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UNIT!100 - 070. Dark.
I Am Clever
Title: Wander in the Night (6/10)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: John Benton
Prompt: 074. Dark.
Word Count: 393
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.


John Benton had never been afraid of the dark. Sure, he had had a healthy fear of heights (or rather, falling from them) as a boy after Chris had died, a dislike of spiders, and a slight amount of claustrophobia, but never a fear of the dark.

Why should he have been, when any doubts he might have had about what was potentially lurking in his wardrobe were easily dispelled with the flick of a lightswitch?

Besides, someone had to be the sensible one and realize there was nothing waiting in the shadows to eat him - he’d had a younger brother, and then a younger sister to look out for who believed that there were.

He’d been the one that Chris had crawled into bed with in the middle of the night, terrified of staying alone in his own bed. And after Mavis was born, she’d always seen him as a bit of a brave hero due to his interest in the military. He hadn’t been able to be around as much, due to having joined the army shortly after she’d turned 8, but she always asked for her brave soldier brother to check the chest of drawers and under the bed for her before he’d joined up. If he visited when he had leave, she’d ask him to do it then.

Someone had to be the brave one; the one that others relied on to keep a clear head. But what happened when he needed someone to be brave for him? He had no one to lean on. What was he supposed to do now, when this darkness couldn’t be fixed with the flip of a switch? When this disability could very well cost him his job; his livelihood?

At that thought, his mind shifted into panic mode. What if this couldn’t be fixed? What if he was stuck being blind forever? What would he do? He tried to curb his thoughts from straying into irrational territory, but it was difficult. All he could think about was that he was about to be abandoned in the middle of the English countryside - sick, blind, with no way to get home, and that he might very well be out of a job.

So in that time that he was left alone, John Benton discovered that he did indeed have a fear of the dark.

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

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Thank you! I was quite proud of how this chapter turned out. :)

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