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In Sarah's Attic

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April 19th, 2011

I'm probably the last to mention it, but just in case anyone hasn't heard, Elisabeth Sladen passed away of cancer.

Tomorrow I'll be doing a soniclipstick linking to obituaries and memorials, and I'm not quite ready to search out links to post here. At some point I need to wrap my head around it enough that I can finish my scifibigbang. If The Blinovitch Link were a more comforting story, I'd be listening to it right now because I want to believe Sarah Jane lives to be at least 146 (and met the Ninth Doctor).

This year is fired.

January 1st, 2011

166.2. Quote

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This wasn't the first time that Sarah had run into people who wanted to rejuvenate themselves. But this group was using a variation of Whitaker's machine and the moment she ran into the room she knew it was about to go critical. As the four of them watched from the observation chamber, two of the technicians de-aged from twenty-somethings to babies before disappearing completely. And the worst part was that the Doctor was trapped at the centre of the field, trying to save Lauren.

Sarah Jane started to move towards the door to the lab.Collapse )

October 31st, 2010

165.4. First line:
I knew [name] couldn't be dead because...

I knew the Doctor couldn't be dead because every time I've believed that I've been wrong. One has to assume that after all that he's been through if it were possible to kill him, it would have happened by now. If he could survive the Time War and the destruction of his own people, he can survive anything.

Besides, he's a time traveller. Just being dead wouldn't stop me from running into him again before he died even after I'd attended his funeral. Think about it.

August 31st, 2010

156.4 List

Events that might have changed your life, had they gone differently.

Contains spoilers from Classic Who, New Who, the Sarah Jane Smith Audios, the Sarah Jane Adventures, a variety of Doctor Who novels and The Blimovitch Link audio.Collapse )

May 30th, 2010

In good times and bad times,
I'll be on your side for ever more...
that's what friends are for. - Anon

She slipped into his hospital room like a ghost.

"SJ," Josh said weakly.

The figure froze then turned and came over to the bed. "Josh. I didn’t mean to wake you."

"You didn’t. I- this medication." he tried to sit up but was forestalled by a sudden wave of dizziness. "I think it’s wearing off."

"Do you want me to call a nurse?" She was still standing despite the chair by his bed. He suspected she hadn’t planned to stay.

No, not yet. Is this it? Do you fade out of my life without even saying goodbye? Go off to the next item on your to-do list?Collapse )

March 28th, 2010

129.1. Setting/scenario:
Waking up handcuffed to someone or something

Sarah stirred, and sleepily reached up to rub the sleep out of her eyes. Or at least she tried. There was something around her wrist preventing her from reaching that far.

"Don't." Someone said in protest. "That hurts."

The voice was pleasant and oddly familiar. She squinted as though that would help her remember, or at least drive the fog from her brain. She must have been drugged.

"Where are we?" Apparently her companion had been sedated too, if the slur in his voice was anything to go by.

Her head was starting to clear and a glance at her right wrist established that there was a handcuff on it. Judging by feeling, the left was the same. The other cuff of each set of handcuffs was out of her line of sight, but she guessed that her companion was on the other side of the pole that was currently digging into her back. There was some slack but certainly not enough to rub her eyes.

It occurred to her that she hadn't answered the question. Not that she had an answer. "I don't know. Are you okay?" Vague but they needed to work together to get out of this one.

"Annoyed, irritated and a little groggy but otherwise in perfect health," he replied dryly. After a moment's pause, he added, "Sarah?"

"Turlough? What are you doing on Earth? If we are on Earth." There was always a chance that they weren't. "Are you still travelling with the Doctor?" She dared to hope that there was someone out there free and able to get them out of this.

But Turlough dashed her hopes, "Not for a long time. I- was on Earth. Checking on some expatriates who chose to stay when the exile orders were rescinded. I suppose I still am. We are. I should never have agreed to come back here. Bloody backwater planet."

Sarah couldn't exactly disagree with him, but still she replied sharply, "That's my bloody backwater planet, if you don't mind." It was an old argument, from the time she'd spent travelling with Turlough and the Doctor. "I was investigating a dirilium smuggling operation. People assume that since the Earth is so primitive," her voice dripped with sarcasm, "that it's unprotected."

"I would never assume such a thing," Turlough replied a little too smugly, before relenting, "The Caslovans had noticed some sort of intergalactic operation and asked me to look into it. I would have contacted you, if I'd known where you were."

He wouldn't have, but Sarah ignored that. "So have you embraced the heroic lifestyle now?"

"Just looking around. Plenty of authorities I could have contacted once I had proof. I didn't expect to be caught." He sounded almost insulted. "I think I've shaken most of the drug's effects. You?"

For all Turlough's protests, he did have a firm grasp of what was important. "I think so. Do you think we could stand up? I might be able to reach my sonic lipstick."

"On three. One. Two. Three," Turlough answered and they both rose slowly. "Where do you need to reach?"

"My right waistcoat pocket. Maybe if we shift towards each other. You go left, I go right and then maybe one of us can reach the pocket." Sarah started moving slowly towards Turlough.

It wasn't the most comfortable of positions, but somehow Turlough managed to work his fingers into the pocket and extract the sonic lipstick and then drop it into Sarah's palm. It nearly slipped but Sarah got her fingers around it in time, flipping the lid off with a practised motion, and manoeuvring it so that it was aimed at the lock. A quick press with the knuckle of her middle finger and the handcuffs opened.

Once Sarah had one hand free, it was easy enough to unlock the other set of handcuffs and remove them. "Thanks."

"Don't mention it." Turlough handed her the cap to the sonic lipstick and sighed. "I suppose you're going to want me to help you deal with this," he gestured with a wide sweep of his hand at the cardboard boxes clearly marked dirilium in three different languages that lined the warehouse.

"Of course. It will be just like old times," Sarah led him into the maze of boxes towards the office.

She could hear him muttering something about one Doctor being enough as he followed her, but she knew he had her back, and that was the important part.

Sarah Jane Smith
745 words

March 18th, 2010

OOC: Housekeeping

So I've just had a bit of a tidying up of Sarah's journal. I thought it was time, now that she was active again.

A few items of note:

This is a roleplaying journal. While people are welcome to follow Sarah, she only follows other pups.

Sarah has somehow acquired THREE games in the last 6 months (not sure how that happened), so I have updated the side links with her current games and prompt comms. I'm going to try to be more active about writing prompts for her (but then, I've said that before). Anyway, she's in two panfandom games the_blank_slate and crowdedhour and a brand new Whoniverse game fractured_time.

If anyone has recommendations for prompt comms. Sarah's lapsed out of most of hers for nonactivity or had them die on her. The hazard of only staying current in oncoming_storms.

March 4th, 2010

OOC: Good news for SJA

The BBC has given the green light to both series 4 AND SERIES 5!


*opens champagne, throws confetti*

Warning, spoilers in the press release for some of the series 4 plots.

March 1st, 2010

"There is something to be said for a place that solves its problems in such a civilised fashion," the Doctor said cheerfully."Fresh air. The crack of the ball against the bat. I'm proud to be a part of such a process. So are you both ready for some cricket?"

"Not especially," Turlough replied.

Sarah suspected he did that just to be contrary. Since she'd started travelling with the Doctor again, she'd noticed that for all Turlough's disparaging remarks about Earth, he was willing enough to debate the finer points of the sport with the Doctor. And he'd proven a fine batsman during the game with UNIT after that business with the Yeti.Collapse )

Sarah Jane Smith
999 words

TR Mailbox

Wherein Sarah Jane Smith's Tabula Rasa Mail is kept.

February 23rd, 2010

Gallifrey or Bust

I'll be heading out to Gallifrey on Thursday Morning, barring inclement weather (big storm forecast).

Will I see you there? Will I get there? And what about Naomi?*

I swear my flights to Gallifrey are cursed (I'm sure some of you remember what happened two years ago.)

I'll be back Monday night/Tuesday morning.

* This will mean nothing to anyone who didn't watch The Electric Company in the 1970s. Just move along. Nothing to see here.

January 31st, 2010

123.1: Companion (OS)

Spoilers for Sarah Jane Smith: Dreamland under the cutCollapse )

Sarah Jane Smith
1689 Words

December 4th, 2009

OOC: Oh look, a meme!



November 30th, 2009

Tweets that pass in the night.Collapse )

November 13th, 2009

The lack of references to City of Death were disappointing (though there was a nice one to Planet of the Dead

Spoilage in the comments, of course.

And as I forgot to put up a discussion post last week, feel free to discuss The Eternity Trap here too.

October 30th, 2009

OOC: Weddingish stuff

take my hand
The discussion post is here. Sarah wishes it to be noted that the Doctor did come through for her in the end, but she still thinks he's unreliable. Though to be honest, if you want to discuss here, go ahead. :)

I'm not even going to try to embed this, but this is a lovely songvid for both episodes. SPOILERS if it isn't obvious.

October 29th, 2009

Posting this today because I think people might need a place for incoherent squee or something.

Spoilers in the comments.

Were the sound effects not perfect????
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