The Idiot's Lantern

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When I reached the dead end, I smirked, knowing exactly how they had pulled off the disappearing car as I saw the same men sweeping the rather clean street. Leaving the scooter in an alleyway, I looked for an area I could easily sneak in. While the front door approach was more Rose's style, I loved to skulk into unsanctioned places. It was one of the reasons I often found myself in jail, waiting for Jackie to pick me up. When I finally found an opening, I hopped over the gate and found myself in a large room with a holding cell. I walked to the lock, anger rising in me as I saw the amount of people locked inside, all without faces. Hearing footsteps, I turned to see an older gentleman standing behind me with his arms crossed. Grabbing my arm, he dragged me into an office and pushed me into a chair. He then proceeded to tie me to the highly uncomfortable seating ornament. "What the hell are you doing? Let go of me."

"What are you doing here?"

"Why are there people in cages?" I countered. "What kind of show are you running? Where are their faces?"

"Sir, we have another one." I turned to see the Doctor being led into the room. I groaned as he shot me a sheepish smile.

"And here I thought at least you wouldn't get caught. Well there's always Rose. By the way, where is she?"

"She was going to slow."

"So you left her with an abusive prick? You idiot!"

The man before us cleared his throat, gaining our attention and ultimately ending our squabble. "Start from the beginning. Tell me everything you know."

"Untie her first." He did as the Doctor said. Once released, I stood and punched the man before I walked over to the Doctor. He gave me an amused smile before turning his attention to the guy. "Sorry, I should have warned you she has a mean swing."

The man rubbed his jaw. "Tell me what you know."

"Well, for starters, I know you can't wrap your hand around your elbow and make your fingers meet."

"Don't get clever with me," the man said annoyed. "You were there today at Florizel Street, and now breaking into this establishment. Now you're connected with this. Make no mistake."

"Well, the thing is, Detective Inspector Bishop."

"How do you know my name?"

"I'm very clever."

"No, you're a moron," I snapped before turning to the DI, "it's written inside your collar."

"Bless your mum. But I can't help thinking, Detective Inspector, you're not exactly doing much detective inspecting, are you?"

"I'm doing everything in my power."

"No, you're just taking people and hiding them."

"Don't tell me orders from above, hmm?" DI Bishop looked down. "Coronation Day. The eyes of the world are on London Town so any sort of problem just gets swept out of sight."

"The nation has an image to maintain."

"But doesn't it drive you mad… doing nothing? Don't you want to get out there and investigate?"

"Of course I do. But," Bishop sat down, "with all the crowds expected, we haven't got the man power. Even if we did, this is beyond anything we've ever seen. I just don't know any more. Twenty years on the force, I don't even know where to start. We haven't the faintest clue what's going on."

"Well, that could change."


The Doctor stood. "Start from the beginning. Tell me everything you know."

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