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The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith
"What now?" Rani asked, desperation obvious in her voice as we all took in the Doctor's absence; it actually took me a moment to realise that the younger girl had directed the question to me.
"I- wait, you're asking me what to do?" I said, looking at her incredulously.
"Well, you do travel with him-" she began.
"I've only been with him for a few weeks; that doesn't mean I know more than you about this mess!" I protested, looking indignantly back at Rani; I liked the idea of being more independent with the Doctor than I'd been with the Cullens, but that didn't mean I was ready to have everyone else depending on me to get them out of trouble, and definitely not out of something like this!
"We'll… he'll come back for us, won't he?" Clyde said, looking anxiously over at me.
"If he can," I said, taking a deep breath to calm myself down, not wanting to voice the possibility that he wouldn't be able to do so- we already all knew that it was a possibility- as I glanced over at Luke. "You stay here while we check with K9; we need to see if we have any other options."
It wasn't much of a plan, but it was all we had at the moment…
"Hold on…" Clyde said, after we'd run out to the lobby to check on K9, the robot dog still waiting there for the rest of us. "The Doctor said the power of the TARDIS could fight the Trickster; something energy…"
"Artron energy," K9 said in confirmation. "Residue of TARDIS engines; known to be highly inimical to certain time-sensitive life forms."
"Yeah, but we don't have the TARDIS right now-?" I began, before blue energy suddenly crackled around Clyde's hands.
"What's that?" Rani said, looking at Clyde in shock as he stared at his hands.
"Artron energy, Mistress Rani," K9 said.
"And I got a shot of it," Clyde said, looking up at us in realisation; evidently his contact with the TARDIS had done more than just knock him for a temporary loop.
"Then we can fight him," Rani said, her tone reflecting my own eagerness at this turn of events; after being off-guard for so long, we finally had a shot at turning this around…
"No," Clyde said, holding up his still-crackling hand as he looked at us. "I can fight him… I can get close to the Trickster with this."
"What?" I said incredulously; Clyde was talking about fighting a god here…
"Clyde, you can't!" Rani said, a hint of fear in her voice even if anger was the dominant emotion. "You don't know what you're doing!"
"When has that ever stopped us?" Clyde said. "It's what Sarah Jane would do; it's what the Doctor taught her. I've got no choice!"
I wished that I could contradict what Clyde was saying- it just didn't feel right to let someone younger than me go up against a virtual god, even if I hadn't had much experience at dealing with this kind of thing-, but given the situation in front of us, we didn't exactly have a lot of options if we were going to get out of this mess.
"Please don't do this!" Rani said, even as Clyde opened the hotel door onto the white void before us.
"Trickster!" he yelled, the dark-clad figure appearing in the void some distance from us.
"Clyde Langer!" the Trickster replied mockingly. "Why do you call me?"
"I wish to serve you," Clyde said, as he advanced out into the void, quickly reaching the point where Rani, K9, Luke and I could only watch as he advanced towards the Trickster, the entity's black-clad form standing out against the white void more intently than Clyde's grey suit as they approached each other. As we watched, Clyde drew closer to the Trickster until he finally grabbed the entity's hand, creating a sudden surge of blue energy around them as they both screamed in pain, simultaneously causing everything around us to shake as though we were caught in an earthquake.
"What's going on?" Rani said, looking at me in confusion.
"I don't know!" I said, taking a hold of the nearby desk to try and keep myself upright, Rani and Luke grabbing various other objects in the lobby while K9 moved around in circles out of a lack of anything else to do. "I think… I think Clyde's attack is throwing the Trickster off!"
"OK, but does that help us?" Luke asked.
I was about to reply that I had no idea when suddenly, everything blurred around me with even greater intensity, as though we were suddenly all being dragged somewhere by a mass of vampires, and suddenly the shaking stopped, leaving no sign of Clyde or the Trickster.
"Oh no…" I said, looking at where Clyde had been standing in horror.
I still didn't know what had just happened, but that couldn't be good…
"Where is he?" Rani said, looking between the three of us. "What just happened?"
"Temporal displacement detected," K9 said, ears wiggling as he looked at us. "Master Clyde and the Trickster have been relocated."
"He's moved in time?" I said, before a new thought occurred to me. "As in… has he moved to Sarah's second?"
"Insufficient data to confirm that statement, Mistress Bella, but probability is likely," K9 said.
"Ah," I said, thinking about that for a moment before I shrugged. "Well, that's something…"
"OK, but even if he's moved to Sarah Jane's second, how does that help us?" Rani said, looking pointedly at me.
I was about to say something in response- what I'd say I wasn't sure, but I was going to try and volunteer something else for us to do-, but the need for me to contribute suggestions became irrelevant when I started to hear voices in the room where the reception was being held at the same time as the TARDIS started to materialise, the Doctor practically bursting out of the ship as it returned to existence.
"He did it!" the Time Lord said, grinning around at us. "Clyde broke through to Sarah's second and the deal's over!"
"How do you know?" I asked.
"Because I'm back!" the Doctor said, before his face fell as he realised something. "Which means…"
Without taking the time to explain, the Doctor opened the doors to the reception area to reveal the woman previously identified as Sarah Jane Smith kneeling on the floor, an unconscious Clyde in her lap, and no sign of the groom she'd been about to marry. For a moment, I wondered what had happened, but then I remembered what Sarah's friends had told me about the Trickster's usual methods of offering people deals and the Doctor's talk about the groom's role in the Trickster's plan.
It might just be a guess, but I had a feeling that the groom had been the subject of a deal with the Trickster that he'd just ended…
"You did it," the Doctor said as he moved to place comforting hands on Sarah's shoulders while the rest of us gathered around her and Clyde, his tone reassuring despite his obvious sympathy. "You did it; the trap's broken. Time's moving forward again; we're going home."
It was almost strange how quickly I thought of my room in the TARDIS with that statement- the small library I'd accumulated, the clothes I'd picked out from the wardrobe, the desk I used when I wanted to write or look up something in the ship's archives-, but what really struck me as strange was how it wasn't strange to think of that incredible ship as my home; as the world flared up around us, I was eager to see the ship again…
Then the light faded and I was standing in the room with the reception once more, apparently in the same place I'd been in when the Trickster had originally appeared, with all the previously-vanished guests returned to their seats; the only difference between now and when the Trickster had appeared was that the groom and the Doctor were gone.
I barely registered the person who'd been officiating the wedding automatically reciting the line about anyone with just cause about why this wedding shouldn't be allowed before she realised that the groom had vanished, but after Sarah had walked past me, all I could do was slump down into the nearest empty seat towards the back, trying to process what had just happened.
The Doctor had left me behind…
The next hour or so was mostly a blur; with Sarah having left the hotel, it was left to Luke, Clyde and Rani to provide some kind of cover story for the guests- something about Peter having to run off due to a medical issue of some sort; they were apparently trusting that everyone would be so confused that they would be willing to accept even an implausible explanation over the 'impossible' idea that a god-like entity had done it-, but I came back to myself when I felt a hand on my shoulder and looked up to see a darker-skinned woman in a brilliant blue dress looking curiously at me.
"Are you all right, sweetheart?" she said, a sympathetic, gentle tone to her voice that made me think briefly of Esme. "Rani told me you're a friend of Sarah Jane's?"
"More like a… friend of a friend, really," I said, awkwardly shrugging at the older woman as I stood up, looking uncertainly at her; from what I'd seen earlier as my three allies explained things to everyone, I was fairly sure this was Rani's mother, but I wasn't going to swear to it as she could just be a close relative. "Actually, could you… take me to her? I just… well, I'm not trying to impose, but I think there's… well, she might need help…"
"After what just happened?" the woman said, looking at me with a warm smile. "Well, I'm sure Sarah Jane wouldn't say no to some more help; I'd offer myself, but really my daughter's closer to her than I am…"
"That'd… be great, thanks," I said, smiling thankfully at the older woman as she led me out to her car, with an older man that I guessed was her husband. To my relief, they seemed to recognise that I didn't want to talk- or at least, the man seemed to recognise I wasn't interested; the woman started out with a brief series of questions before her husband suggested that she give me time to think-, allowing me to sit in silence in the back seat, scanning my surroundings as we drove back to Sarah Jane Smith's house on Bannerman Road. It all seemed so strange to see the subtle differences between this now and my now- I was fairly sure I'd heard a date for the present that was in my personal future if I'd just stayed in Forks, but it was hard to be sure…
I was relieved when the car came to a stop outside a house that the woman identified as Sarah's; at least I didn't have to worry about what to do for the immediate future, or thnking about what the date was. Briefly thanking them for the lift, I walked into the house and headed up to the attic, only to feel suddenly awkward as I saw Sarah Jane sitting in front of a large thing that I assumed was a computer of some sort coming out of one wall, dressed in a turquoise sweater, a long dark coat and jeans as opposed to her earlier dress, with Luke, Clyde and Rani gathered around her; this seemed like a more private thing…
"Bella!" Clyde said, smiling at me as I walked in before his expression fell, clearly remembering that the reasons why I was here weren't exactly positive ones.
"Mmm?" the older woman said, looking up from her silence to take in my presence.
"Hello," I said, looking slightly awkwardly at the Doctor's former companion- it sounded better than 'old' companion, anyway- after exchanging smiles with the others; whatever I'd thought earlier, I was definitely committed to talking to her now. "I'm… I'm Bella Swan; I came here with-"
"With the Doctor," Sarah finished for me, getting up and giving me a brief hug before she stepped back to look at me with a warm smile. "Thank you."
"I didn't do much…" I said, looking awkwardly at her.
"And if we're talking about that, why did he just leave like that?" Luke said, looking curiously at his mother.
"Sudden disappearing acts," Sarah said with a tearful smile as she looked over at her son. "That's him all over."
I was about to ask what she meant by that- was she seriously implying that the Doctor would just leave me like this?-, before another voice spoke, apparently coming from the large computer-like device behind her. "Sarah Jane, escalation of temporal flux."
"Temporal flux escalating," K9 added, apparently not wanting to be outdone by the computer, just as the familiar sound of the TARDIS's materialisation filled the attic. Grinning broadly, I turned to look at the source of the sound as the blue box appeared at last, before the door opened and the Doctor emerged.
"What do you take me for, Sarah?" the Doctor said, his tone very casual. "Just thought I'd take the quick way- oh, I like it in here…"
"You're back…" I said, smiling warmly at the Time Lord as he looked at me, his expression momentarily apologetic before assuming his usual grin.
"Of course I came back," my friend said, grinning reassuringly at me. "Just got sent back to the TARDIS when time snapped back to normal- whole thing with you being more at home where you were than I am for various temporal reasons that can't really be explained in English-, and it took me a while to get the right coordinates-"
I didn't even care about the full explanation as I ran forward to enthusiastically hug the Doctor; all that mattered was that he was back- he hadn't left me behind on purpose-, and I was home again…
"Can we have a look?" Rani asked, the three younger people looking eagerly at the Doctor as I stepped away from him.
"What, in the TARDIS?" the Doctor said, Rani nodding in excitement. "My TARDIS?"
I was briefly concerned at the hostility in the Doctor's voice; had something happened to him…?
"'Course you can, yeah," the Doctor said, his tone returning to normal as he stepped aside to allow the others into the ship.
As I led my three new friends into my new home, I smiled slightly as I watched their awe at what was around us; I might have adjusted to the TARDIS's seemingly impossible interior with experience and time, but that didn't mean I didn't understand why it was so amazing to them now.
"Oh, wow!" Clyde said, staring up at the central console. "It really is, isn't it? It's bigger on the inside."
"It's beautiful!" Rani said, leaning on the seat as she looked at it.
"Transcendental dimensions," Luke said, smiling slightly at her.
"Don't over-analyse, Luke," I said, grinning over at the boy as I leaned against one of the pillars, even taking the opportunity to give it a brief hug when nobody was looking; after nearly losing the ship, I was just glad to be home once again. "Just enjoy it."
"And don't touch anything!" Sarah said as she walked in after the children as Clyde reached out for the console, before looking at the Doctor with a soft smile. "You came all that way… for me?"
"You're so important," the Doctor said nonchalantly, his hands in his pockets as he looked at her. "Not just to me. Trickster wanted to end your story, but it goes on! The things you've done, Sarah, they're pretty impressive, but oh, the things you're going to do…"
"The future…" Luke said, looking curiously at the Doctor. "How about… we could go for a ride?"
"Or back!" Clyde said. "To the dinosaurs, yeah?"
"Or another planet?" Rani asked.
"No way!" Sarah said firmly. "For one thing, you are grounded by the Judoon, and your parents would never forgive me. Go on!"
As the other three left the TARDIS, Sarah looked thoughtfully around the console room before she turned her attention to me.
"So," she said, smiling warmly at me in a manner that put me in mind of a strange combination of Esme and Alice (If I had to define it, it put me in mind of how an aunt might smile at me, if my parents had ever had any siblings). "You're… Bella Swan, right?"
"Yeah," I said, smiling back at her and holding out my hand. "Uh… I know we did this earlier, but… nice to meet you?"
"Good to meet you too," Sarah Jane said, smiling back at me before she looked over at the Doctor curiously. "Where did you meet her?"
"Forks, Washington," the Doctor clarified with a smile. "I was feeling lonely and taking a walk, Bella was in the area and needed to get away from it all for a while…"
He shrugged. "It seemed like a good match."
"And I've enjoyed every minute of it," I said, grinning over at the Doctor (My time in the Dalek mines of Arkheon might not have been exactly fun, but everything else had at least been interesting, even if some things had been more dangerous than others).
"That's good," Sarah said, before she looked uncertainly at the Doctor. "Is this the last time I'm ever going to see you?"
"I don't know," the Doctor said, as he sat on the edge of the console with a thoughtful expression. "I hope not."
"Bye, Doctor," Sarah said, smiling at him with a more hopeful expression. "Until the next time."
She looked over at me. "Take care of him; he sometimes forgets why he needs us."
"I will," I said, feeling the weight of those words even if I didn't get their meaning; what could the Doctor need me for…?
"Don't forget me, Sarah Jane," the Doctor said, as she began to walk towards the door
"No one's ever going to forget you," Sarah said, turning around to smile warmly at the Doctor.
With that, she turned and walked out of the TARDIS, leaving the Doctor to close the doors and set the ship in motion.
"So…" I said, looking awkwardly at the Doctor for a moment before I spoke again. "That was Sarah Jane Smith?"
"Yep," the Doctor confirmed with a grin. "One of my longest-running human companions; the things we saw together…"
"Like what?" I asked, suddenly curious; the Doctor had mentioned some of the alien races he'd encountered most regularly in his travels, but there had to be some he didn't meet that often…
"Well," the Doctor said, as he looked thoughtfully at the console, "just let me set the controls properly, and I'll tell you all about it…"
My contact with Sarah Jane might have been brief, but I already had a feeling that it was going to be very interesting to learn more about her.
AN: Hope everyone liked that; it was a bit short, I know, but after the next one-shot in this series, I have plans for two rather interesting trips for the Doctor and Bella Swan that will be more than a bit longer…