by Paul Gadzikowski

DOCTOR WHO series characters and concepts copyright BBC tv
THIS TIME ROUND concept by Tyler Dion, after Kielle

"Every time I'm in here," said Grace to the Doctor as their drinks were
served them at the bar, "so are *they*." She pointed at the far corner table.

"Who?" The Doctor peered at the gathering indicated. "Oh, that's Adric,
Peri and Mel."

"Once a week," said Sarah Jane behind the bar, "they get together and
commiserate about being companions nobody likes."

"Uh huh," said Grace. The Doctor examined his coaster.

"Then they go upstairs," Sarah Jane continued, "and return downstairs
in the morning smiling and walking funny."

"I didn't know *that*," said the Doctor.

Grace looked again. "That little computer-nerd-wannabe keeps two grown
women returning for more?"

The Doctor cleard his throat. "You know, Alzarians do have an unusually
rapid metabolism. They heal quickly, and such."

"And such?" Grace looked back at Sarah Jane. "You don't suppose -"

"I do, rather," said Sarah Jane.

Without another word Grace picked up her drink and went to the far
corner table. "No one likes me either," she said.