James stared at The Doctor for a long moment after the man was done talking. The end of everything. He turned to look out the window, crossing his arms in from of his chest.
“So, how do we stop it? The end of everything.”
Who cared about some kid from Iowa. Who even cared about a decorated Starship captain. There were lives at stake now, something that hadn’t even really occurred to the man before.
All good humor was gone from his face. Without thinking about it he rolled his shoulders back, his blue eyes staring out at the street but not seeing any of it. His mind was on the people he’d met here, the people he’d left at home, the people he never had met and never would meet if the universes all crumbled. He looked like the commanding presence he was, but he wasn’t trying this time. This time, he simply was.
“Doctor, I’ll do whatever I have to do to help stop… whatever this is. Consider me at your command.”
“I need to find out what the scientists have been using” The Doctor said, still stern, his hands still on his hips.
“If I figure out what sort of machine they’re using to transport the matter, Maybe I can reverse it to send everyone home” he said, but the gears in his mind still turned, thinking, creating, destroying. “But if I do…basically, speaking in simple terms. The energy that you are, all of your molecules become this sort of…cannonball. You are then sent through this wall at light speed” he explained, his hands making motions to help him explain. “You sort of just smash through and then wham-o you’re home free. Well, you may feel a little nauseous when you get there but at least you aren’t scattered particles anymore. Well, hopefully all of you gets there in one piece.”
The Doctor’s brain still worked. They couldn’t get to the core, even if they tried and if they did the scientists weren’t going to peacefully hand over their technology.
“I’m afraid that right now it isn’t possible” The Doctor said, looking down at his shoes now. “For now Jim, we just have to wait. Take the slow road and see what happens”
The Doctor hated the slow road. He liked seeing the road in jumbled bits and pieces. He didn’t like waiting and watching. It was going to be difficult for him to sit still.
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