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FIC: The Stowaway's Tale (Valiant Tales)

Title: The Stowaway's Tale
Series: Valiant Tales.  Read them in order here.
Rating: PG
Characters:
The Master (Simm), other characters
Genre: drabble
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. 100 words according to MS Word.
Disclaimer: The sandbox belongs to RTD and the BBC. I'm just playing here, in the corner, making little sand-TARDISs.


Been gate-crashing since I was sixteen.  Sneaked backstage at a concert, delivering pizza to the stagehands.  The trick is blending in.  Nobody really looks at waiters or janitors.

I love being "backstage", spying on the rich and famous.  Makes me laugh inside, 'cos they don't know my secret.  When I heard about theToclafane, I  had to go see.  Tough job, getting on board, but an old mate helped out.

He's dead now, and I'm trapped.  It's hard to hide from the guards, harder to steal food.  The bastards will prob'ly catch me soon, but 'til then, I'll keep laughing.

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kensieg
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Excellent as usual!
lindenharp
Feb. 11th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Thank you!
garpu
Feb. 11th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
It would be interesting to hear from the stowaway a year later...I could see the person cleaning up his/her act, or going more reckless.
lindenharp
Feb. 11th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
*shakes head* He won't be alive then.
garpu
Feb. 11th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
I meant after it's all said and done with the world put back properly.
lindenharp
Feb. 11th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Ah. That depends on what he's allowed to remember. Also, if his dead body is on board the Valiant when the paradox unravels, then I think he will remain dead. All this timey-wimey stuff gets me confused sometimes. :-)
rabecka
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Ooo... ya know, this really opens up a can of worms that I hadn't thought about before. Time reversing, except on the Valiant seems like it would raise all sorts of paradoxes. Like... what happens if someone was on Earth at the start, then came up to the Valiant later. If Earth reverts, but the Valiant doesn't, does that mean he's in two places now? I don't usually have problems with time travel stuff, but this one is really problematical.

My first thought was that time reversed on the Valiant, it's just that they retained the memory of the alternate timeline. That would be fairly clear. However, that's not what happened - in the scene where time reversed, everyone on the Valiant remained in place - they didn't go back to pre-paradox locations, clothes, etc. Hm...
lindenharp
Feb. 15th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
In your example, I don't believe that the person would be duplicated, because that would be creating a new paradox. Perhaps they would disappear from Earth? [insert something clever here about the Blinovitch Limitation Effect] Trying to think about such things makes my head hurt. ;-)
rabecka
Feb. 15th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
I don't believe that the person would be duplicated, because that would be creating a new paradox
Yeah, that's pretty much my point. Having the earth revert, but the Valiant remaining in the alternate timeline is a paradox.

Blinovitch Limitation Effect
Don't believe this applies. The effect has to do with two of the same person, existing in the same time, touching each other. Like in Father's Day when Rose went back in time and the Doctor warned her against touching her infant self.
hab318princess
Feb. 11th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
wonderful, another one! loved it
lindenharp
Feb. 11th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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