A/N: You all are great! Sorry about taking so long, I have been dealing with some major health issues lately and updating has been the last thing on my mind. I have NOT, I repeat, NOT, abandoned this as I have copious amounts of notes and ideas… so please, bear with me.
-Also you might want to go back and reread some of the previous chapters, they have been spruced up and some major canonical errors have been seen to.
Technically speaking Xi is still a teenager and will act as so.
I don't own Harry Potter or Doctor Who, sorry.
Hermione Travels in Time
The TARDIS was amazing. First of all her room was a relaxing mixture of browns and blues, but the ship its self was nothing like she had ever seen before. It was like there was an unlimited extension charm around the entire place and the rooms liked to move around. It reminded her somewhat of Hogwarts, minus ghosts and stone walls. She managed to find her way back to the console room after dropping her things off and putting on a pair of flats. She quickly noted that her room was across from Xi's, but wasn't sure if it was going to stay that way.
The Doctor was already flitting around the console and Xi was close at hand, flicking switches and pushing buttons as was needed. When the Doctor saw Hermione he grinned at her.
"So where do you want to go first?"
"Anywhere." The entire universe was at her disposal. "But keep in mind that there are rules to time travel. One, you are not allowed to cross your own time stream; Two, you are not allowed to cross into already established events; C, it has to be somewhere amazing."
The rules made sense. And she took a minute to try and figure out where they should go.
"Is there a random setting?" she asked. A grin spread over both the aliens' faces, full of mischief and happiness.
"I like you, Hermione Granger." With that said the Doctor pulled down a large lever and the entire TARDIS shook. The three of them hung on the console as they zipped through the Time Vortex, before landing with the familiar sound of the TARDIS and a soft thump. It was mere few seconds between landing and the Doctor and Xi racing to the door. They seemed to have a quick squabble over who should open the door and expectantly turned to Hermione.
She rolled her eyes at the two of them, wondering if this was going to be an ongoing thing and opened the TARDIS doors.
They landed in an alley and down at the end opened up to the main street, but it wasn't a street it was a canal. People passed over the bridge going on with their day to day business.
"Wow." Hermione breathed, stepping out of the TARDIS, the Doctor and Xi weren't too far behind. "This is absolutely amazing. Where are we?"
Venice, Italy: Summer of 1787." The Doctor replied. She looked at him, brown eyes wide.
"Oh my god! I can't go around looking like this." She said, indicating her clothes. "They'll arrest me for sure! I don't suppose you have anything?"
"Actually, there's a wardrobe in the TARDIS, it should have clothes for this period."
Hermione thanked him and grabbed Xi by the wrist, hauling him behind her insisting that he show her the way around the TARDIS. Xi looked back at the Doctor with an expression that clearly said help me. The Doctor returned it with one that said she's your friend.
"I'll be-" The Doctor pointed over his shoulder with his thumb, towards the canal. Xi just waved him off. Fifteen minutes later Xi and Hermione emerged from the TARDIS, Hermione in full 18th century garb.
"This is absolutely amazing!" She exclaimed, once they got swept up in the crown going over the bridge. The people, the sights, the smells, it was all new and amazing. "I've time travelled before, but it wasn't to this extent. Maybe a couple of hours back. Anything longer is supposed to be considered impossible." Xi gave a noncommittal sound.
"Where do you want to go first?"
"Where can we go?"
Xi shrugged, "I can only tell you where and when we are. It's the Doctor's forte to know where all the excitement is. I can tell you though that we can go anywhere. I nicked the Doctor's psychic paper." He pulled out a flat black wallet and wiggled it between his thumb and index finger.
"Let's just say that it's a universal VIP ticket. So milady, would you accompany me for a stroll?" Xi extended his arm to Hermione.
"Of course, my good sir." She replied taking it.
They wandered the streets and canals staying within close range of the TARDIS, looking at various things along the way. Xi stopped in his tracks not far from where they had just stopped to look over a bridge.
"Do you hear that?"
"Hear what?" Hermione inquired. Xi frowned. At first Hermione couldn't hear anything over the hustle and bustle of people and the gentle slapping of water. Then she heard it, someone was playing the same melody over and over again, as if trying to figure out where they wanted to go with it. Xi grinned. She raised an eyebrow.
"You know what it is, don't you?"
"You want to check it out?"
"Of course!" Xi led the way, weaving in and out of people at breakneck speed. Hermione was having a hard time keeping up even though Xi had a hold on her hand. It wasn't long before they came to a halt in front of a slightly unkempt building. The music was louder and was drifting out of one of the open windows. They open the door and went up the stairs following the music.
They knocked on the door at the top of the stairs and a familiar voice chirped, "I got it!" The door flew open and the Doctor stood in the door way.
"Xi! There you are. I was wondering where you and Hermione had gotten off to." He ushered them into the flat. "I want you to meet Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart and young Ludwig van Beethoven. Mozart, Ludwig; Xi and Hermione."
Xi shook hands with the two gentlemen and in turn the two men laid a kiss on Hermione's hand as she held her hand out.
"It is wonderful meeting you. Were you the one we could hear playing down by the canals?" Hermione asked.
"It certain was, my dear lady. Did you enjoy what you heard?" Mozart asked.
"I did, but was there a reason why you kept repeating a certain section?"
"That is the question isn't it. My friend, The Doctor, inquired the same and Ludwig and I are at a loss. It was such a beautiful piece. Hopefully, you can figure it out."
Both Xi and Hermione looked at the Doctor who looked intrigued at the idea.
"I don't see why we can't take a look." The Doctor finally said. "I have a couple ideas already. Do you mind?" He asked pointing to the harpsichord.
"Not at all."
The Doctor quickly fiddled away with the harpsichord, his fingers flying over the keys. The eyes of both musicians widened as they watched their new found friend play. To their surprise however the piece just stopped in the middle and surprise was apparent on the Doctor's face. He tried replaying the same section again and once again it stopped. The keys were still being pressed and upon further inspection the pins were hitting the strings but no sound was coming out. They watched the strings vibrate as no sound came out. It was really a wonder of physics.
"So what is the diagnosis, Doctor?"
"Welllllll, it's not your harpsichord. That's for sure." He pulled out his sonic screwdriver and ran it over the instrument. "Definitely not your harpsichord."
"What's that?" Ludwig asked, eyeing the silver rod in the Doctor's hand.
"It's a screwdriver." Ludwig made a disbelieving face, but let it slide. "Now, I have a couple ideas as to what this could be."
There was silence.
"And your ideas are?" Mozart pushed.
The Doctor blinked owlishly at him. "Xi. What are they?"
Xi frowned. "Audions, Vibrimenies, Sonares, Clamorers, and …the…. Waveewavee, I think."
"Good, you just missed the Strvarians. Now have you noticed anything else unusual?"
"There was that problem in the concert hall." Mozart supplied.
Both Time Lords looked at each other.
"Come on Hermione!" The Doctor called as he and Xi ran out of the flat. The two composers looked at the left behind human companion. She just shrugged.
"When in doubt…..follow."
The five of them found themselves on the stage of the concert hall. Hermione looked around in awe.
"She's a beauty isn't she?" Mozart said coming up behind her.
"Yeah." They stood there admiring the work of art as behind them The Doctor, Xi and Ludwig were arguing with the Hall owner. The sound of their voices carried through the whole hall and Hermione would swear she could almost see it. In a huff, The Doctor came over to her and Mozart, Xi and Ludwig following not far behind, having a conversation of their own.
"Well," The Doctor started, "We have an hour. Better start looking."
"If I could so boldly ask, what exactly are we looking for?" Ludwig asked.
"Anything that doesn't make sense!" The Doctor called from the other side of the stage, before jumping off and running through the audience, leaving this four companions standing on the stage.
"We should get started." Xi encouraged and the others agreed. They split up.
Carefully, Hermione approached the apron, adjusted her skirts and sat down on the edge. She reflected in the beauty of the place, the time, she was in. It was magical and reminded her of the musical 'Phantom of the Opera'
She watched as the four men ran around looking for anything unusual, well, none of them really looked like they were looking too hard. Ludwig and Mozart were wondering around and peeking behind curtains with confused looks on their faces. Xi and The Doctor were up in the boxes trying to sonic each other. She chuckled at their childish antics and the fact that they were getting absolutely nothing productive done. She signed and jumped off the apron, landing gracefully in the orchestra pit below.
Now where did those two composers go off to?
A flash of movement caught her attention. Ludwig and Mozart were both jumping up and down, waving their arms trying to catch her attention.
"What's going on?" she called but, but they didn't seem to hear her. She went over to them and Ludwig stepped forward.
"I think I found it." He said, grinning triumphantly. "Listen." He began singing a simple arpeggio. As he stepped backwards the sound was cut off but his lips were still moving and when he stepped forward again his voice rang loud and true a couple of notes higher along the scale. "See!"
"No, no, no, no, no, no. Stop! Don't do that!" The Doctor came running, from the balcony on the opposite side of the concert hall that Hermione last saw him. She was about to ask how he did that before she realized she didn't want to know.
Ludwig frowned as The Doctor pulled him and Mozart away from the silenced area and behind him. The grim expression on his face scared them.
"Doctor, what's wrong, what is it?" Hermione asked.
"We need to get out of here. It shouldn't be here. I got rid of it."
"Got rid of what, Doctor?"
The three humans looked at him.
"It's a weapon, a silence, the end of all things." He rubbed his face with his hands, "Somebody must have listened to that tape." He looked around. "Where's Xi?"
Everyone looked around for the young Time Lord.
"XI!" The Doctor called out, running to the edge of the stage. "XI!"
The only response was silence. Absolute silence. The Hush was on the move.