Angels Can Only Kill You
Marco kept his hand firmly over Amy's eyes for a moment or two, until he was sure she would keep them shut on her own. "Are you OK?"
"Yeah. It was the same shape!" She murmured in a low voice. "Evie… did you recognise it?"
Evie nodded, then realised that Amy couldn't see her. "Yeah… I did."
"Marco, you want me to get a closer look at that?"
"Go for it. Don't get too close."
"Wait!" Evie exclaimed, looking up at the Cleric who was heading off towards the light. "I really don't think you should go."
"Hang on, what about the other two? Why not just wait 'til they're back?" Amy agreed. She really didn't like the idea of only three of them being left.
"What other two?" Marco asked in confusion, looking between the two girls. Evie furrowed her eyebrows.
"The ones you sent before."
"I didn't send anyone before."
"You did. I heard you. Crispin and Phillip."
"Crispin and who?"
Evie shook her head in disbelief. "There were two more Clerics here and you sent them to check out the light. They haven't come back…"
"Miss… I don't know what you mean." Marco said firmly. "There were never any others."
Amy gripped Evie's hand tighter. "Why can't he remember Phillip and Crispin? What's going on?"
"Amy, there never was a Crispin or a Phillip on this mission, I promise you." Marco told her, looking directly into her face, even though her eyes were closed. Then he looked at Evie. "Evie… there has only ever been just us."
"No, I heard you." Amy argued, her grip on Evie's hand tightening further as she panicked. "Before you sent Pedro, you sent Crispin and Phillip, and now you can't even remember them. Something happened. I don't know what, and you don't even remember!"
"Yeah, before you sent Pedro."
Marco glanced between them, totally bewildered now. "Who's Pedro?"
"Pedro!" Evie exclaimed, horrified. "You know… the big guy… the one who was here a couple of minutes ago!"
"There never was a Pedro."
"Something's happening!" The red-head said, a full scale panic bubbling up inside her now. "Pedro was here a second ago and now you can't even remember him!"
"There never was a Pedro. There's only ever been the three of us here!"
"No, there were six of us!" She argued. "Why can't you remember?"
Marco glanced at Evie, as though hoping she would take his side. The young woman was too shocked to speak, trying to work through what was happening in her mind. "Listen, listen. I need to get a closer look at that light, whatever it is. Don't worry, I won't get too close."
"No, you can't. You mustn't."
"Marco, don't go!" Evie pleaded with him, her eyes darting between the two faces in front of her and the almost blinding light. "First Crispin and Phillip, then Pedro… you can't go as well! Something will happen and you won't come back."
"Listen, I'll be fine." He assured them confidently, pressing a radio into Amy's hands. "Here, spare communicator.I'll stay in touch the whole time."
She shook her head, clutching the device tightly. "You won't. If you go back there what happened to the others will happen to you!"
"There weren't any others!"
"There won't be any YOU if you go back there."
"Two minutes, I promise." He said starting to move away towards the light.
"Please, just listen to me!"
But it was no good. Evie couldn't leave Amy alone to follow Marco and persuade him to come back. She held her grandmother tightly, rocking her slightly and trying to keep her calm.
"Hey… we've got the communicator now… let's see if we can get hold of River and the Doctor; get them to hurry up." She suggested brightly, ignoring the scowl that Amy was sending her.
"Hello, are you there? Hello? Hello?" Amy tried, almost whispering into the communicator. There was a long silence. "You try!"
No sooner had she pushed the device towards Evie than Marco's voice came through the speakers. "I'm here. I'm fine. I'm quite close to it now."
"Then come back! Come back now, please."
"Marco… just leave it… come back!"
Evidently he was ignoring them. "It's weird looking at it. It feels really..."
"Really what? Hello? Really what? Hello? Hello? Hello? Please say you're there. Hello? Hello!" Amy's voice was growing increasingly panicky and Evie pulled the communicator from her hands, gripping one tightly in her own and raising the device to her mouth.
After a second came a voice. "Amy… Amy, is that you?"
"Doctor? It's Evie."
"Doctor!" Amy grabbed for the radio and Evie moved it closer to her so that they could both speak into it.
"Where are you? Are the Clerics with you?"
"They've gone. There was a light and they walked into the light. Doctor, they didn't even remember each other." Amy told him.
"No. They wouldn't."
"What is that light?"
"Time running out. Girls, I'm sorry. I should never have left you there."
Evie tightened her grip on Amy's hand and felt the older woman do the same in return. She took a couple of deep steadying breaths and looked around nervously. There was no sign of anymore Angels, but that didn't mean that there weren't any lurking in the trees.
"Well, what do we do now?"
"You come to us... Primary Flight Deck… other end of the forest."
"I can't see! I can't open my eyes."
"Evie will have to lead you."
She gave a strangled cry. "I don't know where I'm going!"
"Turn on the spot."
"Just do it. Turn on the spot." He ordered. Almost reluctantly they did as he said, Evie helping Amy unsteadily to her feet. "When the communicator sounds like my screwdriver, you're facing the right way. Follow the sound. You have to start moving now; there's time energy spilling out of that crack and you have to stay ahead of it."
"But the Angels, they're everywhere."
"I'm sorry, I really am, but the Angels can only kill you."
"Fantastic." Evie snapped, turning Amy slightly to avoid her stumbling headlong over a trailing tree root that blocked their path. "That makes it so much less worrying."
"Evie!" River's voice was audible in the background at the other end of the radio. The brunette pulled a face.
"What does the Time Energy do?" Amy asked nervously.
"Just keep moving!"
Evie bit her lip, "Doctor, please."
"If the Time Energy catches up with you, you'll never have been born. It will erase every moment of your existence. You will never have lived at all. Now, keep your eyes shut and keep moving!" They had stopped, both of them thinking about the Doctor's words. Shaking her head and gathering her determination, Evie placed her hand on Amy's elbow and urged her forwards once more.
"Come on, love." Evie murmured encouragingly as they made slow, but steady, progress through the trees. Even with the brunette helping her, Amy found it difficult to put one foot in front of the other without feeling like she was about to fall on her face. "That's it."
"I feel ridiculous."
Evie grinned. "You look it."
"OI!" Amy smiled as well, managing a small laugh.
"Right, listen to me. I'm sending a bit of software to your communicator. It's a proximity detector. It'll beep if there's something in your way. You just manoeuvre till the beeping stops. This is important; the forest is full of Angels. You're going to have to walk like you can see. Evie, you're going to have to help her."
"Well, what do you mean?" She demanded, screwing up her face in annoyance. Evie pulled her slightly to the right to avoid a large rock protruding from the ground.
"Look, just keep moving."
"Easier said than done." Evie snapped as she narrowly stopped Amy sprawling headlong into the dirt.
The device in Amy's hand began making an odd, beeping sound. Evie looked at it in confusion, stopping and prising it from the red-head's fingers. She shook it a couple of times and then bashed it with the heel of her palm, as though she thought that might stop the noise.
"What's that?" Amy asked.
"It's a warning. There are Angels 'round you now." The Doctor told them. Evie handed the communicator back to Amy and looked around. Sure enough, Angels had appeared around them, as though out of nowhere. She gulped but said nothing so that Amy didn't panic even more. "Both of you listen to me. This is going to be hard but I know you can do it. The Angels are scared and running and right now they're not that interested in you. They'll assume you can see them and their instincts will kick in. All you've got to do is walk like you can see. Just don't open your eyes. Walk like you can see. You're not moving. You have to do this. Now! You have to do this!"
Taking a deep breath, they started forwards. Evie kept her gaze trained on the creatures, not looking away even for a second. Behind her, she could hear the beeping of the device, helping Amy to move around and through the statues. Tightening her grip on Amy's hand, Evie walked slowly, trying not to pull her too quickly.
They had almost made it safely through the group when Amy stumbled. Evie hadn't noticed the raised tree root in the path, but she'd somehow managed to avoid tripping over it. The red-head, however, hadn't been so lucky and sprawled on the ground. Still holding onto Evie's hand, she'd almost pulled the younger girl with her.
"Amy?" Evie cried, unable to look down and see if she was alright. Her eyes darted between the Angels, desperately trying to keep them at bay.
"Doctor, I can't find the communicator! I dropped it!" Amy cried, scrabbling for it.
"Evie! Pick it up!"
"I can't look down!" She snapped, keeping her gaze steady on the Angels. One of Amy's hands was wrapped around Evie's ankle, keeping the contact between them even as she scrabbled around on the ground for the radio. "I can't look away!"
"I can't find it. Doctor!Doctor...Doctor! Doctor..."
Evie felt Amy trying to stand upright, using her legs as a guide. Unable to stop herself, the brunette glanced down and helped her to her feet. When she looked back at the Angels, they were almost upon them. One was reaching out; it's hand a millimetre from Evie's throat. Another had its hand just above her head in a chopping motion.