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Fic: The Dishwasher's Tale

Title: The Dishwasher's Tale
Series: Valiant Tales.  Read them in order
here.
Rating: G
Characters:
The Master (Simm), other characters
Genre: drabble
Words: 100
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords.
Summary: A series of drabbles about the people who lived, worked, and suffered on the Valiant during the Year That Never Was.
Disclaimer: I am not the BBC.  I am not making money from this.  (I am, however, having a great deal of fun.)

A/N: Wow!  Has it really been that long since I added to this series?  Thanks to wendymr for the Britpick.  I am leaving Saturday evening for a week in London, and will have only occasional 'Net access, so I may not respond to some comments until my return.


This isn't the gap year I planned.  At first, it was brilliant.  I played guitar in Barcelona, picked olives in Provence, learned some Arabic curses, and washed dishes in a Venetian trattoria.  That last bit saved my life after The Day, no lie.  I would've been sent to a slave camp, but they needed someone up here who could operate a temperamental WKT1200 and scrub fifty-litre stockpots.

It's not bad.  I'm about as safe as any human can be, but I want to get Earthside again.  What I learned during my gap year: cleaning up messes is an important job.

Comments

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garpu
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
I love how you're able to make characters in so few words I'd love to hear longer stories from. And I've been told Arabic is an exceptionally colorful language to cuss in.
lindenharp
Oct. 17th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've heard that about Arabic, too. Don't know if it's true. BTW, this would be whatever dialect Algerians speak.
garpu
Oct. 17th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Hrm...I don't know anyone who's been to or is from Algeria. Morocco, yes. :)
crabby_lioness
Oct. 17th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Very nice.
lindenharp
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

hab318princess
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
yeah, it's back :D

The Day... great expression

loved it
lindenharp
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I used "The Day" once before, I think... *does a quick search* In "The Sergeant's Tale". And Giovanni calls it "The Catastrophe".
hab318princess
Oct. 17th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
see... told you it was a good expression :D
pherber_m
Oct. 17th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
cleaning up messes is an important job. That's an important lesson to learn! I suspect it's one the Doctor will never learn.

Have a *fabulous* time in London!

lindenharp
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
To be fair, the Doctor is more like a fire fighter. Those guys come in and save lives, but they don't stick around (or come back) to clear away the charred and sodden debris, or help people fill out insurance claims forms.

And, despite the cold I have *blows nose loudly* I expect to have a great time. Thanks!
rose_cat
Oct. 18th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
And it's another vignette from the Year. Nice! And it makes me curious about the person's life before they took a year off to have adventures. They sound resourceful, not to mention someone who would make a good Doctor's companion.
lindenharp
Oct. 21st, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it.

Before The Year, he was an ordinary British secondary school student. A "gap year", as I probably should have explained, is a common practice in Britain. Before going to university, students take a year to travel or work or volunteer. Perhaps someone who has done it could explain better.
rose_cat
Oct. 22nd, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Oh! People do that in America too. I just didn't understand the term.
neadods
Oct. 19th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
What garpu said. You say so much in so few words!
lindenharp
Oct. 21st, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Aas Ii've said before, I enjoy the challenge of writing drabbles.
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