"Run!" The Doctor took off, dashing toward the TARDIS.

"Doctor!" I yelled, running after him.

"What?"

"We're here, we're staying." I grabbed a hold of his collar.

"I dunno about you, Lily," he said, "but I'm not to fond of being killed."

"Well, neither am I, but we've gotta help these people." I made a decent point.

"I told you," he replied, "every time I fight with the Cyberman, something terrible happens to someone I lo-care about."

"So? I barely know you. You don't care that much about me."

"Not so."

"What?"

"Fine, we'll stay. But stay in my sight." He said the last bit while staring straight at me.

"Let's go help those people!" I took off running toward the people.

"Lily!"

I ran up to a Cyberman.

"Oi! Lily, don't do that!"

"Hey, you, uh, thing!" I said to it, "You're nothing! Just a suit with a brain! A computer!"

"You are compatible. You will be upgraded." It took a hold of my shoulder.

"Leggo of me!"

It began to steer me toward the line of people marching into a warehouse. "You will be upgraded," it said.

"Hey you! Upgrade this!" A shot of pure information from a small tube held by the Doctor shot into the Cyberman's brain. It screamed and fell to the ground.

"And that, my dear," he said, "is why you don't run off." He threw the empty container up in the air and caught it in his other hand. "It's always nice to carry a couple infostamps with you."

"I totally knew what I was doing," I said.

"Sure...."

"What'd you do anyway?"

"Overloaded it's brain."

"Oh."

"That wasn't very wise," he said.

"No," I replied quietly, staring at the ground.

"This is how it's done. Follow my lead." He walked up to a Cyberman. I followed close behind.

It turned to face him.

"Take me to your leader," said the Doctor.

"You are incompatible. You will be deleted." It stretched it's arm out in front of itself.

"But I surrender!"

"You will be deleted."

"We surrender!" I yelled.

"Take me to the one in control!" shouted the Doctor.

"The Cybermen take orders from no one."

"Then why are you upgrading these innocent people?" I asked.

"To survive."

"Why?" I could almost hear the gears moving in the Doctor's mind.

"The Cybermen are near extinction."

"Due to what?"

"You will be deleted."

"Oh come on!" He threw his arms up in the air. "We almost had it!"

"Had what?" I asked.

"Who was controlling all these monsters.

"You will be deleted."

"What'd we do 'bout him?" I asked.

"We've gotta shut them down."

"No shit, Sherlock." Hands on hips, I asked the Doctor, "Got one of those info-tube thingies? It's bothering me."
He shot the Cyberman with ease. It screamed in pain and fell to the ground.

"We've got to override the emotion circuit." The Doctor began to pace. "But where are they coming from? Where's the control center? They haven't a leader..."

A seemingly abandoned building glowed on the inside with light. Pointing at it, I said, "That it?"

"Huh?" He looked up. "Could be. Let's go!"

And with that, he dashed off in that general direction.

***

"Listen, Doc," I said, breathing heavily, hands on my knees, bent over, "we've gotta slow down. I'm not as fit as I was, say, a couple centuries ago."

"Doc? Is that a pet name?" The Doctor smiled as he walked up to me. "I haven't even known you too long and you've given me a pet name!" he mused.

"I shortened your name, you shortened mine. Not a pet name."

"Sure, sure." Then he muttered, "It's a pet name."

We were closer to the building now. I could see wires sticking out from the inside of the building. Cyberman body parts littered the perimeter.

"Well," said the Doctor, "it looks as if whoever started these Cybermen had some bugs in the system."

A shriek and followed by a "BOOM!" came from the building. Cyberman parts fell from a window on the third floor.

I took a step back. "I changed my mind. I dunno about this..."

"Come on! You wanted to stay, so here we are!" The Doctor grabbed my arm and dragged me closer to the building.

***

"You will be deleted." I could hear a Cyberman voice say, but it sounded more human than Cyberman. Something went "BANG!" and parts came flying out of the window directly about the Doctor and I.

"Get out of the way!" cried the Doctor. He pushed me out of the way of the metal and it clattered when it hit the ground.

This had been happening for a half hour. We had been walking around the building, trying to find an entrance, to no avail so far.

"Thanks," I said as I walked back to the Doctor's side.

"No problem. Where is that bloody door?" He pulled something out of his pocket.

"What's that?"
"Sonic Screwdriver. If the door's hidden under a shimmer, we should find it." He waved the tool at the building. Suddenly, a door materialized. "When will people realize that shimmers don't work? After you." He held the door open for me. I walked in quickly. As the door shut, we heard another loud clatter.

"It's a hospital!" I cried.

"How do you know?" asked the Doctor.

I pointed to a sign that said "London Community Hospital."

"Let's see, whoever is killing Cybermen is on the third floor." He headed toward a door marked "stairs."

****

"Here it is," I said as I reached the top of the stair case, "The third floor."

"Here goes nothin'" said the Doctor. He opened the door to see a Cyberman walking behind a cubical.

"You are an insolent Cyberman. What do you have to say for yourself?" The human-Cyberman voice said.

Nothing from the other robot.

"You will be deleted.:

The scream and "BAM!" shortly followed.

The Doctor shut the door. "Not going in there."

"Yes you are." I opened the door again.

"Who is there?" called the voice.

"No one of consequence," I replied.

"Enter."

"Lily, I am not talking to that thing." The Doctor tried to run off. I grabbed his arm.

"Oh, do you want to hold my hand? Does the big scary Cyberman frighten you?" I mocked the cowardly man.

"Listen, Lily, now isn't the time to be doing this..."

I had a death grip on his arm. I dragged him along, all while he attempted to get away.

We entered the stall. In was the source of the Cyber-voice- a middle-aged man wearing what looked like one of those over-priced voice-changer things you buy at Toys 'R' Us.

"We were scared of this?" I laughed.

"Lily..."

I howled with laughter.

"What is so funny?" asked the Cyber-thing.

"Nevermind her," said the Doctor, "are you the leader of the Cybermen?"

"No," it said simply.

"No, of course it isn't!" I laughed, "It's a middle-aged guy wearing a crap voice-changer thing!"

"Then what are you?" pressed the Doctor.

"I dispose of uncooperative Cybermen.:

"Who is your leader?"

"The Controller of Choas."

"That's their name?"

"No one is aware of his true name.:

"Where is 'he?'" He was close to the truth.

"You will be deleted."

Given the fact this particular Cyberman didn't have a shell, he was easy to defeat.

I quit laughing since the Doctor was in danger.

Behind the comical Cyberman, there was a control panel thing.

"Doc, the control panel!"

He pondered this for a moment.

"I'll get this guy, you take care of the rest of them!"

In one move, I knocked the Cyber-thing unconscious.

"Good eye, Lily!" He jumped over the control panel and began to hit this button, pull that lever, and do whatever it was he was doing.

In a few moments, we could hear a chorus of shrieks of pain from the Cybermen. "CLANG"s and "Pop! BAM!"s resounded all around.

Apparently, there were more Cybermen on our floor than we anticipated. As they exploded, a fare sparked and began to eat away the building.

"Well," said the Doctor, "I think that's the easiest I've ever gotten rid of the Cybermen."
"That's nice," I said as I neared the door.

He continued, oblivious to the rising fire behind him, "Normally, I have to all that trouble of having a chat with their leader-"

"Doctor-"

"Controller of Chaos! That's a strange title-"

"Doctor!" I screamed. The flames were nearly licking his back.

"What?"

"Fire!"

"Huh?" He turned around. "Run!"

I flung open the door. Fire had eaten away the stairs, leaving nothing but ashen remains. "The stairs are out!"

"Out the window then!" We ran to the window and pulled it open.

I stared at the ground. I realized, then and there, that I was deathly afraid of heights.

"Go on, out the window!" shouted the Doctor over the roaring flames. Fire was right behind us.

"I'm afraid of heights!"

"It's either heights or death by flame!" He grabbed my hand. "Together."

I squeezed his hand. We jumped.

****

"THUMP!" We fell ungracefully to the ground. The Doctor stood up and brushed himself off. He held out his hand to me. However, my eyes were shut tight in fear.

"Lily?" he asked, "You okay? I know you're not dead. You're breathing. Lily?"

I groaned.

"Come on, there's a raging fire behind you and you're groaning."

I decided to open my eyes and say something to let him know I wasn't unconscious. "Doc?"

"Ha ha! You're awake!" He grabbed my hand and pulled me up onto my feet.

"You've a torch?" I asked.

"In the TARDIS. Why?"

"I think I've got a concussion." I held my head in my hand.

"Lemme see.: He held my chin and looked into my eyes. After a few "hmm"s and "huh"s, he nodded and said, "You have beautiful green eyes."

"Do I or don't I have a concussion?" I yelled.

"No, you don't! Don't hurt me!" The Doctor let go of my chin. "But your eyes are quite pretty," he muttered.

"Who's gonna take care of this mess?" I asked him, indicating the fire and Cyberman odds and ends.

"Oh, I dunno, robots probably," he said in reply. "So, shall we head off? Find s'more monsters?"

"Can we take a break? My head hurts and I haven't eaten or slept in a while," I begged him.

"I suppose. Just in the Time Vortex or in a particular time period?" He took my hand and we made our way back to the TARDIS.

"I don't care. I just want it to have nothing to do with monsters for the time being."

"Time Vortex it is then," he said as we entered his time machine.