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The Master's Game (13 - It's just a game) [DW]
Doctor Who - BBC
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The next two days went by in a blur. The Master behaved normal again - at least his kind of normal - and was busy most of the time, putting something together at his desk that was now littered with all sorts of parts and screws and what not. Roka tried to get a glimpse of what it was, but he shooed her away each time she came too close. So she spent the time augmenting the tiny drone with some extras. There she had the opportunity to sniff around. In those two crates were enough things that could finally give her some advantage.
But it was hard to think. Roka had trouble concentrating, cause she was so tired. Each time she tried to get some sleep she jolted awake shortly after with this strange feeling one gets after a nightmare they can't remember anymore. So she
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The Master's Game (12 - A moment of weakness) [DW]
Doctor Who - BBC
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The crate wasn't too big and thankfully not too heavy, but the way up still seemed to be much longer than it had been down.
When they reached the office again it had already gotten pitch black outside. The clock showed past 3 am, Roka noted surprised while sitting down the crate on the floor. "Aaaw, man, I don't feel the slightest tired anymore though..."
"Then make yourself useful and help me testing the things." The Master dropped his own crate and kneeled in front of it. "And no self experiments!"
"How am I supposed to..."
"Not so smart after all, eh?" He laughed. "I'll check them, see what they are and then you test whether they still work."
"Fine..." Roka pouted. "But just so you know... if
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The Master's Game (11 - Ghosts of yesterday) [DW]
Doctor Who - BBC
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Roka suddenly sprang up, approaching the Master.
"What...?", he asked confused.
But she was actually more interested in what was behind him. There stood a small building on top of that metal platform and she had to stretch to see up to it. Probably a control room. And in there...
"Look, something's blinking in there." She pointed up.
"Weren't you feeling sick a moment ago...?" He raised an eyebrow.
"Yeah, still do a bit... but..." There had to be a way to get up there.
"You were in my mind..."
"Uhm... okay, okay... sorry about that..." She looked down.
"That's not the point", he answered, sounding perplex. "Aren't you... I don't know... traumatized or something?"
"Huh?" Roka looked up a
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The Asterfield Secret (4/4) [DW]
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"I thought you've already searched the basement, Doctor!" The Master stared flabbergasted at the other Time Lord.
"Just peeked in. It was too dark to see anything and the lights don't work."
"The ghost definitely floated down there..." Roka took a look through the kitchen. "Ha, thought so. There are candles." She handed some to everyone. "Good old spook mansions. never disappoint one."
"I'll go first!" The Doctor lit his candle and opened the door to stick his head through. "Ohhh... that's some steep steps. Get it? Steep steps... steps steep..." He turned around with a grin.
"Ugh, stop the nonsense." The Master rolled his eyes and pushed the Doctor forwards.
Then he grabbed Roka and pushed her down too, before following last.
Down there was an old rust
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[Doctor Who] (Short) You will love it, Doctor!
The Master gaped at the Doctor, disbelieve all over his face.
"You can't be serious! You never had... In all your long life...?"
"No! God no!" The Doctor exclaimed.
Leaning closer to his old friend the Master put on a nasty grin. "Want to try? I bet you would looove it."
The other Time Lord suddenly looked shocked and slid a bit away on the sofa.
"I really have no idea how anyone could love... that!"
"Because it's goood!"
"Oh, definitely not!"
"It's the absolute best thing in the universe!"
A shiver ran down the Doctor's spine. "Ugh! I don't even want to think about it!"
"Come on, Doctor. You can't know if you would like it if you never try." The Master leaned closer, his grin getting wider.
"I absolutely don't need to, to know it's gross!"
"Everyone likes it. No one can live without it."
"I definitely can!" Shrieked the Doctor, sliding even further away.
"You can even have... mine. Just this once."
"I... I don't even want to have this near me!" Now he jumpe
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The Asterfield Secret (3/4) [DoctorWho]
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Roka tried to stay near the Doctor when they made their way to the large living room
"At least there is a nice fireplace in here." The Doctor walked over to it. "Ah, a shame actually, but I guess it won't hurt anyone to use some of the old furniture."
Very happy about this opportunity the Master started to smash some chairs and threw the pieces into the fireplace, before lighting it up with a few shots of his laser screwdriver. Obviously very satisfied with himself he sat down into one of the arm chairs that stood in front.
The Doctor also wanted to sit down, but then he saw some movement in the corner of his eye and spun around.
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The next two days went by in a blur. The Master behaved normal again - at least his kind of normal - and was busy most of the time, putting something together at his desk that was now littered with all sorts of parts and screws and what not. Roka tried to get a glimpse of what it was, but he shooed her away each time she came too close. So she spent the time augmenting the tiny drone with some extras. There she had the opportunity to sniff around. In those two crates were enough things that could finally give her some advantage.

But it was hard to think. Roka had trouble concentrating, cause she was so tired. Each time she tried to get some sleep she jolted awake shortly after with this strange feeling one gets after a nightmare they can't remember anymore. So she stayed awake as long as she could, disassembling devices, sorting out fitting parts and reassemble them into something useful. The Master ignored her most of the time and she exploited this tiny little bit of freedom.

And she repeated the words the Doctor had said to her over and over in her head: "Whatever he does. It's just a game. He tries to break you." Whatever this had been a few days ago, it only was part of the game. She had to be even more careful than ever before.

"What the hell are you doing now?" A halfway wondering, halfway amused tone came from directly in front of her and she looked up.

Instinct. Right now she actually couldn't see anything because of the blindfold. Well... she could see though.

"I have no idea what triggered my sight back to normal", she explained. "So in case it ever breaks again... I augmented this drone here with a psychic sensor, amplified the signal so even my weak abilities are enough and..." There was a tug at the blindfold and it got lifted. Roka pinched her eyes and flinched. "... can't separate the drone signal from that of my visual cortex though. Give that back."

"Wait... you see with that thing?" The Master observed the drone that was flying above Roka's head. "How does it move? You have no controller..."

She grinned widely, tapping against a tiny triangular device on her ear. "I intercept the signals from my brain to my eye muscles. There is only one drone though, so it's just 2D."

"You build an actual eye..." He said slowly, looking at the drone; very interested and a bit surprised.

"Uhm, yeah somehow. I should call it... Psye."

His face twisted. "Ugh, pleeease, no puns!"

Roka giggled and of course didn't tell him the actual use of that thing. Extending it's reach and the signal's strength would provide her with a nice way to spy around.

"Get up." He threw the blindfold onto her head and she put it back on. "Really? Well... as long as you don't run into me..."

"Down again?" It was a bit harder to walk and at the same time control the Psye. She decided to actually call it that.

"No. Just outside. Taking a walk."

Roka tilted her head. "What do you need me for then?" And since when did he...

The Master laughed. "You seriously think I let you alone with alien tech ever again after you build a psychic replica of an eye?" He snipped at the drone, but Roka evaded fast enough.

It was the first time since she had arrived here with the Doctor that Roka left the building. It felt strange, but controlling the drone kept her mind busy at least. She didn't want to think. And she was tired.

To her luck both, wind and rain, had settled. Otherwise her Psye would have been damaged very quickly. A red leaf sailed down. She had no idea in which time they were and also not in which season. But more leaves revealed that it had to be autumn.

The Master snatched one of the leaves and held something against it that, at first glance, looked like a sonic screwdriver. She flew the drone closer and saw that it emitted a laser which burned a tiny hole through the leave.

A satisfied smile spread on the Master's face. "Precise... perfect." Then the laser beam got wider and the whole leave combusted into a flame. He turned his head to Roka, holding the device with a grin in front of her face. "Bio-locked. Meaning, only I can use it."

She giggled. "I feel honored that you deem me that dangerous." Somehow she really did, although she probably shouldn't.

Suddenly the smile vanished from the Master's face and he fully turned around to Roka.

"You know... this game really was fun." He looked down to her, ignoring the drone. "But it's time to end this. I'm sick of this place and especially of this planet." He flicked her forehead. "You will tell me where the TARDIS is."

"Certainly not." She frowned at him, but a very mean grin sat already on his lips.

"Destroy that stupid drone." He said in a cold, commanding voice.

And something strange happened to Roka. Her mind went blank and she felt a sudden urge to... she grabbed the Psye out of the air, smashed it to ground and crushed it under her shoe, before wincing from the short sharp pain that went through her head when the signal got disrupted.

"Tch, don't tell me you haven't build in security measurements..."

She took down the blindfold and stared at the broken drone with confusion. Why had she done that? But then she remembered the Master's mind control abilities and threw a frown at him. "It was just a prototype." And looking down again she sighed. "What a shame. I had some cool ideas for it."

The Master still looked down to her, a finger at his chin. "Hm... disappointing... Somehow I almost expected you to resist." But then he grinned nastily. "Better for me, eh?" And with the same commanding tone as before he continued, "Go to where the TARDIS is hidden and stand in front of it."

Again her mind went blank. The noises around her vanished and there was only one thought left. The TARDIS. She had to go there. It had been so long since she had been in it. So long. She wanted to be back. Surrounded by the humming of the machines that had given her headaches for the first few weeks, but was now as much part of her life as breathing.

She stopped and faced the air in front of her. There it stood, hidden from sight. Just a second...

"Just a second out of synch, eh?"

The Master's chuckle brought Roka back and she shook her head to shake off the strange dizziness. And then she realized what she had done. Next to her the Master pointed the Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver into the air and a moment later the blue box appeared.

"Finally!" He patted her head like a dog's and stuck out his tongue. "Good human. And now give me your key."

It was no use, she couldn't resist. The urge to do what he had commanded was too strong and she reached inside a hidden pocket at her belt to pull out a small key that she dropped into the Master's open hand.

It hurt. It stung. It felt as if every organ in her body contracted, when he opened the door, only to push her inside, following closely. And still... there was a question, burning in her head.

"Why?" She asked quietly while the Master started the engines. The TARDIS sprang to life. "You could have ordered me all that time... why only now?"

"Oh... it was fun!" A satisfied grin sat on his face. He ran around everywhere, checking the control room. "Ah, what a mess. That guy just can't keep things in order." Then he came back, took the blindfold, Roka still held, and tied her hands onto her back with it. "I actually never planned to stay that long... this place stinks. But you were such a fun distraction. Now though...!" He ran back to the console and pushed some buttons, only to chuckle.

"But... what about that whale?" Roka asked, but somehow she had a hunch what the answer would be. It all made sense now.

It's just a game.

"Just another remnant from the scavengers. I never intended to free it myself. But it was interesting to see what you would come up with." He turned around and smiled wickedly at her. "And since you had a rather brilliant idea, I have to admit... I now have not only the TARDIS, but also a nice way to destroy this garbage dump of a planet. That hadn't even been included into my plans before."

It's just a game.

The words kept repeating in her head. Over and over. He had tricked her. Exploited her urge to help. All those days... all the work... absolutely everything. Nothing more but a precisely planned betrayal.

Roka stared at him and really wished she hadn't hesitated and instead just killed him a few days ago. How could she have been so stupid? What she had felt in his mind had shook her, had made her believe that there might be more to him. And he had even helped her. But thinking back this probably also had been part of the plan. Never would he have put himself into a weak position just to save her mind from burning up.

Lies... nothing more but lies. She felt hatred burning inside her, hot and cold at the same time.

"Good. Be angry." He stepped closer, only a finger-width away from her and grabbed her chin to make her look up. "Hate me with all you have, silly little human."

And for a second she did. It burned inside her chest and she wanted to scream, to cry. But she swallowed it all. This was a victory she wouldn't grant him. Instead she just stared at him with all the hate she could put into her gaze, staring into those nasty hazel eyes that still carried a longing for the stars within them. To burn them all...

It's all just a game.

He put the newly build laser device onto her chest.

"Any last words?" He let go of her, but didn't step away. "Oh don't look at me like that. You were never needed for anything else than my personal amusement. And now I throw you away like an old broken toy." And when Roka still didn't respond he just kept talking. "If it comforts you, I really had some fun. That doesn't happen too often, especially not with humans. And your technical skills are rather impressive..." His head tilted as if he was thinking about something. "Whatever... I'll have enough time to talk to myself soon again." He chuckled. "Last words? Last wish?"

"Yeah one", she still stared at him, into those old eyes. And she hated herself for still being fascinated by them. "Do me the favor and crumble to dust."

A laugh burst out of him, short and dry and his next words were accompanied by a pained smile. "I'll be long gone insane before that happens."

Those words moved something inside her, and suddenly all hate and all anger subsided. No, not everything had been a lie, not everything part of the game. The things she had seen and felt in his mind... what she had seen and could still see in his eyes. He truly was a miserable creature. A lonely wanderer through time, haunted and torn by whatever had made him what he was today.

And the sudden thought struck her mind that probably no one would ever smile at him again.

So she did. One last time. Only short, but with all she had.

The laser pointing towards her chest, the Master not saying a word, time slowed down and Roka closed her eyes once more. Waiting.

Two fingers touched her throat and she heard a voice close to her ear. So low, it was almost a whisper. "You can smile all you want, but your pulse doesn't lie." Indeed, it was racing, although she still, consciously, couldn't feel any fear. "It's fascinating, isn't it? Feeling the heartbeat of another living being..."

The same words she had thought herself a few days ago. Her gaze met his and a smile twitched in the corner of her mouth. "It is."

For a second they just stared at each other, then the Master straightened himself again, ruffling through Roka's hair while stepping away. The only thing he burned with his laser was the blindfold that tied her hands together.

"I'll restrict your access to a few selected rooms. And also mark you as an intruder so you can't touch the controls."

She stared at her now free hands, then up. She didn't understand anything at all anymore.

"What?" He looked over to her. "Come on, why should I kill you? I'm still having fun."

There was no reason for her to still be alive. None at all. All she could mean to him was trouble. But then why...? It just made no sense.

The Master turned back to the control panel. "I guess that's all. You can move freely between those rooms. The TARDIS locks the rest." He pointed at the screen.

Roka stepped closer to take a look. Then she tried to touch one of the buttons and got an electric shock so strong she almost fainted. A mean laugh resounded next to her and she didn't try it ever again.

The Master's Game (13 - It's just a game) [DW]
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This story takes place somewhere between LotTL and EoT

Featuring:
The tenth Doctor | The Master (Simm) | Roka, OC companion

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Roka is a glitch in reality, making people forget about her extremely fast, or not noticing her at all. The fact that she is alive is in itself a paradox, so the TARDIS froze her time stream, leaving her unable to age.
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The crate wasn't too big and thankfully not too heavy, but the way up still seemed to be much longer than it had been down.

When they reached the office again it had already gotten pitch black outside. The clock showed past 3 am, Roka noted surprised while sitting down the crate on the floor. "Aaaw, man, I don't feel the slightest tired anymore though..."

"Then make yourself useful and help me testing the things." The Master dropped his own crate and kneeled in front of it. "And no self experiments!"

"How am I supposed to..."

"Not so smart after all, eh?" He laughed. "I'll check them, see what they are and then you test whether they still work."

"Fine..." Roka pouted. "But just so you know... if my eyes weren't damaged, thanks to you by the way, I could tell what they do."

"I'm not feeling sorry about that." He grinned and picked out some random devices.

Most of the stuff was hopelessly broken, others completely useless, but some things actually did still function quite well and over time a very peculiar collection came together. Roka made a list in her head of all things that had potential to be crafted into something useful.

A bright flash illuminated the surrounding for a moment, followed by a roaring thunder. Eventually rain started to hammer against the windows, its shadows painting eerie streaks onto the walls. The storm got worse by the minute and sometimes the lights flickered. One particularly nasty lightning bolt seemed to fry something nearby, cause suddenly most of the lamps went off. All that stayed were two dim bulbs in the front part of the office.

"Spooky." Roka giggled, but got no response.

In the spare light it got hard to test the scavenged material. Roka flew a tiny drone through the room when she heard the Master cursing all of a sudden. He had been unusually quiet the whole time, but now he let out some things that would even make a Jurtarik blush. He got up and scrambled around in one of the cupboards, before sitting down again, holding a small first aid kit.

"God damn surgery bugs", he mumbled. "At least they are sterile..."

Roka devoted her attention back to the drone, thinking about how she could attach a camera to it to spy around, maybe even help her see again. Finally she landed it next to the crate and saw the Master still struggling with a bandage. His left hand was bleeding pretty badly and... shaking. He stared at it for a while, then leaned back against the wall. "Whatever. It'll stop on its own."

"Don't tell me you can't see your own blood", Roka teased him.

"Nah... had worse injuries already..."

She looked at him for a while, before finally getting up and kneeled next to him. "Let me..."

"Get away", the Master pulled the bleeding hand out of her reach. "And don't dare to touch me!"

"I don't even have to see it clearly to know it needs tending."

"And I said, get away!" He angrily stared at her.

She took the first aid kit and started to get out another bandage, but The Master snatched it out of her hands.

"Now you're acting childish." Roka laughed and when he still didn't react, she sighed frustrated. "Gimme your god damn hand already. I don't bite."

"You're just making it worse!" He complained, finally giving in with a growl. "That's humiliating...", he mumbled, leaning his head back, looking down to her. "And actually... the shaking is your fault."

"Huh? I haven't done..."

"Getting you out of my head also drained me pretty badly."

"How so?" she asked curiously.

A dry laugh came out of him. "Because I am a really skilled psychics and you... are basically burned toast. Wouldn't have taken your mind more than a few minutes to get completely flooded and then literally burned up. It's exhausting to get someone out of that... lot more than I thought."

Surprised she raised her head. "Then why did you do it?"

"Hmm... no idea... Just wanted you out of there."

It still seemed odd, but Roka decided to pay not too much attention to it. "There, all done."

He glanced at the bandage, eyes narrowed. "That's... not bad. Can still move my fingers even." His head sank against the wall behind. "You shouldn't be nice to me. I won't repay it."

"Never expected that." Roka chuckled. "It's just human to help." She wanted to get up, but the Master grabbed her wrist.

"I mean it...", he mumbled. "Don't be nice. Don't help... don't... ugh, whatever." He let go of her again, rolling his eyes.

"Why?" That attitude annoyed her. "Are you so evil that everyone would just combust if they are nice?"

"Exactly." A grin spread on his face and he sat up straight. "Heh, I just got an idea... I'll let you and the Doctor watch from space while earth burns, how about that?. And then I watch his stupid face turn white when I kill you in front of him." He poked her head. "How does that sound to you?"

"Like the most idiotic thing I ever heard." She sighed and shook her head. "Whatever..."

"I just told you how you will die." He leaned towards her. "And you say 'whatever'?" She turned her head away, but he followed her. "I poison you and you laugh. You get blinded and it doesn't even seem to bother you." The Master grabbed her collar almost carefully and pulled her close. "Is there nothing inside you?" He wondered, cocking his head. "Are you just a hollow?"

"Would something change if I roll up in a corner and cry?" Roka asked quietly.

"Of course not."

"Then...", she looked up, a frown on her face, "...why should I do so? Just to amuse you? Sorry, but I won't be that nice." And when he still didn't let go of her, she lowered her eyes again, muttering barely audible, "But yes. I am nothing but an empty shell. I don't even exist, so why should anything bother me?"

"Hm... I see..." After a second he abruptly let go of her and started to laugh. "You're just as broken as I am."

She sat up again. "Don't compare me with you", she spit out. "I'm nothing alike."

"Right... You're just a pathetic shrimp." A chuckle came from him and again he leaned down a bit, poking her chest. "So wretched and riven by your loneliness that you curl up on the first thing you see, even if it would normally kill you for that." His grin was wide and nasty.

"And you are disgusting", Roka mumbled, while throwing a venomous look at him, but then smiled cattish. "You let me. Doesn't that make you even more pathetic?"

He was up on his feet faster than she could react and before she even knew what was happening the Master already had Roka in a headlock. "Don't think you can be so cheeky all of a sudden." The grip got even tighter

"Ow, you're hurting me!" Roka gasped.

"That's the purpose, you idiot! I've been way too friendly to you. Let you far too deep into my head..."

Then his grip slowly weakened as if he couldn't hold it up any longer and a moment later he abruptly let go of her. "Whatever... not in the mood to kill you", he mumbled, swayed, then cursed.

Roka reacted without thinking and carefully pushed him a bit backwards against the wall. "You're drained more than just pretty badly", she stated surprised while seemingly thousand thoughts shot through her mind, one hunting the other. They weren't pleasant ones.

The Master gave a low laugh from him. "I know what goes through your mind... You should do it. I would."

She should. There probably never would be an opportunity as good as this, she realized. Right now it would be so easy to get rid of him. Roka glanced up. Was that a smile or a grim smirk? She couldn't tell with her broken eyes. Her gaze wandered to his belt, where the gun was. They both knew she was capable of pulling the trigger.

She hesitated. A tiny bit too long... and a tiny bit too consciously.

The Master leaned fully against the wall and suddenly put his arms around Roka, holding her hands on her back, so tight she couldn't move anymore. "Good girl. You have the right mind. But you're too slow."

"Let go of me!" She protested, but he just laughed.

"And give you a chance to kill me? I'm not as fearless when it comes to that as you are." Grinning he looked down to her, his voice, contrary to his words, full of sarcasm.

Roka tried to free herself, but even weakened the Master was far stronger and she had to give up pretty quickly. She felt his hearts beating against her own chest. What a strange feeling, it shot through her head. This doubled rhythm. They beat so fast... he wasn't lying.

"Just so you know..." He said. "You won't find the keys to the Doctor's prison. I made sure of that. And I also instructed the guards very clearly."

"I've seen it", Roka said quietly. "Motion sensors everywhere. They get my position transmitted directly onto their goggles, right?" All she got was another chuckle as answer. "Clever. I can't hide from tech. Means I'd have to checkmate them. And the door is thick and heavy... no chance without the keys." She looked up to him and smiled viciously. "But with all that alien tech in here I surely could build a bomb."

"You're dangerous... I like that." He laughed.

"Still... let go of me." Roka tried again to get free, only to be forced to give up shortly after. "You can't stand there like that forever." She sighed frustrated, dropping her head against his chest.

It was warm and there was life in it, beating fast... so fast. It could stop, go silent. If she had the opportunity. Something inside her tightened painfully at that thought. In the end life was such a fragile thing. They both knew it.

And suddenly it made sense. That was what confused him so much all the time. How could someone like him understand how she could care so less about being alive? And now he really was convinced to die if he let go for even a second, she realized. And rightly so. Barely a week ago she had already almost shot him once, although she couldn't get back into that person she had been that day. Not while feeling the heartbeat of another living being. How in the world could she... How had she ever been able to pull that trigger?

"I won't do anything", she mumbled scarcely audible. "...never again."

If there had been bullets in that gun that day... A sudden cold shiver ran down her spine. She felt his heart rate slowing down a bit, the grip got weaker, but only slightly. Then he laughed and Roka looked up.

"What a stupid thing you are!" He grinned down to her. "I would just come back anyway. Remember... the Master always has a backup plan."

"Then let go!" She moaned.

"It's unpleasant though. And things can go very wrong."

"I don't want to kill you!" She exclaimed desperately. "No idea why I pulled that damn trigger!" Another shiver ran through her by the mere thought of it. Images flashed through her mind, of uncontrolled rage, red hands, empty eyes staring at her... Her own heart was suddenly acting strange. Racing, then skipping beats, then racing again.

Roka heard him laugh softly. "Finally you're scared." His grip got lighter, but he didn't let go. She put her head down again, now completely shivering. "And for all the wrong reasons at that." He chuckled. "I don't think I've ever met such a silly human."

Then he let go of her, in the same movement pulling out the gun with one hand, dropping the magazine to the floor, before throwing the empty gun away. "Should get something better than that anyway... There, I let go. You can go away now."

She didn't move, just mumbling, "I never wanted to hurt anyone."

"Not even me?" He put a hand under her chin, making her look up. "If so, you're the biggest idiot in the universe." A grin spread on his face. "Well, look at that. Never thought I would ever see some real fear in those."

He observed her eyes and Roka, still shivering, blinked a few times. Confused. Her sight got clear within seconds, then blurred again, only to get back to normal for good.

"Ah, that fixed it." The Master chuckled, but got serious fast again. "Don't look at me, I'm a pathetic mess right now."

He put a hand above her eyes for a moment, while leaning back at the wall. Roka didn't react, just trembling uncontrollably, wondering what in the world was going on. What fixed it? And why... She felt arms around her again, holding her firm, but not forcefully this time. Carefully she opened her eyes and peered up to see him staring at the ceiling with a blank expression.

It was warm.

I should move away, she thought, but instead just dropped her head back down and listened. Listened to that, now calm, strange alien heartbeat until she stopped shivering. And for who knows how much longer.

Eventually the Master pushed her back, as if suddenly realizing what he was doing, just saying harshly, "Be of use for once and make some tea", while fixating a point above her. Roka moved without a word.

Few minutes later she came back, balancing two big cups on plates. The Master sat on the floor again, staring at the ceiling as if it were the most interesting thing in the world. Wordless she held one of the cups out to him.

"Huh, that's not tea." He stared at it.

Roka sat down behind one of the crates as if to look through them. But ultimately she just wanted to have as much distance as inconspicuously possible. She still was very, very confused and had no idea what to make of everything. And what had triggered her eyes back to normal? The Master hadn't seemed surprised about it. But why in the world had he...

"You've got to be kidding me." She heard him exclaiming. "Hot chocolate? That's for children!"

Chuckling she looked up from the crate. "Since you're acting like one, I deemed it fitting." She stuck out her tongue. "Not that you would deserve my special recipe... But there is nothing better for stormy nights."

Amused she saw him sniffing at the cup, before taking a sip. His eyes widened. "Oof... damn, you found the Whiskey..."

Roka took a sip herself, barely containing a laugh, but not saying anything, just fishing out some of the tiny marshmallows.

But actually she didn't really feel like laughing. Her mind was still racing, only slowly coming to a rest. She didn't want to think. The hot chocolate helped a bit, it always did. But not enough to dispel the cold that had settled into her bones.

Another lightning literally shook the ground and the two remaining lights flickered off, leaving everything in utter darkness. Roka barely noticed it.

"Great..." came an annoyed murmuring.

"Hmm...?" She looked up, now becoming aware of the missing light and fumbled after a torch she knew was laying nearby. A thought struck her, making her grin. That could be the exact right thing to distract her. Everything would do right now, if only she wouldn't have to think. Blocking off reality... after all she was very skilled in doing that.

"Actually... That's quite perfect. Since we're sitting around here with pouring rain, rolling thunder, all lights out and hot choco..."

"Err... I'm not sure I want to know where this is going..."

She flicked the flashlight on, holding it under her chin. "Do you know any good ghost stories?"

The Master's Game (12 - A moment of weakness) [DW]
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Here some nice thunderstorm ambience, fitting for the read. :D
Yes, I totally had this running while writing. xD
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  • Feel free to comment, no matter how old this is! An Emoticon From Years Gone By 
This story takes place somewhere between LotTL and EoT

Featuring:
The tenth Doctor | The Master (Simm) | Roka, OC companion

For new readers: 
Roka is a glitch in reality, making people forget about her extremely fast, or not noticing her at all. The fact that she is alive is in itself a paradox, so the TARDIS froze her time stream, leaving her unable to age.
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