Falling Through A Crack
Sup, my name is Astrid and basically this is my story. Before we get too far into this very confusing story let me just give you some background. Ok, so I'm fourteen. I know that i'm young and well you may not think i'm telling the truth. But honestly I couldn't care less. Or is it I could care less. Oh whatever!! I have brown eyes, which is good because I can get things more easily with these puppy dog eyes. I'm adorable! Oh, yeah and i'm also a ginge. Like every crazy whovian I dyed my hair ginger. Yeah I know it's dumb but I don't care! No one really pays me any attention. So yeah anyways ... for those of you who don't know what a whovian is it's someone who is obsessed with Doctor Who. Oh that wonderful show! It's basically my life. I write in gallifreyan, I follow the actors on twitter like some sorta weird stalker with no life, and I write stories based off of Doctor Who. I know I sound like every single boring old Whovian on repeat. It's my life, I can't live without it blah blah blah. Yeah yeah I know. But just hear me out for a moment, I'm different from them. And no i'm not gonna say it's because I got to meet them. I'm not some mediocre kid yea know. I'm not gonna say it just like every single writer on the planet. Naw, that's no fun. I'm gonna say it with a big bang and maybe some fireworks. Ok, since i'm underage maybe no fireworks but still ... I'm different. Ooo maybe I'll say it Rose Tyler style. Ok, so ... I'm Astrid Salisbury and this is the day that I tell you how cool I am. So yeah, not necessarily cool but in general I'd like to think i'm cool.
Astrid was in the her room, like always. And she was laying atop her bed typing a story ... or at least trying to. She had a short story that needed to be completed for her creative writing class in less than twenty minutes and nothing was coming to her. Usually she could write and write and write but today she had no ideas whatsoever and it was making her very upset and angry at the moment. She wrote down an idea and then not thinking it good enough, crumpled it up and tossed it blindly over her shoulder without a second glance at it. She was done. She didn't know what to do and she certainly wanted a good grade on it. She quickly jumped up, pacing, trying to figure out what to do. She walked to school and she would be late if she didn't leave for school soon which would blemish her perfect attendance record. Astrid was a poster child for the perfect student. She had a perfect record, she got all A's and she rarely ever studied. Plus she was taking three languages which was a very high achievement for a freshman in High School. The only problem was like now, she procrastinated and usually made it up last minute it was due. Now being no exception. She quickly glanced at the clock, which made her even more frustrated seeing that the time was very close to the beginning of school. She threw her head up in despair and then quickly snatched up her laptop, printing out one of her short stories about Doctor Who, knowing it would have to do for now. Her Doctor Who stories were definitely creative enough, there was no question. She tossed it in her bag and threw on her old worn blue converse that matched quite nicely with her black Tardis shirt and her blue jeans. She quickly slide a bobby pin into her shoulder length ginger hair and ran out the door, a banana in hand as she ran down the sidewalk towards the school that was quite far in the distance from where she was. She ran and ran not even stopping to catch a breath or look to see where she was going, everything blurring past her in a haze of colors, spinning relentlessly around her. Quite suddenly her world tilted and her legs came out from under her, causing her to fall clumsily onto the sidewalk her arms sprawled out in front of her. She closed her eyes and winced as a pain inched over her knees and elbows and her head screamed out. She knew she was hurt and that her clumsy act had cost her a lot of time. She went to stand up with her eyes still closed tightly in pain as she mentally cursed but she couldn't bend her knees. She opened her eyes to try to figure out how close to the school she was, but when she opened her eyes she saw something she'd never thought she would see in a million years. She was laying on a glass floor ... and that glass floor was in the Tardis. She smiled and looked up to face three very shocked people that she knew very very well. She had watched them every day after all. Rory was the first to come out of his shocked stupor and he quickly raced over to her.
"Are you ok? You look hurt." He said to her, helping her stand so she was leaning up against the console, allowing him to check her injuries.
"Yeah, I had a collision with a sidewalk. I'm too clumsy for my own good. I'm Astrid by the way." She said, wincing as he gently applied pressure to her bleeding knee.
"Don't worry I'll have you fixed up in no time I'm Rory and I'm a nurse." Rory replied back, very gently smiling at her and staring at her with nice kind eyes. Oh, Rory the kindest guy in the universe. Amy was so very lucky to have him. Speaking of Amy, she and the Doctor had also snapped out of it and were now whispering animatedly to one another in the corner, the Doctor taking quick peeks at her every few minutes.
"It looks like you just have a few brush burns and a scrape, but you should be fine otherwise." She smiled back at him with sincerity just as the other two walked over towards them with looks of determination. Astrid, knowing that look so well knew that if he didn't get what he wanted he would get angry. Astrid knew one thing, she did not want an angry timelord on her case ... Not in a million years.
"How did you appear in my Tardis?" The Doctor asked rather bluntly. He was cutting to the chase like always and Astrid rolled her eyes in annoyance at the rude question.
"The even better question is why your Tardis appeared around me." She said smirking at him, quite proud of her sassy comment. She knew he didn't take well to people who knew more than him and she was so gonna throw that back in his face.
"It didn't appear around you that's impossible ... unless ... unless ... unless. Ugh, wake up." She smiled at his antics knowing that he was trying to figure out how she had gotten there in the first place. She kinda wanted to know too. Why did she appear here? How did she appear here?
"If it makes your thinking any easier Doctor, I was on my way to school and I fell face first into the sidewalk before I showed up here." The Doctor froze very suddenly and then he turned towards Astrid, suspicion very clearly in his eyes and curiosity brimming very dangerously near the edge.
"How do you know my name?" He said fright in his voice as he stared into her brown irises, her eyes stubborn and his curious.
"Well if you actually looked around. One, if you can tell my shirt has a Tardis on it which means I'm clearly not from around here. Two, my converse and glasses look eerily like your tenth incarnation. And finally, last but not least, the huge and embarrassing give away would be my phone lock screen which shows several pictures of you. This all adds up to the fact that I'm from a parallel universe." They all stared at her wide eyed once again, shock welled up within them, except this time they snapped out of it quite sooner.
"But I thought ..." The Doctor started, clearly very confused with what was going on which hardly ever happened in reality.
" Yes I know parallel universes are supposed to be blocked off but for some reason I'm here."
She said cutting him off from his unfinished thought. She started to pace her bag now on the floor and kicked over to the side as she thought.
"How did you know I was going to say that?"
"Keep up, I'm from another universe. Of course I know what your going to say it was my favorite show after all. Now hush, thinking."
Astrid replied, gesturing quite rapidly with her hands as she paced in a circle unsure.
"Show?" Amy spoke up, finally speaking in their conversation. Astrid threw her hands up exasperated with the Scot as she continued to pace.
"Yes Show. This whole thing in my universe is a show called Doctor Who which centers around the Doctor's life and it was my favorite. Now hush thinking." She said annoyed staring at her with glee in her eyes. Her brain and mouth obviously telling a very different story.
"Geez she's like a mini Doctor. No wonder it was her favorite show." Amy whispered to the other two. Motioning towards the frustrated younger girl that had now stopped with her eyes calculating, the gears in her head clearly turning. Suddenly she jumped up and down excitedly knowing just the right answer to all of her questions.
"Ok so going by what happened I'm going to say that there was a crack in time and space where time and space shouldn't have touched in that sidewalk I slipped on. Sound good?" She said looking very unsure of herself and just a little bit worried. The Doctor smiled at the young american and gave her a huge hug, Astrid smiling widely at the gesture.
"You're brilliant Astrid!"
"Aww thanks. I'm really not though, I just got that from the show."
She said blushing a deep red. He then grabbed out the sonic screwdriver from his tweed jacket and scanned her, making her feel very very happy that this was all very real. She knew that this was either real or just a harsh dream that would turn into reality, but the sonic proved that this was so very real and that made her smile.
"You were right you have time particles stuck to you, you must have traveled through the crack and ended up here." The Doctor said as he walked around the console directing her around the obstacles of the Tardis, which to be honest there were surprisingly barely any.
"So what are you gonna do with her? She can't go home Doctor." Amy said in confusion, watching as they walked around the console.
"She can come with us of course, she has nowhere else to go. Besides I need to keep close tabs on you." The Doctor said looking back and forth between Astrid and Amy not sure of what else to say to them.
"Really? That's like everything I've ever dreamed of. Thank you!" She said hugging the Doctor, a bright smile making it's way to her lips. The Doctor also having a goofy face on as they hugged, knowing that he had made her happy, no matter how confused he had been since she arrived.
"Welcome to the family Astrid!" Rory exclaimed from off to the side as she squealed in happiness and ran up to Rory giving him a hug as well. She was happy and a mystery to the Doctor. A mystery worth solving. And even if it killed him he was gonna find out. Why was she here? Why did she happen end up here after touching a crack? What was special about her? Why? Oh he would find out. He would eventually. But now he would enjoy this very bright young girl because who knew the next time he would meet someone as smart as himself. Who knew? For now he would let her smile because he liked it that way. Maybe tomorrow it wouldn't be this happy but he knew one thing, today ... right now was a happy ending. Everything was good and everyone was happy. Yeah today was a happy ending and he as sure as hell was gonna keep it that way!