Alone at First (Chapter One) (Chapter Seven)
Ninth Doctor Fanfiction
Set Pre-Rose; A/N references Clive’s website from Rose
There was a special energy on the docks of Southampton that April morning. And not just because they were thronged with people eager for their journey.
Just walking by the immense ship made the hairs on the Doctor’s neck stand up. The potential energy of the moment pulled at the back of his mind, just like in Dallas. But more than a few days removed from the actual event made the buzzing in his head subdued, bearable even.
As the Doctor strolled along the dock, looking for a specific family among thousands, he could see all the possible interventions to prevent the ship from leaving. A crew member to warn or an officer to delay. Or even an engineer to get drunk. The variations played out in his mind’s eye but they all ended in the same result as the “original” timeline. As tempting as they were, he couldn’t let them distract him.
He was walking as fine a line as he ever had in all his years. Using a photo found on a conspiracy theorist’s (The Doctor would have used nutter if Clive wasn’t right) website as an excuse was pretty thin reasoning, but if the photo existed it meant that he had already been here. Now that he knew about it, he had to make an effort to complete the cycle.
So there he was, perhaps the only person walking the dock that wasn’t working or gazing up in wonder at the ship.