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Exile 01: Isolation

IsolationThe wolf circled the blue box warily. She'd heard an odd rhythmic mechanical sound, come to investigate and was surprised to find a sign of civilisation, albeit one she'd never seen before, standing under the shade of the trees at the top of the beach.

Getting closer, she sniffed the box. The footprints may have disappeared with the shifting sand, but the scent was still there. Someone had left the box.

Staring up at the door, she cocked her head as she felt more than heard a low hum from within. It was an anomaly, but one she was interested in learning more about. She walked around the box again, before settling down in the shadows to wait for its occupant's return.

--

It had seemed a good idea at the time. Drop by an uninhabited Caribbean island to collect a few orchid specimens and be gone again in a couple of hours. The earlier pre-Columbian inhabitants had long ago succumbed to introduced diseases and the island was now a temporary refuge for pirates.

What the Doctor hadn't known was that it had recently been settled. But, while the settlers hadn't been able to make a go of it and had either died or departed, their abandoned livestock had found the place more to their liking.

This was why he was currently running for his life from a very large boar.

He'd managed to keep ahead of the beast when he had the trees and undergrowth to slow it down, but to get to the TARDIS he needed to head for the open ground of the beach which would put him at a distinct disadvantage.

--

Looking up as she heard what sounded like a small herd of elephants crashing through the bush, the wolf saw a man race onto the beach with a wild boar close on his heels.

Realising he couldn't outpace his pursuer, the man bounded over an outcropping of boulders and made a grab for a low hanging branch and hauled himself to safety.

The wolf stood, shook herself off and melted into the deeper shadows of the trees.

--

Straddling a tree limb, the Doctor watched the boar circling below his perch. It looked like his quick trip was going to turn into an exercise in waiting to see who would make the next move.

He leaned back against the trunk and closed his eyes, making a mental note to have the TARDIS check uninhabited islands for feral livestock next time. With any luck, it shouldn't take long for the pig to get sick of hanging about under the tree and leave. At least, being on a small island, he didn't have to worry about large carnivores.

The Doctor started when he heard the pig squeal in pain. A large wolf had slammed the beast to the ground and had its jaws buried in the animal's throat.

Sighing to himself, the Doctor was quietly thankful that he hadn't mentioned the island being under attack from Godzilla in case a giant papier-mâché dinosaur foot had descended from the sky. He almost wondered if things could get any worse, but that would really be tempting fate.

--

15minuteficletsword #114: savoury
pheralchallenge: whumping
Part of the Exile!verse and the Wolf&Declán!verse

Comments

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elen_ancalima
21st Jul, 2005 13:04 (UTC)
I really like this one! It has a very unique atmosphere.
redwolf
21st Jul, 2005 13:09 (UTC)
This one may end up reasonably long. I just need to pry it out of my head in some coherent order.
elen_ancalima
21st Jul, 2005 13:37 (UTC)
Yeah - there's definately potential there. Good luck with the prying ;-)
pheral
21st Jul, 2005 14:47 (UTC)
woohooooooo, worse, WORSE! great start, i can't wait to read the next part!
irishvampire13
21st Jul, 2005 19:03 (UTC)
You're evil. *grins* I mean that in the nicest way possible.
pheral
24th Jul, 2005 12:23 (UTC)
why shpankyou ::bows::
redwolf
21st Jul, 2005 22:39 (UTC)
You might be waiting a while for worse, but I'll get there. If I stop procrastinating.
sanda56
21st Jul, 2005 15:16 (UTC)
The Doctor and Wolf how lovely! :)

Sighing to himself, the Doctor was quietly thankful that he hadn't mentioned the island being under attack from Godzilla in case a giant papier-mâché dinosaur foot had descended from the sky.

This tickled me. Can't wait for the next bit!

redwolf
21st Jul, 2005 22:41 (UTC)
Better a fake Godzilla foot than a giant marshmallow man, which didn't occur to me until now.
sanda56
21st Jul, 2005 22:48 (UTC)
LOL! Just as well, really! ;)
irishvampire13
21st Jul, 2005 22:50 (UTC)
You're tempting me to run off with that marshmallow concept, just so ya know. *laughs*
redwolf
21st Jul, 2005 23:30 (UTC)
I don't particularly like marshmallow. It tastes bad in hot chocolate (too sweet) and leaves a napalm-like residue behind that's just evil. Which raises all sorts of interesting ideas for you to play with.
irishvampire13
21st Jul, 2005 23:34 (UTC)
I've never liked 'em much, either. They're fine in s'mores, and I can tolerate them in fudge, but they suck solo.

~~and leaves a napalm-like residue behind that's just evil~~
Lol! I can't stand the crusted look of the toasted ones. That's just...ew.
moonbeamsfanfic
21st Jul, 2005 18:03 (UTC)
Godzilla! Ah, hahahahahaha! ROFLMAO!

Pheral is a lucky puddy, because this was bloody fantastic! That not-quite-subtle thread of sarcastic humour, which I'm assuming harkens to DW since I still haven't managed to catch an episode yet (I found a station that airs it in my area though, yay me!) hyped things up to the point that the second he mentioned "large carnivores", I was already convulsing in laughter. The bit about Godzilla just about did me in. :D

But where's the whump? Considering Pheral's standards, I'm expecting a lot more rampage than just a little predator and prey action. I'd feel sorry for the Doctor, but frankly I'm really curious to see what you'll do to him. ::rubs hands together eagerly:: This is going to be good...
redwolf
21st Jul, 2005 22:50 (UTC)
Pheral knew a while back that the whump would be a while coming, so she scores a verse instead of a drabble and I can't see her minding over that. And I couldn't do a good whump with Rose, I need Wolf for some good violence.
irishvampire13
21st Jul, 2005 19:03 (UTC)
~~but that would really be tempting fate.~~
Yes, an unwise thing to do in most circumstances, and certainly this is one such case. *grins* Fun, fun!
redwolf
21st Jul, 2005 22:57 (UTC)
It's never a good idea to tempt the fates. They have an interesting sense of humour.
irishvampire13
21st Jul, 2005 22:59 (UTC)
Most certainly. :-)
edenfalling
21st Jul, 2005 21:17 (UTC)
This was why he was currently running for his life from a very large boar.

There's something about the utterly matter-of-fact tone of that sentence that really tickles me.
redwolf
21st Jul, 2005 22:59 (UTC)
The Doctor does have a knack for getting into trouble.
debxena
24th Jul, 2005 22:37 (UTC)
*grins* That was just damn cool - enjoyed it very much :)
redwolf
24th Jul, 2005 22:58 (UTC)
Many thanks and happy to hear you liked it.
mad_jaks
20th Aug, 2007 21:51 (UTC)
Oh the Doctor up tree - that's funny.
redwolf
20th Aug, 2007 22:32 (UTC)
Probably the safest spot around miffed wild boars.
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