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Exile 03: Acquaint

AcquaintThe wolf woke, dropped to the floor and took in her surroundings. The clean, white and stainless steel room was not what she expected, but it smelled like the outside of the blue box, so it figured that it had to be related.

As she investigated the room, she could see the bench she'd been laying on, cupboards, shelves, monitors, a door, but no windows; an interior room. Tilting her head, she examined the door. It had no handle and no purchase to get her claws around to open it without causing a lot of noise. For the moment, she preferred to keep a low profile until she figured out exactly where she was.

Sitting in front of the closed door, she glared at its blank surface and felt a tingling sensation, like tiny fingers, running over the inside of her skull. The door opened soundlessly and she padded into the corridor beyond.

It was the loud and creative swearing that led her into a room that looked both organic and metallic. A large console was in the centre of the room and a pair of legs protruded out from under it. She raised her snout and sniffed the air. It was definitely the same man she'd seen on the beach.

Quietly walking over to the man, she sat down and ducked her head down to watch him at work. He reached out, feeling around for a tool that had rolled out of his reach. Without thinking, the wolf picked up the tool in a very human hand and placed it in his. She smiled to herself at the absent mumble of thanks, then snickered at the flurry of movement that saw him scramble out of his workspace.

The Doctor stared at woman who was sitting back on her haunches, with her arms wrapped around her legs, returning his stare. He had a moment of deep confusion before he noticed the bronze pendant she wore. "I could swear the last time I saw that hammer, a wolf was wearing it. Wolves don't suddenly turn into humans."

"And humans don't have two hearts." It was an odd rhythm, certainly something she'd never heard before, and it wasn't the only peculiar thing she noticed. "Why can I understand you? Your language isn't familiar, but I know what you're saying."

"It's the TARDIS." He patted the console fondly. "She gets in your head and translates."

"Handy." The woman nodded, it explained the sensation she felt earlier. "It opens doors too."

The Doctor grinned widely. "I'm the Doctor."

"Is that a name or a description?" she asked warily. She wasn't overly fond of doctors. In her experience they tended to be over-enthusiastic in the application of leeches and liked to bleed people at the drop of a hat.

"A bit of both really. So, you got a name?"

"I have lots of names."

Fiddling with his sonic screwdriver, the Doctor wondered what had suddenly changed open curiosity into caution. "How about we start off simple?"

"Wolf."

"Didn't we just have this conversation?" The Doctor laughed as he got to his feet, offering Wolf his hand. "That was a nasty blow you took to the head. I'd like to check everything's okay, but maybe I'd better see what I can do about finding you some clothes first."

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15minuteficletsword #116: linked
pheralchallenge: whumping
Part of the Exile!verse and the Wolf&Declán!verse

Comments

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irishvampire13
8th Aug, 2005 01:13 (UTC)
I forgot about this one. His reaction to her transformation's too cute! :D
redwolf
8th Aug, 2005 01:36 (UTC)
Thanks! I've been procrastinating on this one. It should have been out last night, but I lost web access. Stupid telecomms.
edenfalling
8th Aug, 2005 02:44 (UTC)
Eee! More Wolf&Doctor!

And awww, they're so cute!

Will comment more coherently tomorrow, but in passing I shall mention that She wasn't overly fond of doctors, in her experience they tended to be over-enthusiastic in the application of leeches and liked to bleed people at the drop of a hat is a run-on.

As is She raised her snout and sniffed the air, it was the same man she'd seen on the beach.

And the punctuation in Tilting her head, she examined the door; it had no handle and no purchase to get her claws around to open it; at least not without causing a lot of noise and she preferred to keep a low profile until she figured out exactly where she was is just weird.

Oh, and It was an odd rhythm, certainly something she'd never heard before and it wasn't the only peculiar thing she noticed needs another comma after 'before.'

*takes off grammar maven hat and vanishes*
redwolf
8th Aug, 2005 04:56 (UTC)
Thanks muchly. I really shouldn't be allowed near a word processor in the middle of the night, I seem to be less coherent than usual.
pheral
8th Aug, 2005 20:15 (UTC)
::pops up between you both::

D'you know what's really wierd though? In proper english grammar, you're not allowed to put a comma before an 'and'. I am constantly breaking that rule, because even though 'and' joins things together what it doesn't do is insert a breathing space.

It's one of those rules that hardly anyone else remembers, but i somehow have ingrained in my head from some random test i did when i was 11 or something. I rather wish it would go away, actually.
redwolf
8th Aug, 2005 22:44 (UTC)
You can put a comma before an and, but it depends on the context and structure of the sentence. That's proper English grammar too, not the mutant weirdness of US grammar where they have no concept of where to put quotes.
pheral
8th Aug, 2005 23:12 (UTC)
oh hey, i didn't realise that at all, i should maybe go read up on it, it would certainly make sense if it depended on context i guess.

on second thoughts, having just heard myself, i think i'll just be happy with your answer and not read up on it at all - grammar revision? i'm not crazy.
redwolf
8th Aug, 2005 23:16 (UTC)
If only the brain cells that hold the grammar information would actually be accessible when they're needed. It would make life much easier.
moonbeamsfanfic
8th Aug, 2005 04:46 (UTC)
I love the Doctor's reaction to Wolf's sudden human appearance. Seeing him ruffled over anything has got to be worth a laugh! :D

Loved this part. Love this series. pheral is a lucky kitty! ::is terribly jealous::
redwolf
8th Aug, 2005 05:07 (UTC)
pheral just had good timing. If you throw enough more violence comments in, sooner or later they're bound to collide with a plot bunny. Now she just has to suffer through my procrastination and dodgy midnight grammar.
elen_ancalima
8th Aug, 2005 09:53 (UTC)
Ohh - intriguing. I like it.
redwolf
8th Aug, 2005 12:57 (UTC)
Thanks. I think I need a bigger jimmy, it's getting tough to pry this one loose. I don't see the point in having a muse if the cursed thing will give you ideas and not the ability to write them in a timely manner.
elen_ancalima
8th Aug, 2005 14:45 (UTC)
I don't see the point in having a muse if the cursed thing will give you ideas and not the ability to write them in a timely manner.

Sounds familiar somehow. *sigh*
pheral
8th Aug, 2005 20:08 (UTC)
yay, next chapter! a real cute introduction for the two of them, and i love the little focus bits on his two hearts and again with the Tardis' personality, however...

...WHY HAS HE NOT BEEN BITTEN YET??? i don't care who bites him! human wolf can bite him! rose can bite him! jack can bite him!(oo-er) he can bite himself! SOMEBODY BITE THAT MAN!

WHUMPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING

::hackcoughsplutter::
i think i burst something.
irishvampire13
8th Aug, 2005 22:44 (UTC)
*stares at pheral semi-nervously* I get the distinct impression that if there is not immediate compliance with that demand, someone will get bitten, and it won't be the Doctor.
redwolf
8th Aug, 2005 22:53 (UTC)
You say that like it's a bad thing. Lots of things bite me. What's one more scar?
irishvampire13
9th Aug, 2005 02:40 (UTC)
Aye, but I'm worried that pheral might be, uh, rabid.
redwolf
9th Aug, 2005 09:27 (UTC)
Rabidly enthusiastic perhaps. As she's always seemed to be that way, I suspect I'm safe from a future of foaminess.
pheral
8th Aug, 2005 23:08 (UTC)
damn straight!
redwolf
8th Aug, 2005 22:50 (UTC)
I did mention a time delay on whumping. Whumping will not happen for a while. There will be sharp pointy things occurring at some point, but not now. Patience girl.

Honestly, usually I'm getting harassed for not writing enough.
pheral
8th Aug, 2005 23:10 (UTC)
right, right, right, pointy things later, pointy things later ::fidgets::

so....

now?

:P
chessie_reeves
9th Aug, 2005 07:01 (UTC)
Now that's an interesting pairing, and I look forward to seeing where this is headed. The dialogue made me smile.
redwolf
9th Aug, 2005 08:34 (UTC)
Thanks muchly. Thought the dialogue might have been a bit iffy, my brain was toast and I was cursing a web outage. I still had e-mail, so will have to setup a post by e-mail gateway for the future. Stupid internets.
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