Story: Other Days
Rating: all ages
Word count: 3569
Characters: Jackson Lake, Simm!Master
Summary: There were days when Jackson Lake woke up safe in the knowledge that he was Jackson Lake, mathematics teacher, friend to Rosita, and father of Frederick Lake. Then, there were other days.
Recced because: Even though I was unfamiliar with Jackson Lake, I immediately fell into the narrative. The story is tightly written, using Jackson to give an outsider's perspective on the Master. Jackson/ the Doctor is a great character and his interactions with the Master were witty and smart. The ending packs a particular punch.
Oh, and the remixed drabble, linked in the author's note, is also very much worth reading.
“OK. Quick recap so we can get onto the fun stuff. You’re the Doctor: whiney, interstellar do-gooder. I’m the Master: sexy, criminal genius and your self appointed mortal enemy. I landed here two weeks ago, heard you were hanging around and decided to stay, just to upset you. That’s the kind of thing I do. Any of this ringing any bells yet? No? Other things I might do include global conquest, governmental infiltrations and,” he adopted the intonation of a circus announcer, “mass poisonings. Coincidentally, the light we’re standing in right now has been slowly poisoning the people of this useless little borough since six this morning. Which means, that you have,” he consulted a silver pocket watch, and winced, “oh dear, just under two hours before they all die.”
“Thank you, sir,” the Doctor said and punched him hard in the face, felt the man's small, round sunglasses smash under his knuckles. “You’ve been most helpful.”