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UNIT!100 - 080. Why?
I Can't Hear You
Title: Wander in the Night (7/10)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Brigadier, Third Doctor
Prompt: 080. Why?
Word Count: 485
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: See the end of the chapter.


“Yes, of course, Mrs. Benton - we’ll find John. Don’t worry.” The Brigadier sighed as he hung up the phone, aware that the Doctor was watching him. “I really don’t know what to say anymore, Doctor. He wasn’t in uniform, so there was nothing immediately linking him to us; it’s not like he makes a good target for regular muggings or assault, and there have no reports of unusual activity suggesting an alien presence. It’s like he just vanished off the face of the Earth.”

“And his mother says he never showed up?” The Doctor raised an eyebrow. “That is odd.”

“Exactly. And that was two days ago, Doctor. So now I’m left with a distraught mother whose only question is ‘why’, and I can’t answer it.” He shook his head. “Maybe I ought to get Yates to look through those reports again-” He was cut off by the young Captain himself entering the office.

“Sir.” He had a grave expression on his face. “We’ve found something I think you’ll want to see.”


‘Something’ turned out to be Benton’s Ford Granada, which some soldiers had found abandoned at a filling station a little ways off the A40. They had hooked it up to the truck and promptly towed it back to UNIT HQ after discovering that Benton’s possessions (as few as they were) were still inside. There had been no sign of Benton at the station, though. Nothing that had fallen out of his pockets, no signs of a struggle… “It’s like he well and truly vanished, Sir,” Corporal Marsden reported.

“Do you think you could lead me back to that filling station, Corporal?” the Doctor asked. “I should like to have a look around.”

“Of course, Doctor, but with all due respect, we searched the area thoroughly already.”

“I don’t doubt that, Corporal. However, call it scientific curiosity, if you will.”


20 minutes later, the Doctor was wandering around the premises of the filling station, looking for any clues to the Sergeant’s whereabouts. The proprietor hadn’t seen anything, or if he had, he didn’t seem to care. The Doctor was about to abandon the search when suddenly he caught a faint whiff of something in the air. He grabbed his sonic screwdriver, and pivoted in place as he held it up, attempting to scan whatever it was that he had smelled.

It was clear that it didn’t look like he was doing much of anything, though, as evidenced by Marsden’s slightly puzzled “Whatever are you doing, Doctor?” But he just waved the Corporal off, and tried to maintain his focus. He’d nearly had it…almost…there! There was a faint trail, leading to the back of the building. Once he’d followed it there, though, the signal from the scent abruptly disappeared. The Doctor frowned, then walked back towards Bessie and the Corporal he’d left waiting.

The Brigadier would need to know what was going on, and quickly.


AN: I have no idea why Benton's mother has access to a direct line to UNIT HQ; I just know that when I visualized this chapter, I imagined this phone conversation specifically, with her being all "MY JOHNNY DIDN'T SHOW UP TO SEE ME AND THAT NEVER HAPPENS 'CAUSE HE'S A GOOD BOY AND I'M A SUPER CONCERNED PARENT" with the Brig attempting to get in a word edgewise. So I'm fully aware that it would probably never happen in reality. But still, never mess with upset mothers.

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

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Your plot....it thickens nicely.....

Hurrah, the team is on the trail!

I don't think it's necessarily wrong that Benton's mother would have a phone number. Not the Brig's number, obviously, but he might well have agreed to her call being transferred. Benton would have to give out some contact details, and the existence of UNIT itself isn't secret; just what they do.

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