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Myfanwy 2

The Stolen Earth Incident - Chapter Four

The Stolen Earth Incident - Chapter Four
Author: Milady Dragon
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): JackHarkness/Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato/Kathy Swanson, Owen Harper/Diane Holmes, Tenth Doctor/Rose Tyler, Martha Jones/Tom Milligan, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
Warnings: Language, Violence, Angst, Temporary Character Death (It's Jack), Perceived Character Death, Minor Character Death. 
Spoilers: Thru S2, E13, "Fragments" and "Exit Wounds", the audio play "Lost Souls" for Torchwood, S4, E12 and E13, "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End" for Doctor Who.  Slight spoilers for the movie, "Iron Man" 
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better. Don't own Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, either
Author's Note:  Here it is, the Dragon-Verse version of "Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End". 

Summary:  The Earth has been stolen.  There are twenty-six other planets in the sky.  The Daleks are raining death down from the sky.  It's the end of the world.


30 April 2009

London

 

Rose materialised in a residential neighbourhood and into near-complete silence.

It was also dark. 

Doctor Jones had assured her that it had been daylight on her home planet, so this darkness wasn’t normal.

So, she wasn’t at all surprised by the sight of several planets hanging low in the sky, greenish tendrils of gas surrounding them, casting what little light there was over the unnaturally quiet road she was standing on. 

“Well,” she sighed, “it’s only going to get worse.”

This was it.  She felt it in her very bones.  This was where the dimension cannon had pointed, to these very events through the people who were involved.  Rose didn’t have all the answers, but she was certain she could get them as soon as she found the Doctor.

The problem was, the TARDIS was nowhere to be seen.

There was, however, a milkman standing beside his lorry, staring at her as if she was a ghost. 

Of course, he must have seen her transport in.  He’d already been in shock by the sudden appearance of…if she was counting properly, it was twenty-six planets in the sky.  Seeing her appear in a blaze of light probably had already tipped him over the edge.

Still, she needed to know where the Doctor was.

Jones and Coulson had assured her that they’d been able to target the TARDIS and get her to it, and yet it wasn’t to be seen.  Had the planet being suddenly surrounded by new planets knocked the targeting off?  Or had she missed the Doctor somehow?

Rose slung her gun around to her back.  She didn’t want to spook the man more than he was now, and a very visible weapon was sure to do that.  “Hey,” she called out, trying to project calm, “can you tell me if you saw a tall blue box around here?  Probably saying ‘Police’ on it?”

The man’s eyes darted about, like he was trying to figure out a way to escape.  Rose couldn’t let him do that, so she slowed her approach a bit, needing to make him see that she meant him no harm.  She needed to know where the Doctor was, and this man was the only person on the scene.

Making sure her weapon’s carrying strap didn’t slip around and give the man a good enough look at it, Rose held her hands out, trying to appear as harmless as possible.  “Look, I just want to know if you saw a blue Police box in the area today.  It’s really important I find the people who were with it…” 

She needed to find the Doctor.  Whatever the hell was going on, Rose felt it was imperative she discover where he went.  The dimension cannon had pinpointed the TARDIS here, and she cursed herself for having missed it. 

She didn’t know what the planets in the sky were, but they had to be all tied up in what was going on across the dimensions.

The man seemed to be accepting that she wasn’t going to hurt him, despite the fact that she’d appeared out of thin air in front of him.  He bobbed his head, and Rose had to wonder if he was accidentally giving himself whiplash with the sharp, jerking movements.  “It was parked just there.”  He poked his thumb over his shoulder, toward a large tree that was standing on the corner of the road.  “Guy in a suit and a redheaded woman came out of it.”  He choked out a laugh that sounded more than a little hysterical.  “He asked me what bloody day it was…”

Redhead.  That had to have been Donna Noble.  So, she was the Doctor’s current companion, then.  That made far more sense than Rose would have expected.  And only the Doctor would want to know what day it was.

“The man,” she soothed, “you said he was wearing a suit?”

“Yeah.  Suit and a long brown coat.”  The milkman swallowed convulsively.  “They both just stood there.  I went to make my delivery and when I came back, they were gone and the box was still there, but then the ground started shaking…don’t know what happened to the box after that.”  His breath hitched. “Oh Jesus, I need to get home…my wife’ll be going spare…”

She wasn’t going to get anything more out of him, but then Rose was certain he was being honest and hadn’t seen all that much.  “Yeah,” she encouraged.  “Go home.  Stay inside, okay?”

He gave her another of those sharp, painful looking nods.  His mouth moved, as if he was trying to say something, but then he simply darted back into his lorry and, with a grinding of gears, he took off in a cloud of exhaust.

Rose sighed.  She pulled her mobile from her pocket, hoping she’d be able to use it to get through to control.  Jones had assured her it would work across the dimensional barriers after the tinkering he’d done on it.

Coulson answered promptly.  “Did you get to the Doctor?”

“No, he was gone when I arrived.”  Rose began walking down the street.  It was eerie, the houses all dark.  She thought she saw a curtain twitch as she passed, and assumed it was the proverbial nosy neighbour.  “What do we have on our targets?”  Hopefully with the dimensional walls so close to collapsing they’d been able to get more information.  “Especially Donna Noble.”  She was going to be the best chance Rose had to tracking down the Doctor.

“We’ve been able to ascertain that she has family in Chiswick,” Coulson answered.  “A mother and a grandfather.”

“Can you centre the dimension cannon on either of them?”

“It needs time to regenerate.  It’ll be at least thirty minutes before it’s charged again.”

Rose nodded, even though Coulson wouldn’t have been able to see the gesture.  “I’m heading to Chiswick, then.  Something big’s happening here, and we need to find the Doctor as soon as possible.  It appears that Donna’s travelling with him, so maybe her family can get in touch.”

“Good.” Coulson paused.  “Ms Tyler, the dimensional wall is weakening at an accelerated rate.  Doctor Jones estimates it might collapse totally sometime within the next several hours.”

“Understood.”  She made it to the end of the street, now needing to decide which way to go.  “I’ll need directions to get to Donna’s folks.”

“You’ll have them.  Oh, you should know that your mother has been demanding to know where you are.  She and Mr Smith are most likely trying to track you down as we speak.”

Rose wanted to curse, but sighed instead.  She’s expected them to be on her trail, but not this fast.  “I take it you told her?”

The offended silence was enough to communicate to Rose Coulson’s answer to that question.  “They have a pair of the older generation dimension jumpers.”

Now that the dimensions were collapsing, they’d be able to use those once more.  The Doctor having sealed everything off wasn’t going to be working any longer. 

Thank God the Void was gone, though.  Rose certainly didn’t want another Cyberman invasion in the midst of everything else.

“We have those directions for you.”

“Give them to me.”

As Coulson relayed them over the line, Rose started off, hoping to find a taxi but not counting on it.  She was certainly wishing she’d confiscated the milkman’s lorry.  It was going to be a long walk.

 



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