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This story is No. 11 in the series "Adventures of A Line Hopper". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: SEQUEL to "Nothing". When Buffy's launched into the future, she finds that everything that's happened to her - from the Trio of Hell to the Initiative - is caused by the events unfolding centuries in the future. And the Daleks' trap closes.

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Dr. Who/Torchwood > Buffy-Centered > Pairing: The DoctorShoshiFR73581,39536320,26511 Sep 1217 Nov 12Yes

Prologue

Author's Note: I hold no rights over any copyrighted material. All characters and creations belong to their original owners. The fandoms that I am using are: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Doctor Who.

The art's by Rjalker. Thanks a bunch for this one! Hope you enjoy the story it accompanies.

This story is a sequel to "Nothing", in which the Doctor is trapped in the Initiative. But it is also the sequel to "Paradox", "Blue Box Bad", "My Weapon", "Riley Finn Doesn't Hate the Doctor", and much more.

If you don't remember these stories, I do give you little reminders throughout "Something".

Enjoy the Doctor, Buffy, and the Daleks!

One more note.

Why, yes, I do go completely AU for the Buffyverse after the end of the TV series. How very astute of you to notice! But, in my own defense, I doubt that Joss Whedon ever really considered what effect the 31st century solar flares would have on the vampire population.

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Prologue

Julie Parsoner had only been working for UNIT for a week before it happened. The air seemed to jerk around her, the world spun, her stomach lurched, and suddenly...

Julie blinked.

She was somewhere else, entirely. A dull, black metal spaceship, surrounded by the whirr of incredibly sophisticated machinery. A glimpse of stars, outer space, and nebula dust out the nearby window.

"TEMPORAL TELEPORT SUCCESSFUL!" a metallic voice shouted.

Julie's heart skipped a beat. She turned, very slowly, dreading what she'd see next. Because she remembered what these things were, and what they could do.

"Daleks," she breathed.

"CORRECT," one of the Daleks said, as a swarm of them approached her.

"Okay," said Julie, mind racing for something she could do or some way she could fight back. "So, what do you want with me?"

"YOU ARE THE HUMAN FEMALE KNOWN AS JULIE PARSONER?" they demanded.

"Who wants to know?" asked Julie.

"ANSWER! ANSWER!" the Daleks screamed. "OR YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED!"

"Fine, yes!" said Julie. "That's me!"

"IDENTITY CONFIRMED," said the Dalek at the head of the procession. "THIS IS THE SOURCE OF THE 21ST CENTURY ENCRYPTION BREACH."

"Encryption..." Julie's eyes widened. "That transmission I uncovered. That was you!"

"CORRECT," said the Dalek.

Julie began inching back towards the complex machinery. She might not be familiar with this level of technological sophistication, but she was hoping she could work something out before they killed her. Because they were going to kill her — she knew that.

"If you're trying to stop me from telling the Doctor about it, you're too late," said Julie. "He's probably on his way here, already."

A screen popped up in the middle of the air, an image of a white Dalek with a cold, glaring eyestalk. "THAT IS CORRECT," the white Dalek said. "THE DOCTOR WILL ARRIVE IN THE 39TH CENTURY. THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE WILL BE GAINED."

Julie's breath caught in her throat. They wanted him in the 39th century? Was this another part of the trap set back when the Doctor had been in the Initiative?

Someone had been manipulating everyone behind the scenes. And that someone wanted the Doctor.

Julie couldn't imagine what these Daleks actually wanted the Doctor for, but she was pretty sure it was something bad. Although… probably not as bad as the Daleks' plans for her.

"What do you want me for?" Julie asked.

The eyestalk narrowed its focus on Julie, as the white Dalek scrutinized her in detail. "CALIBRATION TESTING."

"EFFECTS OF THE TEMPORAL TELEPORTER HAVE PENETRATED THE VORTEX!" one of the Daleks announced. "THE DOCTOR WILL BE HERE!"

"INITIALIZE DELTA TRANSFER CALIBRATION TEST!" shouted the white-domed Dalek.

Julie took the opportunity to spin around and dart over to the nearby controls, her eyes fixed on one button in particular, one that she was fairly sure would do what she wanted. If this was a trap for the Doctor, she had to make sure that he knew about it. No matter what this... calibration test was going to do to her.

"ALERT! ALERT!" the Daleks shrieked, in unison. "THE HUMAN FEMALE IS ESCAPING."

"DELTA TRANSFER CALIBRATION TEST INITIATED!" shouted another Dalek.

"STAY WHERE YOU ARE!" a third Dalek demanded of Julie. "OR YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED!"

Julie felt something weird and tingly inside of her. She darted through the Daleks, diving towards the button. She didn't know if she'd live through this. She didn't know if they'd exterminate her, or miss, or if she'd even reach the button in time.

But maybe this would be enough to make up for the fact that she'd been a thoroughly horrible person throughout the rest of her life.

"EXTERMINATE!" shouted the Daleks.

Julie lunged for the button.

And then the world went black.
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