some sort of control matrix? Hmm? Hold on, what's feeding it?" he bent down but I couldn't see what he was doing. "And what've we got here? Blood?" he stood back and put his finger in his mouth. "Yeah, definitely. Blood. Human blood. A Positive. With just a dash of iron." He face was twisted in a grimace and he wiped his finger on his dressing gown. Wait… they were using A positive blood which means-
"Blood control?" I spoke up. "They're using blood control, but that won't control survival instinct."
"Correcto mundo," dad agreed. "Buffy was it?" I nodded. "Which leaves us with a great big stinking problem. Cos... I really don't know who I am. I don't know when to stop. So if I see a Great Big Threatening Button Which Should Never Ever Be Pressed... then I just wanna do this." He pushed the button down and all the humans, save Chris who could hear my thoughts on what blood control can't do, shouted out. The translator guy even said that my dad killed all those people who were getting ready to jump. "What do you think big fella? Are they dead?"
"We allow them to live," the leader excused, which made my blood boil.
"Allow!" I exclaimed with a scoff. "You couldn't have made them jump if you wanted to. All blood control is bad voodoo. Scares you, but that's as far as it goes. It's like hypnosis - you can hypnotize someone to walk like a chicken but you can't hypnotize them to death. Survival instinct's too strong."
"Correct again," the Doctor congratulated with a grin. "And almost in my words exactly." Chris gave a snort of laughter but stopped the glare I shot him.
"Blood control was just one form of conquest," the alien retorted. "I can summon the armada and take this world by force." Right… I'm sure he could.
"Well, yeah, you could, yeah, you could do that," the Doctor reasoned. "Of course you could. But why? Look at these people. These human beings. Consider their potential. From the day they arrive on the planet and blinking step into the sun. There is more to see than can ever be seen. More to do than- no, hold on..." He paused for a moment, thinking. "Sorry, that's 'The Lion King'. But the point still stands. Leave them alone!"
"Or what?" the Sycorax put forward.
"Or," the Doctor replied. He grabbed a sword from one of the Sycoraxs near Rose and ran down to the area by the blue box. "I challenge you."
"He stole my idea," I commented to Chris, who just rolled his eyes.
"Yes, it was a good idea," he responded to me. "Are you happy now?"
"Very," I smirked out. Rose and others shot me a look but I chose to ignore it to watch the fight. The sound of all the aliens laughing kinda dampened my happy moment. The Doctor checked that the sanctified rules of combat still applied and leader stated that he was the champion of Earth, while unsheathing his own sword. Dad just tossed Rose his dressing gown.
"So," the Time Lord dictated. "You accept my challenge? Or are you just a cranak pel casacree salvak?" the leader hissed at that which made me really want to know what it meant. The two competitors kneeled on the floor with their swords point down in front of them.
"For the planet," the Sycorax conditioned and my dad just repeated it. They stood up and the fight began. They ran towards each other, swords raised and the sound of clashing metal filled the air. Within seconds my dad was thrown aside making the Sycorax laugh but he soon straightened himself up, thankfully. If he did then I would cease to exist which wasn't really on the top of my list of things to be. He soon ended up on the floor just as the leader was about to swing at him Rose called out to look out. I rolled my eyes at that. No, he wanted to sit there and get cut in half… Note the sarcasm there.
"Oh, yeah, that helped," dad scoffed. "Wouldn't have thought of that otherwise, thanks." I could see Chris was about to comment on where I get my love of sarcasm from so I elbowed him to shut up. I could feel his eyes bore into my head at that but I remained captivated by the fight. The Doctor backed up to some stairs. "Bit of fresh air?" he hit a button on the wall and ran out of the door that appeared. The Sycorax and the rest of us quickly followed suit so that we were outside on a platform of the ship. The fight resumed. The invader managed to get a lucky shot and punched my dad on the nose. Rose began to run to him but I grabbed her arm.
"Stay," I ordered. "You'll invalidate the challenge and he'll win the planet."
Dad wiped his nose then the two fighters ran towards each other but he was knocked backwards to the floor. The leader took advantage of this and swung his side and brought it down on the Time Lord's arm. I gasped as my dad's sword and arm up to his elbow fell through the air, back down into London.
"You cut my hand off," dad accused staring up at the hostile alien, who yelled in triumph. Dad got to his feet. "And now I know what sort of man I am. I'm lucky. 'Cos quite by chance... I'm still within the first fifteen hours of my regeneration cycle. Which means I've got just enough residual cellular energy... to do this." He held up his stump of an arm and before our eyes it grew back. His whole hand just grew back-by itself- in a matter of second.
"Witchcraft," the Sycorax charged.
"Time Lord," dad refuted. Looks like I was right about him regenerating recently. It was so recently that it had only happened in the last 15 hours or so. My surprise at what happened to his arm was short lived when I realized he needed a weapon. Chris must have had the same realization as me, or he was reading my thoughts, because he claimed a sword from the nearest Sycorax and threw it to my father.
"Doctor," he called out and dad caught it by the handle with his new hand a spun it around.
"Wanna know the best bit? This new hand..."dad commented then tried, badly, to put on a Texan accent. "It's a fightin' hand!" he ran at the other alien and for a few moments all that could be heard was the repetitive coming togethers of their swords. Out of nowhere the Doctor jabbed his enemy hard in the stomach with the handle of the sword then again twice more, causing the alien to fall to the floor. The victorious opponent held his blade to the throat of the loser. "I win." I looked on in amazement. I was actually sort of surprised he won. It didn't look to promising to begin with… but he did and I was glad that he had. It saved me challenging the invader if dad got too injured to continue.
"Then kill me," the defeated said, clearly having difficulties talking.
"I'll spare your life if you'll take this champion's command: leave this planet, and never return," my father granted. I think he went even further up on my role model list. "What do you say?" the other alien agreed. "Swear on the blood of your species." There was an anger there that shook me to the core and Chris, feeling my emotions, stood behind me and wrapped his arms around me, resting his head on mine. The leader did swear making the Doctor's tone lighten considerably. "There we are, then! Thanks for that! Cheers, big fella!" Dad turned and thrust his sword into the ground. We all cheered and Rose ran up to him to help him put the dressing gown back on. "Yeah! Not bad for a man in his jim-jams! Very Arthur Dent. Now, there was a nice man. Hold on, what have I got in here?" he pulled a Satsuma from his pocket making Rose and I giggle. "A Satsuma. Ah, that friend of your mothers - he does like his snacks doesn't he? But doesn't that just sum up Christmas?" They walked together to the doors, dad playing catch with the piece of fruit. Behind them the leader got up and picked up his sword. My whole body tensed and I was about to call out when Dad, without stopping or even turning around, threw the Satsuma at the switch on the wall with perfect accuracy, the ground beneath the leader disappeared and he fell to Earth with a scream. The smile on the my father's face was completely gone. In its place was an expression that could bring species down on their knees- and I was scared. "No second chances. I'm that sort of a man."
Dad led everyone back inside the ship and I was vaguely aware that he told the Sycorax to leave Earth. I was still on him killing the leader. Everything made sense to me finally. The reason he didn't want me kill was because he had, because it had haunted him and he didn't want that for me. He had told me there was always a choice but I think he was trying to forget that sometimes it was the lesser of two evils. He had to kill the leader. If he hadn't he would have come back and he might not be there in time when he did.
I came to my senses when we were teleported onto a street. We all watched as the ship started to fly up into the sky, making the two younger couple shout and jump in celebration. Dad went to talk to the prime minister.
"You ok?" Chris asked, his arms wrapped around me from behind.
"Peachy with a side of keen," I sighed out, leaning back into him. I closed my eyes to the world, just letting myself bask in the feeling of him.
"Rose!" someone called out. I opened my eyes to see a blonde woman running towards Rose and them. She must have been the girl's mum since that how she greeted her. I watched as the Doctor, Mickey, Rose and her mum reunited. It made me wonder what it was like to have a real biological mum. I couldn't help but feel a little envious of Rose. I was made of a machine, didn't have memories of growing up, just fully grown into a teenager ready to fight, with all the knowledge on how to fight and use weapons. Chris tightened his hold on me in support, obviously feeling my emotions. I put my hands on top of his and continued to watch.
A beam of green light shot out into the air from the ground somewhere nearby. Four more beams instantly joined it from different points till the beams joined in the air then shot up as one directly in the air to the ship still trying to escape. The ship was destroyed. I shot my gaze to the prime minister who looked grim.
"You murderer," I ground out at her, breaking free of Chris' arms. My voice was just below a shout and I could tell my eyes were alight with unrestrained anger. I strode towards her but stopped short at what he said.
"That was defense," she pathetically excused. "It's adapted from alien technology. A ship that fell to Earth ten years ago." My eyes narrowed into slits and my hands were clenching and unclenching, I tried to make my way to her but Chris restrained me. I could have easily gotten free but I was too scared of hurting him. Harriet Jones on the other hand I would have had no problem hurting.
"But they were leaving," dad said. The darkness in his voice was well deserved.
"You said yourself, Doctor," she explained. "They'd go back to the stars and tell others about the Earth. I'm sorry, Doctor, but you're not here all the time. You come and go. It happened today - Mr. Llewellyn and the Major. They were murdered. They died right in front of me while you were sleeping. In which case - we have to defend ourselves."
"Britain's Golden Age," Chris spat out still holding me back. She turned to us and told us it came with a price. A price way to high as far as I was concerned, I struggled a bit trying to get at her. Chris tightened his hold on me but for a different reason than from earlier.
"I gave them the wrong warning," my dad's voice was so dark as he said this and I couldn't blame him. "I should've told them to run - as fast as they can, run and hide because the monsters are coming: the human race." I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket and Chris let me go so I could take it. We walked a bit off for some privacy and I took a deep breath to calm myself before answering. It was Faith. She told me that she tried to find any information but had got nothing. She even went to Giles to see what he knew but the Council had contacted him. They told him that it wasn't our concern. Seems they knew about aliens as well, not like they'd admit it I'm sure. Faith asked if I found anything but I reluctantly told her that nothing had turned up. I looked to see what dad was doing as I hung up. He was walking determinedly towards the translator guy, the prime minister looked stricken.
"We should get out of here," I told Chris. He nodded and we sneaked off into an alley to orb out.
One thing I knew was that I would see my dad again.