Amelia groaned as her eyes slowly opened. She couldn’t remember what had happened, just jumping for the Doctor and then… darkness. She didn’t like it at all.
Lifting her head, she found she was still in the forest so maybe she must have slipped. Standing up, she dusted the wood splinters off her knees and looked around.
“Doctor?” she called. “Where are you?”
She waited for an answer, but no came.
“Ugh!” she turned around and kicked the stump she jumped off of. “I should have listened to my aunt. She said to never trust a mad man.”
Feeling angry at the Doctor for abandoning her, Amelia began to trudge through the forest, occasionally calling out to him and occasionally grumbling under her breath. If he was playing a joke on her, the kooky man was going to pay.
She was nearing another fallen log when she heard a snap, like the sound wood makes when stept on. Amelia whirled around, ready to face the Doctor.
But no one was there.
“Doctor?” she called. “Where are you? Please stop. I don’t want to play a game right now. Maybe later?”
There was another snap, this time behind her. She turned around, but again, there was no one there.
Panic began to rise in Amelia as she realised that maybe this wasn’t the Doctor after all…
“WHO’S THERE?” Amelia screamed and that’s when she felt it, the gentle brush of something on her skin.
Amelia screamed again and again as she felt herself being wrapped up. She glanced down and screamed louder when she saw that whatever it was, was a bright yellow.
“DOCTOR! DOCTOR HELP ME!”
She was going to scream again, but then a set of hands clamped over her mouth.
“Hush little girl,” a husky voice whispered in her ear as she struggled. “We’re not your enemies.”
Amelia continued to fight, but she didn’t have the strength in herself to keep it up. Eventually, she slumped forward until the yellow things and the hands released her.
Scrambling backwards on her hands, Amelia felt another scream rising in her throat as she took in the sight of her captor, partly out of horror and partly out of shock.
The creature before her had yellow wings that stretched wide, shining brightly in the light. Atenna reached up towards the sky, but instead of being connected to an insects body, they were connected to that of a human.
The person with wings was completely yellow along with a yellow dress. Their eyes were big and black, lips yellow and greasy looking, hair pulled back with, you guessed it, a yellow tie.
Even in her moment of fright, Amelia decided that this person looked like a butterfly. The thought calmed her a lot, but all panic arose again when the butterfly person stepped towards her and held out it’s hands.
“No,” Amelia cried and stumbled to her feet, ready to run. “Don’t touch me! You’re a monster!”
She felt only slightly mean for saying it, only because the butterfly person winced at her words and honestly looked hurt. Maybe it was a skin disease that she hadn’t learnt about yet in school. She didn’t know it was possible for someone to grow wings and she even felt a little jealous of this person. Still, she’s wasn’t about to let it touch her.
“Please don’t leave,” the person rasped again. “We just want to talk.”
“We?” Amelia frowned. “There’s only you.”
The butterfly person pointed to the sky and Amelia looked up to see that there were in fact more yellow people with wings perched on the branches of the trees.
Swallowing, Amelia took another step backwards.
“I just want to find my friend, please. I can come back later with him if you want. Just let me find him.”
The creature shook it’s head.
“He has to find you or you’ll both end up terribly lost. I wouldn’t worry about it though as he seems to have an understanding of this forest.”
The more it talked, the more Amelia started to relax around this strange person and, even though she hated to admit it, it was cool it had wings.
“I suppose,” she kicked a rock. “Could I maybe stay here until her comes?”
There was a whoop from the trees and a bunch of the others flew down in glee, yellow wings batting in the wind. Amelia eyed them enviously.
“We are the Buttermen,” the same creature stepped forward and bowed. “My name is Meadow and these here are Lee, Ganicia and West.”
The three others that landed bowed as well.
“I’m Amelia,” she shrugged. “I’m a human.”
“Oh we know,” Meadow steped forward excitedly and clasped her hands between hers before she had the chance to back away. “We knew it as soon as you crash landed.”
“You saw that? How come we didn’t see you?”
“That’s a question for another day,” Meadow shrugged. “We’re sorry we frightened you before, but we really must take you to see our leader.”
“No way,” Amelia ripped her hands from Meadow’s. “I’m not living this spot until the Doctor comes for me.”
“We’ll wait for him for you,” Ganicia, or maybe it was West, piped up from the back. “We’ll send for you as soon as he arrives.”
“My aunt says to never trust strangers,” Amelia shakes her head.
“My dear,” Meadow laughs and it reminds her of a summer heat, “the Doctor was a stranger to you, was he not?”
Since she knew there was no way she could argue, and since she also didn’t want to get kidnapped, Amelia decided it was best to get it all over and done with and soon nodded to Meadow.
“Fine. Take me to your leader.”