From news.iglou.com!shell1!scarfman Tue Aug 1 21:16:32 2000 Newsgroups: alt.drwho.creative Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 21:15:15 -0400 From: PAUL GADZIKOWSKINext
X-Sender: scarfman@shell1 Subject: INTELLIGENCE GATHERING 1/1 TTR Message-ID: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII NNTP-Posting-Host: 126.96.36.199 X-Original-NNTP-Posting-Host: 188.8.131.52 X-Trace: 1 Aug 2000 21:15:20 -0500, 184.108.40.206 Organization: IgLou Internet Services, Inc. Lines: 100 X-Original-NNTP-Posting-Host: news-incoming.iglou.com Path: news.iglou.com!shell1!scarfman Xref: news-incoming.iglou.com alt.drwho.creative:27468 INTELLIGENCE GATHERING 1/1 TTR by Paul Gadzikowski DOCTOR WHO series characters and concepts copyright BBC tv THIS TIME ROUND concept by Tyler Dion, after Kielle "Sex, sex, sex. Over and over again. What ever happened to deadly danger?" Sarah Jane wasn't unsympathetic to Peri's complaints about the subgenre of fanfiction in which the American coed usually appeared, but they had achieved the status of white noise at the 'Round. Sarah's attention had wandered to people-watching the other denizens of the tavern. Adric was tending bar. Nyssa had dropped a 16-ton weight on him the night before, so he was safe for a few days and at relative ease, except of course for the trips to the restroom frequently imposed on him by his rapid metabolism. Polly was waiting tables tonight and had expelled Professor X on the grounds that there'd been no X-Men movie crossover on alt.drwho.creative yet. Professor X had left politely, but shortly afterwards Captain Picard had stopped by ... in a wheelchair. All the author original characters were congregating in the same corner tonight - the Badlands cast, Varne and his gang, some King Arthur in Space and Time knights. Sarah got some entertainment trying to pick out the author insertion characters. Usually they were the ones who drank more than anyone else but never lost their coordination. Here was something odd: When initially arriving at the Dostors' usual table, Doctor Thirteen (the Lumley Doctor from "Curse of the Fatal Death") had instantly been set upon by the other Doctors present, the eight BBC official Doctors. It was nothing unusual for the Doctor to gang up on himself (or in this case herself), just more TTR white noise. But then Doctor Thirteen had left the table in a huff, had forcibly resumed a cheerful demeanor, and ever since had been working her way through the tavern talking to each of the female companions present. She had now spoken to all of them but Peri and Sarah Jane at the bar. Now she was approaching Peri. Now she was walking past Peri. Doctor Thirteen sat on the stool the other side of Sarah from Peri and said, "Sarah Jane, may I ask you about something?" Doctor Thirteen didn't take any heed that she was interrupting Peri's beer-lubricated diatribe. But neither did Peri. "Ask me what?" said Sarah. "Now that I'm female," explained Doctor Thirteen, "I'm going to be getting chatted up. Like at the end of 'Curse'." "And you want to know how to get rid of a guy?" "Actually I was wondering how it is a girl knows when a fellow's sincere," Doctor Thirteen said casually. Sarah blinked, taken aback at the thought that any Doctor might want to respond to a come-on. God knows *she'd* tried. "Well," she said, hauling her concentration back to the topic, "the guys I like best are the ones who don't try to pressure me into anything." "No pressuring," said Doctor Thirteen, as if adding to a mental checklist. "... Is asking for a date pressuring?" "Er ... depends on how shy you are, I suppose. Some girls might feel pressured, if it came out of the blue." "How do you keep it from coming out of the blue?" Sarah blinked again. Now it sounded as if Doctor Thirteen's interest wasn't in the receiving end of the exercise. "I don't know. You spend time together first, not ... on dates. In a group, perhaps." "In a group," Doctor Thirteen added to her list. "Lots of times when kids start out at this, they just invite the object of interest along on some large group outing." "When starting out," Doctor Thirteen repeated. She went a little glassy-eyed when she was emphasizing these highlights to herself - but now she came to herself and pressed Sarah's hand with a cheerful smile. "Thank you so much, Sarah, that was just what we needed." "'We'?" said Sarah. But Doctor Thirteen was headed back to his/her/their table, and didn't hear or didn't care to explain. Doctor Five passed her midway, heading for the bar. Sarah thought he was just after another screwdriver, but instead of going up to Adric he went up to Peri. "Say, Peri, I was wondering," he started. "Peri?" he started again. As with Doctor Thirteen, Peri was crying (or bitching) into her beer too deeply to take notice of minor interruptions. Telling herself she was taking pity on Doctor Five, and not just curious as to what he had to say oh no, Sarah poked Peri in the ribs. "Yes. What," said Peri, sitting straight up on her stool with false alertness. "I'm having a little do in my TARDIS tomorrow evening," said Doctor Five. "A sort of companions' reunion - you, Turlough, Tegan, Nyssa, Adric. Would you be free?" "Sure. See you then," said Peri. "Good. Thank you." Doctor Five nodded and returned to his table ... where the other seven hims (Doctor Thirteen had vanished by now) greeted him with backslaps and handshakes and even a high five. Sarah turned back to the bar before they could observe her watching. "I wonder what it would be like," she said, "dating eight men at once." "There was one story I was in," Peri started ... FIN Summary for archivist: Humor, TTR, marginally TDF, the author's Peri arc Peri, Sarah Jane, Doctor Thirteen ("Curse"), Doctor Five Sarah's journalistic nose catches a whiff of something. -- Paul Gadzikowski, firstname.lastname@example.org http://members.iglou.com/scarfman Cheers to Mark Hamill on Howard Stern's show for saying, "Well, it's only act one of three," and, "When you make an optimistic story in these cynical times ..."; instead of, "It sucked!" like Howard wanted.
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