Chapter Thirteen

The light faded and I instantly aimed my gun in case we landed near some guards but the corridor we landed in was empty and I breathed a sigh of relief while I looked around. Rory was next to me, shaking his head while he tried to get over the disorientation.

"So…we're inside?" he said to me.

"Think so. Blimey, they've been busy since I started, making all sorts of handy things," I said. "Now we have to find the Doctor. Do you have a way to contact him?" I asked Rory.

"Not really," Rory said, shaking his head.

"And I s'pose he doesn't carry a mobile," I muttered. "Well, I suppose we'll have to go and find him and hope we don't land up dead."

Rory nodded. We kept our guns ready to fire while we walked down the hallway. We stopped for a moment when we heard angry voices coming from somewhere in the building. We were trying to find out if one of the voices was the Doctor but all the voices were unfamiliar. I glanced at Rory and we kept moving, heading in the direction of the voices. Perhaps we could find out what was going on if we moved towards them. But when we turned the corner of the corridor, I ran straight into Jack. I gasped and aimed my gun at him.

"Whoa! I'm on your side again," Jack said, quickly holding up his hands. "Don't shoot…with your enormously big gun, please!"

"Jack?" I said, lowering the gun.

"Last time I checked. The Doctor fixed me," Jack said. "He said you took someone back to your universe?"

"Yeah, Rory," I said, nodding at him. "He's fine now and we came back."

Jack raised his eyebrow.

"Disobeying orders again," he said, amused.

"Don't I always?" I said before giving him a great big hug.

Jack grinned and kissed the top of my head. He looked at Rory and moved past me, opening his arms wide. Rory hesitated for a moment and then hugged him.

"So where's the Doctor then?" I asked him.

"He's with that albino bitch doing a bit of interrogating," Jack said, letting go of Rory.

I noticed with some amusement that Jack stayed very, very close to Rory which made Rory nervous. Jack glanced at him and gave him a charming smile.

"So, you and Amy are married?" he said to him.

"Yes, we are," Rory said quickly. "Where is she and River?"

"They're guarding the guards and Donna's with them. They're in the torture chamber, crammed into the cages. We rounded up all the ones inside the building and barricaded the doors. I've been patrolling the building, looking for any sign of entry and lo and behold, I find you two. How did you get in?"

"We teleported in," I said. "We didn't unlock any doors."

"Good. The Doctor made a big kerfuffle earlier and I think that scared most of the people outside. Plus, he threatened to kill that Marbella chick if she gets out of line. Dunno how long that'll last though. Eventually, they're gonna try something to get in here. Which is why I'm glad you brought a bigass gun with you. We're gonna need it."

"What about the voices?" I said. "Someone was shouting a few minutes ago."

"That was probably the guards. They've been doing that since we put them in the cells. Probably someone opened the door and you heard them briefly," Jack said with a shrug.

"What about the Doctor? Can you take us to him?" Rory asked.

"Are you sure you want to see him? He might say something about your disobedience," Jack said with a wink.

"We'll take our chances," I said, patting him on the shoulder.

"Follow me then," Jack said, putting his arms around our shoulders.


He walked with us to the cell block and led us to the cells at the back. He told us to wait and knocked on the left cell door. He waited a moment and then the door opened and the Doctor stuck his head out.

"Yeah?" he said.

Jack said nothing and pointed to us. The Doctor looked at us and groaned.

"I shoulda known," he said.

"I took Rory back to Torchwood. He's mended now and we wanted to come back and assist…"

I trailed off because I could see the Doctor was staring at my gun. He glanced back over his shoulder, stepped outside and closed the door before walking over to me.

"Where did you get a Savlarian Widowmaker?" he said, pointing to the gun.

"Oh, is that what this is called?" I asked, looking down at him.

"You're using it and you don't even know what it is?" the Doctor said.

"I know it's a gun," I said, shrugging. "Who are the Savlarians then?"

"A very warlike and very tall race of aliens," the Doctor said. "They're about ten feet tall so this gun is like a revolver in their hands. Where did you get it?"

"Um…the Torchwood armory?" I said sheepishly.

"And what is in this armory of theirs, pray tell?" the Doctor said.

"Lots of things," Rory said. "Guns, spears, knives, swords. I got this from it," he said, holding out the blaster to him.

"Chelonian," the Doctor said, examining it. "If it's alien, it's ours? I assume the motto is the same as the other Torchwood then."

"They have many things and yes, I suppose the motto is still the same but since dad and I started working there we focus on negotiation and diplomacy rather than stealing."

"Good, keep it that way," the Doctor said. "So, you lot rushed back here to help me?"

"I didn't want you to be shorthanded," I said. "When we left, you were surrounded."

"Well, turns out Miss Marbella is a coward and very much protective of her body and her life and she ordered a surrender rather than fight us to the death," the Doctor said smugly. "Not to mention she knows who I really am and what I'm capable of, which helped immensely. We locked them up and I sorted Jack out before I decided to do a little interrogation. Amy, River and Donna are looking after her minions while I find out what the big picture is."

"And what is the big picture?" I asked.

"Dunno. I've barely started. It took awhile to get Jack sorted," he said.

He looked at me intently and then looked at my gun. A smile spread over his face.

"I have need of you and your gun," he said. "Rory, go with Jack and make sure the building is secure."

"Is he safe to be with?" Rory said, pointing to Jack.

"He should be. I removed all their brainwashing and…"

"No, he's…got a lustful look in his eyes when he looks at me," Rory said.

"Jack, keep your hands off Rory," the Doctor said.

"Aye-aye, sir," Jack said, saluting him.

"There, you're safe from his advances now. Now, go and check the building. Rose and I will deal with Marbella.

Jack nodded and beckoned to Rory to follow him. When they left, the Doctor smiled and nodded at me.

"Come, Rose, we're going to intimidate Marbella and make her tell us her plans," he said before he opened the cell door and we went inside.

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