The Silence – Part 3

Last Tuesday, I posted the second part of my Doctor Who fanfiction about the Silence. Bree had stopped reading Karen’s diary entry, realizing she was being followed, too. I mentioned last week that Karen’s name was a reference to the actress who plays Amy Pond. Well, I snuck in another reference to the show in the date of the diary entry. April 23 is the date that “The Impossible Astronaut,” the episode that introduced the Silence, first aired. There’s another reference, as well, to a deleted scene from the last episode the Ponds were in. Anthony was the name of the son the Ponds adopted, and in my story, he’s Karen’s best friend. Also Kaz, Anthony’s nickname for Karen, is the same as Matt Smith’s (Eleventh Doctor) nickname for Karen Gillan (Amy Pond).

April 23, 1960

Where do I begin? After I finally felt safe enough to come out last night, I went downstairs and saw my parents had come home. They didn’t seem to notice that anything was wrong. I didn’t sleep much last night and could barely drag myself out of bed for school. I was terrified of walking to school all alone, where that shadow could find me and follow me there, too. I forced myself to do it, though. Some parts of it are very clear in my mind. My pounding heart, my feet hammering against the concrete, fearful of something, but not knowing of what. Most of that walk, however, is just gone, giant blank gaps in my memory. I do remember running into school, stopping by the door, out of breath, trying to remember why I was running and why I was so scared …

I forced myself to breathe normally as I stepped inside the school, pushing past the other students chatting by their lockers. “Anthony!” I called to a brown haired boy putting his extra books in his locker. He turned, hearing my shout, and gave me a wave. I scooted past a group of chattering girls to join Anthony.

He shut his locker door, locked it, and leaned against it. “Hello, Kaz.”

“Kaz” is the nickname he gave me years ago that he uses to drive me crazy. However, I wasn’t in the mood to play games today.

“Anthony, I need to talk to you. I need your help.”

The smile faded on Anthony’s face. “What’s wrong?”

“There’s something following me,” I told him in a low whisper, clutching at his arm. “I saw a shadow yesterday while I was walking home. I know it followed me. And the mirror. I saw something in the mirror, but I can’t remember what it was.” The words spilled out of my mouth, one on top of another.

Anthony didn’t say anything for a moment. “Are you sure?” he said slowly.

I nodded. “I know you must think I’m crazy.”

“I don’t think you’re crazy,” Anthony reassured. “Are you doing anything this afternoon?”

Confused, I shook my head. “I don’t think so, why?”

“I think you need to talk to my parents.” The bell cut our conversation off, and we hurried to our class. I slipped into the seat in front of his, and I felt something poke my arm. I looked down to see a folded paper. I grabbed it, unfolded it, and read the note to myself. “Meet me at my house after school. We’ll talk to my parents there.” Tucking the paper into my pocket, I felt like I could relax, at least a little bit.

I sat through school as best I could, jittery and nervous. When that last bell sounded, I was the first one out the door. I waited outside until Anthony walked up.

“You coming?” he asked, taking my books from me.

“Thanks,” I said as we walked along the street.

“Look, what my parents are going to tell you isn’t going to sound normal. You’re probably not even going to believe them,” Anthony warned.

“At this point, Anthony, I’ll believe anything,” I assured him.

I must have zoned out, because the next thing I remember was passing shop windows and being half-way to Anthony’s house.

“Quick walk,” I commented.

Anthony shrugged, not saying anything.

My eyes rested on the black marks on the back of his hand. “Hey, what’s on your hand?”

Anthony looked down. “It’s noth-” he stopped, staring at the black lines that seemed to have appeared out of nowhere.

“Karen,” he said slowly.

“Yes?” I asked, wondering why he sounded so nervous.

“Run,” he whispered, grabbing my hand.

Thanks for reading! Part 4 next week.

~ Kayla


Grammar Rule – Commas, Cities, States, Countries, and Dates

“I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out,” complained Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest. I’ve often echoed Wilde’s protest as commas are one of the toughest punctuation marks to master. That’s why I’ve been doing a continuing series on comma rules so I don’t have to spend most of the day wondering where to put that little piece of punctuation. Today I’m tackling another tricky comma rule, so let’s get started!

Commas, Cities, States, and Countries

Aliens always seem to invade London, England, on Doctor Who.

When the name of the country is listed after the city, a comma is needed between them. A comma is also needed after the country’s name.

The Doctor visted Salt Lake City, Utah, with Rose Tyler.

Just like before with a country, a comma is needed between the city and the state as well as a comma after the state’s name.  

Commas and Dates

September 22, 2890, is a very important date in the Shire as it is the birthday of Bilbo Baggins.

If the date includes the day along with the month and year, then a comma is needed between the day and the year. A comma is also needed after the year in a sentence.

The Ponds arrived in July 1969 with the Doctor.

Since there’s no day, no comma is needed between the month and the year or after the year.

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla


The Doctor and Agatha Christie

On December 3, 1926 a Morris Cowley car was found by a lake near Guildford, England. Inside the car was an expired driver’s license and clothes. A £100 reward for the missing person was offered by the local newspaper. Finally, on December 14th, a Mrs. Teresa Neele from Cape Town was found at a spa hotel. Two doctors examined Mrs. Neele and diagnosed her with temporary amnesia. Mrs. Teresa Neele was, in fact, one of the most famous mystery writers of all time – Agatha Christie.

What really transpired on December 3, 1926 is still a mystery. Well, not if you happened to go back in time in a blue police box with a man named the Doctor.

I recently watched “The Unicorn and the Wasp,” an episode of the BBC’s popular show, Doctor Who. In the episode, for those who haven’t seen it, the Doctor and Donna, his companion, travel back in time and invite themselves to a dinner party at the Lady Eddison’s manor where Agatha Christie is visiting. The date is December 3, 1926. The party is soon ruined when a maid comes running out of the manor saying that someone has been murdered in the library. The Doctor, Donna, and Agatha Christie join together to solve the mystery of who the murderer is.

(River Song would like to step in and stop anyone planning on watching this episode from reading the next paragraph because it is filled with spoilers. So, skip the next paragraph if you’d like to avoid them. If not, well, read on, sweeties. 😉 )

The murderer is a huge alien wasp. According to the Doctor, this alien wasp is called a Vespiform and is connected to his human mother through a fire stone. Because his mother was reading a Christie novel when he realized his alien heritage, the alien is acting out the book’s plot. Feeling guilty, Agatha Christie takes the stone and, pursued by the giant wasp, drives her Morris Cowley car to the lake, followed by the Doctor and Donna. At the lake, Donna throws the fire stone, now linked to Christie, into the water. The alien wasp-thing follows it into the water and dies. This causes Christie to fall unconscious and lose her memory of the event. The Doctor uses the TARDIS to drop her off at the hotel where she is found eleven days later. The Doctor later shows Donna a copy of Agatha Christie’s Death in the Clouds in which she features a wasp. The two of them realize that Agatha still has fuzzy memories of the events.

After watching the episode, I wanted to know if Agatha Christie really disappeared. Was any of this true or was it just some science fiction imaginings? She really did disappear on December 3, 1926, and her car was found by the lake. She was not found for 11 days, and she couldn’t remember what happened. The real mystery is why she disappeared. Some say that Christie was on the edge of a nervous breakdown. She was depressed about her books, her husband was in love with another woman, and her mother had died. Another theory is that her disappearance was a stunt to save her marriage or to increase book sales. Of course, others (such as time-travelling aliens) seem to believe it had something to do a wasp. 😉 I also wondered if Agatha Christie really wrote a story about a wasp like the Doctor said. Death in the Clouds is a real Agatha Christie novel in which a wasp is originally believed to have killed a rich French moneylender.

Thanks for reading and Allons-y!

~ Kayla