A Lack of Patience with Diplomats
Wonder what's going on with the normal peoples and panicking governments...
A Lack of Patience with Diplomats
As they moved from the Tardis, back to the main bridge of the Valiant, the Tardis examined her new pack and their connection with her. The Doctor, her beloved pilot, sparkled as ever, brilliant flashes of both darkness and light creating a stunning display that neither light nor dark could create alone. The Master too glittered though in a much darker and more focused display, a compliment to the Doctor's much more energetic and more blinding patterns. Jack still grated on her senses but the pack connection actually soothed the feeling and allowed her to actually see his patterns and study them. As the Tardis studied Jack's personal pattern and the pattern of his immortality addition she realized that Rose must have gotten a hint of these events because Jack's patterns formed a very deliberate message that only the Bad Wolf and the Tardis could have read. It was a very interesting message and told her exactly what to do so that she could link properly with Jack and as a result his very existence would stop hurting not only her but the rest of her pack as well...
Just as the four reached the bridge of the Valiant where all of the hastily gathered representatives were assembled, the Tardis started to subtly change her connection with her pilot in preparation for following the instructions left in Jack's very life patterns.
"Oh! Well that feels odd." The Doctor paused in surprise to rub at his chest just as he passed through the doorway onto the bridge. The others had entered just in front of him and were now looking back at him in some concern.
"Doctor?" The Master asked suspiciously.
"Did changing Martha do something to you too?" Jack asked worriedly.
"No, well yes, but not what you're thinking. No, I think that the Tardis is trying to adjust the bond; Possibly to include the three of you in it as well. Its nothing to worry about, it just feels a bit... well, odd is all." The Doctor explained as he moved past them into the room, forcing them to follow or be left behind.
With an exasperated look sent after the Doctor, the Master muttered to the others. "We need to keep an eye on him. A Tardis is not
supposed to be able to adjust
their link to their primary pilot, much less actually do so or add more people to the link." Jack and Martha nodded their agreement as they all turned to follow the Doctor to his chosen position observing the diplomats until they noticed them.
The representatives were clearly nervous, nervous about what they had been asked to request and nervous over the fact that they knew so little about the group they need to convince, if at all possible. There were just to many unknowns, especially with their recent powerful displays and admissions on live television. No, those broadcasts had only complicated things further; 2 Aliens of clearly great power and a complicated mysterious past of which their own planet played an unknown part, a man from the 51st century who had become accidentally immortal, and now one of their own turned into the same species as these aliens and adopted, claimed as one of their own, no longer human. It was a bit much to take in.
Eventually one of the diplomats noticed the waiting group of time travelers studying them and realized who they were. The representatives started to quiet down and face the group, hoping that their request would be well received. Well enough, at least, that the group of travelers would at least actually consider their request.
Several moments of uncomfortable silence had pasted between the two groups before the Master lost his patience. "Well?" He asked caustically. "We don't have all day."
A nervous diplomat from the U.S. stepped forward. "Well, you claim to have not only clashed here before but also saved us any number of times..." He began, but was interrupted by Jack's scoff.
"Claim? If you had even bothered to check your records, hell if you even glanced at some of the myths and legends from this planet, you'd find the Doctor protecting you." Jack told them, ignoring the Doctor's attempts to get him to shut up.
Martha snorted. "You don't know the half of it, Mate." She challenged.
"Oh, I can easily believe that. I've traveled with him too, in case you've forgotten." Jack shot back.
"And I've fought with him since our Academy days together. Can we get to the point?" The Master rolled his eyes as he ended the argument.
The Doctor frowned. "Now, Master..."
"No." The Master cut him off. "We don't have time for this, or have you really forgotten how much rest and protection one of our young actually need? I have no doubt that we're cutting it close. Perhaps even close enough that the Rising Sleep will kick in before we can get her properly settled."
"Good point." The Doctor admitted.
Jack quickly turned to the remaining normal humans, taking the chance to find out what they wanted but still get them out of there fast. "Better tell us quick or it will have to wait until the next time we're in the area."
"Well, would you be willing to help us, earth, if we had further extraterrestrial troubles?" A young British consulate member quickly requested. "What with the Doctor's time with UNIT and Mr. Harkness' time with Torchwood, you've shown previously that you're willing to at least work with us..." He trailed off, noticing the dark glare that the Master was starting to give them.
"We'll consider it." The Master told them shortly, not bothering to check with the others. "For the time being we need to be left in peace. Though it would be helpful if we had access to Martha's human family." He finished having ignored Martha's attempt to elbow him in the stomach.
"What did you mean by the ^Rising Sleep^
?" Martha asked him in annoyance as they turned toward the doorway of the room. "I'm going to have enough trouble with my mum as it is!"
"You think that we actually planned any of this?" The Master practically snarled back at her. "He's going to be even harder to keep intact now! You think his guilt was bad before? Just wait until you get hurt on one of our outings because he decided to step in and try to help!"
"I can take care of myself!" Martha argued back.
"Maybe as a human." The Master agreed. "But you're a Time Lord now and that changes things. Even more so since you effectively became our daughter!"
"Whoa! Calm down, both of you." Jack stepped between the two since the Doctor had been staring at them practically speechless for once. "I think that we can all agree that we want the Doc in one piece, physically and mentally. We can argue about anything else later. Now, lets head back to the Tardis and give Martha another once over if this ^Rising Sleep^
is that much of a worry. Everything else can wait." He soothed.
"Fine." Martha sulked for a moment before turning on the Doctor. "If you get infected with another living sun find someone else to freeze you!" She stalked past them toward the Tardis.
"A living sun, Doctor?" The Master asked with a raised eyebrow in amusement. "You really do need a keeper."
"Shut it." The Doctor shot back with a glare and went after Martha with Jack and the Master following just behind him, leaving the room full of shocked diplomats to sort themselves out.
As they left, Henry discreetly turned off the recording equipment. He had recorded the meeting for posterity purposes but found himself wondering how much damage would have been done to the planet if these travelers had chosen to make earth their permanent home and lived together in the same dwelling. He shuddered at the thought of the repair bills. Henry held great respect for Mr. Saxon as well as for Captain Harness and the Doctor. No one could argue their accomplishments, provided of course, that you could actually gain access to their files in the first place. He dearly hoped that they said yes to the poorly presented proposal and wondered if UNIT would be willing to provide training courses in alien interaction and classes specifically on the Doctor and the Master themselves. Henry decided that it might be a good idea to mention in passing to the diplomats, maybe they could get the ball rolling on such an endeavor. It would certainly prove interesting to watch if nothing else. With a slight shake of his head Henry shut down the systems for the night and headed for his quarters.A/n:
I wonder what the Tardis is actually doing to the pilot connection? And what is this Rising Sleep? Guess we'll find out next time!