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« Reply #420 on: May 08, 2016, 04:31:50 am »
As they moved throughout the tunnel, Donny just knew that Manann would not understand the message he was trying to deliver. Not in the way he had intended, and he was not comfortable with accusations being thrown towards the Doctor. When it came to threats, Donny was even less tolerant. For the Doctor’s sake, and for his own, the young boy refrained from saying something that could quickly turn the situation into a catastrophic one.

“If you were only seeking the reason behind the intent, I’m afraid I have to disappoint you once more. I find the desire to help is enough to warrant the action.”

They continued on, and Manann began to explain to Donny what had happened to his people. It was what Donny imagined, but to him there was no connections between the betrayers and the Doctor and himself.

“With all due respect,” said Donovan, “my intent is not to oppose those who betrayed you. What we are trying to do is give Nuada the opportunity to chose what he wants to do, and making sure he is able to do that.”

Donny didn’t truly know what the Doctor was thinking, but he wasn’t about to antagonize Manann, who clearly was not a fan of him. Donovan was perceptive, and he could tell when someone didn’t enjoy his company. The only time he’d even been wrong was with Laura, but he wasn’t going to dig deeper into the hole he’d fallen in with her.

“I am sorry for what happened to your people,” said Donovan.

The boy jumped and pulled himself over the opening the appeared before him. Following Manann had not proven to be too difficult so far, but he had a feeling that might quickly change.

Still, the place was absolutely beautiful.

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« Reply #421 on: May 08, 2016, 05:03:06 am »
‘You are a liar. Or you do not understand yourself.’

Manann had always been called too wise and cynical for his age, sometimes with praise, sometimes with dislike.

He was cynical, though. He did not believe anyone ever acted without selfish desires. These selfish desires were not always bad—but no one liked to be told that.

Manann honestly wished that Donovan would just shut up. If it weren’t for the fact that the Doctor was with Nuada, and he had no idea how powerful these aliens were, he might have closed the tunnel on Donovan and let him die.

However, he didn’t.

He did not say anything more, however. They would argue. That would draw eyes and Donovan looked terribly out of place, neither Danann nor Fomorian. “Stay to the shadows,” he offered that piece of advice before moving up the steps and into the beautiful, white-wood building. He moved through the doors that opened for him without so much as touching it, and walked on without fear towards the treasury vault. There were guards stationed, of course, and they saw him approach.

“What business do you have here, kid?”
One judged by his height.

“Business for the king,”
it was not a lie—not to him. “He requires quicksilver.”

One canted his head. The other guard crossed his arms. “Where’s his seal then?”

The floor was soil. “Underneath you.”

The floor ate them both. That was seal enough. Danu was still with him.


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« Reply #422 on: May 08, 2016, 08:38:06 pm »
It soon became clear that conversation was not being kind to the atmosphere between Donovan and Manann. They were not seeing eye to eye, and the young boy began to fear that if they continued to argue, the situation would not end well. Instead, he continued to follow Manann towards the place that housed the quicksilver. More than anything, Donovan now wanted to be with the Doctor.

‘It’ll happen soon enough,’ he thought to himself.

Before the coming seconds, Donovan had only seen a glimpse of what the Danann could do. Upon seeing the guards, the fact that they would be stealing cemented itself on Donny’s mind. For a second, he wondered how they would bypass their interrogators, but Manann was more than capable of handling them on his own. The ground at the pair of them, which allowed the Donny and Manann to continue on their path.

Donny did as he was told, finding the most convenient place to follow Manann while allowing himself enough freedom to hide if he needed to. He wasn’t too far, however, that he would not be able to help if the situation demanded it.

It didn’t seem like that could be the case. Not with Manann’s skills and his willingness to use them freely.

‘Let’s just hope that doesn’t bite him in the end.’

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« Reply #423 on: May 08, 2016, 08:54:21 pm »
 Manann knew with the element of surprise gone, he would be vulnerable. He put his hands to the vault and shut his eyes, focusing. He couldn’t very well just have the land swallow the vault, but metal was as much a part of the earth as he was. It was just constructed, twisted.

And it would bend to his will. It always did.

“Halt!”


More fomorians flooded the area, feeling the trembles.

The air grew tense, but Manann did not look up or remove his hands from the vault as the metal started to twist under his hands, to fold and bend to create an opening.

Seeing that he wasn’t going to stop, one threw a spear at his back and it went cleanly through his shoulder. He didn’t crumble to the ground, though. He remained standing, he remained focused, and could hear the murmured shock.

The fomorians were not as in touch with this land, but they had been far more creative when it came to tools. Weapons, vaults, even these constructs and the taming of the land—what they called agriculture—were their doing. Arrows and bows came out, before a voice boomed:

“That’s enough, Manann.”


All seemed to have not noticed Donovan, not even Bres the Beautiful, as he was so-called for being a divine mixture of fomorian and danann blood. The fomorians looked more human than danann, and it showed particularly in Bres who stood tall among the others, golden skin and silvery feathers that fell more like hair than the other dananns. He shone—truly, shone, with an internal light.

The vault door broke beneath Manann’s hands as Bres moved ahead of the fomorian guards who clutched at their weapons for dear life. “One step into that vault and you will die, Manann. What is the meaning of this madness?”

Manann didn’t answer. He kept his back turned to Bres as well.

Within, plenty of metals existed, taken from the ground and manipulated into ingots or kept at high temperatures and stored as liquids.

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« Reply #424 on: May 08, 2016, 09:39:08 pm »
Donovan had hoped for smooth sailing, but he knew too well that it often didn’t work out that way. When the other fomorians arrived, he knew that they were in trouble. Instead of his heart beginning to race again, Donovan began to feel oddly calm. This was somehow familiar. His mind began to race, and he began to plan out multiple scenarios that would allow them to escape. He kept quiet and completely still.

Thankfully, they seemed to not notice him, so they still had the element of surprise.

‘We need a distraction, obviously. Something needs to happen. How do I get all of their attention long enough for Manann to get underground?’

Manann was one with the earth, and he only needed a few seconds to get to a place where he had the advantage. From what Donny had seen, Manann would be able to manipulate the quicksilver now that he had access to it. For now, it was all on him, and he felt confident he could escape on his own. He knew where the tunnels were, and he could find his way back easily enough.

Donny’s eyes looked around to the edifice, but there were no immediate structural weaknesses, and he needed to work quickly. Fire would likely not be a good idea for someone so in-tune with the earth. He needed to find something that could distract, but not completely destroy. A connector, or a hinge.

‘All structures have a hinge,’ he thought to himself, ‘or something that serves the same purpose.’

He couldn’t get too close, he’d be spotted, and so he did as best as he could. He stealthily climbed and found a part of the beautiful white wood building that, if done correctly, would fall closest to them.

The problem then would be making sure he could escape himself.

‘One plan at a time.’

And then he found the place where two structures met, and surely enough, a wooden tool that kept the two in place. It was beautiful, just like the rest of the treasury building, but the aesthetic of the building could not hide the purpose it served. Donny made sure he had his balance before wrapping his hand around the tool to keep it in place. With his leg, and one powerful kick, he unhinged the horizontal structure while keeping the vertical inlace. With only one of the hinges compromised, a piece of the structure swung down towards the somorians like the pendulum of a grandfather clock.

After completing its full swing, Donny would be willing to bet that the other hinge would also tear. Wood was not as flexible as other materials, and it didn't often bend.

Donny wasted no time and jumped down, using one of the wooden pillars to take cover.

‘I really hope I didn’t just kill the two of us.’

In his mind, inaction would have handled that just as much.

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« Reply #425 on: May 08, 2016, 09:54:31 pm »
Manann did not wish to depend on the foreigner, but as he saw the movements out of the corner of his eye, he understood it was in both of their interests if he spoke to Bres. So, he turned, and wrenched the spear out of his back as he did so. He tossed it to the ground and looked upon Bres, who showed nothing but disappointment and misunderstanding.

“I need quicksilver.”


“So why break in, Manann? There are fair ways to obtain it,”
Bres noted.

Manann bristled. “You call your ways fair?” He knew how expensive it was, especially for himself.

“It would take a while and some work, I admit, but I do not keep you from it.”


Manann’s eyes lit with fury as he stared at his so-called king.

Then, there was a crack, and they looked towards the sound. It was too late for those fomorians behind Bres who were stricken by it as it swung, and Bres and Manann understood what happened next.

Manann ran into the vault as Bres only began to glow more. The air around him lit, the night dew rising to his command as Manann snatched what quicksilver he could, liquid and ingots alike, before the soil took him below.

Bres remained where he was. When the building collapsed, he was surrounded by droplets that expanded and exploded around him, pushing away the debris that would have otherwise fallen upon him and marred him—Bres could not have that.

It all fell around him, some pieces only an inch or two away, but it was all that Bres needed.

Perfection was the only way to rule the dananns—it was all that kept the others in line, their foolish superstitions and beliefs. ‘Who did this?’ And Bres immediately took to marching in the direction of the first break, to try and find the culprit beneath the wood.

Manann was gone. This he knew too well.

What he wouldn’t know was that Manann moved to also secure the other—to drag him under the earth as well. 


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« Reply #426 on: May 08, 2016, 11:19:40 pm »
In the midst of the commotion, Donovan seemed to take in his surrounding at a surprisingly quick pace. He heard the clang of weapons as they fell to the floor, and as he heard the explosions, he knew he had to act quickly if he was going to fight his way out.

He reached for one of the spears that had fallen nearby, and lifted it as Bres began to approach him. He knew that they had never seen a human, so he could potentially use that to his advantage. Still, Donny knew very little about them, and wondered whether he could feasibly fight his way out of this one.

‘I might have to.’

Surely he wouldn’t dight Donny if it meant the possibility of getting harmed, right? Then again, he didn’t quite know how many guards were still standing, or how many would join then in the coming moments.

And then the ground opened underneath him, and his instinct allowed him to land safely on the ground without toppling. He rose, spear still tightly in hand.

“Thanks,” he muttered quickly, knowing that their escape would have to be swift. Words needed not be spoken to know that Donovan would have to follow Manann’s lead. Hopefully things did not continue to get worse and worse.

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« Reply #427 on: May 08, 2016, 11:26:20 pm »
They were not in tunnels that Manann had made. The ground around them was unstable, and the dirt moved and spilled around them as Donovan rose and offered his thanks.

Manann kept his silence. It was easier that way, he had determined.

Besides that, he had to be careful while Bres was above. He could hear his steps through the soil, and he looked up, holding his breath. Bres needed to go away. Manann wouldn’t risk shifting the ground with him right above them; he’d know they were there, then.

Fortunately, Bres did not stay in one place long. He moved about, and Manann moved to Donovan.

They could not have light. Not here, not so close to a closely guarded city that would be looking for signs of his work. Bres knew how he operated, too. He placed a hand on Donovan’s shoulder, still saying nothing, and the dirt shifted around them. He would push on Donovan’s shoulder to try and give him the hint to walk forward—the path ahead was clear. He’d have to keep cycling the dirt around them, though, pushing it back behind them to clear the way forward.

It was that, or disturb the ground above them, and that would be recognized.

‘Walk, and be quick about it so we can avoid them.’


He would try to get them to an area where they could return to the surface safely.


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« Reply #428 on: May 09, 2016, 12:03:22 am »
Donovan did not flinch when he felt Manann’s hand moved him in a direction, for he did not perceive it to be aggressive. No, it was like a guide, like a not-so-gentle shove in the direction he was supposed to move. He caught on immediately, and knew the intent behind Manann’s touch. Donny couldn’t sense Bres’s presence above them as well as Manann, but he knew that was their primary concern. They would be in trouble if Bres knew where they were.

Donny used the sound of the ground shifting around him, and noted that it didn’t seem to change above him. That would mean getting caught.

‘So, I need to allow myself to be pushed.’

He wasn’t happy with that idea, but it had to be done. The darkness did not help either. Donovan hated the feeling of not being able to completely use his senses. And so he moved, quickly dashing forward. He could feel his speed catching up to the speed of the earth as it changed, but then the earth would change more quickly.

The next moments were like a game. Donny would move, changing directions as instructed by Manann, and managing his speed in the perfect combination that would prevent them from being caught.

The boy’s sense of time wasn’t so clear, but Donny didn’t feel the need to think of it. It wasn’t relevant in that moment. The need to escape was far greater than keeping track of time - their safety was prevalent.

‘How much longer must we keep going like this?’

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« Reply #429 on: May 09, 2016, 12:26:58 am »
Though Donovan was annoying in his lack of understanding complicated matters, Manann was glad he was given some sense. He moved as was indicated, and Manann followed, all of his focus in moving the ground. He made their path far from straight, and kept it dark for quite a while. He never cut into any of the tunnels he had made permanent, and that was another reason for the twists and turns of this one.

He didn’t want to break their stability.

Eventually, he stopped the movement of the ground around them, “Here,” he indicated, and the ground above them cleared, revealing the moonlit night again. Manann did not try to climb out this time, not with an armful of quicksilver. He just had the ground lift him and Donovan again.

He did not then thank Donovan for his aid with Bres, just said, “This way,” for he was still not sure that Donovan’s help could be trusted. He walked on, looking for the stones that signified the place where he, Nuada, and Agrona made their base away from Bres’s scouts, away from Bres’s sights. He held the quicksilver close, hoping he had gathered enough for what Nuada needed. 


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« Reply #430 on: May 09, 2016, 01:52:20 am »
The next time that Manann spoke was to announce that they had reached a relatively safe place. Donovan was happy for that, but he had gotten so caught up in the moment that there was also a twinge of annoyance.

The ground beneath him moved, and the moonlight was particularly bright after moving in complete darkness for some time. As they rose, Donovan lowered the spear and stood up straight. He’d been crouching as he ran, it made it easier for him to change directions, but now the open space provided more freedom.

Donovan let out a deep breath and nodded at Manann’s instructions. He didn’t say anything, he knew better than that, but he kept close to his guide. He didn’t try to make any sense of his surroundings, and there was no reason to believe that they would make their way back in the same way they had left.

‘No, better keep alert in case others find their way to us.’

He continued to follow Manann, ready to offer any aid should it be needed.

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« Reply #431 on: May 09, 2016, 02:15:16 am »
None of Bres’s men had ventured out this far, fortunately, and the trek back to where the Doctor and Nuada were was uneventful. Manann took hold of Donovan again when they reached the stones, and the ground accepted them below again.

The scene beneath was a calm one that changed immediately when Manann stepped forward. His wound had ceased bleeding, but Nuada and Agrona both looked panicked as they saw him. “Manann, what happened?”

“Bres caught us. We escaped,”
he answered, and walked to where the Doctor was as he rose, and offered the quicksilver to him. He looked to Nuada’s current arm and wrinkled his nose in disgust at its shape. It definitely was not ‘perfect’. Not yet, anyway. “Do you require nothing else?”

“Nothing else,”
the Doctor confirmed. “I can help you, as well.”

Manann shook his head. “No,” he denied the help, “My wound will heal. I am already imperfect,” scarred as he was from his chosen life. He had never been a threat to Bres because of that.

The Doctor frowned at his logic, not at all agreeing with it, but he didn't try to argue.

“Donovan? Are you all right?”
The Doctor asked. His companion looked physically all right, but he also looked rather dirty. The Doctor was unaware that they’d been under ground for so long, of course, and not the nice kind of underground bases like these—no, tunnels of falling soil. 


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« Reply #432 on: May 09, 2016, 03:35:11 am »
Donovan didn’t notice that he hadn’t received any thanks from Manann. No his mind was too occupied with staying safe and getting back to the Doctor. Besides, he needed no gratification from someone who clearly didn’t trust him.Thankfully, the rest of the way back was uneventful. Manann really seemed to know his way around, and he had picked the perfect place for his escape.

‘Won’t be long now.’

When at last the Doctor and Donovan were reunited, it was heavily overshadowed by the concern Agrona and Nuada held for Manann. After all, it was he who had been hurt during their quest. Donny didn’t linger, but instead immediately joined the Doctor’s side.

“I’m fine, Doctor,” he assured, unaware of how dirty he looked. “How are things looking over here? Are you alright?”

If he felt it necessary, Donovan would have to wait for the perfect time to convey unto the Doctor just how defensive Manann had been throughout their pursuit of the quicksilver. It could prove to be tricky if his plan didn’t work out the way he wanted. It would also be important to tell the Doctor that he hadn’t helped the situation through conversation.

Quite the opposite, he might have made things worse.


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« Reply #433 on: May 09, 2016, 03:58:06 am »
“I’m all right. I found out Nuada likes gummies, and Agrona has absolutely no sweet tooth,” the Doctor answered, keeping things light. They hadn’t been light, of course. Agrona had threatened him a couple of times when his construction of the arm caused Nuada pain, but overall, Nuada had remained calm.

It was no wonder they saw him as a king. ‘But you die.’ This, the Doctor was almost certain of. He didn’t know for sure, but he knew stories—and in the stories, Nuada died after reclaiming his kingdom.

“Sit, rest, eat—I still have some gummies, if you want any,”
the Doctor motioned to the bag, “You, Manann?”

“No.” Manann was curt. “Just fix Nuada so we may leave here. Bres will find us soon enough.”

“Will he? Was he following close?”
The Doctor asked as he took his seat besides Nuada and took the arm in hand again. He turned it over in his grasp.

“No,”
Manann answered again, “but he will soon enough figure it out.”

“He never has before.”


“No, but his men faced you, and you did not kill all, did you?”
Agrona was silent, except to shake her head, once. “He will pinpoint where we must be.” 

“I wonder, will it matter, truly, if Nuada has an arm again? You don’t think Bres won’t just, I don’t know, scar him again?”

“He cannot.”
The way Manann said it made it seem sincere—that Bres literally could not. The Doctor arched an eyebrow at that, as he took up the liquid quicksilver rather than the ingots. He still wasn’t sure how the ingots existed. He lifted one, and ran the sonic screwdriver over it, trying to get an idea of how it worked—after all, he needed the quicksilver to become solid around the skeletal, robotic hand. It wouldn’t do to just have the quicksilver melt off of him.


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« Reply #434 on: July 02, 2016, 10:40:09 pm »
The tension in the are between them, mostly because of Manann and Agrona, was almost tangible. They were so clear in their distrust that they seemed hostile. Despite it, Donny put his faith in the Doctor. What else could he do? At least Nuada seemed calm enough, which gave Donny some comfort. It was still not enough.

‘What do you know?’

Donny looked to the Doctor as he worked, and he couldn’t help but wonder what the Time Lord was keeping to himself. Donovan hadn’t learned much about these natives after what happened in the Titanic, and for a moment he had thought that the difference in times would be significant enough that the Doctor would not really know anyone from this time. After all, hadn’t they traveled this way to learn? Donny had underestimated the Doctor’s knowledge of history, however, and he was in the dark.

According to Manann, the others would soon find them. It made sense to Donny, as this could be interpreted as a puzzle. If the other side had enough pieces, they might quite easily find them all. Donny knew that Bres - who had likely been tracking Nuada’s group - would not be long.  Had it been Donny, he would have made sure to find those he sought.

The young boy shook it off and approached the Doctor, hoping to expedite the process and finally see what had caused their future hatred.

“Can I help?” He asked lightly, offering a crooked smile.

Donny needed something, anything, to keep him busy.


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« Reply #435 on: July 02, 2016, 10:54:48 pm »
The sonic screwdriver could tell the Doctor many things.

It could tell him how the particles of an object were aligned, for instance, and in this case it was almost maddening as the quicksilver ingot revealed next to nothing.

He scowled at it. “This doesn’t make any sense,” he mumbled as he ran the sonic over the quicksilver to get its read-outs.

The particles were different, of course.

The particles of the ingot were spread further apart than the particles of the quicksilver liquid. More, they seemed more mobile, more alive, despite the fact the ingot itself wasn’t moving. It was the opposite of how it should have been. He was puzzled by it, as he scanned it again in case the results were wrong the first time.

Nope.

Donovan came over, and the Doctor simply set the quicksilver ingot in his hand. “Tell me how this is possible. This material shouldn’t even be solid at this temperature, but it is—and I need it to be, but I don’t understand how.”

“Magic.”
Was Mannan’s deadpanned answer.

The Doctor snarked back, “Every magic is a form of tech.” A firm belief of his. “Everything can be understood and reproduced….” Though perhaps it did have to do with the natural affinity the Tuatha had with the land.


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« Reply #436 on: July 02, 2016, 11:21:30 pm »
Donny felt the quicksilver fall on his hand, and he was temporarily puzzled like the Doctor was. He had seen, however, and perhaps more closely than the Doctor, what the Tuatha could do to the elements of the earth. Manann had been able to bend the earth to his will, and Donny had seen this first-hand back at the time of their joined escape.

“Can your sonic screwdriver replicate the particle consistency of the mercury?” The question had left Donny’s lips before his mind had even completed the thought.

The scholar wanted to study it later, in a more controlled environment. This was definitely something strange that was going on, but he agreed with the Doctor that everything could be traced back to science and replicated in one way or another. It was true even in spite of all that he had seen with the Doctor in their travels.

Donny was first and foremost a scientist, and he was fascinated by this inexplicability. It would only bother him (endlessly to his dismay) if he couldn’t understand it after further study. He wanted to believe that he could figure it out, and maybe he could if he’d had the time. He wanted the time.

“I would be willing to bet it’s because of the affinity the Tuatha have with nature,” Donovan confessed. “Maybe they are changing it unintentionally. Or maybe there is something else actually on the earth,” Donny grazed the dirt underneath him with his fingers, “that is keeping the particles as they are.” It was entirely a possibility. With time travel came uncertainty. What if there was an element with them now that didn’t exist anymore in the future?

Donovan passed the ingot back to the Doctor.

“We’ll have to make do for now.”

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« Reply #437 on: July 02, 2016, 11:38:01 pm »
The Doctor had suspected as much as Donovan, and it seemed he had no further insights. “It can,” he answered, in regards to the sonic screwdriver, “I can spread out the particles, but I don’t know how to make it hold.”

Or how quick he’d need to do it. Or anything. There was no time to experiment, either, was there? Not from the way Manann rose to join them and knelt besides the sitting king. “What do you need?” Manann asked.

“Can you turn this solid in any shape?”


“Yes.”


“I need this shaped around the arm I’ve crafted.”
He told Manann. “With that done, I’ll just need to activate it with the sonic, and we’ll be good to go.” The hand should work at that point, attached to the nerves as best as he could make it, given his current resources.

Luke Skywalker would be jealous of his handicraft.

Manann held out his hand, and the Doctor passed him the liquid. He shook his head and, after a moment of confusion, the Doctor passed him the ingot.

Manann acted to cause wonder. He wanted these so-called time travelers and off-worlders to remember them—to remember what they could do, even if they had needed their help in retaking the kingdom. The ingot melted quicker than ice cream in his hand, and dripped down onto the robotic make-up. It flowed over it, but with the Doctor’s direction, did not fill it. He shaped it so that some areas were only covered, rather than filled and stifled.

Movement still had to be possible.

Before the Doctor could use the Sonic to activate it, though, Nuada flexed his fingers.

This also surprised the Doctor, who straightened up, startled. “How did you do that?”

“Magic,”
Manann said again as he rose from Nuada’s side, and Nuada with him.

The Doctor wanted to retort that if they had such magic, why hadn’t they made an arm as well—but he didn’t. It wasn’t just that—the interaction of the spread particles in the hardened quicksilver must have done what the Sonic would have, in vibrating the copper and starting the process of sending and receiving messages from the nerves.

Somehow.

“Well,”
the Doctor stood, “I guess my work here is done then, eh?”

And then the ground above shook, and dirt fell around them. “Or not.”

Nuada just smiled. “It is over,” he seemed so confident then with his new limb. “Come. Bres is waiting.”


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« Reply #438 on: July 03, 2016, 10:10:33 pm »
Donovan admired Manann’s craft in spite of his clashing relationship with the native. He studied it all, as he suspected the Doctor would, and it was fascinating. It was incredible to see what they all could do to the elements of the earth, and he took mental note of how the quicksilver moved in relationship to Manann - how perfectly it all molded. There was definitely something biological that allowed such an impressive influence, and any pattern noticed now would be important later.

In that moment, Donny became obsessed.

When Nuada moved, and the Doctor seemed startled, Donovan was a briefly curious. He would put two and two together later, but the ground above them served as the perfect distraction for that. They were no longer alone, and things were surely going to get really interesting really quick.

Donny knew that even with a little bit of luck - hell, even with all the luck - things would also lead to violence. There were no indications of any diplomacy at this point, and adventuring with Manann, even if only briefly, had confirmed his suspicions.

Instinctively, Donny gravitated towards the Doctor.

“That was quicker than expected,” he muttered to himself.

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« Reply #439 on: July 03, 2016, 10:36:12 pm »
The King went right to the ground that would lift them up, and motioned for the others.

The Doctor had given his nod that it was surprising, but then again, when did they ever have much luck with these things? The Titanic had been surprise enough, and though from history he understood why the Tuatha De Danann would have issues with humans, he still had not figured out what he needed to, here.

Well, except why Agrona would be so surprised with him later.

And how much they had changed in appearance.

He walked onto the platform, which waited for Donovan and the others, before lifting up even amidst all the shaking.

There was Bres, the golden one, among the stones of Stonehenge. He caught the odd entourage, with Nuada holding his arms behind his back. “I have long wondered where you went, Nuada,” Bres greeted him. “So it is you that has been causing your own people such harm with your terrorists attacks by these two.” He looked to Agrona and Manann.

Those with Bres were mostly Danann this time around. He had wanted to make a show of destroying their king before their eyes. “Do you have anything to say in your defense?”

“Danann will speak for me.”


“Um, Nuada,”
the Doctor started to say, but was cut off by the laughter of Bres.

Then light seemed to manifest in the air around them, in little droplets of water formed and dew lifted. It all rushed for the king, and the Doctor moved to grab Donovan to get off the platform and away from the inevitable destruction.

And yet, that didn’t happen.

The moment it touched Nuada, it lost all its velocity and force, and just soaked his attire rather than cause him any harm.

Bres looked startled. “What?”

As Manann had said—Bres could not scar him. It was not so easy now that he was perfected, and Danann had spoken. Nuada let his arms fall to his side, and he smiled at Bres. “You dare assault your king, mutt?”

Bres trembled where he stood.

The danann dropped into bows and kneels around him.


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« Reply #440 on: July 03, 2016, 11:17:38 pm »
Donovan followed the Doctor unto the platform, and as it rose, he couldn’t prevent his heart from starting to race. Surprisingly, it was the good kind of anxiety - the one he would experience before an important football game, or before a big test. Slowly, he was starting to feel like his old self. The one that was fearless and independent, the one that had healed after Laura had left her mark.

He chose to ignore the evidence to the contrary. Donny didn’t want to think of his meltdown in the TARDIS, or his recent life-threatening choices. He focused on the now, and he would meet this threat head-on.

The boy didn’t care that they would be in danger, and when he saw Bres and his Danann comapnions, he did not even flinch. Why would he? He was with the Doctor, after all.

Still, Donny expected more conversation than what he witnessed. He had at least expected that there would be an attempt at diplomacy, but that didn't happen. Bres seemed intent on humiliating Nuada in front of his people. There had never been an intention for anything other than the humiliation and the violence.

He felt the Doctor grab hold of him and pull him. Donny’s instinct kicked in, and he seemed to flow with the Doctor as they both moved. Even if it hadn’t happened before, it felt familiar.

The perceived danger did not come. Instead, Bres was the one that was humiliated - his attack a failure in front of his followers. They saw Nuada’s kingship, and they kneeled.

Donny smiled, briefly proud of the Doctor’s success.

Would it last? He naively allowed himself to hope once more.

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« Reply #441 on: July 03, 2016, 11:26:21 pm »
The Doctor took in the scene with his own genuine surprise. Though he knew the stories, things rarely played out that way. And didn’t Nuada still lose the kingship to violence?

And yet…. “You will go into exile, Bres, as you sent me. If you do harm, we will not pursue you. Your fomorians will go with you. Our alliance with them is over.” Nuada kept his chin tilted high as he stepped off the platform to approach the Beautiful one, who would not kneel to him.

Bres’s skin was alight like a sun, but he did not strike again. He knew too well that Nuada was protected. “That arm is an abomination,” Bres snarled, “A cheat. It does not look like the rest of you.”

“It does not matter, though, does it?”
Nuada inquired of the younger. Bres just let his eyes narrow at that. “Go.” Nuada said again, as the danann who had been mistreated under Bres’s rule began to rise. The years of slavery and living as second-class under Bres would turn on the half-fomorian in an instant, if he did not obey. 

He made no parting gesture. He backed out of the circle of danann he had brought with him, and then rushed off to gather his own again and go into exile.

“You know he’s going to return,”
the Doctor said, slowly releasing Donovan.

Nuada turned to him. “Yes. We will be ready to deal with him. I am afraid, however, that you two must leave as well.”

Nuada could feel the anxiety in the air from his own at these new foreigners. They had been dealt a bad hand by allowing other foreigners into their nation before, by trying to live peacefully with them. This mistake would not be made twice. Individuals might be good, but whole races? No. Never again.

And certainly not now. “You have done us a good service, Doctor. It will not be forgotten. But we cannot abide you for a lengthy presence, lest others of your kind think they are welcome here as well.”


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« Reply #442 on: July 04, 2016, 07:57:31 pm »
‘So this is how it goes down? I find that hard to believe.’

There was slight disbelief in the events that had ensued. Not only had Donny expected violence, he had expected something so severe that it would warrant the reaction they had in the time of the Titanic. He had expected danger, not inevitable surrender.

Would Bres return? What would the humans do? These questions would be later answered.

Donovan had not realized that the Doctor was still holding on to him until he felt the release of his grasp. The conflict had been stressful on the both of them, but it had amounted to anything other than insults. The tension seemed to have died down a little, especially after Bres had so clearly lost the confrontation with the new king. He was to be exiled, and his kind was to follow him out.

Immediately after the Doctor warned Nuada of golden one’s return, he expressed his desire for the pair of them to leave. If Donovan had felt particularly expressive, he would have agreed perhaps too quickly. It was as if the tension had been replaced by paranoia.

Something told Donny that they hadn’t really changed things for the better - that something was still going to happen to cause the events in the future, despite the Doctor’s heroic and valiant effort. This was especially true when Donny heard Nuada’s resistance to the idea that humans might want to colonize in the future.

The future was testament to just that. Humans had colonized the entire planet, and they had left no historic trace of the Tuatha.

“We should go, Doctor.”

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« Reply #443 on: July 04, 2016, 08:16:30 pm »
The future was written before their eyes. In their dealings with Bres—in not finding peace, but in usurping him, they had promised the future that was to come with the humans, who would find the Tuatha de Danann difficult to work with, and would in the end, destroy them.

‘Supposedly killed, but no…exiled from the land.’
And to the sea.

Where they changed, and longed always for the land they once knew. The Doctor took a last, long look at Agrona, imprinting the memory of her now, and her as he had seen her at the Titanic.

She had changed, immensely. Even in his own eyes, there was a difference between the mindset of the turquoise-eyed woman between the two eras, something so soul-shattering the Doctor could only wonder at how the humans had pulled off the feat of sending the Tuatha into the water. ‘What happened with Danann?’ He found his thoughts going to the mysterious one, the unseen one, who seemed to grant Nuada the invincibility he just showed, and gave them a tie to the land.

“I understand.”


The depth of the Doctor’s understanding was in his eyes. This was not the first time he’d been sent away after doing a good deed, but it still stung.

“We will not forget you.”


“No,”
the Doctor shook his head, “I know,” again his eyes went to Agrona and not Nuada, and she seemed to realize it, glaring at him. “Well, it was fun,” it wasn’t. Not now. He lifted a hand in a half-hearted wave, before he turned to leave them, sticking his hands in his pockets and walking off.

‘What will they think of me? Of us?’
Did they come to think the Doctor revealed their secrets to the humans? Did they blame him?

It wouldn’t be the first time.

His hearts hurt with the thought. He’d done nothing to help. ‘You aren’t supposed to meddle.’ And he hated it. 

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« Reply #444 on: July 04, 2016, 08:41:54 pm »
Although no disappointment was verbally shared, Donny was sure that he and the Doctor were both feeling a very similar thing. Nuada sent the both of them away, and it seemed like they hadn’t really changed anything. They had tried to help, but there were no indications that the Tuatha’s future had changed. It couldn’t be different, really. They had journeyed there to understand, and yet they hadn’t made much progress.

As the pair of them made their way back to the TARDIS, Donny looked to the Doctor. He looked sad, as if there was more that he wanted to do, but was unable to. It bothered Donny that he couldn’t help the Doctor, so naturally he understood the feeling.

‘That will always be the problem,’ Donny thought to himself.

It had been but a stem of the problem back in the Titanic, and the boy was beginning to realize that this would be a constant struggle. It was the very nature of time traveling that posed it, and it could never truly be resolved.

“We did all we could, Doctor. Though it was not how I expected it to happen.”

There was nothing else to do there. They couldn’t prevent the humans from confronting these natives, and there was nothing they could do to make them understand. What if humans were the true villains in this story? What if the Tuatha had reasonable cause for their hatred?

It was not a comforting thought.

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« Reply #445 on: July 04, 2016, 08:48:14 pm »
The TARDIS was the one safe spot in the entire universe, the one place where the Doctor could vent frustrations and find a haven. It was the one place outside of time, though.

Time was messy.

Time was disappointing.

Time was the bane of his existence, and the Doctor showed it as he slammed his fists down on the central console of the TARDIS once he entered it, hearing Donovan’s well meaning words and hating them. “We didn’t!” he snapped, understanding he had given up by walking away.

The machine whirred to life around him, and he looked up, glaring at the central pillar. “You took us here too early!” He accused it, but it just steadily hummed around them, lighting up, moving, working.

It didn’t go anywhere, but it lived and breathed the pain.

The Doctor splayed his hands over the console. “No. Maybe you didn’t. You gave us a chance…,” and the Doctor shook his head. He hadn’t changed anything. “If we had just…gone about it differently. Talked to Bres first, maybe, or….,” what did it matter now? It was all in the past, and not just any past.

His past.

He couldn’t change his past. That’d create one hell of a paradox. “We have to prepare for the future,” he told Donovan. “At some point, they’re going to try to take back what they lost,” the Doctor determined. Agrona wouldn’t give it up. How could she? He saw her spirit. “I don’t know what we’ll do…what they’ll do…but we have to figure it out.”

Perhaps they needed to go back. See Jack. Warn him. 


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« Reply #446 on: July 05, 2016, 02:08:11 am »
The Doctor snapped, yet Donny did not seem surprised. It was because of his suspicion that the Doctor felt terrible about what they had done that the lad spoke in the first place. The Doctor’s reaction was expected, but it hurt Donovan that he couldn’t be of more help. He would never get used to the fact that sometimes he would just not be able to console him. He was learning more and more about him, but a stranger her seemed to remain.

In many ways, the Doctor was still a closed book.

In the midst of his anger, the Doctor blamed the TARDIS. It was a curious thing, the TARDIS, but something told Donny that the TARDIS had taken them exactly where they needed to go. Whether they would like what resulted from it, that would be another matter.

“I don’t know that we should have done something differently, Doctor.” He went back and reviewed everything in his mind, and he convinced himself to believe that Bres would not have been as welcoming as Nuada. Besides, it was Agrona who would hurt the Doctor in the future. If there was any amending that should be done on their part, it would be through her.

Perhaps the Doctor was right, however. Perhaps things could be changed. What is it really foolish to believe so?

‘Don’t be fooled,’ he warned to himself, shaking his head without intending to. ‘We cannot, and should not change the past.’

“I’m sorry all these things keep happening Doctor,” he said again, but this time he let out a deep breath, as if that would help them going forward. “Yes, we should prepare. I don’t think there will be any dissuading them from trying, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to reason with them again.”

Diplomacy would always be his first choice of action.

“Where will we go?”

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« Reply #447 on: August 08, 2016, 12:09:31 am »
All the Doctor had—all he ever seemed to have, was the present where he entered the lives of his companions. It was past to some, but to him it became the ‘present’. What happened there could change the future, he supposed, but it never occurred to him.

If things changed, they were meant to change, then.

‘Prepare.’


His eyes were still downcast upon his splayed hands. “Jack,” he told Donovan. “We have to see Jack. We have to warn him and prepare him. He will be the one to deal with it first…the one to call us.” As he had called the Doctor after the Xhinn incident. He likely would have called before, if there had been time.

If it wasn’t taken care of by the Master and Maya.

The Doctor forced his back to straighten. He walked around the console, fingers dragging over the buttons but never pressing them until he reached the area he wanted to be, and he began to set the date for January 2nd of the new year, for Jack.

Best not to return too close to the Christmas incident, but also not too far.

Just in case.