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Chapter 1 and explanations here.

Summary: “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard (or: The Seeker takes some time out to travel and think things over)
Setting: Between A Good Day and The Death and Life of Rodageitmososa. (This is AU, but within New Who between Name of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor.
Spoilers: A Good Day. But can easily be read on its own.
Rating: PG-13.
Characters: This part: The Third Seeker, TenToo, Rose and a few others.
Beta: Um... That would be a no. All mistakes mine.
Feedback: Would be amazing. :)


Stepping Sideways: Pete's World

“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

5

In the end, none of the Doctor’s misgivings came true. Nor did the Seeker disappear off to cosy up to Yvonne.

They spent the morning looking through the labs, the projects and the various alien artifacts, and the Doctor had eventually given in to the inevitable Time Lord geeking-out bonding with the Seeker.

Halfway through explaining one particular experiment, the Doctor glanced at the Seeker, casually asking:

“So, how did you get here?”

The Seeker glanced back, just as casually replying.

“Very simple – I asked a Dalek.”

The Doctor glared.

“Very funny. If you don’t want to share, you could just have said.”

The Seeker tilted his head.

“But that is the answer. I asked a Dalek.”

There was a pause, as Rose and the Doctor exchanged a look.

“Not just any Dalek, of course,” the Seeker clarified.

“So… which particular Dalek did you ask then?” Rose asked, and he grinned winningly.

“The one I keep as a pet!”

“Oh for goodness sake,” the Doctor said, pulling an exasperated face, and then changed the subject.

~~~

They ended up being late for lunch, of course.

The ladies in the canteen were busy clearing up by the time they arrived, waving happily at them, and Rose sighed and turned on the spot.

“Guess we’re going out. Again.”

Pondering their options she turned to the Doctor:

“Shall we get NASA to come along? If I know her, she’ll not have eaten either…”

“Sure,” the Doctor replied, a glint in his eyes. “I’d like to see our new friend here try to patronise her.”

Rose rolled her eyes fondly, and they all went down the corridor to NASA’s office.

“Who is this NASA?” the Seeker asked, intrigued, and the Doctor readily filled in:

“NASA is obviously not her actual name - it’s just what everyone calls her since that’s where she’s from. As in, that’s where she usually works; we’ve only got her on loan. One of the brightest minds of her generation, and really quite something. Very argumentative, mind you…”

Stopping by her door, Rose chuckled at the note taped to it:

‘If you knock before entering, I promise I won’t bite.’

Knocking as instructed, she pushed the door open, calling out: “Allie? Fancy some lunch? We’ve got a visitor you might like to meet…”

“One mo,” Allison said, eyes on the screen and busy typing. “People are being stupid, I need to explain everything with cardboard cutouts apparently.”

“We’ll surely the cardboard can wait until after lunch?” Rose replied, turning back to her two Time Lords. “Doctor Whitwell is trying to drag herself away, but I’m not sure it’ll be a success. We might have to use force-”

She stopped as she took in the expression on the Seeker’s face. He seemed paler than before, shaking his head and looking as if he’d seen a ghost, the easy superiority completely gone.

“I’m sorry. I- I can’t do this,” he said - and promptly vanished.

A second later Allison popped her head round the door saying: “Go on then, where’s this interesting visitor?”

“He… had to leave,” Rose replied, lamely, “I’m sure he’ll be back in a moment.”

But he didn’t return.

The Seeker - and his TARDIS - were gone.



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