I DO NOT OWN MAXIMUM RIDE OR
DOCTOR WHO. (YET). AND I'M SORRY THIS STORY WAS A LITTLE SHORT,
FOLKS – BUT HERE IT IS – THE GRAND FINALE! I GAVE NO WARNING
BECAUSE I WANTED IT TO BE A COMPLETE SURPRISE. *INSERT SMILEY FACE OF
YOUR CHOICE HERE* ALSO, THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL AFTER THIS, THE THIRD
PART IN THIS EPIC ADVENTURE SERIES FEATURING THE DOCTOR AND THE
FLOCK. ANYWAY, HERE'S CHAPTER NINE!
Chapter 09: School Showdown
(Elsewhere in the School)
The Doctor led his former companions, and Iggy and Fang, through the endless maze of tunnels linking up the dreaded School.
"Are we there yet?" moaned Iggy, bored.
"No," replied The Doctor.
"Are we-?" asked Iggy, but at a stern look from the Doctor, he shut up.
The Doctor paused, causing them all to bump into one another behind him.
"Shh, shh, shh," he held his finger up to his lips, and with the other hand, reached into his pocket and pulled out his Sonic Screwdriver. He pressed a button, and it bleeped. The Doctor moved it around a bit, and then smiled. "This Way," he whispered, starting of into a silent run.
Fang and Iggy followed, with Martha, Sarah Jane and Mickey behind. "How far do we have to go?" whined Mickey, stopping to catch his breath.
"Mickey!" The Doctor turned towards him, as metal began clunking behind them. "Never shout in a School! RUN!"
"But, you just shouted in a School," Mickey replied, before running after The Doctor, Sarah Jane, Martha, Iggy and Fang, as Cybermen closed in behind them.
"It's too late now, they know where we are!" The Doctor yelled impatiently, turning right, before taking a quick left down some spiral staircases.
(Elsewhere in The School)
Ter Borcht groaned, getting up from his position. Curse The Gasman! He looked at the empty space where Maximum, The Gasman, Nudge and Angel had been.
"Zammit. Zey are zone!" he shouted angrily, kicking the wall in frustration. However, the Doctor and his companions, as well as the flock, where in the School – easy prey, for him. He would torture them all until he was satisfied – then he would torture them some more.
(Elsewhere in the School)
"This way!" Angel called, leading Max, Nudge and the Gasman away from Ter Borcht's office. "Quick!"
The group turned the corner, and suddenly met a dozen Cybermen.
"This is not good," The Gasman confirmed, shaking his head sadly, as more Cybermen stepped out behind them. "I don't want to get caught. Angel – can you change their minds?"
"No… I can't, for some reason," Angel grimaced.
"You will come with us," The lead Cyberman instructed, and suddenly walked forward. "Or you shall be deleted."
"That isn't going to happen," said a voice from behind the Cyberman. "I've seen too many humans die today, and I'm telling you. I'm not going to add any mutant bird kids onto that list! Especially not my Daughter!"
"Doctor!" Angel screamed in joy, as he walked towards the Cybermen.
"You shall be deleted," said a Cyberman, turning towards the Doctor, raising an arm.
"Oh, no you don't. Look what I've found," The Doctor held up a control panel, shaped like a yellow box with buttons on it – then again, that was probably what it was.
"How did you get control of that?" asked the lead Cyberman.
"Delete!" another Cyberman suddenly reached out towards Max, in all of the confusion.
"NO!" The Doctor cried, but then – Whoosh! Max had leapt up away from the Cyberman, her wings spread out, brushing both sides in the narrow corridor. Angel, The Gasman and Nudge quickly followed suit. Her memory had been regained, presumably by her being in an 'instant death' situation.
Unable to contain themselves no longer, Iggy and Fang leapt out from behind a door in the corridor, to greet their friends.
"Hey, move it or loose it, people!" said a voice from behind all of them. And there was Total, making a triumphant dog-like pose.
"Total!" Angel screamed, and dashed towards the dog, scooping him up in her arms. Max, however, stayed with The Doctor, who was still holding the control panel.
"I'm going to deactivate you," The Doctor looked emotionlessly at the Cybermen. "Every single Cybermen on Planet Earth. I Have no choice, and I am so, so sorry to every one of you humans that Ter Borcht has ruthlessly slaughtered."
He then used his Sonic Screwdriver, ramming it against the Panel, blowing it into pieces. The Cybermen screamed out in pain, dropping to the floor.
(UNIT HQ, ENGLAND)
The machine gun bullets spat uselessly off the Cybermen, hitting the wall, as one UNIT soldier after another was killed, but then, screams echoed around the Headquarters as every Cyberman dropped to the floor, and lied still. The remaining UNIT soldiers got up from their positions, and started to celebrate. Malcolm Taylor, who was just about to get deleted by a Cyberman, got up from his chair that he had been sitting on.
"Doctor! I know you've done this! God bless you, Doctor!" he cheered.
(THE SCHOOL, AMERICA)
Ter Borcht was lying crumpled in a heap on the floor, with Cybermen scattered around him. As he was about to get up, the door flung open, crashing against the wall.
"Zoctor…." Ter Borcht frowned, seeing the Time Lord walk towards him, sparks from the bodies of the dead Cybermen lit up the room. Maximum and Martha Jones where on either side of him, and he looked extremely angry.
The Doctor looked at Ter Borcht, "You really thought you had me then, didn't you?"
Ter Borcht remained silent, as The Doctor continued, "That was a very big mistake – Mixing with the Cybermen, and kidnapping my friends. You are so not on my Christmas card list."
"You're zoing zo kill ze now, zarn't zou?" asked Ter Borcht, his hands over his head, whimpering.
"No. I try not to kill people," said The Doctor. "And before I get any smart remarks, you already killed the population of America. But luckily for you, time shall reverse."
"Right back to before the events happened," Martha finished. "It's happened to me before."
"Sorry about that, Martha. It's just these damn people with plans of world domination."
Ter Borcht spluttered, "Zhat zar you zoing to do zith me?"
"I'm going to let you into the desert. The desert surrounding The School – with only a bottle of water," said The Doctor. "Sorry about the reference to the James Bond film – it's where I got the idea from."
Suddenly, paper started to whip off desks, as the Earth began to spin backwards. The Doctor grabbed onto a cupboard handle, and Max grabbed onto the one next to him. The Flock had come in the room after the doctor, and where now clinging onto bits of draw handle, computers and more. Mickey had managed to lock himself in a cupboard, which had the key in the lock.
The Doctor looked at his daughter, and laughed. Max quickly joined in.
All too soon, they where back in England, saying their goodbyes. Martha and Mickey were dropped off at the UNIT HQ, whilst Sarah Jane hadn't been with the group, so she was back at her house, unaware of the event.
"Dad," Max asked the Doctor, as they and the Flock walked back towards the TARDIS. "How come we can still remember what happened with the Cybermen?"
"We were at the Eye of the Storm," The Doctor explained simply, and opened the door of the TARDIS. He let the flock walk in, before causally following them. He took one last look at the UNIT HQ, before closing the door of The TARDIS.
"So then," he said, smiling at the flock, who were flying around the huge space in The TARDIS, dodging the supporting pillars. "Pick a planet. Any Planet."
Total, who was lying on the sofa, lifted his paw up to his mouth and said, "Can we go to Dogzilla? I'm guessing that's a planet? Isn't it Doctor?"
"You're turning into Nudge," Iggy joked. Nudge scowled. Suddenly, the TARDIS shook violently, sending Mutants and Time Lords in random directions.
"What?" asked The Doctor, shocked, as The TARDIS stopped, landing somewhere in time and space. "What?"
"Is everyone okay?" asked Max, getting up.
"Fine here," Fang murmured, lying in a heap on the floor. "What happened, Doctor?"
"I… don't know. We…. I don't know. We could be anywhere," said The Doctor, getting up from his chair. "Why don't we take a look outside?"
"Fine with me," said Max, already at The Door. It opened, revealing a shady grassy area, with trees on either side. "So, let's go and look."
The Doctor remained further back, with a book clutched in his hand.
"The Lord of the Rings?" asked Max. "No… we can't be…"
AND SO 'THE TIME LORD' REACHES TO AN END. WE'VE HAD MAX AND THE FLOCK LOSE THEIR MEMORIES, BUT ONLY TO REGAIN THEM AT THE END OF ALL THINGS. AND IT WOULD BE THE END OF ALL THINGS, IF NOT FOR THE DOCTOR AND HIS DAUGHTER, MAXIMUM RIDE. AS YOU MAY HAVE GUESSED, THE SEQUEL TO THIS STORY FOLLOWS ON FROM THIS CHAPTER, AND IS GOING TO BE CALLED,
"MIDDLE-EARTH MUTANTS", AND WILL BE IN THE MAXIMUM RIDE AND THE LORD OF THE RINGS CROSSOVER SECTION.
SPECIAL THANKS TO IRONYHEARTSAP & VAMPS-WITH-WINGS (SORRY IF I SPELT YOUR NAMES WRONG, I'M HUMAN, NOT A TIME LORD), AND ALL OF MY READERS THAT HAVE REMAINED WITH ME THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SERIES. ALSO, AS WELL AS THE UPCOMING "MIDDLE-EARTH MUTANTS", WATCH OUT FOR THE HORUS CHRONICLES, COMING SOON TO THE MAXIMUM RIDE SECTION!
I'LL SEE YOU THEN!