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UNIT!100 - 018. Black.
I Am Clever
Title: Wander in the Night (1/10)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: John Benton
Prompt: 018. Black.
Word Count: 595
Rating: T
Summary: John Benton just wanted to enjoy his 3 days of leave. Unfortunately, some beings have other plans for him. 10 chapters, each written for a separate fanfic100 prompt.
Disclaimer: I own nothing but my own OCs, should I create any for these stories.
Author's Note: My first multi-chapter work since... 2007 (wow, it's been ages), and first in this fandom. Hope you enjoy.


Every year, servicemen in the British army are entitled to a certain number of days off, and Sergeant John Benton was no exception. He was currently planning on using 3 days of his annual leave to go visit his mother and sister, who he didn’t get to see very often. How old would Mavis be now, he wondered as he waited for the Brigadier to do one last check of his paperwork before he could leave. Suddenly, he was pulled from his reverie by the Brigadier calling his name. “Sergeant Benton! Your leave form; that is, unless you no longer want to leave?”

“Sorry, Sir. Thank you,” Benton replied quickly, trying to pretend that he hadn’t been daydreaming right there in the Brig’s office. He took the papers and went to leave the room, but before he had made it out the door, he was stopped again. “Oh, and Sergeant?”

He wondered what he had done this time. “…yes, Sir?”

“Enjoy your leave.”

With a grin of relief that he hadn’t been caught out for anything, Benton responded, “Thank you, Sir. I plan to.”


Benton had packed up his items from his quarters earlier, and had just gotten changed into civilian attire to go drive to see his mother and sister. He left the base with no troubles, and began the drive towards London. Along the way, he noticed that his car was running uncomfortably low on gasoline, so he pulled over at the first service station he saw. This turned out to be one that looked to be rather run down, so he tried to get his business taken care of as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, he was unaware that he was being watched by two pairs of curious eyes…


From afar, two creatures watched Benton as he filled his car. “Yesssssss….this one will ssssssuit our needsssss perfectly….” the larger of the two hissed. ”Our lasssssst sssssubjectsssss were not nearly ssssso ssssturdy.”

“Our lassssst sssssubjectsssss were alssssso not of this species, Healer. You are sssssssure of thissssss, though? He will not object to helping to further our tesssstsssss?”

“Of coursssssse I am sssssure, Ssssstudent. Who could object to furthering a noble caussssse ssssuch assss Ssssscience and helping to sssssssave our sssssssspeciessss?”


Meanwhile, Benton had finished up and paid, and had since driven away from the station. However, after 10 minutes or so, he noticed that his wallet was missing. He sighed and realized that he must have left it at the filling station. Nothing for it but to drive back and get it. At the first opportunity, he turned his car around and headed back the way he came.


“Healer! The creature hassssss returned! It issss jussst asssss you ssssssaid!” the smaller of the creatures waved excitedly.

“Indeed he hasssss, Ssssstudent. Now, we mussssst move quickly, before we losssssse our opportunity.”


Benton arrived back at the station to find it still deserted, and his wallet lying by the pump he had used previously. Thank God for small miracles, he sighed in relief and prepared to leave. Suddenly, though, he heard a noise like an injured animal coming from behind the station itself.

Never one to like to hear anyone (or anything) in suffering, he went to go investigate. But as soon as he had rounded the corner of the building, he felt a sudden pinch on a bundle of nerves at the base of his neck, causing him to collapse.

The last thing he saw before everything went black were two strange creatures looking down at him.

X-posted to FF.net, Teaspoon, AO3, and unit_family.

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Promising beginning. Ice Warriors maybe?

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