Wil and her TARDIS, although she didn't exactly think of it as her TARDIS, had been doing a lot of practicing.
They'd made it across the bulk to another brane, another universe, another reality not so different from the universe they'd left. There they'd encountered similar but not identical physical laws – different enough to make things interesting for Wil and at the same time challenging for the ship. And happily this new universe was teeming with sentient life forms, some of whom were as endearingly crazy as the ones they'd left behind.
All in all they were settling in nicely.
"Teacher," the TARDIS asked one day in between lessons, "you remember what we discovered about The Doctor, what he wanted to do? To unlock the Time War and somehow go back and save Gallifrey and his people?"
"Yes, Grasshopper, I do," she'd taken to calling the ship by that name. At first it'd been sort of a joke, but it had stuck and now felt right. "What about it?"
"Do you think he might succeed?"
Wil thought about this for awhile. "Well, I don't know, I suppose if there's anyone who could do it, it'd be The Doctor. The Doctor and Jack…" her voice trailed off and she became silent.
"If he… if they do it, do you think we'll be able to tell?"
"Oh yes. Definitely. We'll know."
"It would be nice to learn that The Doctor succeeded in getting what he so badly wants."
"Yes, I agree. Although there is a saying on Earth, it's one of Jack's favorites: 'Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it'." She smiled, fondly remembering her friend, her Captain, her lover. For a brief moment she allowed the memory's soft warmth to wash over her.
But there was work to do.
"Now, let's go back to your studies, eh? Where were we?" she smiled. "Oh yes... We were discussing Plato's Republic and the concept of justice or, as he called it 'Dikaisyne'. Shall we continue?"
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
J. R. R. Tolkien - The Fellowship of the Ring
Dear faithful reader: did you enjoy this story? If so, its sequel is 'Solipsism'.
Special thanks to Chocky, Alcibie, Kelsey Noel and (as always) Jess.