Last of the Time Lords (Part 2)
Martha smiled as she sat on a staircase in one of the Master's slave houses, surrounded by people hanging on her every word as she told them a story of the most remarkable man she'd ever met.
"I travelled across the world," she began, "From the ruins of New York, to the fusion mills of China, right across the radiation pits of Europe. And everywhere I went, I saw people just like you, living as slaves. But if Martha Jones became a legend, then that's wrong because my name isn't important. And neither is Evy, the woman who can talk the Master out of his horrible plans. She's real, she's not a myth, but we're not important. There's someone else. The man who Evy fights to protect. The man who sent me out there. The man who told me to walk the Earth. His name is the Doctor. He has saved your lives so many times, and you never even knew he was there. He never stops. He never stays. He never asks to be thanked. But I've seen him. I know him. And I know what he can do…"
"It's him!" a woman shouted suddenly, pushing her way in from the door, "It's him! Oh my God, it's him! It's the Master! He's here!"
Martha moved to stand, ready to confront him, but was held back.
"But he never comes to Earth!" a boy commented, "He never walks upon the ground!"
"Hide her!" the woman called to the rest around Martha.
"Use this!" Tom tossed over a jacket to cover her before he ran to the door, squatting by the mail slot with his gun cocked.
"He walks among us, our lord and master," the boy breathed.
"Martha!" the Master began to call, "Martha Jo-hones," his voice went high, "I can see you!" before it went normal again, "Out you come, little girl. Come and meet your master. Anybody? Nobody? No? Nothing?" there was silence for a moment before he uttered the words that would make Martha fear, "And Evy was so looking forward to seeing you again!"
Martha's eyes widened, "Evy?" she breathed.
"Alas," the Master continued, "It seems she has served out her usefulness then. Positions!"
There was the sound of guns cocking and then another voice began to shout, "Martha don't do it!"
"Evy!" Martha sat up, pushing the coat off her. The people around the house looked stunned, they'd assumed the Evy woman was a myth and even with Martha claiming she was not, they now had proof the woman existed.
"Don't listen to him!" Evy shouted again, "Whatever you do, don't lis…"
There was a muffled noise as Evy's mouth was covered by the Master's hand, "I'll give the order unless you surrender," he shouted, "Ask yourself…" Martha could hear the smirk in his voice with his next words, "What would the Doctor do to save this special girl?"
Martha gasped as she realized the Master knew about Evy's Link with the Doctor. He was willing to kill Evy just to get to the Doctor.
She looked down at the TARDIS key around her neck and moved to take it off. Evy had once risked her life to save Martha's from the Family. She would willingly and gladly do the same to save her from the Master. She couldn't let the Doctor's Link die, not without him knowing the truth.
She got up slowly and moved to the door. She reached out and lowered Tom's hand holding the gun before smiling at everyone and walking outside. She tried to keep from flinching at the sight of the Master standing behind Evy who was kneeling on the ground, her hands cuffed behind her as the Master held a hand over her mouth.
"Oh, yes!" he grinned, removing his hand from Evy to clap, "Oh, very well done! Good girl! He trained you well."
"Martha go back!" Evy shouted as Martha continued to walk down the street.
A guard reached out and backhanded her, sending her to the ground. He only remained standing for one more second before the Master turned the laser screwdriver on him, killing him. He wasn't really going to let the men kill her, he knew Martha would come running.
Martha stopped walking for a moment at the sight of the Master glaring at the man's body. It wasn't the actual glare, it was the protectiveness in his eyes that startled her.
"Bag," the Master turned back to her, "Give me the bag. No, stay there. Just throw it," she took off the pack and threw it onto the ground before him as he fired the laser at it, destroying everything, "And now, good companion, your work is done."
He held out the laser at her as Evy shouted "No!"
But there was another voice shouting the same thing from behind them.
Martha turned just in time to see Tom running towards her, gun aimed at the Master, before he too fell to the ground, struck by the laser.
The Master laughed before aiming his laser at Martha again.
"Don't!" Evy shouted, "Don't you dare kill her in front of me!"
The Master raised an eyebrow in thought at her words before smirking, "Yes…the Doctor should be witness, hmm?" he inhaled deeply, lowering his laser, "Almost dawn, Martha. And planet Earth marches to war."
He nodded towards one of the guards who went forward and grabbed her.
"Citizens of Earth, rejoice and observe," the Master's voice said over the loudspeaker as Martha and Evy were brought to the bridge of the Valiant.
The Master had a grip on Evy's now unbound arm and was leading her in as two guards followed behind, Martha between them. The Joneses were off to the side of the room, guards near them, as was Jack on the other side of the room. The Doctor's cage had been moved to the side of the steps while Lucy watched from atop.
The Master shoved Evy away and she stumbled, before straightening herself out and walking to stand next to the Doctor. Martha was led to the middle of the room as the Master walked up the steps.
"Your teleport device," he demanded, turning around, "In case your thought I'd forgotten," Martha reached into her pocket and pulled out the Manipulator, tossing it to him, "And now…kneel," he watched in satisfaction as she did so, "Down below the fleet is ready to launch. 200,000 ships set to burn across the Universe," he walked over to the comm. link, "Are we ready?"
"The fleet awaits your signal," a man replied, "Rejoice!"
"Three minutes to align the black hole converters," he turned and flicked on a clock on the wall to count down the seconds, "Counting down! I never could resist a ticking clock. My children, are you ready?"
"We will fly and blaze and slice!" came the cry of the millions of spheres hovering over the Earth, "We will fly and blaze and slice!"
"At zero, to mark this day, the child, Martha Jones, will die," the Master announced, "Ha, my first blood. Ha, any last words? No?" he looked over at Evy who was glaring at him from beside the Doctor. He smirked at the shriveled alien, "Such a disappointment, this one. Days of old, Doctor, you had companions who could absorb the Time Vortex. This one's useless!" he turned back to Martha, "Bow your head. And so it falls to me, the Master of all, to establish from this day, a new order of Time Lords! From this day forward…" Martha laughed, "What? What's so funny?"
"A gun?" Evy called from the side, he turned to see Evy smiling now.
"What about it?"
"A gun in four parts?" Martha raised an eyebrow.
"Yes, and I destroyed it."
"A gun, in four parts, scattered across the world? I mean, come on. Did you really believe that?"
"What do you mean?" he took a step back.
"As if I would ask her to kill," the Doctor smiled, leaning forward in the bars.
"Oh, well, it doesn't matter. I've got her exactly where I want her."
"But I knew what Professor Docherty would do," Martha explained, "The Resistance knew about her son. I told her about the gun, so she'd get me here. At the right time."
"Oh, but you're still gonna die!"
"Don't you wanna know what I was doing? Travelling the world?"
"I told a story, that's all. No weapons, just words. I did just what the Doctor said. I went across the continents all on my own. And everywhere I went, I found the people, and I told them my story. I told them about the Doctor. And I told them to pass it on, to spread the word so that everyone would know about the Doctor."
"Faith and hope?" the Master laughed, "Is that all?"
"No, 'cos I gave them an instruction," she stood, "Just as the Doctor said. I told them that if everyone thinks of one word, at one specific time…"
"Nothing will happen!" he insisted, "Is that your weapon? Prayer?"
"Right across the world," Evy smiled proudly at her friend, "One word, one thought, one moment…with 15 satellites!"
"What?" his eyes widened.
"The Archangel Network."
"A telepathic field binding the whole human race together, with all of them, every single person on Earth, thinking the same thing at the same time," Martha laughed, "And that word…is Doctor."
The countdown reached zero just as a glowing field surrounded the Doctor. Evy smiled more and took a few steps away as the glow around the Doctor began to grow and expand.
"Stop it!" the Master yelled, "No, no, no, no you don't!"
"Doctor," Jack whispered, closing his eyes to focus.
"Doctor," Mrs. Jones followed suit.
"Don…" the Master looked around in horror as various security screens showed crowds of people across the world gathering outside, all chanting Doctor, "Stop this right now! Stop it!"
"Doctor," Lucy added.
"Doctor," Jack chanted.
"Doctor," Martha said.
The energy field expanded, breaking the cage, transforming the Doctor from the shriveled alien to an old man, reversing the process.
"I've had a whole year to tune myself into the psychic network and integrate with its matrices," the Doctor explained.
"I order you to stop!" the Master demanded as more and more people began to chant Doctor all over the world.
Evy smiled, glancing right at her brother before shutting her eyes, "Doctor."
The field around the Doctor swelled at the addition of Evy's thoughts. She'd been able to tap into the Archangel Network's psychic network as well, her mind amplifying the rest as the Doctor returned to his normal self.
"The one thing you can't do," the Doctor continued, "Stop them thinking," Martha and Jack laughed while the Master looked shocked. Using the telepathic field, the Doctor began to levitate, "Tell me the human race is degenerate now when they can do this."
Martha ran to her family, hugging her mother and sister.
"No!" the Master shouted, firing his laser at the Doctor, but the field deflected it.
"I'm sorry," the Doctor shook his head at the Master, "I'm so sorry."
"Then I'll kill them!" he turned his laser at Martha and her family, about to fire, when it suddenly flung out of his hand and landed on the floor across the room. He looked up, shocked, to see Evy, behind the Doctor, now with a small drop of blood leaking from her nose, unknown to the Doctor who was focused on the Master.
Jack, seeing the blood on Evy's face, made his way over to her, wiping it gently off her with his sleeve.
"You can't do that!" the Master shouted, staring at Evy in horror, realizing what had just happened. He panicked, finding himself unarmed, as he turned to the Doctor, "You can't do…it's not fair!"
"And you know what happens now," the Doctor finished.
"No!" he backed away as the Doctor floated over to him, "No!" he fell to the ground, cowering, "No! No!"
"You wouldn't listen…"
"Because you know what I'm going to say."
"No!" he curled into a fetal position against the wall, trying to keep the Doctor away. Evy looked on sadly at the sight of her brother reduced to that.
The Doctor gently landed on the ground, the field diminishing as he walked over to the Master and knelt at his side, wrapping him in his arms, "I forgive you."
"My children!" the Master called suddenly, "Protect the paradox!"
The call of the spheres came across the audio, "Protect the paradox! Protect the paradox!"
"The paradox machine!" Evy turned to Jack.
"You men!" Jack called to the guards before rushing out of the room, "With me!"
The Master pulled out the Manipulator and activated it just as the Doctor grabbed him, both of them disappearing.
"No!" Evy shouted, jolting forwards, but she was too late. She quickly ran to the controls, scrunching her eyes shut as she homed in on the Doctor, punching in some coordinates and they appeared on the visual screen, materializing on a rocky cliff.
"Now it ends, Doctor," the Master called, spreading his arms as thunder rolled in the background, "Now it ends."
Alarms began to sound at the shipyard near them.
"We've all 6 billion spheres heading straight for us!" Martha called, rushing up to Evy.
"Come on Doctor," Evy muttered, hoping he'd be able to talk the Master down before she would have to find a way to lock the Valiant's weapons on the Toclafane.
"We've got control of the Valiant," the Doctor said to the Master on the screen, "You can't launch."
"Oh, but I've got this," the Master held up a device.
"No!" Evy gasped, her eyes widening as she saw it.
"What?" Martha asked, "What is it?"
"Black hole converter," she breathed. Not good.
"One inside every ship," the Master explained, "If I can't have this world, Doctor, then neither can you. We shall stand upon this Earth, together, as it burns!"
Martha gasped as the Toclafane appeared through the window. Evy punched in a command hesitating, not wanting to set the ship to fire, waiting for the Doctor, but he'd best hurry...
"Weapon after weapon after weapon," the Doctor called to the Master, stepping closer to him with each word, "All you do is talk and talk and talk. But over all these years…and all these disasters, I've always had the greatest secret of them all. I know you. Explode those ships, you kill yourself. That's the one thing you can never do," he held out his hand, "Give that to me."
The Master looked down at the device in his hand before looking at the Doctor, "You're wrong…I could do it…" he held up the device, about to press it, when he hesitated, "But I could never kill her."
He slapped the device into the Doctor's shocked hands. He was confused as to what the Master was talking about. Lucy? Her? Had he actually found love?
Just then the ground started to shake as the Valiant jolted. The Doctor and the Master began to fight for control of the Manipulator when the Doctor finally got a hold of it and transported them back to the Valiant which was rocking back and forth, sparking and shaking.
"Jack did it!" Evy shouted over the chaos, rushing to Martha's side, "He destroyed the paradox machine!"
They were thrown back, only to be caught by the Doctor who smiled at them, "Everyone down!" he shouted, "Time is reversing!"
Then they all were thrown to the floor. The Doctor instinctively reached out for Evy, wrapping an arm around her waist to hold her close to him while she grabbed Martha's hand, laughing as they fell face-to-face with her. The Doctor grinned, reaching out another hand to put it over the girl's, all holding on as time rolled back.
It lasted only a minute or two but it was one hell of a ride. As soon as things began to still, Evy and the Doctor were on their feet, checking the controls.
"The paradox is broke," the Doctor confirmed as he looked at the readings.
"We've gone back, one year and one day," Evy added, flipping on a comm. link, "Two minutes past 8:00 in the morning."
"This is UNIT Central," a man came over the comm., "What's happened up there? We just saw the President assassinated!"
"You see?" the Doctor turned to the rest of the people in the room, "Just after the President was killed, but just before the spheres arrived. Everything back to normal. Planet Earth restored. None of it happened. The rockets, the terror. It never was."
"What about the spheres?" Martha frowned.
"Must be back at the end of the Universe," Evy replied with a shrug.
"But I remember it," Mrs. Jones argued.
"We're the eye of the storm, we'll be the only ones who will ever know."
The Doctor nodded before seeing Mr. Jones, "Oh, hello! You must be Mr. Jones! We haven't actually met."
As the Doctor shook his hand, the Master turned and ran…straight into Jack.
"Whoa, big fella!" Jack called, grabbing him, "You don't want to miss the party," he turned to the guard, "Cuffs!" and proceeded to cuff the Master behind his back, "So, what do we do with this one?"
"We kill him," Mr. Jones glared.
"We execute him," Tish stepped up.
"No," Evy shook her head, stepping up, only to slow when she saw Mrs. Jones lifting a gun.
"That's not the solution," the Doctor agreed.
"Oh, I think so," Mrs. Jones said, aiming the gun at the Master as Evy's eyes widened, she slowly crept towards him, holding her hands up so Mrs. Jones wouldn't shoot her as she moved, "'Cos all those…things, they still happened because of him. I saw them."
"Go on!" the Master smirked, "Do it!"
"Stop it," Evy chastised him.
He glanced at her, his smirk fading just a bit as he realized he was basically asking the human to kill him in front of his sister.
"Francine, you're better than him," the Doctor said calmly, reaching out and taking the shaken woman's hand, lowering the gun before pulling her into a hug for a moment till Martha took over.
"You still haven't answered the question," the Master cut in, "What happens to me?"
"You're my responsibility from now on," the Doctor sighed, "The only Time Lord left in existence."
"Yeah, but you can't trust him," Jack said, walking over to the Doctor, not bothering to correct him. Technically the two men were Time Lords, Evy was a Time Lady.
"No," he agreed, "The only safe place for him is the TARDIS."
"You mean you're just gonna…keep me?" the Master frowned.
"Hmm," he nodded, "If that's what I have to do," he looked over at Jack, "It's time to change. Maybe I've been wandering for too long. Now I'll have someone to care for."
A gunshot rang out.
The Doctor spun to see Evy stumble backwards, the Master on the ground where he'd been pushed, and a dazed Lucy with a gun. Jack immediately went to take the gun from her as the Doctor watched Evy sink to her knees on the ground. He was about to run to her when something happened that made him stop dead.
The Master had managed to get his arms around his legs so his hands were in front of him. He skid to Evy's side, catching her as she began to fall backwards, gasping for breath. What startled the Doctor into action were the tears in the Master's eyes as he began shouting for help.
"Please!" the Master called, "Uncuff me! Please!"
The Doctor ignored him, moving to Evy's other side and pulling the sonic out to check on her when suddenly the Master reached out and grabbed it, using it to uncuff himself. The guards started to surge forth but the Master, instead of escaping, just pulled Evy into his arms.
"Regenerate!" he commanded, shaking her, trying to keep her awake, "Regenerate now!"
"She's a human," the Doctor replied quietly, the man must be more insane than he thought, thinking Evy was a Time Lord, "She can't regenerate."
"Are you really that daft?" the Master spat, glaring at the Doctor, "Haven't you noticed how you haven't noticed her?"
The Doctor looked a bit startled at that and glanced down at Evy's gasping body cautiously, "A Perception Filter?" he asked himself, noticing her necklace for the first time, the little hourglass that he still didn't want to look at.
Evy gasped, sorrowfully looking up at the Doctor, "Th-Theta," she whispered, just loud enough for him to hear.
His eyes widened and his shook his head in disbelief, "No…no!" he glared at the Master, "You told her that! You told her!"
A small pressure on his hand made him look down, to see Evy holding it, "I'm…sorry…" she breathed, speaking in a language she couldn't have known, a language the Master couldn't have taught her in the time they'd been on the Valiant.
Her head began to loll.
"Regenerate!" the Master ordered again, speaking the same language as her, "Luna, regenerate!"
"Luna?" the Doctor asked, slipping into Gallifreyan as well. He vaguely recalled that name from Gallifrey. His eyes widened as his gaze snapped up to the Master, Luna had been the name of the man's sister.
Evy/Luna took in a deep breath as the regeneration process began. The Doctor backed away in shock that she truly was regenerating, while the Master tried to stay and hold her despite the violent gusts of her regeneration energy but was ultimately forced back by it.
Moments later, Evy sat bold up right, gasping for breath, completely healed, looking very different. Where she had once been brunette with green eyes she now had black hair and light blue eyes. She was paler than her previous incarnation and seemed just a few inches taller.
"I don't believe it," the Doctor whispered, staring at her in shock and awe.
The Master didn't give her time to reply as he pulled her to him in a bone crunching hug. Evy hugged him back until his stiffening in her arms caused her to pull away. She looked down to see blood seeping though the front of his clothes.
He slumped into her arms as she looked up to see Mr. Jones with a gun of his own in his hands, "I told you I'd do it," he said to his wife, before dropping the gun. It didn't matter what touching moment had just transpired, the man was a monster. One act of mercy could not make up for all the evil he'd done to them and the Earth.
Evy was horrified, staring down at her brother now dying in her arms, such a role reversal. The Doctor moved to his other side, "Terrin," she whispered, tears forming, "Regenerate."
He smiled up at her and shook his head, "No."
She shook her head as well, shaking him, "No! Regenerate! Regenerate! I regenerated, now you have to too!"
"I won't. I won't be his prisoner."
"But you'll be with me," she whispered brokenly, "Please, Rin…just regenerate."
He reached up and she took his hand, "I don't want you to see me imprisoned," he whispered back, returning to English, "I don't want you to hate me. I can't live with that."
"I don't hate you," she replied honestly, no matter what he did, "I never could."
"One day," he nodded, his head drooping slightly, "One day you will…I'm sorry little sister…"
Realizing he was serious and not about to regenerate she scooped him up and pressed him to her chest as she rocked him, wanting to give him as much comfort as she could. No matter what, he was still her brother, she couldn't let him die alone.
"What do you know," he whispered weakly, "It's not a drum…it's a heart…"
And then he was gone.
Evy broke down, sobbing into her brother's hair as the Doctor simply put a hand on her shoulder.
They decided to burn the body. After seeing how Evy reacted, realizing he'd just shot her brother, Mr. Jones wished to attend the funeral, he hadn't known that the man had been her family, not that it would have made a difference in swaying his hand to not shoot. He still felt the need to at least pay his respects to the brother of a girl who had kept his family alive and saved pieces of the Earth from destruction. His family had come as well, Jack was there too and the Doctor. Lucy was nowhere to be found.
As the Doctor lit the pyre and stood back, Evy took a step up, staring at the flames before singing a soft song in Gallifreyan. It was a song of mourning, the Doctor explained to the small group as she finished. Everyone had tears in their eyes from the song and the sorrowful way it was sung even if they couldn't understand a word of it.
The Doctor, Martha, Jack, and Evy were standing at the rails of a building in Cardiff just overlooking the bay, Evy still in her last incarnation's clothes having not gotten a chance or the will to change yet. Jack had an arm around Evy who was staring at the people, unseeing, sad. The Doctor had yet to speak a word to her. She couldn't hear his thoughts either, he was blocking them from her, his mental barriers up to the strongest they coudl go, blocking even the Link which hurt her a great deal. It was one thing to hide his thoughts like that because he didn't want the Master to accidently hear something, it was another to block them just because it was her.
"Time was, every single one of these people knew your name," Martha commented to the Doctor, "Now they've all forgotten you."
"Good," the Doctor nodded.
"Back to work," Jack said, stepping away from a private conversation with Evy. He'd basically just offered her a spot in Torchwood if things didn't work out with the Doctor. Ianto missed her, the others did too.
"I really don't mind, though," the Doctor cut in, "Come with me."
"I had plenty of time to think that past year, the Year-That-Never-Was," Jack shook his head, "And I kept thinking about that team of mine. They're my responsibility."
"Defending the Earth. Can't argue with that," he held out his hand to shake Jack's but grabbed it, twisting it to expose his Manipulator before pulling out the sonic.
"Hey, I need that!" Jack complained.
"I can't have you walking around with a time travelling teleport," he flashed it with the sonic, "You could go anywhere, twice. The second time to apologize."
"And what about me? Can you fix that? Will I ever be able to die?"
"Nothing I can do. You're an impossible thing Jack."
He glanced at Evy to see her shaking her head sadly, she couldn't seem to figure out a way to help either despite being one of the inspired. He just laughed as the Doctor's words registered, "Been called that before," he started to leave but turned back to salute them, "Sir. Ma'ams," he began to leave but once again turned back, "But I keep wondering…what about aging? 'Cos I can't die but I keep getting older. The odd little gray hair, you know? What happens if I live for a million years?"
"I really don't know," the Doctor sighed.
"Okay, vanity," he laughed, "Sorry. Yeah, can't help it. Used to be a poster boy when I was a kid back on the Boeshane Pennisula. Tiny little place. I was the first one ever to be signed up for the Time Agency. They were so proud of me. They Face of Boe they called me," the Doctor and Martha looked stunned while Evy just smiled sadly. She had figured it out almost right after meeting Jack, "Hmm, I'll see you."
And then he finally turned and ran off.
"Can't be," Martha shook her head.
"No, definitely not," the Doctor agreed, "No," Martha laughed, "No!" and then he laughed.
Evy just looked on sadly, for the first time unsure of what she could say to the Doctor.
The Doctor had dropped off Martha at her home, waiting outside the TARDIS, watching the family. Evy tried to tell herself that him waiting outside didn't have anything to do with her waiting inside the TARDIS but she just couldn't seem to shake that feeling. She had kept something monumentally important from him, a number of things really, and he was hurt. She was a Time Lady, he wasn't alone, she was Luna, the sister of his once-best friend, she had been able to read his mind the entire time without him knowing, she had lied to him all that time. She was still lying to him, even now, she hadn't told him she was his Link yet. She sighed, heading over to her room, she might as well pack up…that's the way things were looking, she couldn't imagine the Doctor wanting her to stay there after what she'd done.
So lost in her thoughts was she that she didn't even notice the Doctor walk into the TARDIS and watch her walk off.
She didn't have that much to pack so she was done relatively quickly. She walked back to the main control room, stopping at the door at the top of the gantry when she heard Martha and the Doctor talking, saying goodbye as she and Martha had done earlier.
"…got people to look after," Martha was saying, "They saw half the planet slaughtered and they're devastated. I can't leave them."
"Of course not," the Doctor smiled, "Thank you," Evy smiled softly as he reached out and hugged Martha, "Martha Jones, you saved the world."
"Yes, I did," Martha grinned, stepping back, "I spent a lot of time with you and Evy and if there's one thing I learned, I am good," her smile fell a bit, "Are…are you gonna be alright? I mean, I know Evy didn't tell you she was a Time Lady, but believe me, she has some pretty good reasons…even if I don't understand them all."
The Doctor frowned, he'd learned fairly quickly after Evy had regenerated that both Martha and Jack had been aware she was a Time Lady before him. He admitted to himself, he felt more than a little betrayed by that fact. She'd let him think he was alone all this time…
"Always," he managed to smile, "Yeah."
"Right, then," she kissed him on the cheek before tossing him her phone, "Keep that. 'Cos I'm not having you disappear. If that rings, when that rings, you better come running. Got it?"
"Got it," he agreed.
"I'll see you again, mister," she smiled and walked out of the TARDIS.
The Doctor sighed and leaned against the console.
Evy hesitated a moment before taking a breath and walking down to him.
"Doctor?" she called gently, he looked up at her but said nothing. She sighed, walking over to stand before him, "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry for not telling you what I was. But I just…I didn't want you to want me to travel with you just because I was a Time Lady and...no, that's not even the whole thing, but you're angry. I know you are, because I can't hear you and you're doing it because you don't want me to hear you and I know that you only do that when you're angry, not let people know what you're thinking. And I really am sorry, but I just…I…I'm rambling aren't I?" she took a breath to calm down before looking down at her shoes, knowing she wouldn't be able to explain everything to him with her mind being so jumbled, her being so emotional...it seemed this version of herself was quite that, emotional, "I just wanted to say…I understand if you don't want me to stay. Jack's offered me a spot at Torchwood so…I guess…" she trailed, waiting a moment, but he didn't say anything, "I guess I'll just…head out…I'm sorry, again, I just…"
Whatever she was about to say was cut off by what the Doctor did next.
He just reached out and gently pulled her towards him so she was standing almost pressed against him. He hesitated a moment before leaning forward and laying his head on the center of her chest, listening to her twin hearts beating.
To be continued...in...Alone No Longer!
A/N: Just some notes:
Wow, who would have thought, the Master actually cares about someone more than himself. I always wanted to give him a redeeming quality, love for his family. I do have to say though, I mentioned in The Sound of Drums that the Master targeted the Earth because the Doctor loved it, in his mind his sister had died on Gallifrey due to the Doctor's actions and, now that his world was gone, he wanted to tear the Doctor's apart as well, Earth. Evy actually has a fairly large role in why the Doctor and Master are rivals, even if she doesn't know it. But, we'll have to wait for The End of Time to find out what it is :)
I know that here the Doctor knows Evy as Luna, knows the Master's 'true' name, as they know each others, that will definitely be explained more during the introduction of River Song what the tradition with revealing names is.
The song that I picture Evy singing is the Death of Jane Seymour from the Tudors soundtrack, you can youtube it if you haven't heard it. It's just so powerful and I don't understand a word of it so for all I know it could be in Gallifreyan, though it's probably Latin or something :)
The person I picture as being Evy is Caterina Scorsone. More about the outfit Evy will wear will be in Partners in Crime :)
It's been near torturously slow in getting Evy and the Doctor to even begin 'getting together' and I'm have to say, it's not going to happen right off the bat. It'll be only a little less slow in Series 4. BUT! The Doctor knows she's a Time Lady now, can you imagine what will happen? He's gotten to know her as a human, now we'll get to see him get to know her as a Time Lady as she certainly won't be holding back her intelligence or skills as much. They're definitely going to get much closer, in nearly every episode/chapter, feelings will start to develop, especially when he discovers her last secret at the start of Alone No Longer, but which sort of feelings I won't say, and we've got a lot to look forward to with Donna and Jenny and River Song and the return of Rose.
Stick around, I'll be posting TIME CRASH (woo!) as the start of Alone No Longer in about three hours, and then, the start of Voyage of the Damned in three more :)
Final note, I just want to thank all of you who have reviewed, favorited, followed, even just read this series. When I first saw that we'd reached 200 reviews, I'd only hoped that we'd reach 225, and we've surpassed that. Getting that many reviews, as many followers as this story has gotten, averaging 300 visitors per chapter within 24 hours of when it comes out, was a dream and a hope. I just want to say thanks. It means so much to me that you all are enjoying this series and Evy so much :) I can't wait to post Alone No Longer and I hope you like it just as much ^-^