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When you see this, post a little weensy excerpt from as many random works-in-progress as you can find lying around. Who knows? Maybe inspiration will burst forth and do something, um, inspiration-y.

I wanted to write The Rani drunk.

Donna paced and waited for the golden glow to die down. She happened to be looking away when the Rani's eyes snapped open.

"Donna! Hello! It's good to see you!" After a moment: "Close your mouth, it's just a regeneration, you've seen them."

"Sure, but I've never seen you grin like that," Donna replied, weakly.

"Well, there's nothing to worry about-- whoops!" This last because an attempt to climb to her feet proved less than successful. "Oh, yes, new center of gravity." Donna helped her friend- for lack of a better word- work her way up. Whatever she might say about her new equilibrium, the Rani's new body was scarcely different from her old one- perhaps a bit taller, a bit lighter of hair and greener of eye, but still recognizable. Once on her feet, the Time Lady continued:

"Well, everything appears to be in working order. I forgot to try for the extra head. Thank you for getting me away while I regenerated." Struck by a sudden thought, the Rani held up an outspread hand, "Look, I have claws! See how sharp they are!"

"Those are just fingern- oi!"

"I suppose you're right." Her tone was dejected. She did seem to enjoy watching the nasty gash she'd inflicted on her own arm seal itself, Donna noted. "If I start behaving oddly-"

Despite her best efforts, Donna couldn't keep the laughter in. After a moment, the Rani began to laugh too. Then, impuksively, she hugged her companion. "I like you. You're fun!"

"You'll kill me tomorrow, now I've seen you like this."

"Silly Donna! I wouldn't do that! Wait. Wait. All right. Remind me tomorrow that I said I wou- wait."

"Do you need to lie down? You're not looking steady."

"I'm hungry. That's odd. I don't usually need to eat this soon after a regeneration. I should eat. What should I eat?" Donna assumed this question was rhetorical, until it was repeated.


"No. Boring. Bacon. I should eat bacon. Omnivores taste good." With an expression of great decisiveness, the Rani began to punch buttons on the flight console. Donna screamed.

"No! Stop! You're in no shape, and you've got seven larders in here, you don't need-"

"Hmm. True enough." The Rani turned on her heel and marched off, muttering under her breath, "Bacon, bacon, bacon."

Some time later, over mostly cleaned plates, the Rani said, "Four."

"Excuse me?"

"This capsule has four larders. I never bothered to change the default configuration."

"Oh, well, then, I stand corrected. I still don't understand why they come with more than one."

"Kissing. Kissing, is so tiresome." And with that mysterious pronouncement, the Rani closed her eyes, leaned back in her chair, and slept.
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