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Ficlet: Visiting the Past (Eleven, Brig)

Sarah/Seeds

TITLE: Visiting the Past
CHARACTERS: Eleven, Brig, others mentioned
RATING: All
SUMMARY: For sleepismyfriend.  After the events of Power of Three, the Doctor takes a side trip.  Post Death of the Doctor for everyone else.



VISITING THE PAST

The Brigadier, Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart sat at his oversized dining table, an old-fashioned corded telephone to his ear.  'I agree, the time to make changes is now.  Colonel Karim is probably lucky she doesn't have to face the consequences of her actions.  Bringing in civilians and children and exposing them to such danger goes contrary to everything UNIT stands for.'  He paused as the other person spoke.  'I'm just glad everyone's all right.  I wouldn't want to have to explain to the Doctor that something had happened to Sarah Jane on UNIT's watch.'  Another pause.  'Oh, well of course he was, that explains quite a lot.'

A young man walked into the room, a goofy smile on his face.  'Nice place you have here Alistair.'  He realised the Brig was on the phone, and held up his hands.  'Oh, so sorry, please finish up.'

The Brig looked at the young man.  'And now he's here,' he said in the phone.  'I'll talk to you later.  Are you coming for dinner on Sunday?'  After the person's response, the Brig smiled.  'Excellent, I'll let Liz know and we'll see you then.'

He hung up the phone and folded his hands on the table.  'Doctor, I presume.'

'You're getting better at this,' the Doctor grinned as he straightened his bow tie and flopped down into the seat next to Alistair.  He pointed at the phone.  'Changes to UNIT?'

'Well, we'll see how all that shakes out over time.  Now, Doctor, what can I do for you?'

'What, can't I just visit an old friend?  Say hello, that sort of thing?'

'Since when?'

'Since now?'

The Brig pointed at a decanter on a nearby table.  'Would you like a drink?'

The Doctor started to frown, knowing alcohol wasn't his favourite in this incarnation, then he looked across at the man in front of him.  'Why not?' he smiled, determined to make himself enjoy this time.  He knew he was breaking the laws of time, but he also knew he didn't care.  He'd done it before, and he'd do it again.  No harm done like this. 

The Brig stood up and went to pour them both a glass, then handed one to the Doctor.  'I am glad to hear that the rumours of your death were greatly exaggerated.'

'You know me, always kicking about the universe somewhere.  Stopping invasions, righting wrongs, you know, the sort of thing we always did.'

'And which I'd like to do a little less of.  I am supposed to be retired you know.'  The Brig sat back down.  'It's about time I left the world-saving to the next generation, wouldn't you say, Doctor?'

'Speaking of the next generation, I met Kate today, well, today my time, about fifteen or twenty years from now your time, I suppose.'

The Brig held up a hand.  'I don't want to know.  The less I know, the less I have to worry about screwing up the timelines.'

The Doctor only smiled and held up his drink to the Brig.  'To times past and times to come.'  The Brig smiled and they both took a swig of their drinks.

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sleepismyfriend
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Very nice!

I'm impressed with your not introducing Sarah Jane into the mix more. Lord knows, one tiny mention, and she ends up blowing up the plot. Much like MOAR LIZ I suspect.

*wibbles* #brigfeels
spydurwebb
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
This was not what I originally intended when I started writing this this morning...but this is where we ended up.
brunhilde_1013
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
I am SO glad you wrote this. Partly because...he has a time machine. Death isn't an end. And yet he seems to have treated the Brig's death like he'll never see him again. Plus, mentioning Liz and Kate and SJ (I like to call her SJ; she spends most of the audios getting very cross about that nickname) is always a bonus!

(Also, am I the only one wanting a Brigadier family Christmas fic about now?!)
spydurwebb
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
INEVITABLY SOMETHING WOULD BLOW UP!!! ;-)

And all of those characters together just make me happy... :)
dallirious
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
MOAR LIZ!
spydurwebb
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Just wait until the family dinners! :-) Liz does NOT approve of the aliens attacking EVERY TIME she manages to collect everyone in one place.
dallirious
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Lol, no I imagine not. Though also your Liz seems a lot more homey than mine. I'd have Alistair struggling to get Liz to a family dinner.
spydurwebb
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
I think she has her moments - she certainly doesn't make it a habit of being domestic! The kitchen has a tendency to look more like her chemistry lab than any place you want to eat food from! :)
dallirious
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Exactly. For me her most extravagant dish is cheese on toast, cooked over a bunsen burner.
spydurwebb
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Does she make designs in the toast burns?
dallirious
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
If she's particularly bored, yes.
spydurwebb
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
I can see her working out her Da Vinci-like masterpiece called Doctor at work. :)
dallirious
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Oh god, yes. That would be brilliant. There's probably a photo album full of snaps of her toast masterpieces.
spydurwebb
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
I just figure she drops the actual pieces of toast in some solution that preserves it for eternity. Somewhere in the 68th century, a person will discover the elusive Liz Shaw Masterpieces in Toast!
dallirious
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Oh I figured she took pictures... and then ate them.
spydurwebb
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
I suppose it depends on how hungry she was at the time. I could imagine that some art might make her lose her appetite.
sleepismyfriend
Sep. 24th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Oy! You two. I distinctly remember the Doctor and her having contests. :P The Doctor is adept at even getting the toast!Brigadier's moustache in. *waggles finger across lip*
spydurwebb
Sep. 24th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Hence why she'd want to preserve that for posterity?
dallirious
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
I've had a really shitty morning and this was just perfect to read, Spydee. I like all the little mentions and I just really miss the Brig. It's a shame we won't get to see any more of his BFFness with the Doctor.
spydurwebb
Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Awwww, I'm sorry! *squishes* I'm glad it hit the spot for ya. I will definitely miss Nick's voice, it was always so lovely to listen to.
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