Oct 21, 2018 10:03 PM
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Promise and the Master
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Sequel to "No one knows my name".


The TARDIS lands next to a coastal road. 

A wall, at least 20 feet tall, follows the road into to the horizon in both directions. 

The road is not empty, but there is no one close enough to notice when the wall gains a new addition. 

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"Sunlight!" 

The Master steps out into the waist high grass that fills the space between the wall and the road. 

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"Were you missing it particularly?"

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"I've got to maintain the good looks. If I get any paler, you'll start seeing through me."

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"Is that actually how Time Lords work?"

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"If it did, I would never go outside. Imagine being translucent and then eating in front of people. It would be so much fun."

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"Our ideas of fun differ."

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"Don't tell me you're just figuring that out now?"

The Master walks to the road.

 

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A group of travelers is now close enough to see them.

They wave. 

"Hey! Do you want to battle?" one shouts.

Another one shoves her, not too gently, with his shoulder. 

She stumbles and whacks him on the arm.

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"Do we want to what?"

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They're now close enough to hold a normal conversation. The three stop in front of the pair.

"Battle!" the girl says enthusiastically. She looks about 18. All three of the travelers are worn and dirty. They're all a little banged up, with the worst injury being a black eye on the boy. Despite all this, they all seem cheerful. 

"We'll put up 2,000 bills," the other girls adds. 

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"We're from really far away, I'm not sure what you mean."

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"If you don't want to battle, just say so. We're not gonna make you."

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"Battle with what?" the Master asks. 

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"One pokemon each. It's only 2000 bills."

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"We don't have any."

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The other girl speaks up.

"That's really stupid. The road's safe, but that's like, relatively. What're you gonna do if something flies over the wall?"

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"Flee."

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The girl scoffs. 

"Yeah, right."

"Mei, that's mean," the other girl says. 

"It's honest. 

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"I'm pretty fast."

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"You can't run faster than a pokemon can fly."

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"But I can fly."

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"No way. Don't even pretend those are real."

She reaches forward and tries to pinch Promise's wing, but her fingers slide right off.

She stares at her hand, puzzled. 

 

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The Master grins at Promise, looking proud of himself.

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"Thank you," she says to the Master, and, "I won't," she says to the girl.

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"Are you a pokemon?" 

"Oh my god, Mei, don't be an idiot," the other girl says.

"Are you guys going to Slateport? You could stick with us, so you don't get killed."

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