The Raggedy Man

It's the year of 2026 and Lily Luna Potter is in her final year of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Lily is eighteen and is ready to decide on what she wants to do in life after her amazing time at Hogwarts. However, a raggedy man in a blue police box arrives and her life is turned upside-down. The wizarding world is in danger and instead of focusing on her future, Lily needs to focus on keeping alive.
(My entry for the crossover competition!)

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6. Space

    I sighed happily as my body filled with warmth at my first sip of Butterbeer. Sarah, Clara, Daisy and I were sat at a round table in The Three Broomsticks chatting over our tankards of Butterbeer. The Doctor was sat in a corner seat to the back, slowly drinking his Butterbeer as if to savour every last drop of it.

   We sat back in our seats, our bellies full of blissful warmth.

   "So what do you suppose the teachers are going to do about this muggle business then?", Clara asked.

   "I'm guessing they'll just cast more protective spells and fix whatever is open to enter. I bet they've sorted it out already, don't worry about it!", Daisy assured. She seemed to have full confidence that the problem would be sorted immediately. I had to agree with what she said, just to get my mind off it.

   "Right I'm going to head back now", Sarah said, adjusting her glasses. "Anyone coming?". Clara and Daisy agreed that they wanted to go back but I told them I'd stay a little longer then wander up later on. We said goodbye and I waved to them as they exited The Three Broomsticks. I strolled over to The Doctor's table and leaned down slightly to talk to him.

   "How was your Butterbeer?", I said smiling.

   "Fantastic!", he answered with great enthusiasm. "Now you've shown me something amazing, it's my turn to show you something amazing!". He leapt off of his chair, sweets in his hand and marched out of The Three Broomsticks. The Doctor ran ahead through the snow, his purple robe flapping and I chased after him. He led me to the back of the Hog's Head where the TARDIS was stood, topped with pure white snow. He pulled out a key from his pocket and opened the TARDIS before entering. I followed him into the time machine and shut the door after me.

   "Doctor what are you doing?", I said, raising one eyebrow as I watched him  press different buttons and pull different levers on the large dashboard surrounding the towering tube, which was now pulsating with blue light. The Doctor ignored me so I walked up the steps to ask again when the strange whirring of the TARDIS sounded and I was launched forward onto the dashboard. I grabbed onto anything I could find as I was thrown left and right.

   "Doctor what the hell is going on?!", I screamed, clinging on for dear life. He said nothing but he was smiling like a mad man and his body seemed to almost hum with excitement. If this was time travel then it was extremely comfortable. Although there was something about it that got my blood pumping, adrenalin rushing through me. Where were we going?

    A minute later the TARDIS began to quiet down and slowly it came to a stop. I was able to regain my balance and I looked over at The Doctor. He nodded towards the door and I took this as a signal to open it. I slowly made my way over to the door. I placed my hand on the door handle, realising that I was nervous to see what was out there but the most excited I'd been in a long time. My heart pounded as I turned the door handle and opened the door. My breath caught in my throat and I took a step back in shock.

   Before my very eyes was space. A gorgeous dark blanket spotted with stars big and small. Not the triangular stars that people would draw, something so much more beautiful, glistening balls of light. I was sure right then no magic could top the beauty that was space. You could not capture the moment in a painting, it would never live up to the standard of the image I had in my mind, even if the finest artist had painted it. You could not even take a picture of it with a camera and experience the same feeling as seeing it with your own eyes.

   My eyes started to fill with tears and I could not tear them away. I leant against the TARDIS door with tears running down my face, staring quite literally into space. The Doctor came and stood beside me, staying silent to not ruin the moment I was having.

   "Doctor?", I sniffed. "Do you travel alone?".

   "I do now, yes," The Doctor said quietly.

   "You should experience travelling with people, if you see sights like this. It's the best sight I've ever laid eyes on".

   The Doctor walked over to the steps and sat down, propping his elbow on his knee and resting his head in his palm. I sat down beside him, waiting for him to say something.

   "I've had many companions over my lifetime", The Doctor said finally. "They've all gone now. I'm nothing but trouble. Every time I've whisked them away ready for adventure and it always ends badly. I put them in terrible danger and I hate myself for it".

   "But doesn't it get lonely? You need someone with you on an adventure like this Doctor. I'm sure all your companions have been willing to face danger if they wanted to travel with you".

   The Doctor smiled sadly, shaking his head. "I don't know". He suddenly jumped up and rushed to the dashboard. "Time to take you back!". More button pressing commenced with more being thrown around to the sound of the TARDIS. We landed and The Doctor opened the door for me. We were back behind the Hog's Head. I was amazed that the TARDIS actually worked. I'd just travelled into space and back. I smiled to myself at the pure amazement of it all. I was stood outside while the snow fell onto my head and I shivered as a chill went through me.

   "Thanks Doctor", I smiled. "When will you be back?".

   "I'm not sure", The Doctor hesitated. "A couple of days?".

   "Please come for Christmas Doctor! We can spend it together so you're not lonely! Although you'll have to come after the Christmas feast and I could sneak some food down for you".

   "Okay then, if you're bringing food!", The Doctor laughed.

   "I've had a great time since you arrived Doctor, it's been really exciting. I'd definitely be up to being your companion...". The Doctor's eyes suddenly turned serious and stern, the smile wiped off his face. He told me not to be so stupid and he seemed almost angry. My head drooped with embarrassment and I stared down at the ground. He placed a hand on my shoulder and said goodbye before walking back into his time machine.

   I turned away so I couldn't see the TARDIS fading away, tears brimming over.

   All I wanted was a chance at adventure.

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