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xiii. utopia (part 01)

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THE TARDIS LANDS IN Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff, and a wide grin spreads across Violetโ€™s face as she flies around the console to look at the monitor, scanning the area and finding the familiar landmark only moments later. She watches as the water cascades down the sides of the reflective monument with a soft, nostalgic smile.

โ€œCardiff,โ€ the Doctor declares.

Martha is in disbelief. โ€œCardiff?โ€

โ€œAh, but the thing about Cardiff, itโ€™s built on a Rift in time and space, just like California and the San Andreas Fault, but the Rift bleeds energy. Every now and then I need to open up the engines, soak up the energy and use it as fuel.โ€

โ€œSo itโ€™s a pit stop.โ€

โ€œExactly. Should only take twenty seconds. The Riftโ€™s been active.โ€

A man in a great big coat is running across the plaza and Violet canโ€™t help the grin that breaks across her young face, or the delight that pulses in her centuries old eyes. It is Captain Jack Harkness, and he has a rucksack on his back.

โ€œWait a minute. They had an earthquake in Cardiff a couple of years ago. Was that you?โ€

โ€œBit of trouble with the Slitheen. A long time ago. Lifetimes. I was a different man back then.โ€

Jackโ€™s mouth moves on the monitor, and Violet can only guess that heโ€™s yelling out โ€œDoctor!โ€ as the man in question comes back around the console to stand beside Violet once he informs her and Martha that the TARDIS is all powered up. The Doctor sees Jack on the scanner and he sets the Time Rotor moving. Jack leaps for the TARDIS and something goes bang and shakes the console room before Violet can whack the only other remaining being of her species.

โ€œWhoa! Whatโ€™s that?โ€ Martha exclaims, hands gripping the console.

โ€œWeโ€™re accelerating into the future,โ€ Violet breathes in disbelief.

The Doctor hits the monitor, staring at it with an almost horrified expression. โ€œThe year one billion. Five billion. Five trillion. Fifty trillion? What? The year one hundred trillion? Thatโ€™s impossible.โ€

โ€œWhy?โ€ Martha exclaims. โ€œWhat happens then?โ€

โ€œWeโ€™re going to the end of the universe.โ€

Violet keeps her glasses covered eyes glued on the monitor, worry spiking and stinging within her as she hangs on for dear life. Jack is hanging on for his life as the TARDIS hurtles through the vortex, and shows no sign of letting go as he calls out for the Doctor again. The large blue coat whips around the time traveller as he clings to the blue time machine, head flush against the wood and blue eyes wide.

The TARDIS comes to a stop moments later, sending the three inside reeling, and the one on the outside tumbling to the earth, currently as dead as a doornail. Violetโ€™s eyes fly over the monitor with a sickening feeling in her gut at the readings, and a call that is beckoning her from not too far away.

โ€œWell, weโ€™ve landed,โ€ the Doctor informs with a strange voice.

โ€œSo whatโ€™s out there?โ€ Martha asks.

โ€œI donโ€™t know.โ€

โ€œSay that again. Thatโ€™s rare.โ€

โ€œNot even the Time Lords came this far. We should leave. We should go. We should really, really go.โ€

Violet shakes her head and slips out the door of the TARDIS, coming to a stop a few metres from the door, staring down at the currently dead body of her former lover for a moment before sitting cross-legged beside the 51st Century man. The Doctor runs out of the blue box with a wide grin on his face moments later and itโ€™s with no surprise that Martha is following behind the Time Lord like a lost puppy. Almost instantly, she spots Jack lying on the ground near the TARDIS and Violet sitting beside the immortal man.

โ€œOh my God,โ€ the British woman exclaims, landing on the ground beside the man and instantly trying to find a pulse. โ€œCanโ€™t get a pulse. Hold on. Youโ€™ve got that medical kit thing.โ€

The older woman runs into the TARDIS and leaves the three time travellers outside where there is more danger than Violet cares to share with the Doctor. She has been this far in time before, but not to this exact place at the end of the universe.

โ€œHello again,โ€ the Doctor greets with a mixed expression of sadness and something Violet canโ€™t quite put her finger on. โ€œOh, Iโ€™m sorry.โ€

Martha returns with the medical kit a minute later and places herself beside the currently dead Captain Jack Harkness and a patiently waiting Violet. As the woman tries to do whatever it is doctors do, she and the Doctor have a chat, making Violetโ€™s skin crawl at how nonchalant the Time Lord sounds as he explains how he knows the man and how he followed them to the end of the universe.

Violet watches with amusement and delight as Jack gasps and grabs Martha, who screams at the unexpected movement. The half Gallifreyan watches with a soft smile as the British woman carefully raises the alien up off the dirt, earning herself a blinding smile from the man.

โ€œCaptain Jack Harkness,โ€ the flirty man greets. โ€œAnd who are you?โ€

โ€œMartha Jones,โ€ the doctor-in-training informs with a blush.

โ€œNice to meet you, Martha Jones.โ€

The Doctor sticks his hands in the pants of his suit and rolls his eyes. โ€œOh, donโ€™t start.โ€

โ€œI was only saying hello.โ€

Martha helps Jack stand up, both clearly having forgotten that Violet is sitting beside where he once lay. Except, that thought is banished from her mind the second Jack turns around and pulls Violet up from the dusty ground and into his arms, holding her tightly as though they have been apart for longer than a week at most. The centuries old girl reciprocates the hug without hesitation, burying her face into his long coat as one of his hands rests on her lower back and the other on the back of her head, head resting against hers and eyes closed as he holds the young girl.

It takes for the Doctor to clear his throat to snap the two aliens back to the current present and move away from each others hold, a slight flush of embarrassment dusted over Violetโ€™s cheeks and a wide grin on Jackโ€™s face. However, itโ€™s quick to fade as Jackโ€™s baby blue eyes meet the Doctorโ€™s deep brown ones, a sort of respectful reverence and bubbling irritation taking its place.

โ€œDoctor,โ€ Jack greets.

โ€œCaptain,โ€ the Doctor replies.

โ€œGood to see you.โ€

โ€œAnd you. Same as ever. Although, have you had work done?โ€

โ€œYou can talk.โ€

โ€œOh yes, the face. Regeneration. How did you know this was me?โ€

โ€œThe police box kind of gives it away. Iโ€™ve been following you for a long time. You abandoned me.โ€

โ€œDid I? Busy life. Moving on.โ€

โ€œJust got to ask. The Battle of Canary Wharf. I saw the list of the dead. It said Rose Tyler.โ€

Violet flinches, and itโ€™s not missed by Jack.

The Doctor grins. โ€œOh, no! Sorry, sheโ€™s alive.โ€

โ€œYouโ€™re kidding,โ€ the immortal breathes in disbelief.

โ€œParallel world, safe and sound - and Mickey, and her mother.โ€

โ€œOh, yes!โ€

A bright smile bursts to life on Jackโ€™s face as he hugs the Doctor, the Time Lord grinning widely. Violet allows herself to have a wide smile tinged with sadness and loss grace her face, but itโ€™s forced away when she hears Martha mutter a โ€œgood old Roseโ€ in a sarcastic voice. That, of course, ends with Violet lightly slapping the darker-skinned woman and giving her a warning glare.

Turning on her heel, Violet begins walking in the direction the call is coming from, making Jack and the Doctor hurry after her, Martha hot on their heels. The young Time Lady is not amused by the conversation between the three travellers, and decides to tune it out, thinking of a time when it was much simpler and a time when all of this hadnโ€™t happened yet.

โ€œSo there I was, stranded in the year 200-100, ankle deep in Dalek dust, and he goes off without me. But I had this.โ€ Jack holds up his wrist and shows Martha his Vortex Manipulator. โ€œI used to be a Time Agent. Itโ€™s called a Vortex Manipulator. Heโ€™s not the only one who can time travel.โ€

โ€œOh, excuse me. That is not time travel,โ€ the Doctor laughs with annoyance, turning and jabbing a finger at the offensive technology. โ€œItโ€™s like, Iโ€™ve got a sports car and youโ€™ve got a space hopper.โ€

โ€œOh ho. Boys and their toys.โ€ Martha snickers and looks over at Violet, earning a grin in response as the physically younger girl all but latches onto Jack.

โ€œAll right, so I bounced. I thought 21st century, the best place to find the Doctor, except that I got it a little wrong,โ€ the immortal man informs. โ€œArrived in 1869, this thing burnt out, so it was useless.โ€

โ€œTold you,โ€ the Doctor

โ€œI had to live through the entire twentieth century waiting for a version of you that would coincide with me.โ€

โ€œBut that makes you more than one hundred years old,โ€ Martha says with disbelief.

โ€œAnd looking good, donโ€™t you think? So I went to the time rift, based myself there because I knew youโ€™d come back to refuel. Until finally I get a signal on this detecting you and here we are.โ€

โ€œBut the thing is, how come you left him behind, Doctor?โ€

โ€œI was busy.โ€

โ€œIs that what happens, though, seriously? Do you just get bored with us one day and disappear?โ€

โ€œNot if youโ€™re blonde,โ€ Jack says with a slight chuckle.

โ€œOh, she was blonde?โ€ Martha exclaims. โ€œOh, what a surprise!โ€

โ€œYou two!โ€ the Doctor groans. โ€œWeโ€™re at the end of the universe, all right? Right at the edge of knowledge itself and youโ€™re busy blogging! Come on.โ€

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