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Chapter 15

Rain and Jet walked side-by-side through the foggy forest only mere minutes after leaving River and the Doctor. They walked in silence, as they had only known each other for less than a day.

Finally, though, Rain spoke up. She didn't do this to break the silence, since she actually enjoyed avoiding conversation; rather, something had been tugging at the back of her mind, and it needed to be answered. "Jet?"

He didn't look at her as he answered. "Yes?"

Rain took a deep breath before continuing. "At the park, you said you were all alone. So . . . what happened to your family?" Jet stopped walking now, and turned to look at her. His expression was pained, so she quickly added, "You don't have to answer if you don't want to. I was just curious."

Jet closed his eyes tightly, drew in a sharp breath of air, and answered. "My family had left to go on vacation a week before. They had practically begged me to come with them, but I'd refused. I'd just turned eighteen, and I was too anxious to have some time away from them." Here he stopped. His features looked so tortured that Rain intervened.

"It's fine. You don't have to tell me more."

He ignored her, and pressed on. "Two days later I got the call. Their car had stalled on some train tracks, and they couldn't get out fast enough." Jet choked on this last word as tears came to his eyes, yet he didn't stop. "I tried to go to relatives, but they don't live anywhere close. And my friends . . . well, they never answered my phone calls." Tears were now streaming down his face. "The worst part is that I should have been there. I should have gone with them. I should have been in that car."

Here, he finally stopped, as he couldn't speak another word through the tears. Rain didn't know what to do. For a moment, she just stared at her feet, at a loss for words. Finally, though, she spoke up. "I'm sorry. That was wrong of me to ask."

Jet wiped an arm across his face in a useless attempt to dry his tears. "No, it's fine. I needed to tell that to someone, or else it would just weigh on my conscience."

Rain looked down at her feet. "If it's any consolation, we're your friends now. And I promise to always answer when you call."

At this, he seemed to cheer slightly. "Thank you. Now, what do you say we keep looking for life?"

"Sounds good to me," she answered with a smile. He reached down his hand, and she graciously took it.

They continued walking for several minutes, and soon they came upon an old log cabin. The windows were all dark, as if no one had lived there in ages. The couple walked around the outside to inspect it, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Finally, they came around and stood in front of it. All of a sudden, Rain jumped.

Jet was immediately on alert. "What's wrong?"

"Oh, nothing. That light just scared me when it turned on."

He gave her a confused look. "Light? What light?"

She looked at him like he was kidding. "Yeah, right. I know you can see it."

He shook his head. "Are you feeling okay?"

She rolled her eyes. "I'm feeling fine. Look, if you really can't see it, just wait here and I'll go check it out."

"Fine," he said, still convinced that she was seeing things.

Rain walked into the house, and a couple minutes later, Jet's communicator that the Doctor had given him began to beep. He grabbed it and pressed the button to speak. "Hello? Doctor, I'm glad you called. We've just discovered a small cabin."

The Doctor's voice was panicked, urgent. "Don't go inside. Whatever you do, do not go inside. It's a trap. The light is a portal. River and I have already fallen into it."

Jet's muscles became stiff, and he ran as fast as he could into the house, but Rain was no longer there. He sank to his knees and ran a hand through his hair. She had saved his life, and he had just let her disappear... or worse. Not only that, but Rain wasn't the same as everyone else. She was the one person who could see through his appearance to find who he actually was. She couldn't just be gone. He would find her.

Suddenly, the TV in the corner of the room turned on, spreading light across the room. Jet jumped back, remembering what the Doctor had said. He scrambled outside and called the Doctor. "Rain's gone! What do I do? Please, you have to tell me what to do!"

The Doctor's voice came on. "Okay, just stay calm. The first thing you need to do is make your way back to the TARDIS. If Rain found her way to a portal, then that must mean that there are more than one of those cabins. If you see another, stay away from it."

"Okay, I think I remember how we got here. I'll call you back when I'm in the TARDIS." As soon as he finished talking, hundreds of lights turned on in the distance, making the forest seem like a night sky full of stars. Jet gulped, but made his way back to the TARDIS.

In a matter of minutes, he was back at the blue box. Luckily, the Doctor had left the door unlocked, so he just walked in. He pulled out the communicator and called the Doctor. "Okay, I'm in. Now what?"

"Find the control panel, and get ready to type in some coordinates. These will lead you to the cabin that we entered. The TARDIS will land in front of the TV, so you'll be pulled into the portal. Then it's simple. We get in, transport out, and then do the same thing for Rain. For that, you'll need to show me where she left from, of course."

Jet nodded, forgetting that the Doctor couldn't see him. He told the Doctor when he found the controls, and then the Doctor listed off the coordinates. Jet pulled the lever as he had seen the Doctor do, and seconds later, he landed. He didn't know when the TARDIS got pulled through the portal, because he couldn't feel anything inside. Soon, though, there was a knock on the door. Jet opened it to find the Doctor and River.

They ran inside as quickly as possible and collapsed on the floor, out of breath.

"Where did the portal lead?" asked Jet.

The Doctor answered between breaths. "I've been in a place like that before. It's a labyrinth of fears made for a monster. In each of the rooms lies someone's deepest fear. I've always wondered how I got there the first time. This must be a different one, though, because I destroyed the last one." At this, the Doctor jumped up and began punching in coordinates. "But that doesn't matter. Now let's go find Rain!"

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