IC: HQ Zero.   Posted by Eye of Harmony.Group: 0
Eye of Harmony
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Fri 28 Nov 2014
at 18:51
IC: HQ Zero
Through the door there was a similar glow to that inside the room. It was possible to see several couches, tables, a large cheeseplant in a pot and a fountain that bubbled away quietly. There was the aroma of roses, despite none being present. The walls sported vast inset roundels, many feet high, stretching up to a ceiling that was easily sixty feet or more above the floor.

Everything was in a pinkish-grey white.

One table was vast. It spanned almost the entire length of one wall. It was heavily laden with food. Plates of fruit and bowls of salad. Several trays of cream cakes. A few vats of hot food - some form of vegetarian chick pea stew, a hot curry, and a third containing chicken soup. There were cold meats, quiches, and some pastries of sweet and savoury varieties. There were napkins, silver cutlery items, and finger bowls. And drinks. Teas, coffees, water, fruit juices ...

What was lacking was any sign of people.
Victoria Waterfield
 player, 117 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Fri 28 Nov 2014
at 20:45
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Victoria opened her eyes and blinked.  Then blinked again.  She hesitated, then opened the door and stepped through, coming to a complete stop with what she saw...

This was... most unusual.  She looked around, taking a step so she could see behind the cheeseplant, then paused.  There was no one here!  And it was obviously modern, or at least not like any place she had ever seen.

"Parden me?  Is there anyone about?" she called out, walking slowly towards the drink end of the table.  She smoothed down her skirt, which ended just below her knees... quite proper, in her mind.  "I am here to help the Doctor?  Hello?"

She looked longingly at the tea, clearly wondering if she dared help herself to what was obviously put out for a crowd of expected patrons...

This message was last edited by the player at 03:52, Sat 29 Nov 2014.

The Brigadier
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Sat 29 Nov 2014
at 00:13
Re: IC: HQ Zero
The Brigadier stepped out. He didn't waste time looking longingly at the food, but immediately moved to the tea, and poured himself a cup. He then took in his surroundings. No people. But..

"Miss Waterfield. Don't hold back - our patrons have clearly have put this on for us; as well as anyone else on their list of who they're going to contact to find the Doctor. I've dealt with their kind before - far, far too often, and you're likely in for a long wait, so best to make yourself at home."
Victoria Waterfield
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Sat 29 Nov 2014
at 01:02
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Victoria gave a squeak, then turned.  She frowned a moment, then smiled.  "Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart!  I... oh, it was in the tunnels wasn't it?  The funny underground train?  The Yeti?  Oh, it has been so long, Colonel!"

She ran to him and gave him a great hug, which probably was a little unsettling.  But then again, Victoria was young, and so very emotional.
The Brigadier
 player, 61 posts
Sat 29 Nov 2014
at 08:22
Re: IC: HQ Zero
It -was- unsettling, and it almost had him spilling his tea. Luckily enough, he'd dealt with enough emotional companions in his time since knowing the Doctor, that he quickly put it down on the table first.

"Brigadier now, actually." He proceeded to pour another cup of tea, and offered it to her. "We really must settle down and wait for the long haul. I gather it's the Doctor's people behind this... transportation, and if they're anything like him, who knows when they'll arrive." He paused. "I wonder who else will be along." He frowned, running through the names of people he -knew- had associated with the Doctor, and came up with a list he hoped were not along. They were either all too eager for combat, like McCrimmon, or, like Miss Heriot, were hopeless in a combat situation, and determined to be 'just as good as a man', even when it was patently untrue in some cases.
Victoria Waterfield
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Sat 29 Nov 2014
at 16:40
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Victoria took the cup of tea with a nod of thanks, blushing slightly from her own exuberant greeting.  "Brigadier?  I... I would suppose that some time has passed since I left the Doctor," she replied, with the naivety that came from truly thinking of time in a linear fashion, not with all of its kinks and swirls.

"I never met a Miss Heriot.  But oh, dear Jamie!  How is he?  Yes, he was a very rash young man, but he was so wonderful and brave!  I do fear that I broke his heart when I chose to stay, and to be sure it broke mine too."

She bit her lip, blushing again.  "Forgive me, Brigadier.  I fear that I have let myself let my thoughts out too quickly.  How are you?  Are you here to save the Doctor too?"
The Brigadier
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Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 02:11
Re: IC: HQ Zero
He chuckled quietly, whilst reclaiming is own cup, and taking a small sip.

"I saw McCrimmon and the Doctor again, after that business with the Yeti. Again, not under ideal circumstances, though different alien invasion. Seems like there's one every week sometimes." He paused. "Yes. The Doctor and I... well, we grew to have an association of a sort. He worked for me for a while, and now, it appears, he needs our help. Apparently his... people, have a list of names they're going to track down to try to help the Doctor out of a jam. It appears both your name and mine were on this list; I am concerned about who else might be on the list. Some of his associates that I have met could prove to be more problematic than helpful."
Victoria Waterfield
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Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 02:23
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Victoria frowned a moment, then moved to the table to add two sugars and a little cream.  "What I am at a loss to understand is why my name would be on a list.  You are a soldier, and you know how to fight and face things.  I am but an orphan girl, and one that the Doctor was most kind to, especially after my poor Father was killed by the Daleks."  She shivered a moment.  "So I fail to understand at all what I could do to help.  Perhaps someone will come along to be more helpful to you."

She sipped her tea, feeling a little sad that she had so little to offer.
The Brigadier
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Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 02:31
Re: IC: HQ Zero
"Miss Waterfield, having been a companion of the Doctor's, you should know better. Yes, I am a soldier. Yes, I have no doubt that it is my military experience that had me on this list. However, you know better than anyone that the Doctor doesn't use weaponry very much, and your belief in other people, your faith as it were, may be why you were on this list. I would far prefer 10 of someone like you than for one like Master McCrimmon, who, whilst he may be a warrior of sorts, is far too brash and inexperienced for me to use easily."

Oh, the Brigadier had used Jamie quite well at times; but it did require more work, and, assuming he wasn't going to have Benton or even Captain Yates; he'd prefer for more cluey, friendly associates rather than ones who's first instinct would be to charge. Unless they were trained, professional soldiers who would obey his commands instinctively, he wasn't sure more warriors were what was required.
Victoria Waterfield
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Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 07:25
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Victoria lowered her head.  She knew she had been brave... against the Daleks, against the Cybermen, against the Ice Warriors... all of them.  And the Brigadier was right.  She had been brave.  She screamed, but she stayed.

"I... I apologize, Brigadier.  I tried so hard.  I faced all of them, and so did dear Jamie.  You were brave, in the tunnels, in the headquarters, against the Yedi, even when the Doctor was taken over.  I cannot do less.  I will be brave for you, and for the Doctor.  I give you my word."

She was soft, very serious, even if her tea cup shook in her hand.
The Brigadier
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Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 07:46
Re: IC: HQ Zero
He smiled quietly, and patted her on the shoulder.

"My dear Victoria; you were braver than all of us. It's -easy- for me, and even Master McCrimmon to be brave. It's in our training. But you - you should never have had to be in the front line. I don't pretend to understand how the Doctor picks who travels with him, but know this - you're far braver than those of us who have been trained to be at the front line, because you do what you do, because it is the right thing to do. It is not because you've been trained to the point it's instinct, nor because it's a job - you do it because that's what you do. It is easy for those of us equipped to deal with danger on a daily basis to be brave - for if we aren't, how can those we protect be? But for you? Your bravery is ten times as great as mine; because you -aren't-."
Bernice Summerfield
 player, 7 posts
Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 16:29
Re: IC: HQ Zero
<<From: Intro Thread>>

The disorientation was not unpleasant, but the sensation was swamped by the shock and anger of being so churlishly kidnapped! Bernice let out a yell of rage and kicked out at the wall. "Don't you dare! You take me back at once! You little..." The door registered, and she yanked it open, and stormed out into the room of comfort and food.

So, a degree of lavish comfort and a mismatched pair. Young lady, drinking tea. Military man, air of authority. Well, of the pair, there was a logical choice as to who was actually in charge. Therefore, she stomped up to the Brigadier and snapped at him with barely contained vitriol, "Just what do you think you're playing at? You have no right to kidnap me! Send me back! Restore the life support on my ship! Give me back my son!"

OK, so it was not her ship, if truth be told, but that was a tiny fact she was willing to overlook. There was no room for accuracy in high dudgeon.
Victoria Waterfield
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Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 18:35
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Victoria took a step back, almost sloshing her tea from the cup, her eyes widening in astonishment at the angry woman's appearance.  Clearly, she had reasons for being angry, but yelling at the poor Brigadier wouldn't fix anything!

"Whatever has brought you here brought us here too," she said, trying to sound reasonable.  "We most assuredly had nothing to do with it.  We are here to help the Doctor.  Did... did you know him too?"
The Brigadier
 player, 66 posts
Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 21:42
Re: IC: HQ Zero
The Brigadier simply took it in his stride.

"As you see, Miss Waterfield, not all the Doctor's companions are nearly as patient or understanding as you are. Some, indeed, are downright hostile."

He fixed Bernice with a steely gaze.

"And -you- will stand down. I don't care who you are, where you come from, or why you think I had anything to do with your abduction. However, I am Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart; and I have dealt with ministers of government, and on occasion, the prime minister, so I will not be cowed by some -woman- who thinks they can cow anyone into doing their bidding."
Bernice Summerfield
 player, 8 posts
Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 21:54
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Benny stared at the Brigadier's face for a long moment before stating, in a tone that seemed more curious than calmed, and lacked a lot of delicate sensibility "I'll be buggered. It's the tash! That's why I didn't spot it, the family resemblance. There's definitely something about the nose, and the jawline. You really are him, aren't you? Explains a lot!"


She started to prowl the room, looking for cameras, booby traps, or other such things - looking into the plant pot, the cushions on the chairs, anywhere at all that came close. "I'll accept what you say at face value, I suppose, given who you are. And if you vouch for the girl, fair enough. And you can be sure I knew him, all right. He spent half the time driving me crazy, twenty five percent of the time terrifying me, twenty five percent being incomprehensible, and all of it was absolutely brilliant. Now, where is that gobby bloke who kidnapped me?"

She lifted a cushion in one hand. "Come out here at once. If anything has happened to my son, I'll beat you to death with this cushion. I have no sense of humour when it comes to my family!" From someone else, this might have seemed like a comical threat, but there was a sharp edge that suggested she was not joking at all.
The Brigadier
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Sun 30 Nov 2014
at 22:03
Re: IC: HQ Zero
He just watched her for a moment.

"You might as well know, I have reason to believe it's the Doctor's own people who have transported us. As such, threats won't get you very far with them." A pause, then a wave of his hand, dismissing something. "I will assume you come from mine, and indeed, Miss Waterfield's, future." He then gestured. "This is Miss Victoria Waterfield. She was a companion of the Doctor for a while; and has the patience of a saint."

He settled himself down drinking his tea.

"I think we'll find out what's happening soon enough; they're as bad as the Government when it comes to paperwork."

Speaking of which... he had left his papers on the desk rather than bringing them with him, hadn't he?
Victoria Waterfield
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Mon 1 Dec 2014
at 03:22
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Victoria wondered if she did have that sort of patience... especially with a woman like this.  "I need no one to 'vouch' for me, and most especially to someone as rude as you," she replied.  "The Doctor is a kindly old man, and I adore him.  And I am most sure that wherever are, we will be returned to where we belong, which means that your son will not even know you are gone."

She managed her best polite smile.  "Would you like some tea?"
Bernice Summerfield
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Mon 1 Dec 2014
at 19:51
Re: IC: HQ Zero
"I can well believe the Time Lords are behind all this, they never did have any manners!" Benny raised her voice at the end of her statement, letting the uncaring air in the room know that she was not at all impressed. She regained control of her emotions. She wouldn't help Peter by ranting, and if the Doctor was in trouble, she owed him her help. But the way she was all but kidnapped would not go unaddressed. She would simply save that punishment for a more opportune moment.

She instead turned to regard Victoria curiously. She couldn't place her - but then, there had been a lot of people in the TARDIS down the years, and not all of them had left an indelible impression on the machine, though they all had done so on its owner. "Tea. Yes, that would be nice. I don't suppose they have any lapsang, do they? I'm rather fond of something robust and smoky. Not unlike my ex-husband, on a good day." Well, she was trying to joke to break the ice. Of course, she had no clue that the young lady came from a more reserved era when coarse humour was for the music halls and not well-bred gentlewomen. "As for the Doctor being a kindly old man, I rather think you know a different Doctor. He was a devious, cunning, manipulative sod most of the time I knew him. But a genius. Combined, the two tended to make him impossible to predict, and almost always capable of out-thinking anyone who got on the wrong side of him. Brilliant, but not someone to cross. I'm Bernice, by the way. Professor Bernice Summerfield, former curator of the Braxiatel Collection, and currently archaeologist for hire. If you've got a hole to be dug or a broken pot to be dated, I'm the one to do the dating. Actually, that's also like my ex-husband, now I come to think of it. Dry, cracked, and bloody useless for all practical purposes."
Victoria Waterfield
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Mon 1 Dec 2014
at 22:36
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Victoria found herself blushing as she sat down her tea to pour a cup for Bernice.  She talked so fast, her language was so course.  It made her head spin.

"Cream or sugar, Professor?"  She managed to ask, politely.  "Oh, and the Doctor was quite intelligent, and though a bit confused, was simply grand at getting us out of situations.  He saved my life, rescuing me when the Daleks kidnapped me and eventually killed my father."  She blinked... it was obviously a sore subject still.  "That was in 1866, as you might guess."
The Brigadier
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Mon 1 Dec 2014
at 22:40
Re: IC: HQ Zero
A quiet shake of his head.

"Professor Summerfield. Will wonders never cease? In any event, I do not believe Miss Waterfield had the... fortune, if you would call it that, at realising the Doctor could... -change-. The Doctor was not known for sharing that information in the time I knew him."

Indeed, though he would grow to meet many more in his life; at this point he only knew three incarnations - which was still more than most; but he hadn't -quite- gotten to be blase about the whole procedure.
Destriianatos
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 Ensign Destrii
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Tue 2 Dec 2014
at 01:18
Re: IC: HQ Zero
CRASH!

The noise should have echoed about the chamber, but the hint of tranquility in the room somehow managed to mute the sound, taking the harsh edge off slightly, as if the very air had a peaceful quality in itself.

One of the doors had burst off its hinges, slamming into the ground and bearing the blue and red streak that shot through. She covered her head as she hit the ground herself, but deftly tucked and rolled and sprang up on long legs like an expert gymnast. She rested her hands on her hips, like the cat that had meant to fall over just like that. 'It's okay, I'm here.' Destrii said. She was a woman who really knew how to enter a room.

Those already there were confronted by a statuesque woman of athletic build, long legs, and proud bearing. Her eyes were large, her nose small, her smile wide, attractive with confidence. The odd thing was her dress and colouring. She wore a ludicrous uniform, a little red dress with a low-cut top and long sleeves adorned in gold, high black heeled boots, stockinged legs, and a short, short miniskirt. A belt around her waist bore a raygun and other gadgets. Those familiar with 20th-century Earth television might recognise the ensemble.

And her skin was blue, hands, legs, and face. Two little blue antennae peeked forward off the top of her head, through a lopsided mop of white hair. Which she then adjusted.

'Now which one of you chumps is Romana?' Destrii asked the stunned folk inside, her antennae standing higher.


OOC:
http://dailycosplay.com/2013/May/20b.html

This message was last edited by the player at 15:35, Tue 02 Dec 2014.

The Brigadier
 player, 73 posts
Tue 2 Dec 2014
at 01:28
Re: IC: HQ Zero
Oh good grief. Just what was needed. He didn't have much knowledge of TV; and fandom hadn't taken off in the Brigadier's timeline, at least not for Star Trek. So what he saw was a soldier. A soldier from the future perhaps, but a soldier all the same.

So he focused his gaze upon her; and barked.

"Soldier. Stand down. Romana is likely a timelord; and so is making us wait, as is their custom. For now, stand down, help yourself to some food."

Whilst his gun wasn't out; it was visible, his hand near it.