Changing Fate

Kate Howard was just a young woman trying to get through life. Who knew that she was going to be kidnapped by people from the future and forced to raise a baby? Will she be able to ever find a way to escape along with the baby? And what will she do if she does? (Hi guys, because I just released a LOTR fan fiction, I thought that I would do a Doctor Who one because I'm even MORE obsessed with it than LOTR. Please read, like, fav and leave feedback, I would really appreciate it. )

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4. Talking It Out

Kate woke up a few hours later to crying. Proceeding to get up, she walked over to the crib to see Melody crying in her sleep. “She must be having a nightmare,” she thought as she reached down to pick the baby. She immediately stopped and tried to push her small body into Kate’s chest. “Hush now,” she cooed. “No need to cry. No one’s going to get you.” She felt the little one relax. “I’m not going to let that happen,” she promised as she walked over to a dresser. She pulled a pair of denim and a purple shirt for Melody. Then, she walked back to the changing table, proceeding to change the squirming infant’s diaper and attempted to put the clothes on her. “Melody, stop moving,” said Kate. But Melody would not stop — she just kept moving. After trying a few more times, she finally gave up. “What is wrong, sweetie? You’re never like this,” observed the woman. But the little one just kept on fidgeting and crying. She was about to give up until she heard a knock on the door. “Come in,” she called.

The door opened and Jack walked in. He was dressed in black slacks, a cream-colored shirt with a white one underneath, and a vintage World War II long coat. “Sounds like you’re having fun,” he said as he closed the door.

“She won’t stop crying,” Kate responded, as she picked up the still fidgeting baby. She was so frustrated that tears were welling up into her eyes. “No matter what I do, she just won’t stop.”

Jack looked at the crying baby and the near-crying woman. Taking Melody from Kate, Jack rocked the baby in his arms, saying, “What’s wrong, sweetheart? What’s causing you to make Kate so upset?” As if in response, Melody quieted down. Kate looked at Jack with a confused look. He shrugged. “She may be telepathic and is more than likely sensing the pain you are going through,” he said.

“By everything we went through?”

“You’re both still recovering. It takes time.” She just nodded, wondering if Jack was speaking from experience. Before she could say anything, he continued, “The Doctor wants to see you alone.”

“Alone?” she murmured nervously.

He chuckled. “He won’t bite. Just go to the console room,” he reassured.

Accepting his advice, she took one last look at Melody before leaving the room, still feeling the pain in her soul.

***

Kate entered the console room quietly. The Doctor was at the console, fiddling with a computer screen. “Good morning,” he greeted as he continued what he was doing.

“Jack said you wanted to talk to me?”

“I assumed you had some questions for me; so I’m available to give you that opportunity,” he replied, turning to face her fully. He then gestured toward a chair.

As she took a seat, she asked, “Do you know why Kovarian kidnapped me?”

He sighed. “That had to be the first question you would ask,” he answered. Leaning back against the console, he continued, “I can’t answer that. Too early in your timeline for you to know; though Kovarian probably would have taunted you about it.”

“How would she know?”

“She’s from the future, remember? Your history would already be known to her.”

“Should have known that,” thought Kate as she leaned back in the chair. It was all so confusing to her. “But what’s so special about me?” she asked. The Time Lord paused for a moment before letting out a chuckle. She gave him a bewildered looked before inquiring, “What?”

“You just reminded me about an old companion of mine. She thought she was not that special.”

“What happened to her?”

His face fell. “She became the most important woman in the universe. But then I had to take away her memories,” he responded. Seeing her look, he added, “She…absorbed some of my Time Lord abilities, making her part-Time Lord. However, her mind could not handle all that information.”

“So you had to take it from her,” Kate said, realizing that he did not like talking about it. Deciding to change the subject, she asked, “What happened to Melody’s mother?”

“Amy Pond is alive and well, as is her husband Rory Williams.”

“So Melody was kidnapped?”

“When Kovarian found out that Amy was pregnant — something we did not know at the time -, she had her kidnapped and replaced with a very realistic doppelganger. The clone was telepathically connected to Amy, so the one with Rory and I kept thinking that she was pregnant.”

“Which was true.”

“Yes, but not to the clone. She also kept seeing Kovarian in flashes. When I disconnected the link, the clone dissolved.”

“And?”

“We went to war to get Amy and the baby back, which we did. But what I didn’t know was that Kovarian had switch Melody out with a Flesh doppelganger. After she taunted me, she disconnected the link, causing the clone to dissolve in Amy’s arms. Then a…,” he trailed off, as if trying to figure out how to word his next word, “friend of mine appeared.”

“A friend?”

“A woman named River Song. I asked for her help with the battle but she said she could not get involved. Then she revealed something to me.”

Kate looked at him and asked, “What did she say?”

The Doctor responded by pulling out what appeared to be a leaflet and handed it to her. “A sympathetic soldier made this for Melody,” he answered.

She looked at it. “I can’t read it,” she said.

He smiled and replied, “It’s written in the native language of the Gamma Forests.” She looked up at him. “Look at it again. The TARDIS will help you translate it.” Kate looked back down at it and watched as the words started to translate. “Now, the soldier wrote Melody’s name with Amy’s last name of Pond.”

“Melody Pond.”

“Yes. Now, there is no word for ‘melody’ in the language, so the soldier put in ‘song’. And since the only water in the forest is the river,” he explained, saying that last phrase as if it was told to him, “she put the word ‘river’.”

“Song River,” she murmured. Realization came to her as she said, “River Song.” She looked at the Time Lord. “Your friend; the woman who could not get involved in the battle because she was already a part of the battle. She couldn’t interfere with her own timeline.”

“Yes. When I realized that, I took off, leaving River to explain and take her parents back to their own time. But Kovarian had hidden Melody quite cleverly and it took me a while to find them. When I did…”

“You recruited Jack to help.”

The Doctor nodded. “He went in as a new recruit. When he reported that Kovarian had kidnapped you, I told him to find a way to get you and Melody out.”

“Which he did, and I ended up here.”

“And now we need to decide what to do next.”

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