Story: Syntax of Things
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 42952
Author's Summary: Seven, Ace and Hex go for a holiday in the jungle. Of course, these things never turn out quite as planned.
Characters/Pairings: Seven, Ace and Hex
Warnings: Mild swearing
Recced because: I love stories where the place becomes almost a character in itself. In this story, ClocketPatch brings the jungle to life, and populates it with a set of original characters who could carry the story on their own. And on top of that, the Doctor, Ace and Hex are in perfect character. The Doctor is enigmatic yet empathetic, and Ace and Hex engage in the usual teasing banter, though you can also see the seed of something more, especially as the plot unfolds. It's a timey-wimey mystery, with action and cliff-hangers, original characters and a new twist on some old villains, that unfolds just like a brand new Big Finish adventure. Go, read it!
"There are unknown glyphs on here," said Mauss, running his finger over the stone's glossy black surface. "I understand some of these. The year, alright, and this is the glyph for 'curse', but beyond that..."
"This one is like an arrow head," said José. "The way it's pointing, it could be symbolic, maybe of a battle. Drought?"
"It's odd, though," Mauss said, scratching his chin. "You'd expect some depiction of auto-sacrifice. The date is 9 baktuns, 19 k'atuns, and 9 tuns by the long count, got the 4 Lamat 1 Kankin short scrawl over there; are you still so sure about Tikal, Doctor?"
The Doctor made a tsking noise, which Ace interpreted as 'you're an idiot', but he didn't say anything out loud. He looked worried, and by the same card Ace was worried.
"So what's it say?" asked Hex, joining the party. He was shushed with icy glares.
"It shouldn't have been on the surface like that either," Mauss continued, "and these glyphs. It doesn't make any sense."
"Would it make more sense if it wasn't in Maya writing?" the Doctor asked. He had that infuriating I-am-about-to-enlighten-you-but-first-I'm-g
"It wouldn't make sense to me in any language," said Ace. She smiled. "So, wot's it say, Professor?"
"It's in Old High Gallifreyan," he said, suddenly far too serious.
"What?" said Ace. "Time Lords, here?"
"No," said the Doctor, "no, no, I don't think so, hmm... there appear to be a few Maya glyphs interwoven; the date, this one could be curse, or spell... Hex maybe?" He blinked and looked at Hex.
"What are you on about?" asked Mauss.
The Doctor turned his attention back to the stone. He squinted a bit, considering. "It isn't an arrow head," he said.
"Then what is it?" asked Mauss.
"Ever play cards?" the Doctor asked.