Author's Notes: I just wanted to thank Kame for her review of my first chapter. It was very much appreciated.
This next chapter is from David. He will mention things from after the Dalek defeat but he will be mainly talking about the beginnings of the Dalek invasion leading up to his meeting Susan.
I do not own Dr Who or any of its characters.
Chapter Two: David
Ever since the defeat of the Daleks, I have been filled with the excitement over the idea of helping to build a better future. Even before that I was excited over rebuilding the world. I was one of the optimistic ones during the invasion. Even before the arrival of Susan and her Grandfather I could see a time when we would be free. I wasn't the only one who felt this way but there were few of us. My every thought has gone towards this goal. A few days ago I saw some kids playing at Daleks which gave me the idea that I should be doing something more. Then yesterday at the ten year celebrations the idea came to me. We should all be writing about our experiences of what happened. A few people I spoke to have which already been doing this and this gave me the idea. Also listening to others experiences during the celebrations yesterday was inspiring and I sat there thinking that these should always be remembered. History has always been important to humans and we should do our best to keep that going. Susan seemed reluctant at first because she arrived near the end. She also didn't want to bring attention to herself. Something she has always been worried about. I tried to tell her that what she did then and what she has done since was still important. She finally agreed and later I found her writing. I actually wish I had come up with this sooner. It would have been good for the both of us. Unfortunately both time and materials were scarce to start with.
Actually time seems to be something that was always scarce. We were always rushing about not stopping to think or do the important things. There was always something else we had to experience. I was no exception. I had moved down to London where I was to begin training as a shuttle engineer. It seemed I was always to busy to keep in touch with everyone back home. Too busy enjoying the student life. Too busy to visit my dad on his birthday. I didn't even enjoy the course but that was where money was those days. I was determined I wasn't going to have what I thought of as a slow paced life of a farmer. My parents didn't mind too much. My brother was studying a range of courses in Glasgow so that he could eventually take over from my father. My sister was too young to know what she wanted to do. One week she wanted to be a doctor, the next a tennis player and the next a famous detective. I still feel guilty though. I should have made more time for them. I know that everyone has these regrets. All of us have lost loved ones. It's important we should look forward. But it is also important that we never forget. I don't want to be that David again.
Everyone knows that the first sign we had of the Daleks coming was the meteorites. It is easy to say we should have prepared ourselves then but how were we to know? A few people have said that it was all there for us in "The Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham. Despite being dead for a few centuries the author picked up a cult following. People who had been mentally affected by what had happened began to see signs in all of his books. They weren't the only ones to feel paranoia but they were the most notorious. One man claimed that as a boy he was visited by and alien called Chalky who told him he was the chosen one. The alien warned him about future events but no one would listen to him. After receiving medical help he has retracted that claim and is now living a quiet life (last I heard anyway). The most extreme was a group of people who believed that a bunch of blue eyed, blond haired children were actually alien invaders born to human parents. They claimed that they could read minds and force people to do things. That group of people killed those poor children. I would love to say that these things no longer happen but from time to time they do crop up. All we can hope is that as time passes these paranoid delusions will eventually fade. Until then all we can do is help these people.
Most of us saw the meteorites as just a natural phenomenon. I remember the night it happened. Most people do. It's the age old "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" I remember reading that at school. Now though it is where were you when the meteors fell. I was coming back from a night out on the town. I and a few of the lads were out for a few and ended up hitting the clubs. I didn't stay long as I had classes the next day. I was just about to go into the flat when I looked up and saw this streak across the sky. It was so bright I stood there mesmerised when I noticed others following it. The whole sky seemed lit up with them. I don't know how long I stood there mesmerised when I noticed others following it. The whole sky was lit up with them. I don't know how long I stood there for but when it eventually stopped I forced myself to go back indoors. Was I scared? I know a few who have said they were terrified that first night. But no I wasn't. I had too much to drink and the next morning I was too concerned about getting over my hangover and getting to class.
Switching on the viewer for background noise I noticed a news report about that night's event. A few scientists appeared to be very excited by it. Told us not to worry the Earth was in no danger. We should expect more to come and meanwhile enjoy the view. That is exactly what we did! Over the next few weeks we watched news reports of occurrences all over the world. The university was all a buzz over it. Most of them didn't land but burned up in the atmosphere. A few landed in the sea. One news report did stick in my mind. A professor Cullen was being interviewed and he was being asked the usual questions. Questions like, are we in any danger? Or, have any of the meteorites landed? They were the same responses as all the others but this reporter asked a question that none of the others did and to my mind should have. He asked why we hadn't had any warning of this since we have the technology to detect these things. Professor Cullen's answer was a little vague to me. He mentioned that debris passes through our solar system all the time and that most of it is picked up by Jupiter. These meteorites didn't seem to be much different from the rest. I have spoke to a few others since then and they have all agreed that they think the scientists were just as surprised as the rest of us. They weren't expecting it and were trying to cover that fact. It's something we will never really know.
Meanwhile life went on as normal. I phoned my dad on his birthday who was excited over the previous week's events. Seems he dragged my mum and sister up to watch. I went to class. Went to concerts and various other nights out. Eventually the excitement died down. The only aftermath seemed to be a constant rain. For almost two week's it didn't stop raining and it was the same in most parts of the world. Seems the meteorites had affected our weather. There was a lot of flooding but to those who didn't experience that the rain was just seen as a minor inconvenience. Also no one seemed concerned that we could no longer contact our moon colonies. Seemed to think the phenomenon was causing interference. That was another mistake but it wasn't long before we had other things on our mind.