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Chapter 43

"Doctor, what are you doing? I thought we agreed we weren't just going to drop Jet somewhere," River said as the Doctor scrambled to punch in coordinates to a planet he knew was harmless.

"I told you," he answered. "We're just dropping him off until I can come up with a way to fix this. He'll be totally fine here. Nothing to worry about."

Just then, Rain and Jet entered the room as if on cue. "Where are we going this time?" Rain asked, noticing the Doctor's orbit around the console.

"Actually, it's just Jet this time," the Doctor answered, trying to make this sound as normal as possible.

"What do you mean?" Jet asked, starting to get worried. "You can't just leave me."

The Doctor spoke to him without meeting his eyes, his tone light. "Oh, don't worry; we'll be back before you know it."

"Then you won't mind if I go too," Rain stated, moving to grab Jet's hand.

"Rain, I'm sorry, but you just can't this time. Trust me." The Doctor's tone had now turned pleading. He didn't want to put his daughter in danger, but he feared he might have no choice.

Just as he had expected, Rain didn't budge. She only tightened her grasp on Jet's hand, letting him know that she wasn't going anywhere. The Doctor glanced over at River, hoping that she would back him up. Instead, she nodded slightly, trying to assure him that Rain would be okay. Finally, he sighed in defeat. "Fine. Just . . . stay out of trouble." It was the farthest thing from what he wanted to do, but he knew that River must have some reasoning. She always did, and he didn't trust her as often as he should have. Now he pulled the lever to land the TARDIS as Rain and Jet made their way slowly to the door. Rain opened it, allowing Jet to go first. "We'll be back soon. Promise," the Doctor assured her.

She nodded to make him feel better, but she wasn't quite sure if she believed him. After all, she remembered the stories River had told her about Amy, about how she waited twelve years for her Raggedy Man to come and rescue her. Rain tried to convince herself that that wasn't something that could happen twice, but the nagging voice in the back of her head told her otherwise. It was hard to ignore the fact that she had waited eighteen years to be rescued from the Silence, whether she had known the Doctor was her father or not.

Stepping out, she watched as the TARDIS dematerialized in front of her, leaving her with Jet on a planet . . . that wasn't Earth. However, as Rain looked around at the forest that surrounded them, she couldn't help but think that this place looked entirely too familiar. "So, what now?" Jet asked.

"I don't know," Rain answered distractedly. "I guess we should probably try to find some sort of civilization."

"I can hear a stream not too far away," Jet noted. "If we follow it, we'll probably reach civilization eventually."

"How do you know that?" Rain asked.

Jet smiled. "I've watched my share of survival shows."

"I can't argue with that logic." With that, they set off in the direction of the stream. However, as they walked, the surroundings began to get more and more familiar. Even Jet noticed it.

"Have we been here before?" he asked.

She tilted her head, trying to remember the details of their adventures in this area. "Must have. I just can't remember when."

Now they came to where a stream snaked through the forest. Here, the familiarity of the scene was almost tangible. However, she only realized why when she saw someone sitting on the opposite bank. "James!" she shouted, remembering now the last time they had come here. James had been her accomplice in making Jet jealous. Rain couldn't help but notice how Jet put his arm protectively around her waist as they approached the stream.

James jumped in surprise, not expecting to be called. However, when he saw who it was, his face lit up immediately. "Rain!" he called, getting up to walk across the stream on the stepping stones. "What are you doing here?"

"Well, honestly, I don't know."

"James," Jet greeted him, nodding slightly, but not exactly smiling.

"Oh, you must be her friend," James said, remembering.

Jet's grip on Rain tightened slightly at this statement. "Actually, I'm her husband now. And my name's Jet."

This took James by surprise. "Husband! You go from friends to being married in two months?"

"Time goes by differently where we come from," Jet answered coldly.

"Alright," Rain interrupted, trying to cover up Jet's obvious dislike of James. "We aren't exactly sure how long we're going to be here, so would you mind taking us to your village?"

"Of course!" James answered happily, unfazed by Jet's coolness. "It's not far from here. Just follow me."

He led them across the stream, entering the forest on the other side. For several minutes they hiked their way through the forest, dodging branches and jumping fallen trees as they went. Finally, there was a clearing in the trees. In the middle of it sat an entire village of houses. Rain and Jet hadn't expected to see houses; rather, huts. It surprised them to see these buildings, that looked just like the ones on Earth, in the middle of a forest.

"This one's mine," James said, leading them to one of the houses in the middle of the village. It was rather small, and didn't look like it had many rooms. James led them inside. "Kitchen's there," he said motioning to the left. "Toilet's there." He pointed to the right. "And that's the bedroom," he said, nodding to the room straight in front of them. "It's not much, but it's all I have, and it's a lot better than nothing."

"So we can stay here?" Rain asked hopefully.

"Sure!" James answered. "I have an extra blanket in my room, but there's also room for one more on the bed," he said, smiling at Rain.

"We'll take the floor," Jet answered quickly, walking into the room ahead of the other two.

James gave Rain a friendly wink, letting her know that he remembered the last time they had visited. Making sure that Jet couldn't hear, he whispered to her, "Think about how jealous he'd be after a few days."

Rain smiled deviously, casting a glance at the room in which Jet had gone. James held out his hand to her, as if asking for permission. She reached out and shook it. "Sounds like a plan."

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