Chapter Six

After giving everyone their drinks, Michelle carried the tray back to the kitchen where a small get-together was in progress. Michelle loved being around everyone but it upset her that the people she cared about were being hunted down and targeted by the aliens that hurt them the first time and now the Doctor and everyone else had to stop what they were doing to tend to it.

While she walked down the corridors in a deep sadness, she suddenly noticed the roundel lights around her were changing colors and she stopped to watch the light show. Occasionally, there were spotlights that appeared on the ceiling above her and Michelle giggled at the colored light show that was happening around her and she felt her spirits lift a bit. Then the TARDIS played Everybody, Backstreet's Back for her and the lights changed and synced up with the song. Michelle laughed at that and walked over to the wall, patting it the way the Doctor showed her.

"You're magical," she said to the ceiling. "You're the most magical thing in the whole universe!"

She sighed and put her hand against the wall.

"I wish I could help the Doctor now instead of waiting," she said to the ceiling. "You're lucky; you don't have to grow up so you can help the Doctor. I gotta wait."

Michelle put the tray on the floor beside her, leaned against the wall and sank down. She brought her knees up to her chest and put her arms around them while she listened to the music. The lights stopped flashing and Michelle frowned when one single white spotlight shone down from the ceiling onto her.

"Um…that's annoying," Michelle said, squinting while she tried to look up at it.


Michelle looked over when the Doctor walked up to her.

"Huh?" Michelle said to him.

"The TARDIS told me to come here, did you need something?" the Doctor said to her.

"I…" Michelle closed her mouth, figuring it wouldn't matter since the Doctor would tell her she was too young anyway.

"Hey, what's wrong?" the Doctor said, sitting down beside her.

"Nothing," Michelle said softly while she shook her head and stared at the floor.

"Really? Because the TARDIS is throwing a spotlight on you which tells me she wants to direct my attention to you. You can tell me, Bookworm, we're mates," the Doctor said, putting his hand on her head.

"I heard you talking about finding another planet and fighting the aliens there," Michelle said to him. "I just wish I could help."

"I know, love," the Doctor said, patting her head. "But…"

He shut up when the TARDIS began to rumble at him.

"What?" the Doctor said in disbelief.

"She said rumble, rumble, rumble, I guess," Michelle said.

The Doctor chuckled at that.

"No, I heard her but…are you sure?" he said to the ceiling.

The TARDIS rumbled again and Michelle frowned, wondering what was going on between them.

"But what will her mother think?" the Doctor said to the ceiling.

"My mommy will think her own thoughts," Michelle said to him.

The Doctor tried not to grin at that but a smile spread over his face while the TARDIS talked to him. The TARDIS finished rumbling and the Doctor sighed as he got up.

"What's going on?" Michelle asked him.

"Well, the TARDIS is keen to grant your wish to help me," the Doctor said.

Michelle's eyes widened and she grinned.

"Not so fast, there's a catch to it," the Doctor said.

The smile fell off Michelle's face and she sighed deeply as she looked at the floor.

"You didn't let me finish," the Doctor said, amused. "Are you going to be this sulky when you're a full time companion? I had sulky companions, mind. But I liked the ones that let me finish what I wanted to say. Will you let me do that?"

Michelle nodded and looked up.

"You…in this body are still too young to help me."

He paused.

"Gonna sulk again?" he teased.

Michelle giggled and shook her head.

"Go on," she said.

"Thank you," the Doctor said, please. "As I was saying, you at the moment are too young to help so we'll have to go get your future self."

"Ooo," Michelle said, intrigued.

"But…you need to go somewhere else because I won't risk you mucking up future events or vise versa. I know that my tenth self interacted with us but a Time Lord knows how to better deal with paradoxes like that, a human doesn't."

"So what do we do?" Michelle said.

"Let's talk to your parents, come on," he said, standing up.

Michelle stood up and took his hand while they walked back to the kitchen. Once he was there, he took Jim and Lori aside and Michelle stood with them while he told them what was happening. Lori and Jim looked at their daughter while he spoke.

"So…where should she go then while her older self comes here?" Lori said.

"Well, the TARDIS is vast and she can take her somewhere where she can have fun and be monitored. In fact, the children could go with her and keep her company. In fact…"

He thought to his ship for a moment and then opened his eyes.

"The TARDIS says she could make an amusement park for them here in the ship. They'd be safe and secure and protected and the TARDIS would watch over them and bring them back when they were done."

"Cool," Michelle said.

"But then you personally wouldn't be helping the Doctor," Lori said to her.

"Yeah but older Michelle would and if I could have fun in the TARDIS, I wouldn't mind it," Michelle said.

Lori looked at Jim.

"What do you think?" she said.

"Well, if we're going to be here for awhile, this is the best place for them. They're gonna get bored really quickly, especially Mandy. If the TARDIS can keep them amused and protected, I think that's a good thing."

"You can go with them as well," the Doctor said. "The TARDIS can provide for you as well."

"Yes, but I'm a bit curious about my older daughter…or would that mess with time?" Lori said.

"Well, you can see her and say hello," the Doctor said. "I was just thinking that you might like to go somewhere as well and rest. My TARDIS is vast, she could create a resort paradise for the two of you and you could be alone together while the children had fun in their own separate space. And if you missed them, the TARDIS can bring you together. All you have to do is talk to her and tell her your wishes."

"The TARDIS is very magical," Michelle said.

"Yes, she is," the Doctor said, putting his hand on her head. "She's wonderful. I couldn't live without her."

"But will older Michelle be alright?" Lori said.

"Well, I hope so. The TARDIS gave me this idea and sometimes she can see things I can't and knows things I don't. Her suggestion to do this isn't random so I think the Michelle of the future is the one that travels with me and I'm sure she's just as equipped to fight aliens as my other companions are."

Lori looked at Jim.

"This is taking a very odd turn," she said to him.

"We're standing inside a bigger than the outside time machine with a thousand year old alien and you're thinking seeing our grown future daughter is an odd turn," he said.

"You know what I mean," Lori said, rolling her eyes and grinning while the Doctor and Michelle giggled. "If this is what you want to do, go ahead. Just as long as our current Shelly is safe."

"I promise you she will be, the TARDIS will protect her," the Doctor said.

"Okay then, let's tell the others then," Lori said to him.

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