Disclaimer: I own nothing but my own weird ideas and characters everything else belongs to the BBC.
A/N: For those who might find themselves a little lost during this chapter this story is a sequel to my King Arthur fic Ah Knights! but fear not reading the first one is not required to enjoy this one, it just might help in understanding some things. But I hope you'll give this story a shot and let me know what you think.
Chapter 1: Home Again Home Again…
It was a chilly spring day, the clouds blocked the sunlight giving every thing a washed out look as the black GMC Sierra pulled off of the smoothly paved road and onto the bumpy, puddle riddled lane that was Macy's driveway.
The truck began to sway with the potholes and the trailer it was towing began to fishtail. Tina clung to the steering wheel like a granny on the freeway; eyes barely peering over the top of the dash as she tried to make it stop. Macy chuckled and leaning over griped the wheel from the passenger side, the trailer evened out and Tina relaxed.
"Remind me again why you couldn't drive?" Tina asked a little irritably, "I mean it was nice of your dad to let me use the truck to come get you, but I'm pretty sure he thought you'd be driving back."
"Please, the truck was the only thing that could haul all my crap back from uni in one trip. Mom and Jason's cars wouldn't handle the trailer, besides dad was just happy he didn't have to come get me himself. It would have cut into their travel time." Tina nodded.
"Okay, but to my original question. Why am I driving?"
"I'm short," Macy replied indignantly as if this was a fact her longer legged friend might have forgotten about. "okay, there are you happy."
"What does that have to do with it?"
"I'm not driving for three hours, stretched out to reach the pedals." Tina rolled her eyes.
"You do realize the seat moves forward."
"Details, details…" Macy waved her off as Tina brought the truck to a stop in front of the two-story farmhouse and the girls hopped out slamming the doors behind them.
Sliding the door to the tiny U-Haul up Tina climbed in among the boxes; heaving one off of the pile she dropped it into Macy's waiting arms. They began moving the boxes into the house while bantering back and fourth about this and that.
"No," Macy protested on their fourth trip, "Teeny, The Holland Tunnel is in New York not Amsterdam."
"Are you sure?" Macy, walking up the steps of the porch opened her mouth to argue further when the sound of a car horn honking cut her off, she turned to see Jason's silver Sunfire pulling up beside the truck. All thoughts of the argument left her head as she let out a girly squeal of glee, dropped the box and dashed down the steps to greet him.
No sooner had Jason gotten out of the car and closed the door then Macy pounced on him, arms around his neck and legs around his waist. Jason ignored the pain in his ribs as he hit the car with a dull thud and hugged her back like someone afraid to let go. Tina just walked towards them arms folded in front of her.
"Am I going to have to turn the hose on you two?" She quirked an eyebrow, Macy released her death grip on Jason and brushed a lock of dark hair out of her face.
"Sorry, got a little carried away there."
"Awww I missed you too Teeny." Jason smirked planting a kiss on Tina's cheek.
"You saw me two days ago." She replied wiping her cheek with the back of her hand.
"It doesn't mean I didn't miss you." Tina looked at him puppy eyed.
"Awww really? That's so sweet," The adoration vanished. "Now grab some boxes and get to work." She stalked away to her abandoned box and Jason turned to Macy.
"Two steps out of the car and already she puts me to work, you'd think we were married."
Three hours latter they were in the house unpacking the last of Macy's stuff when Jason brought up the question that had been at the back of his mind since he'd arrived.
"So where's the family?"
"They left this morning for Victoria for my cousin Lily's wedding, Shawn's an usher." Came Macy's voice from somewhere in her closet.
"Oh," He flopped on her bed. "Then why didn't you go too?"
"I wasn't invited."
"Your own cousin didn't invite you to her wedding? Harsh, I thought you were close with your family."
"I am, but Lily's always hated me."
"I don't know, she always used to pick on me when we were kids. Mostly about me being a tomboy, she was always such a priss." Macy appeared from the closet brushing dust of her arms. "Long story short she hasn't acknowledged my existence since we were ten." Jason's eyebrow rose inquisitively as he propped himself on his elbows.
"What did you do?"
"I, may or may not have, borrowed that guillotine Shawn made in shop class and played French Revolution with her doll collection." Despite, or maybe because of Macy's look of pure innocence Jason collapsed back onto the bed laughing.
"You were a wicked one, weren't you?"
"What do you mean 'were'?" Tina commented reentering the room towing a suite case behind her. "Last one." She tossed the case at Macy who dropped it on the bed and knelt in front of it. "And for anyone who failed to notice, the sky is leaking." Tina huffed brushing damp blond hair out of her face. Macy looked out the window to see rain falling in sheets.
"So much for taking Goliath for a run." She pouted a little at the realization that her horse would have to wait. But inspiration dawned on Tina and she dove into her large purse for the object that was sure to make her friend feel better.
"But guess what I got to cheer you up, semi fresh off the shelves at Wal-Mart." She produced a box set and Macy grinned widely taking it from Tina. Jason leaned over Macy's shoulder to see it was season two of the BBC's Robin Hood and groaned a little to himself.
"Basement?" Tina questioned, meaning the large screen TV that dominated most of one wall in Macy's basement. Macy nodded enthusiastically; it was so much better to ogle then the dinky little TV in the living room. Grabbing Jason by the arms and dragging him along for the ride the girls stormed the basement.
Jason flopped into the Lazy-boy and Tina settled herself onto the couch as Macy removed the first disk from the case. She had just put it into the DVD player when Jason cried out in alarm.
"Woah! Woah! Woah!" He pointed an accusatory finger at the machine as Macy's index finger hovered over play. "What is that… that 'thing' still doing here?" Macy fought the smirk. She knew what he meant, the events of almost a year previous when the Knights from the 2004 version of King Arthur came out of the DVD player and wreaked unimaginable havoc on their lives, but still she played innocent.
"What do you mean?"
"You know what I mean, I still wouldn't believe it if I didn't still have the scars to prove it but it happened so don't tell me you don't know what I mean!"
"Jason, oaky, okay, calm down. I know it happened, Tina knows it happened," She gave an affirmative nod. "she has pictures. You are not crazy. And as far as this is concerned," She motioned to the innocent looking DVD player, "it still works. Not to mention it belongs to my parents, how exactly am I supposed to convince them they need to get rid of a perfectly functional DVD player?"
"Jason," Tina said sharply. "Sit your ass down and watch the damn show." Jason complied reluctantly.
"It's fine, I swear." Macy soothed pushing play.
No sooner were the words out of her mouth and the button push then the room was filled with a blinding light, with a yell Tina and Jason both brought their arms up to shield their eyes. The light flickered out and they lowered them blinking the dark spots that danced in front of their eyes away. But to their mutual horror they found that not only the light had vanished but Macy with it.
Macy groaned to herself, her head hurt and her hand throbbed. She must have gotten a shock from that dammed DVD player. But something was not right whatever she was laying on didn't feel like carpet and the sharp smell of earth and decomposing leaves filled her nostrils. She was afraid to look but still she forced herself to open her eyes and from what she could tell she was outside. Outside and in the woods somewhere, she pulled herself up on wobbly legs and looked around franticly for Tina and Jason, but there was none. A chill and an eerie silence crept over her and she wrapped her arms around herself feeling very small and alone.
"Hello?" She called out to the forest around her. A squirrel chirped angrily in the tree above her, in the distance a predatory bird of some sort screeched and all around birds took flight; but that was her only answer. "Jason? Tina? Hello… anybody…"
"Oh my god, Macy?" Tina bolted from the couch and went to the spot where her friend had stood just a moment before, after a brief moment of hesitation she waved her hands through the air. "She's gone." She looked to Jason who had gone very pale.
"Gone where?" He demanded anger and panic rising inside of him. There was a pause and both heads turned slowly towards the DVD player, Tina turned back to look at Jason.
"You don't think…"
"I told her!" Jason cut her of, "I knew that thing was trouble but would you listen to me no! 'Oh don't worry it works fine' and now look she gone Tina gone only god knows where."
"No!" Tina snapped at him angrily. "No it's not possible Jason it can not happen."
"You know it can, or have you forgotten! It wasn't that long ago the knights of the round table where standing in this room."
"But they were here! We didn't go there, how could she go there, and were would there be?" Tina rambled hopelessly as Jason reached down and snatched the box set from the coffee table.
"One guess." He held it out to Tina who took it numbly.
"No, no, it can't… I mean she… there has to be another explanation." Driven by an impulse to prove him wrong Tina snatched up the TV remote and hit power bringing the screen to life. "See there's nothing…" But her voice trailed off, remote and box sliding from her hand as they watched the screen in horror. Macy wandered through a forest as if she were one of the cast only looking more like a lost and confused woman from 2008.