The Day of the Empty Hearse

Hailey is woken one night by a knock at the door. Sherlock Holmes and the Doctor are stood on her doorstep. She is caught between which one to go with- solve murders with Sherlock, or travel through space and time with the Doctor? Hailey can only choose one and this seems to be the greatest decision of all before a lifetime of adventures.

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5. The Argument

"Hailey? What's the matter? You've hardly said a word since we left." The Doctor interrupted Hailey's thoughts.

"I'm fine." She answered, rather short. "You know, it's a bit of a pain calling you the Doctor all the time, isn't there anything else that I can call you?"

"Doctor?"

"Doctor Who?"

"Doctor of awesomeness?" The Doctor grinned at Hailey.

"Erm... No." Hailey said sarcastically.

"Doctor of bow ties? Doctor of fez's? Doctor of time? Timelord. There you go, you can call me Timelord." He grinned at her again.

Hailey did not return the grin, and glared at him instead. "Fine, I'll just call you Doctor."

"What's wrong? You are not yourself." The Doctor's face was a picture of concern.

"How would you know what I'm normally like? You don't know me."

"Good point." He looked around the TARDIS, physically searching for the right words. "Okay then, why are your serotonin levels unbalanced?"

"Don't be such a smartass. My serotonin levels are fine, because I feel fine." Hailey turned away grumpily and marched down the blue stairs.

A few moments later, the Doctor followed her down to the swimming pool.

"There's something wrong."

"There is nothing wrong with me! Now leave me alone for five minutes!" Hailey shouted, splashing the water in her anger.

"Okay. I'll be upstairs if you need me."

The Doctor trailed back up to the central control room, and stared at the buttons in silence.

"Doctor?" a crackly voice said hesitantly

"I don't want to talk to you right now." He replied angrily.

"Please, Doctor. Tell me what's wrong. Shall I kick her out?" the voice suggested.

"No. Leave us be."

"I could accidently raise the water levels. I could accidently leak acid into the water."

"Will you be quiet?!" The Doctor's anger levels were rising dangerously.

"You wouldn't miss her. She's only a measly little human. She can be replaced." The voice continued, ignoring the Doctor's silence commands.

"Shut up. God knows why I decided to put a voice in you. You just don't shut up do you? You always want to interfere with everything. Me and Hailey can work it out without your help, so leave us alone for now. And don't you dare harm her. Hurt her and I will press that red button for self-destruct. Understand? You useless, selfish lump of metal." The Doctor burst out angrily.

"Oh, I understand. I only live to serve, your majesty."

The TARDIS crashed down onto the nearest lump of rock, sloshing the swimming pool water everywhere and knocking several things over. Smoke began to billow out of the console, and a very angry Hailey slipped and skidded up the stairs, wrapped up in a white towel.

"What the hell?! Are you that pissed off that you decided to crash?!" She snapped at the Doctor.

"I did not crash. The TARDIS crashed herself. I pissed her off!"

"What did you do?" Hailey calmed down a little. Being angry was not going to help the situation.

"I told her that she was a useless, selfish lump of metal." He replied sheepishly.

"Uh, uh, you didn't?! You need to apologise right this minute and get her started. Think of the number of times that she has saved your life. Think of the time when you first met each other. Think of the way that both your lives are shaped around each other." The air around them grew gradually warmer as the compliments went on. "Yes, okay, she can be quite selfish sometimes." The air temperature dropped by several degrees. "Only sometimes! But she is your friend. Accept her for who you she is, and not for who you want her to be."

Hailey looked between the Doctor and the TARDIS, before turning to descend the purple stairs that led to her bedroom.

*************

"Are you two finished up here?" Hailey went back upstairs to the central control room twenty minutes later, and the Doctor was no where to be seen.

"Doctor? Doctor!" Hailey shouted through the TARDIS.

The door leading to the outside creaked a little in the wind from outside. Hailey turned to stare at it suspiciously.

"TARDIS?" She tried to speak to the TARDIS instead, but again, the only response she got was silence.

Against her better judgement, Hailey approached the creaking door. She reached out her hand and pushed against the cold brass handle.

She stepped outside, and just managed to stop in time before she toppled over the edge of the piece of rock that they had landed on. She looked around, her heart thumping nervously in her chest. The Doctor most certainly wasn't out here because there was barely a metre of rock all around the TARDIS, before empty space greeted you. There was nothing else in sight, and the emptiness kind of scared her.

Hailey turned to go back inside the TARDIS, but found that the door was firmly shut and locked from the inside. Hailey cursed under her breath, and began banging on the door with her fists.

"Let me in! Let me back inside! I'm stuck out here! TARDIS? Doctor? Open the door!" She cried out desperately.

The door would not open.

 

Precisely thirty-five minutes and seven seconds later, Hailey was still slouched against the locked door, watching time pass, by staring at her watch.

The sound of the TARDIS transporting echoed through the air, and Hailey's heart sank.

"No! Come back! Wait! Doctor, come back! Don't leave me here!" Hailey shouted, hysteria beginning to flood in. "Wait! No..." She faintly whispered as the TARDIS completely vanished.

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