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A Fine Line - Between Chaos and Creation

Everybody seems to think I'm lazy; I don't mind, I think they're crazy...


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UNIT!100 - 087. Life.
I Am Clever
alec_towser
Title: Wander in the Night (9/10)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: John Benton, Brigadier
Prompt: 087. Life.
Word Count: 634
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: Benton may seem OOC here, but honestly, can you blame him, given his circumstances?

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In what seemed like no time at all, Benton had been brought back to UNIT HQ from where he had been dropped off and was in the medical bay being looked over by the on-duty physician. The Brigadier had been briefed on Benton’s blindness before he went in to see him, so it wasn’t as big of a shock when Benton didn’t meet his gaze when he entered the room. It still pained him, however, to see the normally larger-than-life Sergeant reduced to this - sitting propped up on a bed, eyes clouded with uncertainty, unseeing gaze now fixed somewhere around his lap, and his hands twisting and untwisting a corner of the blanket he was covered with.

Surprisingly, it was Benton who spoke up first. "I suppose you've already been told about my...condition," he gestured listlessly towards his eyes with one hand, still not looking up.

Well, no sense beating around the bush about it. "Yes, I have," the Brigadier said bluntly. "Mind telling me what happened?"

Slowly, the story spilled out: the drive, being kidnapped, the experimentation, the sickness and being left blind, and finally, being abandoned in the field. By the time Benton finished, he sounded weary of it all.

After a pause, the Brigadier spoke. “Well, that’s quite a story, Sergeant.”

“Yes, Sir,” Benton mumbled. “Now, I mean no offence, Sir, but would you mind leaving? I still don’t feel all that well.”

The Brigadier looked at Benton, and had to agree; the man looked like he’d been through the wringer. Who could blame him, though? He’d been in captivity for two days and had been experimented on. “All right, Benton, you get some rest. We’ll talk about this later.”

Benton didn’t acknowledge the last statement, but instead, turned away from the door and closed his eyes as if to sleep, signifying that he had no more to say.

If it had been any other time, the Brigadier wouldn't have tolerated this form of insolence, but he could tell Benton wasn't exactly in a right frame of mind at the moment. He decided that he would deal with it later, and left the room quietly, turning off the light as he did so. He had just closed the door before he realized what an incongruous act that was, but brushed it off as force of habit and continued on his way to go speak to the Doctor about this.

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Meanwhile, Benton couldn’t sleep. He still felt somewhat ill, so that part of his story wasn’t a lie, but his mind was whirling. The Brigadier knew; he knew that he was handicapped now, and therefore useless to UNIT and to the British Army in general. How long would it be, he wondered? How long before he was given his notice and forced to retire? How long before he was left to live life as John Benton, civilian?

He managed to eventually fall into a fitful sleep, but he tossed and turned the whole time, plagued by nightmares and all sorts of worst-case scenarios. It seemed as though his mind was deliberately trying to play on all his suspicions and fears and torment him incessantly with them.

After one particularly bad nightmare, he woke up with a cry, covered in sweat and shaking. When he didn’t hear anyone come running due to his outburst, he then realized it must be nighttime. Nobody would be up except for the people on watch, and even then, they only made rounds through the medical ward every half hour.

So, realizing he was completely alone in the dark, he simply curled in on himself as best he could on the ward bed and spent the rest of the night unable to sleep, trying to convince himself that there was nothing out there coming to get him.


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

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One more part? just one?

oh my.....

Saturday, 1 February 2014

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