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20 July 2007 @ 04:22 pm
After the Fall  
Date: December 26, 2009
Time: 15:00
Location: Cardiff
Characters Involved: Romana, open to others (calling Toshiko Sato...)
Ratings and Warnings: G to begin with...
Incomplete/Complete: Incomplete

Romanadvoratrelundar was not a happy Time Lady. Which was, after all, to be expected, seeing as she was very likely the last one.

Last of the Time Ladies, that is. The Last of the Time Lords was still alive and well, it seemed, although if it was up to her, that condition wouldn't last.

Romana was not happy with her improvised Vortex Manipulator, which landed her in a very backwards part of a rather backwards planet, albeit at the right time period, which was more than she could say for some of her TARDIS trips. It had, initially, surprised her to hear that the Doctor seemed so adamant to stick to this bit of space/time, but she reasoned that she was not qualified to evaluate his mind-set at the moment. Besides, there was always this urge for replacements. As if adopting Earth could ease the memory of Gallifrey, now that there was only a memory left.

She did a Doctor-style trouble round of the city, but apart from an odd encounter with a very ugly humanoid coming out of a manhole (an encounter that ended with some mutual gnashing of teeth), the only intereting thing that she could find was the perception filter next to the fountain. It was a nice bit of technology next to a nice bit of architecture and she was sure it was not there by accident, being as it also was on top of one of the more powerful rifts she had ever seen.

So true to the lessons of renegade Time Lady-ship, she took out her sonic screwdriver and started fiddling with the wiring on that perception filter, figuring out where its signal and power came from, then disconnecting it just to see who would come running. She was out for trouble, after all, she knew exactly what she wanted.
drowninginink on July 20th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Three o'clock was a little early to be heading home, but Toshiko owed her family a long overdue phone call. She'd been working all Christmas day, trying to find out what had happened to Jack, and what to do next, with no luck.

Without Jack at the helm, and with Gwen and Owen marching off doing their own things, Torchwood Three was slowly ravelling from the inside. She could follow orders perfectly, but she couldn't give them.

So she was intending to go home, have some sleep and some food, talk to her family and then head back to the Hub and back to work.

Before she got a chance to leave, however, someone - or something - started messing with what they generally termed 'the invisible lift'.

There was no-one else around, so it seemed to be up to her to deal with the situation. Perfect.

It had been disconnected, so she had to walk round the long way, glaring. It was a blonde woman, slight and apparently rather ordinary-looking.

"What are you doing?" she demanded. What else could she say?

OOC: Yay! And great intro post!
timelady_fred on July 20th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
(OOC: Thanks!)

"I'm deactivating this perception filter," Romana answered conversationally. In her experience, it was always best to be honest about such things. She did not glance up from her work, but a darting gaze told her a little about this human who came by to intercept her. Female, relatively young, curious facial features - Romana decided she liked this shape of the eyes and might adopt it for her next regeneration. In her experience, the best way to deal with regeneration was to be prepared.

She tweaked the sonic screwdriver some more, purposefully letting its blue glow and buzzing sound stand out. Attracting trouble inevitably involved attracting attention. Quite likely, this woman was some official of the city who would, in the way of such easily predictable things, soon accuse her of defacing public property. Or perhaps she was lucky and this woman would actually understand what a perception filter is.

"It's quite unconvenient, having one of them in a tourist spot," she mused on, hoping that she had guessed right as to what the fountain was and that "tourist spot" was not in this year some code word for an indecent location. You never knew, on Earth. "I might reverse it and turn it into a perception magnet. Only a bit of tinkering. Do you suppose the city council would appreciate that?" Wonder if this city had a council...
drowninginink on July 21st, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
"You're deactivating..?" repeated Tosh, utterly stunned. "But why? And how did you know it was there?"

"You can't do this! Torchwood is nothing to do with the city council and they - we - do not appreciate your interference."

She was trying to stay calm, and be matter-of-fact and business-like and to sound as if she was in control. In reality, she had no idea what to do and was more interested in how she was deactivating it than why.
timelady_fred on July 21st, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Torchwood. Romana frowned a little as she worked (she didn't feel the need to stop yet), trying to recall if she had heard that particular name before, but it didn't seem to ring a bell even after she gave it some consideration. It didn't sound like a tourist sort of thing, either. And this woman certainly did know what a perception filter was. Romana idly wondered if she was armed.

Satisfied with her progression towards a perception magnet, the Time Lady drew herself up, straightened and turned a somewhat quizzical look on this human stranger, taking in her measure and deciding in a spur of the moment unerring instincts thing that they could get along.

"My sonic screwdriver indicated the presence of a perception filter," she explained simply. "It was, of course, a bother to actually find, seeing as finding a perception filter rather defies the point, I'm sure you'll agree. Are you trying to hide the headquarters of an invasion? An illegal temporal operation, perhaps? Don't worry, I won't tell. Someone taught me that interfering is positive a long time ago, but right now I'm rather set on killing him, so that would actually be pretty hypocritical."

When the Doctor went along like that, it usually ended well. Romana was being an optimist.

drowninginink on July 22nd, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
"We don't want to invade anywhere," said Tosh in disbelief. "That'd rather defeat the object of our organisation!"

This woman knew more than she should. She'd worked out about the lift. Had she fallen through the Rift? Or had she just...landed here?

"Who are you?" Toshiko demanded. "What do you want here?"
timelady_fred on July 23rd, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Romana wondered if it would be considered charitable to tell this woman that, for a member of what must be a secret organization, she was revealing a great deal. Then again, it might just embarrass her further, and she was trying to be friendly.

"I am Romanadvoratrelundar," she answered in her most friendly tone. "I'm looking for a man called the Doctor. Funny chap, do you know him? All teeth and curls, long scarf? But of course, he would have regenerated at least once now..." Well, that was quite enough, she decided, for this woman as well as for her. "And who are you?"
drowninginink on July 23rd, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
"I'm Toshiko Sato. I work for Torchwood."

The most unsecret secret organisation in the world.

"I've met the Doctor," said Toshiko suddenly, as if it had only just occured to her. The memory was somewhat hazy. It had been such a long time ago. Before Torchwood. "But he was...well, he didn't have much hair and he had rather large ears. And a leather jacket instead of a scarf."

She paused, before adding, nervously: "You're from the same place he is, aren't you? You can't be human, surely?
timelady_fred on July 23rd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
"Torchwood." Romana nodded, wheels already turning in her mind, putting bits of information together into what she thought was a perfectly reasonable general idea that allowed her to look as though she and this secret organization were the very best of friends. Then she frowned. "Big ears." Well, that could be applied to her Doctor if for some reason he had cut his hair short enough, but leather was a definite sign of a regeneration. Not a good one, either. Which stood to reason. And it was not a comfort at all.

This Toshiko Sato was not stupid at all, in fact remarkably perceptive for a human. But then Romana knew that they could get along. She leveled a look at the woman that was, suddenly, needle-sharp.

"I," she intoned, "was from Gallifrey. The Doctor and I have some unfinished business to bring to an end."
drowninginink on July 23rd, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
"So you're a Time Lord...well, Time Lady, I suppose," said Toshiko, returning the gaze perfectly calmly. Another one? She had to be - Toshiko couldn't make a connection between this Romanadrovatrelundar and the person who had interrupted their Christmas party and caused chaos.

"It seems as if there are a fair few of you around Cardiff, then," she said. "One of your people...at least, we believe they are a Time Lord, has abducted our leader."
timelady_fred on July 23rd, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
A few of us...?

It wasn't literally a punch to the gut, but it might just have been. Romana felt her eyes grow saucer-wide and was unable to stop them, or control her spine going rigid, extremities going numb, as though her hearts were out of pace with each other. "Excuse me...?" She asked weakly, all Time Lord majesty gone in a keen flash of cold confusion.

"You must be mistaken," she said very slowly. "There are only two of us. Our home planet was - was destroyed." Rassilon's beard! Why did she have to explain it to a human? This primitive species could not comprehend -

Romana considered feeling out, her mind on the verge of spilling out of itself to have a look around, see for herself. No, she thought; she could not do it. Not yet. The shock of hope and the despair it could bring along with it would, combined, be too great. It must all be a ridiculous mistake, she decided. "I need to find the Doctor. Abduction is... not quite his style, but I suppose..."
drowninginink on July 23rd, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
"I'm sorry," said Toshiko, and she found that she not only meant her own words, but believed Romana completely.

"I'm afraid I don't know about there just being two of you," she added, "Jack was adament, however. He travelled with the Doctor..."

She trailed off, and found herself saying: "I can show you what little data we have? Maybe you can make more sense of it than we can?"
timelady_fred on July 24th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
"I - yes." With a moment to breath and restore her hearts to a synchronized beat, Romana felt a little better. A mistake, that was what it had to be. Well - humans, there was no telling, how would they know who was a Time Lord and who was not, anyhow? It was foolish of her to react so strongly, so suddenly. If she was given to such superstitions, she might have assumed this gut reaction to mean that it must be the truth, but she was a Romana and a Time Lady and she was not.

"That would be very kind of you," she continued, nodding earnestly. There was little hope of recovering her detachment. This Toshiko was not stupid. How would the Doctor always do this? Roll along...

He had all the trade secrets. She was going to kill him.

"We might have a common goal," she noted. "There is nothing better at tracking a Time Lord than another Time Lord."

drowninginink on July 24th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
"I suppose so..." she said, pushing her hair back out of her face. "I shouldn't be telling you this. I shouldn't be telling you any of this..."

She shook her head, pushing a stray strand of hair behind her ear. "I suppose its a bit late to stop now, isn't it? Have you disabled the lift? Can we go into the Hub that was or should we take the less scenic route?"
timelady_fred on July 24th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
"People very often tell me things they should not," Romana volunteered.

She glanced at the very disabled perception filter, only now realizing that it was, in fact, covering a lift. Something of an oversight, but then her plan to attract attention did work, so she dismissed the issue and tweaked her sonic screwdriver in the general right direction. "It seems to be in order."

She stepped back with an elegant hand gesture. "After you." Who knew, there might even be armed guards to distract her once they got in there.

Romana needed a distraction.
drowninginink on July 24th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
"I'm glad its not just me, then," said Toshiko, raising an eyebrow as she watched Romana using that strange device yet again. She made a mental note to ask more questions about it later.

Questions, for now, would have to wait. She stepped onto the lift, and reached into her pocket for the control to activate it. She didn't have the handy all-purpose watch Jack liked to use.

"Come on, then," she said, tapping the space beside her with a foot. She wondered if Jack would fire her for this. That wasn't likely. Yell maybe, though.
timelady_fred on July 27th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
(OOC: New topic? Anyone in the Hub?)
drowninginink on July 29th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the delay (cursed computer problems, but its all fixed now thankfully). New post sounds like a good plan.