Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Doctor's Daughter: The Fading Girl In The Shadows. Dedicated with love to my beloved sister, Lizzy.


1965, on the outskirts of Chicago.

Gray and immobile the dumpy remains of the carousal set tilted, on the long brown grassy field that was set apart from the rest of the town. Long ago it has lost its zeal and joy, long before it even arrived mysteriously that strange dark night. Many of the residences remembered the bizarre storm that had popped up out of nowhere just before the depleted carousal arrived. It had given many of them goose bumps. Unnatural, many of the older generation uttered.

Nearby the neglected field was another place of undesired property. Grim and slightly run down was the orphanage run by nuns. Controlled and severe the orphanage was not a place where laughter and childlike playing could be found. Satisfied by this the adults in the town would nod their heads. This is how it should be. In their hearts they felt the children should be grateful for what they had. Their own dear children they kept far away from that grim place as possible.

The lone girl was deep in thought as she walked down the deserted street that led to the silent carousel. Somehow she was both drawn and repelled by it and didn’t know why. Always she had to walk past this place, past the sad remains of a once vibrant carousal.

Her severe dark navy uniform marked her as one from the asylum and also made her the easy target. Several boys from the small town casually came out from behind the carousal and spotted her. Elbowing each other they grinned and moved toward the dark haired girl, calling out taunts that would make a hardened criminal blush.

Kallista kept her face serene as they approached yet would not look at them. Instead she kept walking her normal pace keeping the wire fence in between them. Usually she had time to pause and think. But today was not one of those days. Lenny and his gang had chosen her to be their daily victim. Lucky her.

“Hey, girlie!” Lenny called out. “Where are your mommy and daddy?”

“Wait, Lenny! She doesn’t have a mommy and daddy!” One of Lenny’s friends mocked.

“Probably cause its mommy and daddy didn’t want it anymore!”

When they failed to get a reaction out of her they started throwing stones. Several struck her on her check drawing blood. Victorious, the boys high fived one another and gave off loud hollers and cheers. Still she ignored them and pretended to feel nothing. Fervently she wished they would go away.
A car rolled past but it did not slow down. No one helped an asylum student. The fence ended.

Rough hands grabbed her and dragged her to the carousal. Only then did she scream and fight. Fists came at her from every direction and in between the sound of her body being punched she could hear the laughter of the boys. Uselessly she fought to defend herself, careful not to hurt them. Once she had fought back against them and had done some damage. Never had she been in so much trouble. For a month she had to be in solitary confinement within the asylum. It was worse afterwards. She had to stand before the city council and the parents of the bullies and apologize. All stared stonily at her as she has stumbled over her apologies. As for the boys, they had smirked, triumphant.

Now they had her again and were free to do with her as they pleased. One of them, the tallest had her on her knees with her arms bent backwards. Burning sharp pain swept across her as they applied pressure.

“Tell us how awesome we are.” Lenny commanded her with a leer.

Panicked, she said nothing. SLAP! His hand stuck her hard across the face resonating shock deep within.

“I said! Tell us how awesome we are!” Lenny repeated with gleeful force.

Blood trickled down her ashen face as she struggled to form the words through numb lips.
“You are awesome.” She murmured.

“What?” I can’t hear you?” He leaned down pretending not to hear; the sounds of his comrades egged him on. “LOUDER! Say it LOUDER!”

With a cry she managed to say the words louder but she would not let the tears fall. Not there. Not in front of them.

“Now tell the world how pathetic you are!” Lenny sneered as he lifted up sharply on her arms.

Screaming at the sharp intense pain she did as was forced.

“LOUDER!”

Sobs burst out of her, betraying her to the merciless boys all around her.

Grabbing a fist full of her hair, Lenny jerked her hair back and whispered harshly into her ear. “You think you are something special just because you are beautiful. What gives you the right to reject me? You are nothing!”

Shoving her away roughly the boys let go of her and she fell unbalanced, striking her head on the platform of the faded carousal.

A memory exploded in her head of a man wearing a bowtie and a woman with beautiful curly blond hair. Both wore gentle smiles on their faces and somehow Kallista knew it was for her. Yet she did not know who they were. Pain seared her as another memory, darker and frightening this time invaded her mind. There was blackness all around and she was falling through the stars. Then there was the rip in the sky and she fell through it. The Rip tore something from her and emptiness took hold of her leaving her cold and desolate from then on.

Terrified by the memories Kallista huddled against a rotting pony and shivered. Bored now the boys left the pathetic girl huddling and in tears all by herself.

 

 

2012 Connecticut.

In another part of the world and in another time, a young girl sat near the window drawing at her desk. So intent on her artwork she failed to see the blue police box that appeared out of nowhere or the man with the bowtie who walked out of it a moment later.  A knock startled her out of her concentration and she grumbled. No one else was home to answer the door so it was up to her. Laying aside her latest project she went downstairs to answer the door. Standing there in a friendly manner with a smile on his face was a man who looked like a professor.

“May I help you?” She tied to be polite when all she wanted to do was close the door and go back to her work.

“Yes! Actually you could help me.” He answered her as his eyes darted around her, taking in everything with intelligent eyes. “You see, I have lost something and have been led here as I was tracking it.”

“Who are you?” She asked as he pulled out a strange looking screwdriver and held it up. “What are you doing and what have you lost? Why do you think it is here?”

“Ah yes, all very excellent questions.” He murmured as he moved past her, his eyes never stopped observing.  “What is your name?”

“Lizzy.” She answered him suspiciously then scowled at herself.

How was it that she had been so free to tell a stranger that? There was something about him though. She could not put her finger on it.

“Hey! You can’t go up there!” She protested as he walked past her again and headed up the stairs.

“Lizzy…that is a very nice name.” He didn’t seem bothered by her protests as he pointed the screwdriver up the stairs. “I am the Doctor. Is this where your room is?”

“No! It’s where I keep my very own pack of guard dogs. I would not go up there.” She replied stonily. “Doctor who?  I don’t need a doctor!”

Doing a double take he looked back at her, understanding dawning on him for the first time.

“Oh, I’m sorry Lizzy. I am known simply as, The Doctor.” He said as he came back to her. “I hope I didn’t scare you.”

“I was not scared!” She frowned at him.

“Of course you weren’t. Good girl.” He seemed impressed. “You see this?”

“Yeah? It’s a funny looking screwdriver.”

“Not just any screwdriver. It’s a SONIC screwdriver.” The Doctor whirled and continued back up the stairs. “This is a tool I use for many things including finding things I have lost.”

“What have you lost?” Lizzy was mystified. “Why would you think I have it?”

“Again, all very good questions and soon I hope to have an answer for you.” He stopped suddenly and looked at her. “Tell me, have you seen anything strange around her lately?”

“Besides you? Nothing really,” She replied and then a troubled look crossed her face.

“What is it Lizzy? Have you seen something or experienced anything out of the ordinary?” He looked at her earnestly. “I see you are an artist. How old are you Lizzy?”

Slightly disconcerted at all his questions she found herself answering him.

“I am fifteen and how did you know I am an artist?”

“You have that look about you and as for being an artist: you have colorful smudges on the ends of your fingertips.”

Turning he walked into her room and scanned over everything using his sonic screwdriver.

“I’m getting a reading…” He paused as he looked at his tool then he reached down and pullout out a handful of drawings that were partially covered and looked through them. “Very interesting,” He murmured.

Looking at the art he had in his hands Lizzy felt a blush rise to her cheeks. “Oh, those are some old drawing I did when I was younger.”

“Yes, they are very nice.” He said distractedly as he looked through the art. “I see that many of these pictures feature a carousal and two little girls. But this last one features a carousal and THREE little girls. Could you tell me about it? Who are these little girls? Were they friends of yours?”

Lizzy shook her head feeling a little silly. “Oh, those are nothing. Just that when I was younger I had this recurring dream where I went on these fantastic trips through space and time with a friend on this magical carousel. I have not had that dream in a while though.”

“You dated your art, very interesting,” He mused as he studied the early artwork of Lizzy. “Come with me!”

It was not a question or an invite but a direct command. Normally the spirited artist would rebel against such a thing but there was a mystery here and she wanted to find out what it was.

Taking two steps at a time down the stairs the Doctor raced back outside with Lizzy close behind. In his hands he still held the artwork. Curious Lizzy followed, slightly trouble by the nostalgia that had washed over her when she has looked back at those old drawings. Certain things pushed at her memory but one was troublesome and she pushed it back unable to face it. She was unaware of the Doctors knowing looks as he watched her.

When they arrived at a wooden blue box, Lizzy halted even as the Doctor disappeared inside. But a feeling of excitement rose up in her that she could not deny.

“You feel something, don’t you?” The Doctor asked as he poked his head back out. “You have been in one before haven’t’ you?”

“A little blue box? I don’t think so.”

“You know what I mean Lizzy. I can see it on your face!” He said gently and kindly. “Think. Don’t push those thoughts back!”

Shaking her head, Lizzy tried to make sense of what was going on. Feeling somewhat uncertain she walked around the blue box, studying it.  It appeared sold but old, a relic of the past judging by its appearance, reminding her of something.

“That’s it, Lizzy. I can see you are remembering.” He spoke softly from beside her. “Do you want to take a look inside?”

Nodding a yes she silently followed him and stepped inside. In awe she looked around at the wonderful space but somehow was not surprised. It reminded her of another place, some where she had been before.

“It was all real then.” Her quiet voice broke the silence. “Those were not dreams I had but the real thing. How?”

Perplexed she turned away and wrestled with some thoughts.

“Take a look once more at these pictures.” He urged.  “In all of them but the first there are two girls. But in the first one, there are three. What happened to that girl? Who was she?”

“I don’t remember.” Lizzy frowned as she looked at the first picture again.

It showed three girls riding on the carousal: one with blond hair, one with black hair, and one with brown hair. She recognized the brown haired girl as herself and instinctively knew the blond haired girl’s name. It was Eva.

“I have been looking for a long time for something that was lost.” The Doctor said as he walked around the base of a tall structure that looked to be where the controls were.  “According to my records, some time ago my ship, The Tardis split off and created another Tardis. Even being as old as I am and The Doctor, I don’t know how these things sometimes work. They just do.”

Lizzy listened intently as the Doctor spoke.

“My readings show that there was a disturbance in space. There is a crack in space and time that I am trying to mend.” He frowned, suddenly sad. “Something passed through that crack in time and space and that something was the second Tardis. It could be that that other girl was in there at that time. I have found you Lizzy and have located this other girl, Eva. But I have no indication that this other girl ever existed except in the memories you and I hold.”

 “She is real?”

“She was very real. But she is lost. However, what is lost can be found as long as a memory exists!” He smiled encouragingly. “Together we can bring this girl back! Will you help me Lizzy?”

Deep in her heart Lizzy knew that the girl did exist. Somehow she knew her.

“OK. I will help you if I can.” She nodded.

“That’s the spirit!” He encouraged her. “First we will go to the last location the Tardis Two was before it was lost.”

As the Tardis begin to shake and make noise, The Doctor explained things to Lizzy on how the time machine worked. Yet none of it seemed new to her. He seemed to know this as once again he appraised her.

“You are an extraordinary girl, Lizzy.” He stated suddenly. “I don’t think you know this, but you have been a companion to a Time Lord.”

The very words resonated with her and the echo of long ago giggling reached her ears.

“My name is Kallista. I’m a Time Lord!”

A dark hair girl had said that.

“Her name was Kallista.” Lizzy spoke suddenly. “I remember now!”

“Well done Lizzy!” The Doctor cheered. “Her name IS Kallista. Somewhere she is out there and we will find her!”

“She spoke of being a Time Lord and I always thought it was funny; sort of a game she played.” Lizzy mused.

“She always was a bit of an oddball.” He murmured as he fiddled with the controls. “OK. We are here!”

“Where is here?” She asked.

“The space in the spot where the incident occurred,” He informed her as he ran to the door.

Flinging open the doors he held his sonic screwdriver out and took a reading.

“AHA! I know when and where the Tardis Two landed!” He shouted gleefully and laughed.

 

1965, on the outskirts of Chicago.

Standing on weary legs Kallista watched them arrive. One moment nothing was there and the next moment a blue box appeared. Two people came out: a man in a suit and bowtie and a girl her own age. Recognition flashed through her eyes as the man came closer. Somehow she knew him. She just didn’t know how.

At first they did not see her as she was hidden from view, half leaning against one of the pony figurines. Instead their eyes lingered on the whole of the broken down carousal. Silently she watched as sorrow filled their eyes. Why did they feel sad about this carousal?

Footsteps behind her alerted her of the bullies return. She should have left right away instead of lingering. Slowly she turned to face them, hating the sound of their low chuckles as they came forward.

“You still around, loser?” Lenny sneered and pushed her.

It was clear the boys did not see they were not alone anymore. Like before, she kept her mouth shut.

“Looks like the nuthouse has lost one off its residents.” Ricky, Lenny’s right hand man jeered.

“Good one, Ricky!” Lenny high fived him then turned back to the silent girl before them. “I don’t know why you even show your face around here. You are nothing but a pathetic loser who has no parents.”

Lenny swung back his fist to strike the defiant look out of Kallista’s eyes, but suddenly he found his world being rocked around him as a force lifted him off his feet and into the ground. Groaning he curled up around the pain in his belly and opened one eye to get a good look at his attacker.

“If you feel like playing with girls you will find me more than enough!” Lizzy snarled at him, and then further surprised the others when she turned and sucker punched Ricky. “This one is for you, Dick!”

Sobs broke from Ricky‘s mouth as he clutched his bloody nose. Lizzy turned away in disgust. She caught Kallista starring at her in shock. Recognition bloomed within the dark haired girl as memories resurfaced.

“I remember you!” She cried out happily. “You were my first companion!”

“So you remember.” The Doctor said softly as he watched with a smile on his face.

“YOU WON’T GET AWAY WITH THIS!” Lenny screeched, half rising from his fallen position. “Wait till I tell my parents! You will get into trouble again, FREAK!”

“Shut up, I’m talking!” Lizzy commanded him with an imperial look then she turned her back on him to face Kallista. “I’m so happy to see you again!”

The Doctor stepped in between the boys and the girls and held up his special Psychic paper.

“Excuse me…..gentleman. I am from the Homeland Security Federation of Internal Affairs sent here to investigate the reports or disturbances of corrupt unscrupulous debauched delinquents.” The Doctor frowned and peered at them. “You match these descriptions so I need to take you in for intense interrogation that will take at least four years to complete. We have had an eye on you lot and your parents for some time. Let me tell you, we all most displeased. You are now seen as a threat to our way of life and we will stop at nothing to prevent that from happening.”

During the time that the Doctor rattled this information off, the injured boys forgot about their pain as they gazed in disbelief and horror at the man before them. The two uninjured boys didn’t wait for their comrades. Instead they started backing away then turned tail and fled. Lenny and Ricky were not far behind, both screaming panicked words of assurance that they would be much better behaved.

Kallista noticed none of that however. Her eyes were for the two standing before her now.

“You ok?” Lizzy asked her long lost friend as she noticed the bruising and bleeding.

“You came for me.” Kallista’s voice was quiet but held the strength of one who was eternally grateful and in awe. “I don’t know how you did it when my very essence was disappearing. Even I could not remember much about myself.”

“It is thanks to your first companion that your mother and I were able to track you.” The Doctor smiled at his daughter as he took her face in his hands to look at her wounds. “She kept track of your journeys together through her marvelous artwork. She is a very clever girl.”

“She is that and more.” Kallista smiled for the first time in years as she looked at her first and dearest friend. “She saved me once before too. I remember that now.”

“Yeah, I remember that too.” Lizzy smiled back. “You said you would always be my servant.”

A laugh broke out from Kallista as she recalled that event too.

“Remember the Purple Poet?” Lizzy teased gently.
A deep blush took hold of Kallista as she grinned. “Somehow that was one memory I never quite forgot. Even though I could not completely remember, the theme of purple and poetry always struck a chord within me. I guess that heart can’t forget some things even when the mind can.”

“You are still not out of danger yet, Kallie.” The Doctor warned as he took out his Sonic Screwdriver and inspected her eyes. “You have been ripped apart when you fell through that rift. We may not see it, but it’s there.”

At the grim news Kallista stopped laughing and looked down. “Am I going to die?”

“Not if I can help it.” The Doctor promised. “You are safe for now. But I will need to run some more test on you. For the time being, you will need to travel with me. I will have my Tardis take yours back with us. Then perhaps your mother and I can get Tardis two working again.”

“You mean The Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis Flowers?” Lizzy’s grin reappeared.

“Yes, that is the one!” Kallista nodded with mock seriousness.

“Perhaps I can use my Tardis to provide a little bit of temporary power to Kallista’s Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis Flowers.” The Doctor mused out loud.

Lizzy and Kallista looked at each other hopefully then rounded back on the Doctor.

“Oh, could you please?”

“And can we find Eva too?”

With a wink and a laugh he hurried to his Tardis and set everything up. Once more The Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis Flowers lit up and music flowed much to the girls delight. Hoping on they rode near each other as the Doctor sent them all on their way.

“I’m not going to miss this place at all.” Kallista remarked quietly as they disappeared from that time period.

“I should say not!” Lizzy exclaimed with a smile. “I am really happy that today of all days we found you!”

“Why is that?”

“Today is my birthday!” Lizzy told her happily. “Today I found out that my dreams were really real, found a long lost friend, and got to ride The Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis Flowers once more!”

From where he rode in his Tardis, The Doctor smiles a silent bitter sweet smile. In his hand he held the last of the pictures Lizzy drew as a child. They still showed only two girls. A brown haired one, and a blond.
 
 
*This is for you Lizzy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU AMAZING SISTER! *hugs a million times* Words cannot express how much you mean to me.   I am so lucky and blessed to have you as my friend and sister. I wish you nothing but the very best life can hold! Enjoy your day sweetie and know you are loved! YAY!

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Doctor's Daughter: Part Two. Dedicated to Lizzy in honor of her birthday.

*This is a prebirthday present to my beloved sister, Lizzy. She has been more to me then I could ever hope or dream of in a friend and in a sister. She deserves nothign but the best. I love you sister! *hugs Lizzy tightly*


 

“Who are you?”

The question was asked by a small dark hair girl who stood looking from the carousal that just landed in the field not far from her home, to its occupant another girl of the same age with long black curls.

“My name is Kallista. I’m a Time Lord!” Kallista struck a pose proudly and waited for the other girl to look impressed.

She looked bored.

“If you say so.” The girl started to walk away.

“But wait!” Kallista called to her in a panic. ”Don’t you want to ride on the ponies?”

“Naaaah.” The girl replied as she made her way back home. ”I would rather have a gun. Ponies are for sissies.”

Kallista pouted and stamped her foot.

“Ponies are COOL! I am a TIME LORD! You HAVE to be impressed!”

Kallista got a mud pie in the face.

“You are too noisy. Go away.”

Kallista sadly wiped the mud from her face and turned around. Things were not going as she hoped. Everyone always seemed impressed with her father being a Time Lord. Why was it different for her?

She was near her Tardis when she heard a noise behind her. It sounded like a growl. Turning around nervously she found herself face to face with a vicious looking dog who bared its sharp teeth at her. It edged towards her slowly, menacingly through the long field grass with his large brown head lowered and threatening. Gasping in fear she began backing away from the large dog wondering if she would make it to the Tardis Two in time.  Whirling about she ran as fast as her little legs would carry her, distinctly aware of the hot stinky breath of the threat that was inches from the back of her scrawny neck. Fervently she wished her daddy was there. Eyes fixed on her one hope she watched it as it became closer and closer. She was going to make it!

Then the unthinkable happened. Screaming, she stumbled into a tiny hole, twisting her as she fell forwards. Leaping at the same time the dog launched its self forward and landed on her, pinning her to the hard ground. It lowered its head and growled next to her ear while she struggled to breath under the weight of the dog. Tears came to her eyes then as fear took over. Not able to stop them she let the tears pour from her eyes and her body shook with terrified sobs. Striking then the dog darted forward and clamped its big jowls around the back of her neck. Cries became shrieks of pain as she was tossed aside. It went for her again. But then suddenly there was a thud and the dog whimpered as it backed away. Its gaze was not focused on her anymore but the girl from earlier. In the girl’s hand was another rock and a baseball bat.  Throwing the rock at the dog the girl then wrapped both hand around the bat and charged forwards screaming. The dog was properly alarmed by now after receiving two unexpected wounds.  This other girl clearly meant business and the dog decided it had had enough of that place. With its tail tucked in between its legs it ran off quickly.

“Are you OK?” The girl asked mildly as she strolled towards the sobbing mini Time Lord, baseball bat propped up against her shoulder, casually.

“You SAVED me!” Kallista sobbed dramatically as she flung herself at the girl’s feet and hugged her legs.

“Awkward.” The girl remarked looking heavenwards.

“I am in debt to you forever!” Kallista went on. “From now on my life is yours!”

“Drama much?” The girl rolled her eyes then put out a hand. “Name’s Lizzy. Nice ta meetcha.”

Kallista put her hand over her heart and vowed. “I, Kallista the Incredibly Awesome Time Lord, do hereby vow to be a servant to Lizzy now and forevermore.

 “Cool!” Lizzy grinned. “Do you have any cookies? I’m hungry.”

A moment later both girls were inside the Tardis: Kallista tending to her minor injuries and Lizzy looking around in awe while munching on a chocolate chip cookie.

“Well Kalliewallie. If you had told me this was a MAGICAL carousel I would have come sooner. It’s HUGE in here!”

Kallista finished wrapping her neck clumsily in an old handkerchief she found lying around and walked back over to Lizzy. Smiling she hugged her new friend. ”It’s my Tardis. Tardis Two to be exact. My dad has the original one. It’s a space ship that can go ANYWHERE and can go backwards and forwards in time too!”

“Really? I wanna see!” Lizzy demanded and bounced up and down excitedly. “As my servant I demand you to fly me to show me.”

“Sure thing!” Kallista responded happily. Confidently she walked to the glowing purple light of the Time Rotor and gazed at it.

“You can come with me as I travel. You can be my companion.” She said with a fierce look in her eyes. “I am looking for someone.”

“Who?” Lizzy asked

“I’m not sure.” Kallista admitted. “But I know that somewhere in London is where I will find him. I think I got way off on my arrival destination though.”

“What makes you say that?” Lizzy walked up to join her strange new friend.

“This does not look much like England.” Kallista answered her as she went to the two small double doors and peered outside.

She turned back to hear Lizzy laughing.

“No. This is Connecticut. It’s a NEW England state.”

“Oh.” Kallista said in a small voice trying to recall the geography her mother had tried so hard to teach her. “This IS on planet Earth, isn’t it?”

“Yes!” Lizzy laughed harder. This girl was nuts!

“Oh.” Kallista responded again, in a small voice. “What year is this?”

“It’s 2002, of course!”

Kallista groaned and ran back to the Time Rotor. “I am WAY off! Went back in time instead of staying in the current time!”

Lizzy ran to get a closer look as Kallista fiddled with some bizarre looking knobs and buttons.

“This should do it!” She cried out happily!

Lizzy heard a strange rhythmic sound then clung on the handle bar for dear life as the carousal began to shake and rumble. The whole thing shook then seemed to settle a bit. Suddenly there was a bang and Kallista looked triumphant.

“There! We made it!”

She ran towards the double doors and flung them wide open.

Outside in the sun sat a blond girl in the middle of a colorful chalk drawing on the pavement of an empty schoolyard play area. The girl seemed to be the same age as Lizzy and Kallista and was staring at them solemnly. A piece of purple chalk fell from her hand. Slowly she got up and made her way towards Lizzy and Kallista.

“Hi! I’m a Time Lord!” Kallista blurted out.

Lizzy rolled her eyes. But the other little girl didn’t pay them any attention. Instead she moved to one of the sparkly carousal ponies and hugged it.

“So beautiful!” She breathed out happily. “I want to ride it!”

“Of course you can ride it!” Kallista smiled happily. “You can ride it in space if you want too!”

The little girl narrowed her eyes as she looked at her companion. “That’s impossible!”
“Of course it’s impossible!” Lizzy replied. “But it still can happen. A moment ago we were not here. Yet now we are! I would say that is impossible too!”

“OK, then. Show me!”

“Tell the Time Lord your name first!” Kallista struck an important pose again sure that the girl would be awe struck and obey.

“Is she sick in the head?” The girl asked Lizzy.

“Just humor her.” Lizzy told her. “It’s what I did.”
“OK, fine. My name is Eva. Can we go now?”

“Welcome Eva to my Sparkly Rainbow Carousal Tardis!” Kallista bounced happily up and down.

“Dude! I thought it was just plain old Tardis Two!” Lizzy challenged her.

“It is whatever I decide it to be.” Kallista sniffed. “I think tomorrow I will call it the Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis FLOWERS! YAY!”

A few minutes later Kallista managed to start the Sparkly Rainbow Carousal Tardis and they were off into space. Never before had Eva had so much fun as she did then. In one hand she held a cookie. In her other hand, she held the reigns of the colorful wooden pony. All around her in the deep blue atmosphere stars twinkled and distant planets glowed. Even though the other two girls had tried to explain it was because of the Tardis that they were able to safely play on the outside on the carousal, Eva still did not fully understand. But then again she realized she didn’t need too. All she knew was that she was having fun and was safe.

Round and round the carousal whirled as the lights twinkled all around and the music played song after song. Three little girls rode with excitement and laughter, delighting in treats, from chocolate to ice cream while surrounded by stars.

“Hey, Kallie!” Lizzy called from the brightly painted giraffe. “Did you say this was a time machine too?”

“I did!” Kallista smiled with face full of blue berry pie. “I can take you anywhere in time because…”

“I’M A TIME LORD!” Eva and Lizzy shouted together then laughed.

“Why yes.” Kallista nodded confused and a little in awe of them. “How did you know I was going to say that?”

“Never mind that now.” Lizzy laughed. “I wanted to ask if you would take us to the Wild West!”

“Oh! That would be so much fun!” Eva squealed. “They have lots of horses back then.”

“..and guns!” Lizzy nodded.

Kallista didn’t’ know what to do. She looked at both of the eager faces of her friends and was torn.

“Well, I was on a quest to find the Purple Poet.” She informed them. “Ever since my father picked up on some of his poems that were being recited on the Tardis’ frequency I have known it was my destiny to be with him.”

“Please?” Eva gave Kallista puppy dog eyes. “It won’t be a long trip.”

“IwanttogotoAfricatoo!” Lizzy spoke quickly and firmly making it clear this was not a request.

“Oh, alright!” Kallista smiled.

She could not resist them as already they felt like her sisters. Between the three of them they managed to find the right settings and the Tardis set off on its next adventure.

“Who’s going to clean up this mess?” Kallista looked around at the scattered remnants of the deserts they had.

Delicate porcelain plates and tea cups set everywhere with half eaten cake, pies, cupcakes, and cookies. Her two loyal friends looked elsewhere and pretended not to hear. Kallista scowled darkly and was about ready to say something when the Tardis landed.

“YAY! We are here!” Lizzy shouted happily and ran to the front door.

Flinging it open wide she got an eyeful of African splendor. Color blazed all around as life bloomed before them. Several different herds were nearby.

“What are those?” Kallista asked Lizzy as she joined her.

Lizzy followed the direction Kallista pointed to a group of exotic birds.

“I’m not sure.” Lizzy wrinkled her nose as she tried to remember the name of the bird.

“What are they doing?” Kallista watched fascinated, her eyes wide.

“They are doing the mating dance.” Eve informed her as she walked past to stand on the edge of the platform.

“Why are they doing that?” Kallista was clearly puzzled.

“Umm….it’s so they can be married and have babies.” Eva told her.

“I see.” Kallista pondered and begin plotting.

Lizzy stared at her silent friend for a moment wondering if she was ok. She looked like she was having a bout of bad gas.

“Whoa! What are they doing NOW?” Kallista suddenly shouted. “That BIRD is attacking the other one!”

“Relax Kallie,” Eva said. “They are making babies now.”
“Time to leave!” Lizzy decided on the spot as she covered a stunned Kallista’s eyes and led her back inside the Sparkly Rainbow Carousal Tardis.

Leaving a deeply perplexed Kallista in the corner the other two figured out how to set the Tardis Two to the Wild West.

“Well, here we are!” Lizzy said as the Tardis landed.

“Good. I want some spurs.” A still dazed Kallista exclaimed as she hopped up from her seat. “I want a bowtie too. My dad wears bow ties all the time! Bowties are cool!”

What seemed like a matter of only hours in fact was three days.  For several intense filled days the girls witnessed and experienced many things including a duel at high noon between the sheriff and his disgruntled assistant, dancing on the bar top at the local saloon, and even a hanging. Granted it had gone wrong and the intended person managed to escape but still it was quite the experience.

Finally satisfied and all tuckered out the three amigos trudged back to the Tardis Two, Kallista’s spurs jingling all the way.

“Do you like me chaps and spurs?” Kallista asked proudly as she strutted through the doors of the carousal.

“You do look….nice, especially with your bowtie.” Eva tried to answer diplomatically.

“It was nice of the tanner to specifically make you a pair of chaps your size.” Lizzy added.

“Probably the gold I gave him.” Kallista pouted grumpily remembering all that the townspeople said to her. “And I am NOT adorable or cute as a cucumber. Everyone knows cucumbers are NOT cute!”

“Well, cheer up We can go see your Purple Poet now.” Eva reminded her.

“That’s right!” Kallista giggled gleefully rubbing her hands together in anticipation before dashing madly to the time Rotor.

“Get ready for the future now, girls!” Kallista said dramatically but the effect was ruined when her bowtie flipped all of a sudden, slapping her in the face. “Ow!”

Rubbing her nose Kallista worked out the details to get them to London England in 2012. Whirling and making its usual noises the Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis Flowers disappeared from the Wild West and set off to where Kallista’s heart was.

“We are here!” Kallista whispered excitedly as the Tardis landed a few minutes later. “Somewhere close is my Purple Poet! I can feel it!”

“Maybe that is just your stomach.” Eva suggested helpfully. “You did eat a lot of cake recently.”

Spurs jingled and the chaps made a slapping sound as Kallista rushed from the Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis Flowers too get a good look at London.

“No! It’s not my stomach He is here!” Kallista responded as she spotted a tall boy walk out of his house followed by another boy and a girl.

The three Londoners began walking and chatting to one another unaware they were being watched by a wild eyed child.

“He’s MINE!” Kallista suddenly growled and darted forwards. “Follow me!”

“What?” Eva raised her eyebrows.

“Just do as she asks.” Lizzy sighed and followed.

“HALT!” Kallista bellowed suddenly at the three Londoners, standing with outstretched hand “Which one of you is the Purple Poet? I know it’s one of you.”

Joseph or Octaboona as some called him, stopped to look at the strangely garbed child in front of him.

“Well, all of us are poets. But purple is my favorite color. Perhaps it’s me you are looking for.” He knelt and looked kindly into her eyes. “Are you lost? Do you need me to help you find your mommy and daddy?”

Instead of answering him Kallista looked back intently and stared dancing weirdly.

“What is she doing?” Eva whispered to Lizzy as they stood behind Kallista.

“I don’t know.” Lizzy answered the furrowed her brow. “Wait! I thing she is doing a mating dance!”

“WHAT?” Eva’s jaw opened up. “I guess we should have told her that it is just animals that do that.”

“You are going to be my husband!” Kallista proclaimed to the older boy.

“Oh, sweetie. He is too old for you.” The girl standing by the other boy said kindly.

As the other girl talked Lizzy looked behind her and saw an ice cream parlor.

“Hey!” She lightly slapped Eva in the arm to get her attention. “Let’s get some more ice cream!”

“Yeah!” Eva high fived Lizzy and the both of them dashed off happily.

Unaware of this, Kallista stalked up to the girl eyeing her crazily in what she hoped was an intimidating look.

“You are not trying to steal my fella are you?” She growled at the older girl.

“I don’t need to.” The girl smiled gently. “I have my own fella.”

Kallista looked at the other boy then understood.

“My name is Noam and this is Daniel.” Smiling, Noam took Daniel’s hands in hers. “The one you want ot marry is Joseph. What is your name?”

“My name is Kallista and I’m a Time Lord!” The tiny squirt growled out dramatically and then pointed to Joseph. “And I want HIM to be my companion!”

Once again her dramatic effect was ruined when her bowtie flipped and spun around weirdly several times slapping her in the face.

Frustrated the little girl stomped her feet. “You are coming with me. I’m gonna kidnap you! If you don’t come, me and my posse will wrangle you!”

“Umm…what posse?” Daniel asked, bemused as he looked around.

Frowning Kallista whipped her head around only to see her two friends where no longer there. Realizing she was now alone, Kallista looked back at Joseph and the others with wide expressionless eyes. This was not how it was supposed to be going.

“Would you like a piggy back ride, Kallista?” Joseph asked kindly as he knelt before her. “Perhaps we can find your mother and father.”

“I don’t’ need to find them. They are in the Tardis.” Kallista responded a little calmer. “I just want you to come with me and be my companion.”
“We can be friends, Kallista.” Joseph smiled warmly. “I still have to go to school and so do you. As friends we can have a lot of fun together.”

Tears begin to fill up in Kallista’s eyes as her shoulders sagged. He didn’t want to come with her. Frustrated she kicked at the sidewalk and ran away from them down an alley way.

Concerned, Josephs eyes followed her till eh could not see her anymore. “Poor little girl. I hope she will find her parents soon.”
“I am sure she will be ok, Joseph.” Daniel reassured as he and Noam started walking. “They can’t have been far away to begin with. We better hurry though. We are going to be late for school.”

“Well now, will you look at that!” Noam exclaimed suddenly as she looked beyond the boys. “I did not know we had a carousal on that corner.”
“Hmm…they must have put it there last night.” Daniel shrugged. “We can check it out later after school. You ready?”

All three friends continued to chat as they rounded the corner and set off for school. Hidden in the shadows lurking was Kallista with tears still in her eyes.  

“I will be back and you WILL be mine!” She vowed in a whisper.

“Whatcha doing?” The voice came loudly from behind her.

Screaming in fright she whirled around to see her two friends standing there licking ice cream cones.

“Where were you?” She asked them. “I was so close to having him be mine!”

“Sorry. We got hungry.” Lizzy shrugged and then handed Kallista one of her own. “We got one for you two!”

“Thanks!” Kallista managed a small smile as she gratefully took it.

“I have to go home now. I don’t want to get into trouble.” Eva spoke up worriedly. “I’ve been gone so long.”

“Don’t worry, Eva.” Lizzy soothed. “We have a time machine. Kallista can get us back about the same time we left. Right, Kallista?”

“Sure. No problem.” Kallista managed to say.

It had not occurred to her that her adventure would end, especially with no companion of her own. Wearily she followed her friends back to the Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis Flowers and set off for their time zones. During that time she did not say much. There was nothing much to say. When it came down to it, all she was able to do was hug her friends as they left, each t their own home and in their time zone. Braving a smile she had promised them she would come back.

Now all alone once again she set off on her next adventure. But it was not as much fun as before. There were no friends to play with and she had failed in capturing the Purple Poet.

Lost in thought she failed to notice the danger signal being flashed to her by the Tardis so when the whole Tardis shook and rocked about, she was unprepared. Screaming she felt herself being thrown backwards onto the floor. Desperately she tried to get back to her feet and to the controls. 

The Tardis flipped weirdly sending her skidding to the far end. In a heap she landed by the doors. Reaching out she managed to grab one of the knobs to help pull herself up. But the motion knocked the door ajar and with a cry she fell through. The sound of her cry was cut off as she was flung through space. Being half Time Lord was what kept her from being killed. But through the stillness Silence struck. Darkness penetrated through her very being and something in her was lost forever. In protest the Queenly Rainbow Hearts Castle Tardis Flowers flared suddenly giving off a bright light before darkening.  It’s very last act was to pull an unconscious Kallista back in and hurled itself towards earth.

 
The year was 1956 and in the small suburbia town life was idyllic. Just on the outskirts of Chicago the residents there enjoyed both the peace and quiet life of the nearby country as well as the more exciting busy life of the town just half an hour away. Nothing much happened there. So when one day a strange child was found beside a damaged carousal, it made the front page news. No one ever claimed the child so she was place in an orphanage. All they knew about her was her first name, Kallista. No one ever messed with the strange broken down carousal that so strangely appeared either. It was said to be haunted. It sat for years in the forlorn field, dejected.