Previously, on Adventures of a Line Hopper
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--000--Previously, on Adventures of a Line Hopper:….from Don't Be….
"The day we met, you saved me from a horde of Daleks," the Doctor told Buffy. "Remember? I burned down your gym, and you got blamed for it."….
"The Daleks were unwritten from history at the end of the War," the Doctor realized. "A whole new timeline. A timeline where you never met me."….
"Buffy's a trans-temporal bilocational anomaly," said the Doctor.
Jack blinked. "Wait, Buffy's a Line-Hopper?" asked Jack.
"Probably better to call her a Line-Twister," said the Doctor. "Basically, Buffy is temporally important in two independent timelines, in two completely different ways. Remove her from either time stream, and the result is, well, unpleasant. Because of this, the two timelines are linked. Woven together."
"You lost me," said Buffy.
"Think of it like… drawing two different pictures, in marker, on one sheet of paper," the Doctor explained. "You draw one picture on the front, then another on the back. Both equally vibrant, but both completely different. With so many vibrant colors being used on both sides of a single, thin sheet of paper, the ink starts to bleed through the paper. You can see traces of one picture, even when you're looking at the other. Eventually, if you keep drawing, the pictures will both wind up with the same basic features, even if they look a bit different on the other side. Same events, different causes. That sort of thing."
"Oh," said Buffy. "You mean like — at Hemery. The gym still burned down, even though the reason it got destroyed was a little different. All the big milestones in my life stay the same, but the way I get to them is different depending on the timeline."
"Exactly!" said the Doctor.….from Don't Be….
"It's not Elizabeth, it's Buffy," snapped Buffy. "Why do you keep calling me Elizabeth?"
"Because you told me to," said the Doctor.….from Don't Be….
"If you don't stay away from the Doctor, Buffy, he will destroy you," said Angel. "I've seen it happen before."
"So I do have to kill him," said Buffy.
"Don't," said Angel. "If I let you kill the Doctor, you'd never forgive me."…..
"You want me to tell you if the Doctor is a good guy or a bad guy," Angel said to Buffy.
Buffy shifted from foot to foot. "Well, yeah," she confessed. "That would help."
"I can't," said Angel. "It's not as simple as that."….from Starlight….
"The guy who killed your friend," said Buffy. "It was Angel, wasn't it?"
"I told you, you wouldn't have killed him," said the Doctor, quietly.
Buffy stepped forwards, then hesitated. "So that whole… soul thing. That was you?"
"One moment of pure happiness and he flips out and turns evil again?" said Buffy. "That sounds like a curse to me."
"That wasn't me," said the Doctor. "I didn't know that was in there."….
"Why?" asked Buffy. "Why didn't you just kill Angel? I was going to, when he lost his soul last year. And you couldn't have known what he'd be like with a soul."
"I didn't know," said the Doctor. "But I believed."
"In… someone else. The person who stopped me from killing him."….from Don't Be….
"I'm the only other person in the universe who remembers what you did to Elizabeth," Angel told the Doctor. "You want to make sure I don't tell Buffy what happened in the other timeline."
"It's… not about that," the Doctor said.
"Then why?" Angel demanded. "Elizabeth told me, Doctor. Back in 1905. She told me what you did."
"I… didn't…." The Doctor scratched the back of his neck. "I never meant to hurt her."
"But you did," said Angel.….from Don't Be….
"The Doctor's home world is gone," Jack told Buffy. "I don't know the whole story, but I know it's because of something he did."….from Don't Be….
"I know how this works," said Angel. "If Elizabeth had never met you, if she'd never gone with you to Romania, she'd never have stopped you. You'd have killed me for what I did to your Kalderash friends. I've somehow wound up in a timeline where Buffy never met you. That means I should be dead."
"Oh, that," said the Doctor. He gave a shrug. "Bit of a temporal misalignment never hurt anyone. Not sure how you wound up in this timeline, but I suppose that's a mystery for another day."….