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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Seven

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Seven

“Then it looks like you two are coming along for the ride,” Annabeth told the two brothers. “Now let’s build us a miniturization ray.”
“Good,” the Doctor said. “You lead the way.”
Annabeth took the lead and walked in long strides directly away from the massed demigods and partway into the woods. “There’s a special lock on it that they think will keep out the other campers. Apparently they’ve never heard of Tetris.” Annabeth tinkered with the lock for just a few seconds before the door swung open and the four were allowed inside.
“Oh, yes!” the Doctor said, clapping his hands together. “Now this I can work with!”
The interior walls were made from bronze, although from the outside the exterior had been built to blend into the forest better. Every wall was lined with shelves and shelves of various tools and pieces of metal, and evidently the shelves hadn’t been enough as there were tools littering the floor, as well. Blueprints for inventions were scattered on tables and quite a few were in crumpled up balls by each corner of the room.
Seth and Aaron glanced at each other through the corners of their eyes. “Don’t even think about it,” Annabeth warned, squinting slightly at them. Both boys sheepishly grinned in response. “We don’t have much time. Doctor, what do you need?”
“I’ll need those sheets of bronze and that box of screws, that motor over there, a coil of wire, that old-timey telephone-”
“It’s an iPhone 6!” Aaron protested.
“Exactly like I said, old-timey,” the Doctor replied absentmindedly. “While you collected those I can use these things over here to construct a few amateur photon defluxers-”
“Amatuer? Aren’t you supposed to be some kind of professional?” asked Seth.
The Doctor rolled his eyes. “Let’s see you build a couple of photon defluxers out of nothing but a few pieces of 21st century scrap metal.”
Seth rose his hands in mock surrender. “Ok, ok, whatever you say.”
“Good! Now get that stuff together. And Annabeth, this is where you come in, the object itself is going to be about a meter high and a third a meter around, like a kind of cylinder. Figure out a way to transport that and aim it.”
Annabeth grunted. “Shouldn’t be a problem.” Actually she wasn’t sure exactly how she was supposed to devise a means of transportation for a device she didn’t even think existed much less seen, but she wouldn’t say so to any of these people. She’d come through. Annabeth looked all around her, and all set to work.
The clock ticked steadily. Each resounding [tick] pounded harder than the last on Annabeth’s temple. 1381 seconds had passed, exactly. 23 minutes. And they had only been given 43 to stop the dinosaur. They were running out of time.
Annabeth continued to try different styles of transport, hastily glancing to the Doctor now and again to see exactly what she was trying to do. The fragile nature of the ray made normal braces impossible, but without it, the device would fall and break. It was too heavy to simply be lifted and dragging it would scratch it too badly.
Sweat gathered at the nape of Annabeth’s neck and she inattentively tied it back into a ponytail with a blue hair band she kept in her pocket. The bronze walls gave the Toolbox a steampunk feel, but they didn’t help release heat. Four people actively working under pressure inside of it were already causing a light layer of mist to appear. Annabeth shuddered to think of what the Toolbox was like chock-full of Hephestus kids.
10 minutes left until they needed to be using this thing. Subtracting 5 minutes for running across the camp, that left 5 for building. Annabeth was pretty sure she’d come up with a decent form of transport. Now she needed to build it. “Doctor, how are you doing?”
“The photon defluxers are done. Working on the final product now. You?”
“I think I’ve figured out how to do it. I just need to put it together.”
“Great! This’ll work out.”
For all of their sakes, Annabeth hoped it would.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Six

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Six

Part Five of this series can be found here.

“Because!” answered the Doctor before Annabeth had a chance to open her mouth. “I’m from the planet Gallifrey, I am a thousand years old, I am the last of the Timelords, and I was called here by Annabeth Chase herself. You trust me because I am the Doctor, I am going to get that dinosaur back home, and I am going to do it before it destroys your Camp Half-Blood.”
Aaron laughed. “Annabeth, you’re buying this? Like, seriously? This guy is obviously nuts, if not from Tartarus.”
“I’ve told you all I know,” Annabeth said, and the conversation ended.
“Annabeth!” Percy shouted from a few yards away from her. He came over as quickly as he could. “What did you find? Did you stop it? Can he stop it? Can we trust him? Were there any casualties? Should we try Iris-messaging the Hunters?”
With a slight giggle despite the seriousness of the situation, Annabeth held a finger to Percy’s lips. “Slow down!”
“Right. Sorry. But, well?” Percy asked, darting his eyes from her to the Doctor to the battlefront and back again.
“We didn’t stop it, I don’t know whether he can or not, I’m still not quite sure about trusting him, there haven’t been any casualties yet, at least, and I don’t think it’s time to try the Hunters. We can still do this on our own.”
Percy nodded. “Ok. What’s your plan?”
Annabeth tilted her head back to the Doctor, who was just behind her and slightly to the right. “He says he can stop it. Personally I want to see him try.”
“How long do you need?” Percy asked.
“Forty-four, no, forty-three minutes should do the trick,” the Doctor said from behind them.
Percy nodded and looked back at Annabeth. “Is there anything else about this that I need to know before you go?”
“The celestial bronze won’t work on it.”
“WHAT?” Percy shouted. “What do you mean the celestial bronze won’t work? Of course the celestial bronze will work! It has to work! How could it possibly not work?”
“It’s mortal, Percy, it’s not a monster. It’s a dinosaur. From the past.” Percy squinted his eyes at her and didn’t say anything, so Annabeth continued. “You’re going to have to trust me. I know what I saw.”
“I still don’t know if I believe this whole time travel thing, but my sword definitely wasn’t having an effect,” added Seth. Aaron nodded and pointed to Seth in agreement.
Percy turned back to Annabeth. “Of course I believe you. But this changes everything. If our weapons don’t work, we can’t win. I don’t even know how we’re going to hold it off for forty-three minutes.”
“I wish I knew what to tell you, Percy, but I don’t. I’m sorry. You’ll have to think of something.”
“Yeah. Then I need to go. So do you,” Percy took a step away. “Be careful, Wise Girl.”
Annabeth smirked. “Try not to get yourself killed, Seaweed Brain.” Smirking back at her for a second before turning away, Percy disappeared in the crowd. Annabeth turned to face the Doctor, Seth, and Aaron. “Doctor, if you really do have a plan, now is the time to prove it.”
“And so it is. Ok,” the Doctor said. “Here’s the plan. I’m going to make a miniaturization ray, and miniaturize the dinosaur.”
Seth and Aaron looked at each other out of the corners of their eyes. They were willing to believe Annabeth, but obviously they were still pretty unsure. So was Annabeth herself, in fact. “A miniaturization ray. Ok. And if this works, then what?”
“Then the dinosaur will be small enough to fit through the front doors of my TARDIS and we can get it home. Once there I’ll be able to reverse the miniaturization, and we’re on our way!”
Annabeth pursed her lips slightly and fixed her eyes on the Doctor. That plan sounded, well, ridiculous. There was no way. It was impossible. But, then… If she was ready to believe in time traveling dinosaurs and 1950 police boxes, maybe she could give bow ties and miniturization rays their fair chance. “Fine, we’ll try it. What do you need?”
“A few things. A Hephestian working space. An Athenian brain. And my sonic screwdriver!” The Doctor held up his screwdriver.
“Then come with me. I’ll show you to the Toolbox the Hephestus kids like to call their work station. And I can supply the brain,” Annabeth stated dryly.
“What do we do?” asked Seth.
“We’ll need some people to carry the device to the dinosaur once it’s done,” the Doctor said.
“Then it looks like you two are coming along for the ride,” Annabeth told the two brothers. “Now let’s build us a miniturization ray.”

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Five

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Five

Part Four of this series can be found here.

Annabeth shoved the Doctor as hard as she could just as a pine tree close to them fell where they had been standing only seconds earlier. “Watch out!” she yelled impulsively. Whirling around and assuming an attack stance, her dagger already drawn, Annabeth focused in on the huge dinosaur claw about two yards away from her. The two demigods still trying to hack at the thing looked her way occasionally, but couldn’t waste enough breath to verbally ask for help.
“The celestial bronze!” Annabeth shouted above the roaring dinosaur and the clanging metal. “It won’t affect it!”
The demigod closer to her, Aaron from Ares cabin, looked her way for another second before panting out “Why… in Hades… not?”
“It’s not a monster! It’s a mortal. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, you’ll never even graze it with those weapons!”
“Then what… do we do?” the other demigod, Seth, again from Ares, asked her. He obviously wasn’t ready to give up the idea of slowing the beast’s walk with his brawn, but he was slowing down a bit as he realized it was pointless.
“I have a… an ally,” Annabeth said quickly. “He can help. He says we won’t have to kill it if we take it back home instead.”
The Doctor waved from beside her. “Hello!”
Aaron rose an eyebrow. “You really trust this guy?”
“Yes,” Annabeth said.
That was enough for both of them. The word of Annabeth Chase went far throughout Camp Half-Blood. “What… do you… want us to do?” Seth asked again.
“Put away your weapons. And come with me. We need to regroup and figure out how to get this thing back home safe and sound. And we need to do it before it reaches the cabins.” In an instant both boys were retreating from the dinosaur and fleeing the woods with Annabeth and the Doctor.
“This ally of yours, is he demigod? Or mortal?” asked Aaron as they fled, zig-zagging a bit to keep the dinosaur off their trail.
“Alien,” Annabeth answered. Out of the corner of her eye she saw Aaron and Seth glance at each other incredulously. And not without reason, Annabeth reminded herself. It was a pretty hard thing to believe. She wasn’t even altogether sure herself why she believed it, but she did. “He has a small spaceship with him he calls his…” she tried to remember the word.
“TARDIS!” the Doctor was more than happy to clarify. “Time and Relative Dimension in Space. It’s a time machine, see. Now when you think of a spaceship—” the Doctor paused to swerve around a tree, “you probably get to thinking about the Enterprise, and Death Stars, and all that science-fictiony stuff that’s not really real and is really just you humans being very imaginative and a bit thick. But the TARDIS isn’t like that. It doesn’t fly, see. It kind of, disappears here, reappears there. It can travel in space and time, and it can get this ancient creature back to it’s original time, and it’s original area.”
“Wait wait wait, back up!” shouted Seth. “If Annabeth believes you’re an alien, then an alien you are. But time travel? No way. There are limits to what I can believe. I’m not that gullible. And are you trying to tell me that that thing,” he jabbed a thumb over his shoulder, “is from another time?”
Annabeth chewed on her lip for a second while the silence hung in the air and everyone focused on running to the camp. “It makes sense. The celestial bronze didn’t work on it, which means it’s mortal. And dinosaurs are extinct. And the Doctor hasn’t technically given me any reason to not trust him so far.”
“What do you mean, ‘technically’?” asked Aaron.
“Well, suddenly and unexpectedly arriving in the middle of my camp just as a huge unknown threat stumbled into is is kind of suspicious,” Annabeth allowed. They were back at camp again. When she saw Percy’s black hair in the crowd, Annabeth sighed softly in relief. Soon they could find Chiron handle this together.
Aaron’s mouth gaped while all four hurried through the assembled demigods. “Kind of?! Why isn’t he a prisoner somewhere? Why are you taking information from this guy?”
“Because!” answered the Doctor before Annabeth had a chance to open her mouth. “I’m from the planet Gallifrey, I am a thousand years old, I am the last of the Timelords, and I was called here by Annabeth Chase herself. You trust me because I am the Doctor, I am going to get that dinosaur back home, and I am going to do it before it destroys your Camp Half-Blood.”

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Four

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Four

Part Three of this series can be found here.

“So you’re saying a Tyrannosaurus Rex just popped over from the past and decided it would be fun to attack my camp?” Annabeth asked, her right foot tapping away on the dirt and trodden-on grass.
“Well,” the Doctor replied slowly, bobbing his head every which way in hesitation. “Kind of. Well… Sort of. Well. A little bit. Somewhat not. It’s all very wibbly wobbly, timey wimey, much too difficult for demigods such as yourself to understand.”
To that Annabeth felt her face flush and her foot’s tapping stopped with one final thud. “I am a child of Athena, goddess of wisdom! It is I who has been trusted with rebuilding Mount Olympus, and I who aided Percy Jackson in fulfilling the Great Prophecy! I have little doubt that I will be able to wrap my head around whatever it is you have to explain to me, and I strongly advise against slighting my intellectual capacity again.”
The Doctor rose his hands in mock surrender. “Alright, alright. Not too difficult then.” A moment of silence passed.
“I’m waiting,” Annabeth pressed.
“Oh, right, yes, of course! I don’t know.” The Doctor clapped his hands together and smiled broadly.
“You don’t know?” Annabeth asked incredulously. “That’s not hard to understand. What’s hard to understand is how I ever found you useful enough to call you here in the future if ‘I don’t know’ all the help you can give me.”
“Oh, no no, perish the thought! I don’t know now, but that doesn’t mean I won’t know later. That’s part of the fun! Not knowing and then knowing later on. I’d think a child of Athena would know better,” the Doctor chided softly.
Annabeth nodded. “I get it. It is fun. No one understands that quite like an Athena child.” A thought struck her. “Are you a demigod?” she asked.
“A demigod? Me?” asked the Doctor.
“Yeah. Well, are you? A child of Athena, for wisdom, or maybe Hermes, for travel. Zeus maybe, for the sky. Possibly Hephaestus, for the gadgets and technology. Which is it?”
“I’m not a demigod,” the Doctor said.
“You’re not a mortal,” Annabeth retorted.
“No, you’re right, I’m not. I’m not a demigod, I’m not from Tartarus, and I’m not a mortal. There’s a fourth option.” The Doctor coaxed her to figure it out.
Annabeth rose one eyebrow. “Not a demigod, not a monster, and not a mortal. Fourth option. Something else. You… You’re an alien, aren’t you?” Annabeth phrased if as a question, when really she already knew the answer.
The Doctor nodded. “Yep. Timelord of the planet Gallifrey, eons and eons from here. I’m the last of them.”
“And you’re here to help the Grecian demigods of earth?” Annabeth asked.
“It’s what I came for,” the Doctor responded with a nod and a smile.
Annabeth’s eyes left the Doctor and focused instead on the dinosaur that was coming their way despite the demigod warriors who swatted at its toes like mosquitoes at sunset. Annoying enough that the dinosaur was defibitelg agitated, but not enough to do any real damage. “Then help me kill this thing,” she demanded.
“Woah, woah, woah! Not so fast there!” the Doctor said. “You American types, always jumping right to the fighting part. We don’t want to kill it, what did it do wrong? We want to take it back home.”
“What it did wrong is attack my camp,” Annabeth retorted. “And how do you expect to take it back to the past? With your ship? It’s not nearly large enough, even assuming I believe you when you say it travels in time.”
“You’ll be surprised what fits in there,” the Doctor chuckled to himself.
“It doesn’t matter how space effecient you are if it can’t get through the doors,” Annabeth reasoned.
“True. Which is why we need to move to Plan B.”
“What’s Plan B? Annabeth asked, a little more respectfully this time. She left a goodly amount of incredulousness in her voice, however. Didn’t want the Doctor getting too cocky.
“No idea,” the Doctor replied.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Three

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Three

Part Two of this series can be found here.

“Most definitely,” the Doctor’s eyes sparkled as he said it. “Looking forward to it.”
“Look, we don’t have time for conversation right now. There’s kind of a T-Rex out to kill us all,” Clarisse interjected. “So if this Doctor is somebody we can trust now, I want to know his plan. Now.”
“Yes of course! Firstly, I need to get close to the beast. Within a few meters. And then-”
Clarisse cut him off. “Meters?”
After just a second of slight confusion and squinting at Clarisse the Doctor realized the problem. “Yards. A few yards.”
“Got it,” Clarisse nodded.
“I’ll go with you,” Annabeth volunteered. She may have decided to trust this time traveling Doctor, but that did not mean she was going to leave him alone on the front lines.
“Very good! Yes, excellent. Alright. Once I’m near the dinosaur I’ll be able to use this,” the Doctor said, holding up a small cylinder that glowed green on the top, “to find out where it came from.”
“Isn’t that obvious? It came from the ground. Maybe the labyrinth,” Percy offered.
“Well, yes, that’s one possibility,” admitted the Doctor.
Annabeth rose one eyebrow and looked at him. “And the others are…?” Just then there was a loud thud from not too far away from where the four of them were standing. It sounded like a fallen tree. All four of them winced.
“Haven’t got time to explain. If it’s important you’ll find out soon enough,” the Doctor said. “For now, Annabeth, lead the way.”
With a quick nod, Annabeth turned away from the small circle the group had formed and, with knife in hand, wove her way through the assembled demigods. This time it wasn’t too hard; the closer Annabeth came to the front line the more the other demigods recognized who she was and parted for her. Occasionally Annabeth would glance back to make sure that the Doctor was still trailing behind her, but she never stopped completely.
Annabeth’s eyes scanned the tree line. There. Not very far from her at all. Lowering her gaze Annabeth could make out the great claws of the dinosaur and several older demigods hacking away with little to no effect. “That’s weird,” Annabeth thought aloud.
“What is?” asked the Doctor, next to her.
“None of them are having an effect. They’re some of the best we have. With celestial bronze weapons, too.”
“Celestial bronze?” prompted the Doctor.
“The metal we make our weapons out of. It’ll harm monsters as normal, but the blade will pass right through a mortal without hurting it.” The Doctor nodded slightly and didn’t say anything. Annabeth became uneasy with the silence. Was he waiting for her to figure something out? What had she said that- Wait! “The celestial bronze!” Annabeth’s eyes widened as she said it. “It doesn’t hurt mortals!”
“There, you’ve got it!” the Doctor said. “Keep going!”
“So, this dinosaur isn’t a monster at all. It has to be mortal. So, natural. So… Dinosaurs aren’t extinct after all.” Annabeth closed her lips and became very quiet as she looked to the claws of the dinosaur. Not extinct. Not that it wasn’t possible, but… It just seemed so unlikely. And yet here was the evidence, plain as day.
“It does seem that way, doesn’t it,” replied the Doctor. He took one step forward and pressed a button on his small metal cylinder. “This is a sonic screwdriver. Comes in very handy.”
“What are you doing with it now?” Annabeth asked him as he stopped pointing the device at the dinosaur and seemed to be looking at some kind of reading off it.
“I am checking,” the Doctor replied slowly and absentmindedly, still focused on the screwdriver, “To see where this little guy came from.”
“Any luck?” Annabeth asked.
“Depends on how you look at it,” the Doctor told her, putting the sonic screwdriver away.
“And why’s that?” Annabeth pressed.
“Well, because, you’re right. It is from earth, and completely natural. But dinosaurs are still extinct. This one came from a long time ago. A very long time ago.”

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Two

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Two

Part One of this series can be found here.

“Like I said, Annabeth Chase, I’m here because you called me. And it looks like I got here none too soon.” The words rung in Annabeth’s ears. He knew her name. How did he know her name? Where did he come from? Who was he—really? What was going on outside? Was he involved in that? And how could she have called him? She’d never met him!
While Annabeth was still thinking Percy stepped more fully in front of her and uncapped Riptide, revealing the celestial bronze sword. He moved into an offensive position and pointed the tip in the direction of the Doctor. “Tell me I get to pummel him for you now,” he asked her.
“Not yet,” Annabeth decided.
Completely forgetting that he really shouldn’t turn his back on a person he’s holding Riptide to, Percy whipped his head around to look at her in shock. “You’re kidding.”
“I’m really not. And we don’t have time to argue. We need to find out what’s happening outside. And then I’ll tell you if you can pummel him. Stay here. I’ll be right back.” Annabeth held one hand up, palm facing out, to hold Percy back. He nodded slightly and turned back to the Doctor. Annabeth ran outside, dagger already drawn.
It was chaos. Cabin groups running every which way. The Apollo kids forming archer groups, the Hephastus kids gathering various war-related contraptions, Ares spearheading the operation and putting together an army, Aphrodite scrambling around in panic. Everything was so frantic Annabeth couldn’t even make out what all the fuss was about. She needed to find somebody. Chiron if she could find him. At this point though, Annabeth would settle for Clarisse as long as she could find her in all the madness.
She started running.
The threat was coming from the other side of camp, and so Annabeth ran between the various cabins and equipement all while calculating the more efficient route possible through the camp. As she approached the front lines the crowd grew thicker. At long last she could see Chiron in centaur form standing right in the thick of the brewing battle, but he was too far away. Annabeth couldn’t get to him. She scanned the area nearer her. Clarisse! Now her Annabeth could get to.
“Carisse!” Annabeth shouted as she moved through clusters of enthusiastic Ares kids. When Clarisse completely ignored her Annabeth rolled her eyes. “Clarisse!” she shouted again. This time she got Clarisse’s attention.
“Chase, where have you been? And where’s Jackson? We need as many men as we can get our hands on.”
“Percy and I are dealing with another potential threat. What in Hades is happening here?”
“A monster. Big. Nothing we’ve ever seen before. And it passed through the Mist like there was no such thing.” Clarisse looked almost concerned. That was rare. It startled Annabeth a bit to see even Clarisse worrying over a monster. This couldn’t be good.
“What does it look like?” she asked. As an Athena kid, maybe Annabeth knew something Clarisse didn’t.
“Like… And I know this is crazy, but it looks like a T-Rex. And according to the Hephaestus kids’ tech, that’s exactly what it is.”
Annabeth scrunched her eyes a bit in thought and doubt. “That can’t be. The Tyrannosaurus Rex is extinct. Has been for centuries.”
“Yes indeed!” came an all too familiar voice from behind Annabeth. The Doctor.
Annabeth whipped her head around and pulled her dagger out immediately. “What did you do to Percy?”
“Annabeth! Over here!” Percy called to her as he waded through the crowds of armed kids. “It’s fine! He’s fine. He’s unarmed and under my supervision, of course, but we can trust him. I think.”
“And why do you suddenly think that? You wanted to beat him up just a few minutes ago!” Annabeth asked him, keeping her gaze firmly on the Doctor.
“He showed me inside his blue box. Annabeth, you’re going to love it. I’ll explain later. But, Annabeth… He’s a time traveler,” Percy finished.
“And how do you know that?” was Annabeth’s only response.
“Because I saw the moon in 1969 and am back here in time to tell you about it,” Percy said. He didn’t miss a beat. He couldn’t be joking; he wasn’t that good a liar. He was telling the truth.
“Alright,” Annabeth said. “I will trust you, at least for now, and only because Percy does.” She lowered her dagger.
“Well that is a good thing then, because you and your friend here are both absolutely right. It is a T-rex. And T-rexes are extinct. Or, they should be. Apparently there’s more to that bit than we thought.” The Doctor said with a slight grimace.
“If you’re a time traveler I could have called you from any point in my time line. And I haven’t yet. So I must do it in the future.” The Doctor nodded. “If that’s so then apparently in the future I grow to trust you. So then, Doctor, show me how get this thing out of my camp.”
“Most definitely,” the Doctor’s eyes sparkled as he said it. “Looking forward to it.”

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box

“Annabeth?” asked Percy, lightly tapping her shoulder.
Annabeth started and looked up at him. “I’m working on Olympus. What is it?”
“That noise. Did you hear it?” Annabeth strained to hear any hint of the sound that Percy seemed so excited about. “No… It was probably the foundation creaking.”
Percy shook his head. “If that’s the sound our foundations make, I think we need new foundations. I’m going to check outsi-” Percy stopped mid sentence.
“What are you looking a-” Annabeth started to ask, turning around to face Percy. Now both stared open mouthed at the small building which had somehow erected itself in their common room in a matter of second. “By the gods,” Annabeth whispered. “It’s…”
“It’s… blue!” Percy finished. “We should check it out.” He looked as if he were about to take a step forward, but Annabeth stopped him with her hand.
“Are you crazy? We don’t know what that thing is!”
“Exactly! We gotta investigate. For Camp Half Blood!” Looking back at her Percy’s eyes were wide and pleading. Annabeth sighed. Maybe they could investigate, a little investigation couldn’t hurt…
“Alright, fine. Keep Riptide capped. But keep it in hand.”
Percy took his hand back and pulled Riptide out of his pocket, beaming at Annabeth the entire time. “Thanks, Wise Girl. Now c’mon!”
Once more Annabeth grabbed Percy’s arm. “Shhh! Anything, or, anyone, could be in there.”
“Oh,” whispered Percy back. “Right. Sorry.” He grinned sheepishly and shrugged slightly. Annabeth rolled her eyes, but couldn’t keep from smirking a little.
They crept up on the structure slowly, Annabeth encircling it to assess the archetecture. A London police call box, circa 1950. Old and clearly just painted, but, painted over shoddy wood. Annabeth rose one eyebrow as she looked. And this thing just showed up in her camp, how now?
Percy lightly pushed on the door. It didn’t budge. Annabeth ran her hand along it, and couldn’t push it open either. Surprisingly sturdy for its age. “We won’t be able to break this down. I don’t know why not,” Annabeth whispered. “What do you think we should do?”
“You could try knocking!” came a voice from inside the box as the door swung wide open and a young, grinning man in a bow tie stepped out. “Hello you two, couldn’t help but overhear a little something about breaking down my TARDIS door.”
“You are standing in Camp Half-Blood, my home. I swore to protect it,” Annabeth stated. Just, to let this man know exactly where she stood.
“And I applaud your efforts, I really do, because you, you clever thing you, you figured out straight away that that wouldn’t work too very well. No one can get through those doors. And believe me, many have tried.”
“Is that a threat?” asked Annabeth, cocking her head slightly to the side. Percy stood next to her, his hand on Riptide’s cap. She held onto his arm to let him know not to uncap it just yet. This man, whoever he was, didn’t seem too hostile. Although it could be a ruse. Either way, Annabeth wanted to try her hand at talking her way out of this situation before a battle broke out.
“A threat? No, no, not unless you’re the Huns, or the Slitheen, or the Cybermen, or the Judoon, come to think of it, or-”
“Who are you, and how did you get here?” asked Annabeth sternly, cutting the man off.
The man straightened his bow tie and raised his chin slightly. “I’m the Doctor.” He stopped there and looked like he was waiting for a response.
“And what is that supposed to mean?” inquired Annabeth.
“What does it mean? Well, it means that I’m a doctor, of course, I travel around in this TARDIS of mine and save stuff. Pretty exciting, don’t you think?” This doctor, whoever he was, was a strange one. He looked human, but then, he could be a monster pretending to be human.
“Alright, whatever, the Doctor, then. How did you get past the magic surrounding this camp? And why are you here?” He seemed pretty cooaporative so far. Maybe she could get everything she needed to know out of him without a fight after all.
“Magic? Oh, that was easy, the TARDIS uses the same technology. That’s not important. But now, you see, now, you come to the important question,” the Doctor said, stepping slowly closer to Annabeth and stopping only when he was practically touching her. She gripped Percy’s arm a bit tighter, but she still wanted to give it a little more time before she’d attack. “Why?”
“Well, I don’t know. That’s what I was asking you. Why are you here, ‘The Doctor’?” Annabeth asked impertinently, staring up at him without blinking.
“It’s just ‘Doctor.’ And well, I’m here because you called me.”
“I didn’t call you!” Annabeth rose her voice to a near shout. Inwardly her mind was working at this new puzzle frantically. A London police box suddenly appears in Camp Half-Blood, out comes a young British man, and here he comes talking about things that couldn’t be true. He couldn’t be telling the truth. He had to be lying. She hadn’t called anybody.
“Do I uncap Riptide now?” Percy asked in a stage whisper.
“Not just yet,” Annabeth returned. She took one step back from the Doctor, placed her weight evenly between her legs, crossed her arms, and stared at him. “I want him to explain what exactly he means by that.” A brief pause. The Doctor wasn’t smiling anymore, but he also didn’t look very nervous. He thought he could beat Percy and her together, no doubt. Annabeth wasn’t sure that wasn’t wrong.
“I didn’t call you. You’re lying. I don’t know who you are, monster, or which god sent you up here from Tartarus, but your trick isn’t going to work on me.”
“Monster? Tartarus? No, no, you’ve got me all wrong. Strictly speaking I’m not quite human, truth be told, but I’m not one of your Greek monsters. I’m not here to destroy your camp. I told you, I’m here because you called me.”
A booming thud sounded from outside. Annabeth whipped her head around to the noise.
“That was the Ares kids’ canon,” Percy said aloud. He was right. And the Ares kids didn’t use that canon unless something big was happening. They didn’t use that thing unless Camp Half-Blood was under attack. Annabeth’s muscles tensed. She needed to finish up here, and then get outside. She turned back to the Doctor.
“Like I said, Annabeth Chase, I’m here because you called me. And it looks like I got here none too soon.”

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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