13 Nov 2013

Call of the Spirits: Chapter 5 (Balloon)

The Doctor scrambled into the upside-down TARDIS and then fell up to the console. As gravity re-stabilised him, he raced around the console and set the time machine moving.

He thought about things for a moment. How was he going to direct the TARDIS directly into the other TARDIS? It was a very dangerous thing to even attempt to do. He could blow a hole in the space/time continuum. A hole that the universe would never recover from.

He bit the end of his fingernail, thinking about things carefully. And then he simply shrugged. He had no choice. He had to attempt it.

So he set the co-ordinates for the Battle TARDIS, crossed his fingers and hoped for the best.

Danny sat against the cavern wall, his knees drawn up towards his chest and his head lowered.

“I can’t believe it,” he said, shaking his head.

Adrian sat beside him. “I know it’s a bit of a shock, but do you trust us now?”

Danny looked at him. “I trust you. I’ve always trusted you. But the others…I don’t know.”

“Please, Danny. Please.”

“Can you get that one out of me?” asked Danny, hopefully.

Adrian sighed. “Yes. We can at least try.”

Danny shook his head. “I thought it would have come out of it’s own accord by now. Being in it’s own world and everything.”

“Maybe it likes it in there,” said Adrian.

“I think it does. And that’s what I’m worried about. I’m worried that it’s been in me that long that we can’t be separated.”

“That’s a possibility,” said Adrian. “But you haven’t turned yet. Even if it is still inside you, I think you’re the one more powerful.”

Danny closed his eyes and balled up his fists.

The two brothers both looked at each other. They had both sensed something. The ground was trembling under them ever so slightly. They both leapt to their feet and looked around, worriedly.

They could hear something coming from the outside. It sounded like a loud, thunderous roar.

“Outside!” said Adrian.

The two of them ran through the cave tunnel and out to the surface. Hanging about ten foot above them was a glowing, shimmering object. The ground was beginning to tremble even more violently.

Danny was finding it a struggle to stay on his feet. “What the hell’s going on?”

“I don’t know,” said Adrian. “Nothing like this has happened before.”

Danny looked around him. Shadowy figures with cloaks were beginning to scuttle across the ground and towards his and Adrian’s location.

“It’s Brandon’s lot,” said Adrian, as Brian Cope and the other’s emerged from the cave.

“They’re heading for us,” said Danny.

“You lot, back inside,” said Adrian, pointing at the half-formed creatures.

“What is Brandon doing?” said Mr. Cope, slowly and sluggishly.

“Nothing that concerns us,” said Adrian.

The air was suddenly ripped open and the shimmering light blurred and then came into sharper focus. Hanging above Danny and Adrian was the familiar, blue form of the TARDIS.

“Oh my God!” said Danny, smiling up at the time machine.

The land shook violently and everybody was thrown to the floor.

Danny looked up as the Doctor opened the door and looked down. “Oh my days!” he said.

“Doctor, what are you doing?” said Danny.

“I’m trying to land the TARDIS…with great difficulty!”

“You need to go back!” shouted Adrian over the thunder. “You’re damaging everything.”

“I know!” said the Doctor. “But I needed to get here. I need to shut the power down to this world.”

“You’ll hurt my friends,” said Adrian, indicating the cowering group of people.

“Friends?” said the Doctor. “What do you mean?”

Danny got to his feet. “It’s true, Doctor. There’s two lots of them. The ones that follow Brandon - the bad ones - and the ones that follow Adrian. The ones that follow Adrian are slowly mutating back.”

The Doctor looked from Danny, to Adrian, to the small group and then back again. “We still need to shut this world down, though. I can get you all out of here.”

“Danny!” shouted Adrian.

Danny looked to where Adrian was pointing. Brandon’s group was almost on top them.

The TARDIS lowered slightly so it was within touching distance of Danny.

“Give me your hand,” said the Doctor. “I’ll get you all out first, and then come back.”

“Is that wise?” said Danny, gazing up at him.

“Just give me your hand!” shouted the Doctor.

The TARDIS lurched sideways and Danny leapt up and grabbed the Doctor’s hand. He managed to pull him up into the doors as Adrian watched on.

The TARDIS was rocking backwards and forwards and was becoming more and more unstable.

“Jump, Adrian” shouted Danny.

Before Adrian could do anything, the TARDIS lurched backwards and then vanished.

There was a loud explosion that seemed to come from all around.

Brandon’s group had arrived, and gazed into the sky.

“What’s that?” asked Cope, using his voice for the first time.

“I don’t know,” said Adrian, worriedly.

The sky then lit up. There were flashes of light all over. Lightning struck down, blasting holes into the ground.

The cloaked figure of Brandon slowly walked up to Adrian and then lowered his hood. His features were much more Human than the others, but he was still hideous to look at. He smiled, his jagged teeth caked with goodness knows what.

“What’s going on, Brandon?” asked Adrian.

“Freedom,” rasped Brandon.

They all looked to the sky as large holes ripped into thin air. It was like the sky was melting away.

“What has the Doctor done…?” said Adrian as he watched on in horror.

Caroline stood at the hospital window, looking out over the still and half-empty carpark. It was now close to midnight and things were quiet. And that’s when Caroline noticed it. A tiny, almost-invisible flake of snow float from the sky. She watched it fall past the window and land on the outside ledge and melt away. And then there was another. And another. And soon the sky was filled with the falling snowflakes.

In August.

Cath had also noticed.

Caroline turned to her adopted mother and smiled sadly. Both of their eyes were red from crying, but they were over the worse of it. They had both had a good cry and had both apologised for what they had done or said, but Caroline had a feeling that it was going to take a long time for the both of them to get over this.

“They’re coming, aren’t they?” said Cath, nodding towards the window.

Caroline nodded gently. “Yep. They’re coming, and only the Doctor can stop them.”

“The bad people,” said Cath.

“The bad people,” repeated Caroline.

She grabbed Caroline’s hand and kissed her on the back of it. “You’re going back to him, aren’t you? The Doctor.”

Caroline nodded again. “I have to. I have this power inside me. You know that. I have to try and use it for some kind of good. Maybe that’s why I’m here.”

Cath looked at her daughter and then pulled her in and embraced her tightly. “Please take care, sweetheart. Please.”

“I will, mum,” said Caroline.

The two women broke apart and stood there staring at each other for a few moments. And then Cath went to her handbag and pulled out a small, oval-shaped pendant attached to a chain.

“What’s that?” asked Caroline, as her mum handed it to her.

“Something I was given a while back,” said Cath. “There was a note with it. It said to give it to you when you needed it the most. When things were ready to be finished.”

Caroline nodded. “When things are ready to be finished.”

Back at the church, Jayne, Margot, Ben and the rest of the group were standing outside. The snow was coming down thick and fast and the ground was rumbling. The cracks in the sky were violently shimmering. Everything went still and silent for a few minutes, and then…


Every one of the cracks exploded, throwing Jayne and the rest of them to the ground.

The air was humming with power and the group slowly staggered back to the relative safety of the church.

“Look!” shouted Margot, pointing towards the sky.

Jayne could hardly believe her eyes. Everything they had worked towards over these past few centuries had come undone as she saw hooded figures - one after the other - slowly stream out of the cracks around the centre of Thornsby.

“What has he done?” whispered Jayne.

Next time: Matthew Cole wakes up, and Caroline has another surprise waiting for her. Coming Saturday 16th November.

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