Story: Through the Spaces of the Dark
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2702
Author's Summary: The present collides head first with the Year That Never Was: Martha and Tish come face to face with the painful memory of a day when the Master changed the rules.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Other Character(s), The Doctor (10th), The Master (Simm), Tish Jones
Recced because: It's easy to overlook the human cost of the Doctor's career. Here Martha helps Tish Jones deal with some memories of her captivity on the Valiant.
'I'm Martha,' she says with a composure she's far from feeling. 'This is my sister, Tish.'
But Tish says nothing. When Martha turns to her, she sees that her sister's face is drawn, her eyes full of terrible shadows. A sharp sound breaks the silence and suddenly there's blood dripping down Tish's hand and white wine splashing from the broken stem of her wine glass to leave a dark stain on the cherry-red frock.
'Oh hell,' Danny says. 'Here, let me —'
'No! No, don't!' Tish backs away from him, shaking her head. 'I'm sorry, I can't ….' She drops the shattered remains of the glass and slips away into the press of bodies surrounding them.
'It's all right,' Martha says quickly before any of the others can speak. 'Please, get this floor cleaned up before someone slips and hurts themselves. I'll look after Tish.'
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