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Fic: Escape

Title: Escape
Characters: Tenth Doctor, other character
Genre: episode-related, drabble
Length: 100 words
Rating: all ages
Spoilers: Spoilers for "Water of Mars"
Summary: Summarize a drabble that contains spoilers? Nope, can't do it.
Disclaimer: The sandbox belongs to RTD and the BBC. I'm just playing here, in the corner, making little sand-TARDISes. Not making any money, not asserting any claims.
A/N: Three fics posted in one night -- a new record! This one is off the cuff and completely unbetad. DO NOT READ if you haven't watched Waters of Mars. Really. I mean it.

You stumble onto an ordinary street, quiet and snow-covered -- so different from the fiery horror you left behind. It feels obscene to stand in this peaceful spot when your friends are...

God!
You back away from the man (Not a man, can't be! ) who brought you here. He's asking for thanks, like he'd given you a lift to the nearest petrol station. But behind that amiable smile is something ancient, inhuman, and drunk on power, that could crush you by accident (or by whim).

You flee into the night; not all the monsters were left behind on Mars.

Comments

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lorelaisquared
Nov. 16th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Nice insight into Adelaide in that moment. *shudder*
lindenharp
Nov. 16th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is actually Mia's perspective, but -- other than the fleeing into the night -- it works for Adelaide, too.
dameruth
Nov. 16th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
Yep. Absolutely. *This.*
lindenharp
Nov. 16th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
*bows* Thank you.
torn_eledhwen
Nov. 16th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
I was wondering about Mia too - what she and Yuri do next, faced with the knowledge of what they've seen. Nice drabble.
lindenharp
Nov. 16th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have no idea what they do next. I don't even know how they explain their return to Earth.
adaliafic
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
First... that's a lovely drabble. Not all the monsters were left behind, indeed.

Second... ::prepares to admit to absurd levels of geekery::

If you pause the ep when the Doctor is seeing history change in the form of the news articles after Adelaide commits suicide, you can see some of the news blurbs about Mia and Yuri. They tell the world about how Adelaide saves humanity and a mysterious alien named the Doctor brought them back to Earth.

Edited at 2009-11-18 01:22 am (UTC)
lindenharp
Nov. 19th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
First... thank you.

Second... I was planning to do that. Just hadn't gotten around to it yet.
honorh
Nov. 16th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's about right. It wasn't just the trauma of the last few hours that had Mia running; he terrified her, and rightly so. There's nothing more frightening than someone who *knows* he's right and has the power to make the world over in his own image.
lindenharp
Nov. 16th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
At the best of times, the Doctor can be frightening to deal with, even if he's being friendly. It might be easier for some people if he looked alien, and had tentacles and two heads.

Judging how he behaved before and after the rescue, I can guess what he was like on the trip back to Earth. No "TARDIS 101", no "It's okay -- I'm taking you home", no condolences on the tragic loss of their friends. I suspect there was a lot of crowing about how clever he was, combined with some speculation about the origin and nature of those very interesting entities.
wendymr
Nov. 17th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Yes, I can definitely picture that. Given his supercilious 'isn't anyone going to thank me?' attitude out on the street, and his dismissal of Yuri and Mia as unimportant, that's exactly how he would have behaved.

Not all the monsters were left behind, indeed.
lindenharp
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
And the snow. Don't forget him taking delight in the snow while there are three people in shock standing near him.
hab318princess
Nov. 16th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
that was a beautiful drabble, great insight into such a tough moment
lindenharp
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Thanks. That was such a powerful scene, I really had to write about it.
canaana
Nov. 17th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Apt. Nice point of view. You've managed thoughtful without becoming didactic, which is difficult, given the source material.
lindenharp
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. It came out in a fairly quick burst of frenzied inspiration.
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